Bruce Springsteen‘s 2002 album, The Rising, came after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Springsteen was affected by what transpired, but when a stranger in a car stopped next to him, rolled down the window and yelled “we need you now”, Springsteen felt compelled to provide a voice for his fans once more.
The Rising reunited Springsteen and the E Street Band for the first full album since 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. With themes of love, faith, and rebuilding, they weren’t unfamiliar to Springsteen fans, but felt more poignant than ever after the terrorist attacks.
Springsteen wrote some of the songs before September 11, but found a home for them on The Rising because of the central themes.
“One of the most powerful images of the 11th, that I’d read in the paper, some of the people coming down were talking about the emergency workers who were ascending,” said Springsteen on Nightline around the album’s release in 2002. “The idea of those guys going up the stairs, up the stairs, ascending, ascending. I mean you could be ascending a smoky staircase, you could be in the afterlife, moving on.”
Springsteen also spoke on the importance music plays in times of tragedy.
“Songs are good for whoever needs them,” said Springsteen during a post 9/11 benefit show. Other acts to play the event include Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, the Smithereens, Felix Cavaliere, and more.
Revisit this timeless album that became a fan favourite below: