He's best known for supporting Barack Obama but Bruce Springsteen's name has been dragged into the Tasmanian election campaign.
A row has erupted after state opposition leader Will Hodgman attended a concert by The Boss in Sydney and tacked on a meeting with federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Liberal leader bought the tickets at Christmas to attend the concert with his eight-year-old son, well before the March 15 poll was called.
But earlier this week his office denied to local media he was in Sydney to see Springsteen.
Mr Hodgman's meeting with Mr Turnbull over concerns about the National Broadband Network rollout in Tasmania was instead widely reported.
Mr Hodgman has defended the handling of the trip, saying his media team is not aware of all his personal engagements.
"I've actually been able to deliver a fantastic outcome for my son and I had a great night," he told reporters in Hobart.
"But I've also been able to deliver a good positive outcome for Tasmania."
That outcome, he says, is an NBN "trial" following anger over the project's boss, Ziggy Switkowski, saying existing copper would be used for the rollout from next year rather than fibre.
Mr Hodgman was overheard on a television microphone telling a colleague the issue could cost his party the election despite it flying high in the polls.
He was unable to say Mr Turnbull had guaranteed a fibre-to-the-home trial, or when it would start.
"What Mr Turnbull has committed to doing is having a look at the contemporary information in detail about what is possible in Tasmania in real time, in the real world," Mr Hodgman said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will also be lobbied when he visits the state on Saturday, Mr Hodgman said.
Mr Turnbull described Mr Hodgman as on "Kool-Aid" over the issue on Thursday, but backed his state colleague as a strong advocate for Tasmania a day later.
Labor premier Lara Giddings is calling for fibre cabling to be strung on power company Aurora's poles to save money and ensure the full rollout.
Ms Giddings said a trial of that technology had already been done.
"This is a desperate construct cooked up by Will Hodgman to save his own political skin," she said.
Labor has promised to make Aurora's poles available free of charge as part of its election campaign.