Released on July 30, 2002.

Bruce Springsteen has built a reputation over the course of a career spanning nearly half a century as the hero of the common man. His relatable music lyrics endear him to fans.

The Boss is an American icon whose shows still attract massive crowds, so it’s no surprise what happened on September 11, 2001 when Springsteen drove down the street in Sea Bright, NJ.

“Bruce, we need you,” someone shouted at the New Jersey native, according to The Asbury Park Press.

The stranger’s mysterious call inspired Springsteen to release his first album with The E Street Band in 18 years, The Rising.

The terrorist attacks on 9/11 affected the United States like very few other events in the nation’s history. The American population was shell shocked, but the emotion inspired an incredible display of patriotism. The Rising captured the spirit of unity with the same type of uplifting lyrics from Springsteen’s biggest hits that had become a guiding light for a generation of his fans.

The Rising Lyrics

The chorus to the title track remained consistent with the theme of the album and the bond between Americans.

Come on up for the rising.
Come on up, lay your hands in mine

“Into the Fire” paid the most heartfelt tribute to the victims of the tragedy and the servicemen/women who responded to the attacks.

I need you near but love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs into the fire

Other songs like “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” and “My City of Ruins” joined the ranks with “Glory Days” and “Born to Run” as some of the most recognizable hits for a new generation of Springsteen fans.

Bruce Springsteen started touring just over a week after releasing The Rising in July 2002. His worldwide tour consisted of 120 shows in 82 cities. It lasted until October 2003.

Its most famous show actually took place outside of the United States. Live in Barcelona became his first complete show to be released in full on either audio or video, according to Springsteen’s official website.

Although the patriotism and unity that swept through America have faded, Bruce Springsteen remains a guiding light for people who need the inspiration to face the hardship of their daily lives.

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