Bruce Springsteen and Prince, along with Michael Jackson, dominated the pop music scene in the summer of 1984. They sold records at multi-platinum levels and shared time at the top of the charts. DANCING IN THE DARK, Springsteen's biggest hit to date, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it kept that position for four weeks (June-July 1984). The single was kept out from reaching the number one position initially by Duran Duran's THE REFLEX, and then for three more weeks by Prince And The Revolution's WHEN DOVES CRY. Born In The U.S.A., Springsteen's most commercially successful album and one of the highest-selling records ever, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and it kept that position for four weeks (July 1984), only to be knocked off the fifth week by Prince And The Revolution's Purple Rain, which spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1.
The only time Bruce Springsteen and Prince shared the stage was during a 23 Feb 1985 Price concert at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, when Springsteen joined Prince onstage on BABY I'M A STAR. On 23 Apr 2016, Bruce Springsteen opened his show with PURPLE RAIN as a tribute to Prince who passed away two days earlier.
Bruce Springsteen opened for headliner Biff Rose in 1973 during a 6-night stand (from 31 January to 05 February, two shows each night) at Max's Kansas City in New York. David Bowie showed up on the final night of this to see Biff Rose, a friend of his, and caught Springsteen's performance. Bowie had never even heard of a guy named "Springsteen" until that 05 Feb 1973 night. In a 1987 Musician Magazine interview, Bowie commented on Bruce's performance on this night saying, "I hated him as a solo... as soon as the band came on it was like a different person and he was marvelous... I like the Asbury Park [LP] material, my favorite period of Springsteen is the early stuff". The two weren't introduced to each other that night. A few months later Bowie recorded a version of GROWIN' UP, but the song remained in the vaults until its release in 1989. Bowie was the first artist to record a Springsteen composition.
DJ Ed Sciaky called Bruce Springsteen on 24 Nov 1974 asking him to come to Philadelphia to meet David Bowie, who was in town recording his upcoming Young Americans album and performing a concert on 25 November. Late in the evening Springsteen cached a bus to Philadelphia to spend a couple of days as houseguest of Sciaky. The two arrived at midnight at Sigma Sound Studios where they spent the early hours of 25 November with David Bowie at the studio. Bowie had recently recorded a cover of IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY but apparently it wasn't finished, so Bruce didn't get to hear it. Bowie would complete the recording the following year but it remained in the vaults until it's release in 1989. Later that 25 November day, Springsteen and Sciaky attended Bowie's evening concert at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
In the liner notes of One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen (a 1997 various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album), Bowie wrote about the November 1974 meeting in Philadelphia: "Springsteen came down to hear what we were doing with his stuff. He was very shy. I remember sitting in the corridor with him, talking about his lifestyle, which was a very Dylanesque – you know, moving from town to town with a guitar on his back, all that kind of thing. Anyway, he didn't like what we were doing, I remember that. At least, he didn't express much enthusiasm. I guess he must have thought it was all kind of odd. I was in another universe at the time. I've got this extraordinarily strange photograph of us all – I look like I'm made out of wax."
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