Friday, 30 October 2009

Steal Rock Hall Of Fame Show to Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder

During his introduction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night (October 29), Tom Hanks brought up a good question: "Does rock and roll need a hall of fame?" He immediately arrived at his answer. "Yes. After 50 years of rock and roll, yes." The next five hours were spent backing up Hanks' statement, with performances by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen (plus a bevy of particular guests), all saluting the now storied history of rock and roll.
Ostensibly, the theme of the night was to bring together seminal rock acts and their influences for a series of greatest hits and all-star jams (Paul Simon brought out old school bopper Dion for a trip through "Runaround Sue," while Springsteen welcomed legendary singer and bandleader Sam Moore), but the most inspired moments from the show came when artists decided to look to the future (or at least the present) rather than salute the past. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello joined Springsteen for a loud, thumping electric version of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (complete with Morello's signature guitar scratching), while Wonder brought out John Legend for a trip through Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and an extended tribute to Michael Jackson on "The Way You Make Me Feel."
Following Hanks' introduction (his production company, Playtone, was producing the show for HBO, which will air the concert on November 29), the curtain rose on Jerry Lee Lewis, the 74 year old rock legend who sat behind a piano to pound out "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." He was followed by the first of many montages of moments in rock history (Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar, Elvis Presley on "The Ed Sullivan Show") mashed up with signature moments from the 20th century (Martin Luther King, Vietnam).
Crosby, Stills and Nash ran through a workmanlike set of their own hits and covers, bringing on contemporaries Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor for a few collaborations (including a blistering run through the Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider" and an all-hands-on-deck jam through "Teach Your Children"). Paul Simon's set was more straightforward: He kicked it off with "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and didn't stray far from his jukebox full of hits for the next 45 minutes. Longtime collaborator Art Garfunkel harmonized with Simon on classics like "The Sound of Silence" and "The Boxer," and while their individual voices sounded weathered by age, the harmonies remained as sweet and haunting as ever.
Stevie Wonder overcame technical difficulties at the beginning of his set (nobody could seem to provide him with a microphone that worked) to deliver a hit-filled, star-studded performance that stole the evening. In addition to his team up with Legend, Wonder also brought on Smokey Robinson (whose sweet croon infused "The Tracks of My Tears" with a stunning grace) and B.B. King (whose run through "The Thrill Is Gone" proved that his voice still has that perfect combination of gravel and honey, even at 84 years old). Perhaps the evening's most surreal moment came when Wonder introduced Sting, who played bass and sang with the R&B legend on an inspired mash-up of Wonder's "Higher Ground" and the Police's "Roxanne."
The night closed with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's typically epic set. Following a sweaty "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," Springsteen just kept hitting peaks: Duets with John Fogerty and Darlene Love, a cover of the Clash's "London Calling," a surprise appearance by Billy Joel (who jammed on three songs) and a final, everybody-and-their-mother grand finale "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." It was well after 1 a.m. by the time Springsteen bid the crowd goodnight, but the case had been made long before that: Yes, rock and roll does need a hall of fame, and the evening's performers proved that they were the reason why.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Bruce Springsteen: Plays Roll Over Beethoven in St. Louis

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band continued their tour on Sunday night with a gig in St. Louis. One highlight was Bruce playing "Roll Over Beethoven" in honor of St.Louis native Chuck Berry. The song hit was a 1956 for Berry. Also Bruce played "For You" solo on the piano. A solo piano song was a regular feature of the 2002-03 Rising Tour but it hasn't beendone too many times currently. This, as many future shows will be, was a "Born to Run" gig where Bruce played the entire album.

