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In closing his speech, he urged all “10,000 bands” in Austin to bring it hard every night _ then he went out and did it.

“Here we are in this town, young and old, celebrating each perhaps in our own way a sense of freedom that was Woody’s legacy,” Springsteen said. “So rumble, young musicians, rumble. Open your ears and open your hearts. Don’t take yourself too seriously and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have ironclad confidence, but doubt. It keeps you awake and alert. … And when you walk on stage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have. And then remember it’s only rock `n’ roll.”

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