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Bruce Springsteen Offers Support to Anti-Death Penalty Group

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Bruce Springsteen offered four tickets and side-stage passes to an anti-death penalty group, who used them as part of a fundraiser before Monday night’s (March 19) concert in Greensboro, N.C. The group will also be distributing fliers at the show at the Memorial Coliseum.

WRAL-TV reports that Springsteen donated the tickets to People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, a national group out of Carrboro, N.C. The group’s executive director says Springsteen has given them similar support in the past. The singer’s daughter is a student at Duke University, less than an hour drive from Greensboro.

The support should not come as a surprise to his fans, as he recorded the Grammy nominated song ‘Dead Man Walking,’ for the 1995 film of the same name. The Tim Robbins-directed movie explores the issue of the death penalty through the eyes of Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. It was based on a book of the same title.

It’s been a busy week for Springsteen, who finished up a takeover of sorts at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas. During his keynote address he mentioned that the Animal’s ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ was “every song I’ve ever written.”

Rolling Stone reports that Animals singer Eric Burdon heard the compliment, which led to an impromptu performance of the song. “I knew by listening to his music,” Burdon says, “I could figure he was into the attitude, at least, of the Animals and was carrying that kind of attitude on.”

Furthermore, Burdon said Springsteen impressed him with how much he knew about the band. He said we were the ugliest,” Burdon said. “That’s why we didn’t get any of the dames; that’s why Eric Clapton screwed everybody. We had all ugly guys to come to our shows, beards and tats. Eventually they brought their girlfriends, and they were sorry when they brought their girlfriends.”

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