Gig began at 8:24 p.m.
1. Wrecking Ball
2. Seeds
3. Prove It All Night
4. Hungry Heart (crowd surfing)
5. Working On a Dream
6. Thunder Road
7. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
8. Night
9. Backstreets
10. Born To Run
11. She's The One
12. Meeting Across The River
13. Jungleland
14. Waitin' On a Sunny Day
15. Working On The Highway
16. The Promised Land
17. Lonesome Day
18. The Rising
19. Badlands
20. No Surrender
21. For You (solo Piano)
22. Roll Over Beethoven (tour premiere)
23. Surprise Surprise
24. Detroit Medley
25. American Land
26. Dancing In The Dark
27. Rosalita
Show over at 11:23 p.m.
Next gig: Monday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

At Tuesday show in Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen plays Price You Pay

Quite the setlist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at their fourth and final night at the Philadelphia Spectrum on Tuesday.
A particular 31-song, 3-hour-and-20 minute show with many highlights including Bruce opening with a song that many fans have had at the top of their request list: "The Price You Pay" from "The River."
It was the first time "Price You Play" had been played since May 27, 1981 in Brighton, Great Britain.

In addition to the entire "Born In The U.S.A." album being played, Bruce broke out "Higher and Higher" a 1967 hit by Jackie Wilson that the E Street Band use to play in 1977 and "Save the Last Dance for Me" a song he played one time on the "Magic" Tour.
Also Vini Lopez, the original drummer for the E Street Band, played on "Spirit In the Night."

Gigs began at 8:24 p.m.

1. The Price You Play (tour premiere)
2. Wrecking Ball
3. Out in the Street
4. Hungry Heart (w/ crowd surfing)
5. Working on a Dream
6. Born in the USA
7. Cover Me
8. Darlington County
9. Working on the Highway
10. Downbound Train
11. I’m on Fire
12. No Surrender
13. Bobby Jean
14. I’m Goin’ Down
15. Glory Days
16. Dancing in the Dark (Bruce's mother, Adele, dances with him onstage).
17. My Hometown
18. The Promised Land
19. The River
20. Long Walk Home
21. The Rising
22. Born to Run
23. Higher and Higher (request)

24. Spirit in the Night (with Vine “Maddog” Lopez on drums).
25. Loose Ends (request)
26. Kitty’s Back
27. American Land
28. Save The Last Dance for Me (tour premiere)
29. Waiting on a Sunny Day
30. Thunder Road
31. Rocky Theme (on trumpet) into Rosalita

Show over at: 11:44 p.m.

If you were at the show, please post your thoughts. On paper, this looks like it may be the show of the tour.

Next show: Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The entire "Born to Run" album will be played.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Plays last gig at Giants Stadium to Bruce Springsteen

The album highlighting the that shot him to superstardom, Bruce Springsteen has rocked Giants Stadium in New Jersey for the last time.
Friday night's gig which drew nearly 60,000 people and lasted for more than three hours was the last concert at the venue in East Rutherford. It will soon be demantled to create parking for a new stadium.
The show was the fifth that The Boss and the E Street Band had performed there since September 30. Album sets all featured. And like previous gigs, the final concert opened with a new song called 'Wrecking Ball'.
During the gig, Springsteen and his bandmates played the Born in the USA album from front to back. Overall, they performed 31 songs including seven encores and closed the night with 'Jersey Girl'.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Giants Stadium to Bruce Springsteen

Giants Stadium has life left only a few months, and unhappy, when the concrete bowl sinks into the swamps of the Meadowlands, it will be a demolition of New Jersey's own design. The irony is not lost on Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, who have been opening every show of their stadium closing run with an aptly named song called "Wrecking Ball." It's a new song, the day of playing off the news, the way good folk songs are supposed to. Call it the Woody Guthrie way. The song fades out with a familiar sounding "whoa ohh" sing along, as Springsteen taunts some metaphysical wrecking ball to just try and smash him and his mighty band off the stage.
The E Street Band showed no signs of fatigue Friday night as it checked off the second show of its five night run at Giants Stadium. The road more or less nonstophas been band for the past three years, and with only one month to go before a touring hiatus of indeterminate length, Springsteen and his band hardly hinted at their exhaustion.
The stadium to honor, Springsteen opted to play a classic album from the E Street Band glory days during each night of their current run. The schedule has him playing Born To Run and Born In The USA twice, with the remaining night, this past Friday, dedicated to a classic of equal weight: the mournful, anthem-stuffed Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Songs from Darkness are often the choicest cuts of any Springsteen show, so the satisfaction of hearing the album blown to bits in its entirety was something of a foregone conclusion.
The only question was whether there were any surprises left to be wrung out of old warhorses like "Badlands," "Adam Raised A Cain," or the life affirming an them of better days to come: "The Promised Land." Surprises or not, however, 40,000 diehards singing every word of that last song in drunken unison is one of the finest musical moments mankind can muster.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

