"What else would I do?" Springsteen asked an interviewer on CBS's "60 Minutes." "Am I going to garden? Why would you stop? I mean, you play the music and you know, grown men cry. And women dance. That's why you do it."
Asked if it is still good to be a rock star, Springsteen said: "I would say that, yes, it is. But the 'star' thing I can live with. The music I can't live without."
Admitting he is what his son would call an "attention whore," Springsteen told "60 Minutes": "But you have to be one of those or else why would you be up in front of thousands of people, you know, shaking your butt?
"But at the same time, when it comes down to it, it's the way it makes you feel. I do it because of the way it makes me feel when I do it. It gives me meaning, it gives me purpose," he explained.
"Magic," Springsteen's latest collaboration with the E Street Band, was released last week.