Bruce Springsteen Stuns at the Tony Awards With Heartbreaking Performance of “My Hometown”


In a world where we seldom sit down long enough to listen to each other’s hearts, Bruce Springsteen found a way to do exactly that via a heart-stopping performance on the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 10.)

During the breathtaking excerpt from his Broadway concert residency, Springsteen sat down at the piano and began to tell the audience about his growing up years in New Jersey, and in doing so, reminded countless people of their very own. “I literally grew up surrounded by God and all my relatives,” Springsteen said in his distinctive gravelly voice, also touching a nerve with the mention that they all found themselves trying to “hold off the demons, outside and inside, that sought to destroy them.”

Let that sit in your soul for a moment.

From there, Springsteen effortlessly moved into a stripped down version of “My Hometown,” a song featured on his epic “Born in the U.S.A.” album. At the end of the song, the audience sat in silence for a moment before bursting into a much-deserved ovation.

Also during the show, Springsteen received a special Tony Award from fellow music legend Billy Joel for his Broadway show “Springsteen on Broadway,” which includes a barrage of soul-stirring music and spoken word segments that are enough to stop you in your tracks…and listen.

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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