playing entire Darkness album Bruce Springsteen rocks Giants Stadium

On a night when you get the full Darkness on the Edge of Town album played, Bruce pulls out a classic Elvis Presley song and the E Street Band is definitely on top of their game, that combined to make for one pretty damnnice gig at Giants Stadium on Friday. Hearing Darkness from start to finish made it a classic gig of course. This was played much tighter and much better l than at the Count Basie Theatre benefit in May of 2008, the only other time the album was played in it's entirety. A shorter gig timewise than Wednesday (3:14 to 2:50) but both gigs had 29 songs.
Start Time: 8:24 p.m. Again a pretty early start. Roy and Nils came onstage first. They weren't shown coming out from backstage on the big screens as they were at Wednesday's show. Bruce came up on the side stage with Clarence, walked him to his spot, gave the Big Man a little kiss and headed to the center mic. "Glad you came out to help us tear down this old girl," Bruce said. 1. Wrecking Ball I like this song. It's powerful and I like that it's a New Jersey theme. song. Again trumpet player Curt Ramm played on this. The stadium lights stayed on for the entire song. The lyrics were not put up on the big screens tonight as they were at Wednesday's show.
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out "Jersey! Let them hear you in New York City!" Bruced yelled out. The words "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" were shown on a fast crawl on the big screens. They did this at some shows earlier this tour. Bruce played to the far sides of the stage and when he got to the part "The Big Man joined the band" he pointed up to Clarence. Always fun. Well done tonight.
3. No Surrender A song I like but have tired of lately because Bruce does play it a lot. But tonight it actually looked to work well in this spot. A real rocking version. The big screen behind the stage showed an old record album collection, some guitars, some saxophones and then sold old photos of Bruce and the band including the photo of the band that's on the back cover of "The Wild, the Innocent and The E Street Shuffle."
4. Outlaw Pete A staple on this tour in an early slot. Again Western scenes were shown on the big screens. The "Can You Hear Me?" part works well in the big stadium.
5. Hungry Heart looks to be back in the setlist all the time now. Bruce had the fans sing the first verse as usual. Once again he ran into the back of the pit and jumped up and shook hands with fans and slapped high fives with many of them. He told the band to keep playing after he finally got back onstage and collapsed on his back, I think he may have wanted a few seconds to catch his breath after running around the entire pit like that. Pretty amazing. "Sounds good!" he said as the song was finishing. 6. Working on a Dream "Good evening New Jersey. So glad to be here at Giants Stadium tonight," Bruce said. "So glad to be back home. the E Street Band has been touring, touring, touring, touring... and practicing, practicing, practiing, practicing just for tonight." It was time to start the Darkness portion of the gig. "For Giants Stadium we tried to think of something particular we could do. The other night we did 'Born To Run,' tomorrow 'Born In the U.S.A.' and tonight 'Darkness.' Bruce said. "This was an important record for us. We had one hit and then three years off due to some trouble and hard times. "This album has been the body of our sets for the past 30 years."
7. Badlands Big screens showed a cloudy sky. Great as always. "Is there anybody alive out there tonight?" Bruce yelled out. 8. Adam Raised a Cain A real hot and smokin' version. Great guitar work by Bruce. "That was worth the price of admission," a friend send to me when the song finished.
