Bruce Springsteen takes 'Colbert Questionert': Boss hates spiders, Sinatra is essential

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How well do you know Bruce Springsteen?

Springsteen took the “Colbert Questionert” on the Wednesday, Nov. 10, episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on CBS.

The “Questionert” (pronounced "questionnaire," rhyming with "Colbert") is “designed to pierce the veil that we create between each other to protect ourselves from being known and you will truly be known at the end of these 15 questions,” Colbert said.

The skit was filmed when Springsteen appeared on the show for the Oct. 25 broadcast. It was a fun five minutes, and fans learned a thing or two, too. The Boss doesn't like spiders and he's partial to Frank Sinatra's “Summer Wind.”

Bruce Springsteen takes questions on the Nov. 10 episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Bruce Springsteen takes questions on the Nov. 10 episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

Alas, only 14 questions were asked. Here they are:

1. Best sandwich?

“That's easy, 3 a.m., peanut butter and jelly, big glass of milk,” Springsteen said.

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2. What is the scariest animal?

“The scariest animal used to be shark because I was a surfer when I was younger but I have been bit several times by a brown recluse spider and they leave a nasty necrotic sore,” Springsteen said. “So I would say for me right now a brown recluse spider. Spiders, I don't like spiders.”

Colbert asked where he was bitten.

“On my lower body,” Springsteen said.

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3. Apple or oranges?

“Apples,” Springsteen said.

“That's exactly right,” Colbert said. “You can put peanut butter on an apple.”

“And I love that,” Springsteen said.

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Bruce Springsteen was a guest on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.
Bruce Springsteen was a guest on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.

4. Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?

“Yes, I was with my son watching the New York Yankees in 1998 ... the '98 Yanks, c'mon!” said Springsteen when only a few audience members cheered for the Yankees. “We had a baseball that the whole team signed — he has the baseball.”

5. What do you think happens when we die?

“OK, individual consciousness, adios,” Springsteen said. “But our souls and our spirits, I think, grow and live on with the people we loved and who loved us, and the people who we think we've had an impact on with our work in our daily experience, so, I'm going with that.”

6. Favorite action movie?

“Well, I actually love a picture that no one is going to know called 'Vanishing Point,' ” said Springsteen of the 1971 car movie.

“I know 'Vanishing Point,'” Colbert said. “The driver never talks, right? And his shifter is a gun handle, I think. At the end he drives right into the bulldozers.”

“You got the end right,” Springsteen said. “I think he talks and I don't remember the gun handle but anyway, that is the movie and I can't believe this many people have seen it. I'm impressed.”

7. Favorite smell?

“My wife Patti," Springsteen said.

8. Least favorite smell?

“Sulfur,” Springsteen said.

9. Exercise: Worth it?

“I'm 72,” said Springsteen to applause.

10. Flat or sparkling?

“Flat,” Springsteen said.

11. Most used app on your phone?

“Siri, how do I get to ....?” Springsteen said.

12. You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life. What is it?

“'Summer Wind.' ” Springsteen said. “Frank Sinatra.”

13. What number an I thinking of?

“Seven,” Springsteen said. “No,” said Colbert.

14. Describe the rest of your life in five words?

“Damn, what a (blanking) ride,” Springsteen said.

“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts,” a new film of Springsteen and the E Street Band at the '70s era No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden, will be released in HD on physical formats Nov. 19, including on two CDs with DVD, two CDs with Blu-Ray and two LPs. It will be available globally in HD for digital download on Nov. 16 and digital rental on Nov. 23. Visit for more information.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan;

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