Bruce Springsteen Salutes Late Guitar Great Duane Eddy, Previews European Tour in New Video Messages

Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to late guitar legend Duane Eddy in a new video posted on his social media sites, and, in a separate clip, he’s shared a preview of the next leg of his 2024 world tour with the E Street Band for his European fans.

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Eddy, who died of cancer on April 30 at age 86, was known for his twangy guitar sound. He scored a run of hits in the late 1950s and early ’60s with instrumentals like “Rebel-’Rouser,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Because They’re Young,” and “Peter Gunn.” Eddy was long cited as a major influence on Springsteen’s own guitar playing.

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“This is Bruce Springsteen, coming to you from Cardiff, Wales,” the Boss said in his video tribute while holding an electric guitar. “This is a belated note of gratitude and remembrance for the king of the twang guitar, Duane Eddy, who just recently passed away,” “Duane was a huge influence on my guitar stylings.”

He continued, “[W]ithout Duane, there’s no this,” and proceeded to play a few recognizable notes that he then identified as the “Born to Run” riff.

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Springsteen concluded the message by saying, “Duane, rest in peace. Play on in that big house of 1,000 guitars. We love you.”

Springsteen’s Message to European Fans

Springsteen is in Cardiff to kick off a European tour leg with the E Street Band on Sunday, May 5. The outing features 26 concerts, and winds down with performances at Wembley Stadium in London on July 25 and 27.

To rev fans up for the trek, Bruce posted a clip on his socials in which he said, “Here’s a little preview for Cardiff and the rest of Europe of what you’re going to be seeing on this tour. Get ready.”

The video then shows a montage of footage of Springsteen and some of the other E Street Band members performing at their recent concerts, soundtracked by a rocking live rendition of his 1975 gem “She’s the One.”

Fans Respond to Springsteen’s Preview Video

Springsteen’s message inspired a bevy of fans to post notes of their own in the comments section of his Instagram page.

“So excited!” one fan wrote. “Travelled 14 hours yesterday from Isle of Man. I know it’s going to be so worth it.”

A second commented, “Cannot wait! We were there in 2013 and we’ll be there again tonight! We’re on our way!”

A third fan posted, “Ooooh Yeaaaaah, we are ready!!!! Can’t wait…I’m counting the days for Barcelona. Coming all the way from Thessaloniki, Greece.”

More About Springsteen’s 2024 Tour Plans

Besides playing in Cardiff and London, Springsteen and the E Street Band also will be visiting a couple other U.K. cities, as well as Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

After the European trek, the Boss and his group will then mount a second U.S. leg in August and September, followed by a Canadian trek that runs from late October to late November. Visit to check out his full itinerary.

Tickets for the concerts are available via a variety of outlets, including StubHub.

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