9. Something in the Night Hearing these first three in order, brought me back to my senior year of high school when I first bought this album and listened to it over and over. 10. Candy's Room Hasn't been played enough this tour and any time it's played, is a good part of the show.
11. Racing in the Street Okay, I have to admit it. For the second straight gig I got tears in my eyes. It was "Meeting Across the River" on Wednesday. Tonight it was "Racing." Maybe the best version I've ever heard of this song and I first saw this played live in 1978. Just a perfect performance. The crowd was into it, Roy's piano playing was as brilliant as ever and the acoustics were awesome. One of those moments when for those few minutes everything seems perfect in the world. The ending musical part of the song just kept getting stronger and stronger. The woman next to me said "It's gorgeous." In my notebook I wrote: "Incredible! Wow!" Anyone who was at the gig will be talking about this version for years. The highlight of the night.
12. The Promised Land Nice to hear this in a different spot in the setlist.
13. Factory Not sure if this is anyone's favorite song, but since it's not played that much, it was good to hear.
14. Streets of Fire A classic that is not played enough. Sounded great. Nice guitar work by Bruce.
15. Prove It All Night A hot, hot version. Incredible Nils guitar solo (think Youngstown, Ghost of Tom Joad etc.) At one point Nils was holding up his guitar with one hand and still playing it with the other hand. Another highlight.
16. Darkness on the Edge of Town Just like on the album, the final song. Sort of sums it all up.
At the end Bruce brought Steve, Max, Garry, Roy and Clarence to the front of the stage for a bow. "These are the guys who made the record. And Phantom Dan Federici" A very touching moment.
17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day Bruce made a long toss of the guitar and tech Kevin Buell may have made his best catch ever. The guitar sailed far to the side on a long toss and Kevin had to actually hustle to catch it. When he did, even Bruce stopped and clapped for him. "The wind took it!" Bruce joked about his bad throw. We have seen Bruce do a lot of crazy things, tonight was pretty crazy. He actually jumped into the side seats between sections 108 and 109 (Off of Steve's side of the stage) and got into the front rows. At first the crowd was singing along and Bruce said "that's terrible!" Then he found a young girl to sing a long with him.
Raise Your Hand Instrumental (Collecting Signs) The handwritten setlist had Bruce doing the sign portion to start the encores but he changed his mind and decided to do it here. He was telling Steve to get his guitar. Bruce found one sign that read: "The Boss is in N.J." and he put it by his front microphone stand.
18. I'm Goin' Down (sign request) Bruce didn't show the sign at first and just started playing. I like this song, but some of us were hoping for something else since he's going to play it on Saturday. At one time it was a long lost song but it seems to be played a good amount now. It's always fun to hear though.
19. Be True (sign request) Always great to hear this B-side. Not played enough. One of the few times it's been played this tour. At the end of it, Bruce started to sing: "The warden threw a party in the county jail." and the next song was:
20. Jailhouse Rock (sign request, tour premiere) So cool. Bruce Springsteen singing an Elvis Presley classic. I'll have to check but I believe it's the first time the song has ever been played by Bruce and the E Street Band. He did play it at a Rainforest benefit gig at Carnegie Hall on April 12, 1995. The crowd was so into it. Nils had a nice guitar solo. Fun.
