Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band’s ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ Is Your Perfect Christmas Song Today
Of course this was going to be the song for today, what with the E Street Band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014. (Bruce Springsteen the man — not E Street the Band — was inducted back in 1999.)
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” is an E Street Christmas staple, and if you’ve seen Bruce in late November/early December, you’ve likely seen him do it live. There’s approximately one million live versions of it on YouTube, but all of them are in various degrees of shakycam crummy, unfortunately. The one above is one of the most recent, and is one of the saddest, because the big man — saxophonist Clarence Clemons — passed away in 2011.
I saw Springsteen with the Clemons-less E Street Band in November 2012 right after Superstorm Sandy had devoured the East Coast (and only a week or two before the video above) and seeing them without Clemons was as sad as could be, and if you saw Springsteen on that tour and did not tear up when Springsteen did “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” and paid tribute to Clemons, you are a monster with no soul.
Why not celebrate the hall of fame induction, gently mourn Clemons’ passing, and get yourself in the Christmas mood all at once by listening to this song the rest of the day.