Band Of Horses recall times Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen went to their gigs

Seattle band are touring the UK next year

Band Of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell has recalled how both Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney once came to see them play live.

The Seattle five-piece, who recently released their fifth studio album ‘Why Are You OK’, recounted their encounter with the Boss at the Bonnaroo festival.

“We were on our last song but our manager was like, ‘Bruce fucking Springsteen is here, play some more!’” he said in this week’s free NME, which is out nationwide on Friday (August 5).


“The only two songs we hadn’t played were unreleased ones that we hadn’t figured out how to do well. But he waited for us, came over and introduced himself. He was so down to earth.”

Bridwell also revealed the band were unaware that McCartney turned up to see them at another gig.


“We played Coachella a few years ago and when we got done, the security guard says, ‘You had no idea but Paul McCartney came to the stage and watched you guys,’” he recalled.

But Bridwell also recounted another time he played [late folk singer] Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday tribute at Madison Square Garden, which he regretted.

“We were doing a song – ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ – with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds,” he explained. “At moments like that, you don’t want to get too drunk and be the wasted guy singing the wrong words or falling down. However, I got really stoned right before we went out to do our first performance. I was like, ‘Goddammit man, why did you get stoned right before you step on Madison Square Garden stage for the first time?’ I was chewing gum, so they wouldn’t smell this, like, Blueberry Kush on my breath.”

Band Of Horses recently announced a series of tour dates in 2017.


Next year, the band will return to the UK to play six dates in February, including stops in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds and Birmingham.

They will play:

Glasgow, O2 Academy (February 16, 2017)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (17)
Leeds, 02 Academy (19)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (20)
Bristol, 02 Academy (21)
London, Troxy (23)