Billy Joel takes responsibility for Bruce Springsteen's broken down motorcycle

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The motorcycle that Bruce Springsteen was riding when a group of veterans found him broken down on the side of road was built by none other than singer Billy Joel.

Billy Joel told an audience in New York he gave The Boss the motorcycle, which broke down earlier this month in New Jersey, US.

He performed Bruce's Born To Run and then told the crowd he called his fellow singer when he saw the news and apologised.

Bruce Springsteen
(Paul Connors/AP)

He said he built the motorcycle for Bruce at the 20th Century Cycles shop in Oyster Bay, a town in Long Island.

Some bikers from the Freehold American Legion found the Born In The USA singer on the side of the road. He hopped on the back of one of their bikes and headed to a local bar while he waited for a ride.