Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Zac Brown and a few more high-profile artists took the stage at the "Concert for Valor" in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Springsteen and Grohl joined Brown during his set, and the trio laid down a contentious cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."
A counterculture anti-war anthem, which includes lyrics like "ain't no military son," didn't resonate with everyone during the Veteran's Day celebration. Stating that the concert wasn't "the place for it," the Weekly Standard wrote: "It was a particularly terrible choice given that 'Fortunate Son' is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq." Plenty of viewers also took to Twitter to share their confusion and disapproval.
But as the Washington Post pointed out, Springsteen also performed his classic hit, "Born in the U.S.A." One read through the lyrics and it is clear that this "American anthem" is a writhing critique of the Vietnam War.
Watch a fan-shot clip of their "Fortunate Son" cover: