Bruce Springsteen's mother Adele Zerilli died at 98 , as the singer-songwriter wrote in a post on Instagram in which he shared a video of him dancing with his mother. The singer accompanied the video with some parts of the song The Wish, dedicated to her, the Italian-American mother who has always been his inspiration and she was often seen, even at the age of 90, dancing at his concerts, making her a true legend also for fans of the singer-songwriter who know that he is part of that American land that honors the “McNicholases, the Posalskis, the Smiths, Zerillis too”, to always quote the artist.
In the post Springsteen recalls the births and deaths of his mother (Adele Springsteen – 4 May 1925 – 31 January 2024) and the song dedicated to her: “I remember that in the morning, mother, I heard your alarm clock go off. I lay in bed and listened to you while you getting ready for work, the sound of your make-up case on the sink. And the ladies in the office all lipstick and perfume and swishing skirts, how proud and happy you looked as you came home from work. Not a phone call on Sundays, flowers Or a Mother's Day card. It's not a house on the hill with a garden and a nice little yard. I got my Hot Rod down on Bond Street, I'm older but you'll know me at a glance. We'll find a little rock' n roll bar, we'll go out and dance (“I remember in the morning mom hearing your alarm clock ring. I'd lie in bed and listen to you getting ready for work, the sound of your makeup case on the sink. And the ladies at the office all lipstick, perfume and rustling skirts, how proud and happy you always looked walking home from work. It ain't no phone call on Sunday, flowers or a Mother's Day card. It ain't no house on the hill with a garden and a nice little yard. I've got my hot rod down on Bond Street I'm older but you'll know me at a glance. We'll find us a Little rock 'n roll bar and we'll go out and dance”).
Adele – mother of three children and youngest of three sisters – , as Springsteen explained in the past, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for some time and now had difficulty speaking and standing. Always her bulwark, in various interviews the singer-songwriter celebrated her as the one who managed to keep the family together, calling her “really intelligent, really strong, really creative” in his biography written with Dave Marsh, while he explained to Uncut magazine: ” In a way I took after my mother. Her life had an incredible coherence, work, work, work every day, and I admired that a lot.” Steven Van Zandt remembered her as “the matriarch of our family and a relentless source of inspiration of positive energy. One of a kind. She will always be there for us. Dancing in the audience. She lost her husband, Bruce's father , Douglas, who also inspired the songs, in 1998.”