21. Thunder Road To hear 55,000 people sing along on the "Show a little faith, there's magic in the nightYou ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright" part is just magical. 22. Long Walk Home Yea! Lonesome Day was not played! Yeah!!!!! First time it's been out of the setlist for a long time. I'll have to check for exactly when. "Last to Die" was written in this spot on the setlist. Very nice to hear Long Walk Home. First time it's been played since the first Asbury Park rehearsal show on March 23. Steven sang some of it toward the end, just like he did on the Magic Tour.
23. The Rising Crowd got into the song. It started to rain just as the song was finishing up.
24. Born to Run Jay Weinberg came out to play drums. House lights turned on. Crowd goes nuts.
Encores:25. Cadillac Ranch Bruce saw a sign earlier and asked the person in the pit to hold it up. Bruce sang "Driving through the Ho-Ho-Kus night." 26. Bobby Jean Not a favorite of mine but I haven't heard it too much lately, so it even sounded good tonight.
27. American Land Bruce brought out some members of the Sessions band to play on this: Larry Eagle, Ed Manion, Curt Ramm and Art Baron. If you add Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle, Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell, you had eight members of the Seeger Sessions Band onstage. Fun moment when Bruce was introducing the band. He introduced Clarence as the "Saxaphone author!" and Clarence held up a copy of his new book. Bruce then said "the biggest man on the New Jersey Turnpike!" Bruce then brought over a copy of the book to Clarence and had him autograph it for him. Bruce then took the signed book, had a big smile on his face, and put it down on the side of Max's drum.
28. Dancing in the Dark Fun as usual, Bruce did not bring anyone up to dance with him tonight.
29. Rosalita "We got one more for you. Sending this out to Patti" Steve then pointed out a sign to Bruce that read: "Eli Manning called. He wants Rosalita!" Nice to hear but "Kitty's Back" was on the hand-written setlist. Funny moment: The past two gigs have had a roaming hand-held camera in the pit. Tonight the cameraman was singing along very loudly to Rosalita. He was having a good time! Steven was splashing Bruce with a wet spongue and at one point, Bruce's guitar string broke and Kevin was right up there quickly with another guitard. Bruce handed the bad guitar to his with his right hand and grabbed the good guitar with his left. "Thank you Jersey! We love you! Look you tomorrow night" Bruce said as he left the stage. Gig over at 11:14 p.m. Clocked in at two hours and 50 minutes, much shorter than Wednesday's 3:14 but the same amount of songs were played.
Notes: A bit of steady rain started as the Rising was finished and it was raining for most of the end of the gig. No PSA tonight, not even a mention for the foodbanks either, but they were there collecting money which is always nice to look. Neither "Johnny 99" or "Seeds" in the setlist tonight. Likely one of the rare times they haven't been played this tour, I'd look it up but it's almost 3 a.m. and I'm too tired. No Patti Scialfa tonight, Bruce did say she would be there tonight, but she wasn't. I think he said we'll look her on Saturday. "Wrecking Ball" was soundchecked several times as was "Long Walk Home" and "Last to Die." Spotted in the pit: NBC News anchorman Brian Williams. Weather wasn't too bad. In the pit it was pretty warm for most of the gig, people were even saying it was a bit too warm since most had jackets etc.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Bruce Springsteen to play entire albums at N.J. shows

