Bruce Springsteen: 'I studied Prince'

18th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Bruce Springsteen was stunned by Prince's death in April (16), revealing he learned a lot about showmanship from the Purple Rain star.

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The rocker might be known as The Boss, but he looked up to Prince, admitting it was "a great loss" when he died following an accidental overdose at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

"I felt a great kinship with Prince," the rocker tells Rolling Stone magazine. "When I'd go to see Prince, I'd say, 'Oh man, OK, back to the drawing board'. There was a film of him on the Arsenio Hall show, where he plays a series of songs in a row. It's just some of the greatest showmanship I've ever seen.

"And he knew everything. He knew all about it, and then could put it to work. Just since the 60s and 70s and your Sam and Daves and your James Browns, he's one of the greatest showmen to come along. I studied that stuff a lot and put as much of it to use as I can with my talents. But he just took it to another level."

Springsteen also admits he has iPod playlists full of music many fans would not expect him to listen to.

"Green Day, they make great records and they're always thoughtful and intense and they have a band that plays great together," he said in a Facebook Q&A. "My old friends from U2 are still doing just fine. They consistently sound great and are creative... I like Kendrick Lamar a lot. He's intense. He's a great rapper... I like Kanye West. I think Kanye West makes great records. I love his records. Those are just very, very creative, amazing records."

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