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform an entire album from their back catalog each night of the five night run at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in October, the group announced late Monday night.
"Born to Run" and "Born in the USA" will each be performed twice, and "Darkness on the Edge of Town" will be played at the other gig.
Springsteen tested full album performances earlier in the tour: in Chicago on September 20 he did "Born to Run" from start to finish as the centerpiece of one of the group's typical marathon sets.
"Chicago convinced us that this was actually worth doing," Springsteen's manager Jon Landau said in a statement. "The audience was so supportive of the concept that it convinced us to go ahead with this at Giants Stadium."
Springsteen and company are in the midst of a fall tour that wraps November 22 in Buffalo, New York. In addition to five gigs at Giants Stadium, a "Born to Run" gig is set for November 18 in Nashville. The band will also appear at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert on October 29.
After the tour, the band expects to take an extended break. "We are gonna take, I don't know how long -- a year, year and a half, two years," guitarist Steven Van Zandt said last week.
The album performance schedule for Giants Stadium:
September 30: "Born to Run"
October 2: "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
October 3: "Born in the USA"
October 8: "Born to Run"
October 9: "Born in the USA"

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Springsteen's 1st Mariner show sells out in 20 minutes

Bruce Springsteen fans snapped up all the tickets for The Boss' 1st Mariner Arena show in a mere 20 minutes, officials said Friday.For the record, that's about 15 minutes faster than pop star Hannah Montana, according to Frank Remesch, the arena's general manager.The approximately 14,400 tickets for Springsteen's Nov. 20 gig sold out without major hitch, Remesch said. The night before the tickets went on sale, he worried it wouldn't sell out, thereby proving Baltimore's reputation as a second tier tour stop."I was nervous and apprehensive," Remesch said. "But after the first five minutes, we were already into the upper third level. At that point, it was ear-to-ear smiles."About 150 people stood in line outside the arena's box office Friday morning, and nearly everyone in line was able to get a ticket, Remesch said."It was a actually, actually neat thing," he said. "You had a mix of citizens like you wouldn't believe, from ages to jobs. It was just phenomenal."This will be Springsteen's first performance in Baltimore proper since 1973, when he opened for Chicago at the arena, then known as the Baltimore Civic Center. Soon after Friday morning's sellout, tickets for the gig appeared on online broker StubHub for as much as $849.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Bruce Springsteen celebrates his 60th birthday and here are 60 special memories

To celebrate Bruce Springsteen's 60th birthday, my fine editors at The Star-Ledger and have asked me to come up with my 60 special Springsteen memories.
Bruce was born on Sept. 23, 1949 at Monmouth Memorial Hospital (now Monmouth Medical Center) in Long Branch. He grew up in Freehold. I've been a Springsteen fan since 1975 and saw my first show in 1976, so there's a lot of memories and it was hard to cut it down to 60.

It's quite long, so maybe read it a bit at a time.
Most of these shows/events I was at in person and if I wasn't, I relived them through listening to recordings of the shows or watched the events on TV.First of all, Happy Birthday Bruce! May we all be in as good as shape as you are at 60 and thank you for the great memories and I'm sure there's plenty more to come.

Friday, 18 September 2009

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen rocks the United Center

You don't need a behind the music TV show to know why Bruce Springsteen, a singer songwriter with multiple Grammys, sells out huge arenas (like the United Center for this show) and is still rocking the music scene. Because good music never gets old, whether Springsteen (with the help of the E Street Band, of course) is leaning on the pop side, making it Americana or doing straight-up rock. Also pretty impressive was Springsteen's halftime performance at last season's Super Bowl (a coup for the NFL after Springsteen turned down requests to perform at previous Super Bowls), when he slid across the stage on his knees, crashing into a camera. He's almost 60. Rock on! 7:30 p.m. Sunday at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. $65-$98; 800-745-3000,

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Bruce Springsteen plays on into overtime

He's almost his own natural phenomenon, Bruce Springsteen. Thirty-six years after his first album, decades on the road, and he's still burning up the atmosphere with his candent intensity and ceaseless search for the American Dream, at the end of the street or just over the horizon.
It's not just that he can play for three hours, as he and the E Street Band did at the BankAtlantic Center on Sunday night, but that playing at such full-stream intensity looks as natural and requirement as breathing to him. He turns 60 next week, and yet he just doesn't stop.
What Springsteen's passion means by now is hard to say. The sold-out audience at the BAC was mostly middle-aged, well-fed and comfortable, a long way from the roaring, despai driven dreams of Born to Run, or the working class despair of Seeds, whose acquaintance doesn't know where he's going to sleep.
Yet, whether they're responding to sheer energy and nostalgia, or because Springsteen brings rare meaning to rock-'n'-roll release, or both, the audience roared ardently along on songs like Promised Land and when Springsteen asked ``Can you feel the consecrated fire? We're gonna build a house out of music and out of spirit and out of noise!'' On Sunday night, Springsteen carved a masterful path through longing and exuberance and rage, out to a dimly understood but powerful faith in life.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Springsteen NJ Home Is for Sale Where Boss Wrote ‘Born to Run’

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg). The house in Long Branch, New Jersey, where Bruce Springsteen lived when he wrote the album “Born to Run” in 1974-1975, is on the market for $299,000.
The two bedroom, 828 square foot cottage near the beach with a front porch is listed by Susan McLaughlin, a component for Keller Williams Realty. The listing highlights the property’s place in rock history as “the best darn piece” of rock “memorabilia that $299,000 can buy.”
“It does have a lot of possibilities as a summer cottage,” McLaughlin said in a telephone interview. “It’s excellent for someone who needs a little beach place.”
Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album pushed the New Jersey native to rock stardom and was his third album.
The listing was antecedently resulted by the Asbury Park Press of New Jersey.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen has enjoyed a amazementing amount of aflutter cred over the years including the applause to Nebraska that Sub Pop put out in 2000 but his accomplishment during the 2008 Super Bowl halftime show affirmed that The Boss is still an arena sized cradle who can ham it up with the best of them. And, more importantly, the band continues to sound great, which isn’t surprising bearing in mind the level of talent representing E Street, including Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt on guitars, Clarence Clemons on sax, and Max Weinberg on barrel. Here, Springsteen drops through in support of January’s Working On A Dream, which includes his Golden Globe winning contribution to The Wrestler soundtrack as a bonus track.

Friday, 7 August 2009


Fans were no doubt thrilled to hear last month that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would be returning to Nashville’s Sommet Center just 13 months after his last visit. Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait just a bit longer.
Springsteen’s Nashville date has been rescheduled from September 10 to Wednesday, November 18.
All tickets for the September concert will be honored on the new date. Refunds are available through point of purchase. No reason has yet been given for the postponement.
The announcement does come with a silver lining: It’s been announced that the band will perform their landmark album Born to Run in its entirety at the concert. (Listen to it after the jump, on the right.)
Run has been performed in concert once before, as part of a 2008 fundraiser in New Jersey, and last month, the band announced plans to perform it for the second time in Chicago on September 20.
Springsteen joins the likes of Van Morrison, Aerosmith, Steely Dan and Judas Priest in performing classic albums on concert tours this year. We reported on this trend in Thursday’s Tennessean.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Bruce Springsteen dates U.S. tour

August 19 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
August 22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
August 23 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
August 25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 10 Nashville, TN Sommett Center
September 12 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
September 13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
September 16 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
September 20 Chicago, IL United Center
September 30 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Bruce Springsteen exhibit to rock

March 8, 2009

On Friday, reps from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced plans to open the exhibit "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" on April 1, three days before the hall holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland. Featuring various memorabilia from Springsteen, the exhibit is expected to run through spring 2010.

"He's someone we've always wanted to do a big exhibit on," says Jim Henke, the Rock Hall's curator. "So it's one of those things that I'd bring up with his manager from time to time. Last summer they said, 'Yes, it makes sense now.' "

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Thursday, 22 January 2009


Bruce Springsteen's new album "Working on a Dream" has been set for a January 27 release on Columbia Records. "Working on a Dream" was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus one bonus track. It is the fourth teamwork between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

Working on a Dream" Song Titles:

1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working on a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival

Springsteen also celebrated Obama Inauguration

Bruce Springsteen began the 'We Are One' Obama Inaugural Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC today (January 18) as president-elect Barack Obama and his family looked on. The star-studded event officially opens the inauguration festivities leading up to Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday (January 20).

Bruce Springsteen Biography

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born in September 23, 1949. His nicknamed "The Boss", is an American songwriter, singer and musician. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is extensively known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana emotions centered on his native New Jersey.Springsteen's recordings have be liable to alternate between commercially available rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which he intersperses whimsical or deeply emotional stories.His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., typify his penchant for ruling grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has slowly become recognized with progressive politics. He is also noted for his support of various respite and upgrading efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.He has got many awards for his work, including eighteen Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, and continues to have a strong global fan base. He has sold over 65 million albums in the U.S, and 120 million worldwide

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Born To Run - Lyrics

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, its a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims
And strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
Well run till we drop, baby well never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
`cause baby Im just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybodys out on the run tonight but theres no place left to hide
Together wendy well live with the sadness
Ill love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I dont know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run

Top Bruce Springsteen Songs

I know that Springsteen is one of those rare artists whose songs impact us differently at different points in our lives, so I include a song like Thunder Road for a totally different reason at 41 than I would have when I was 18. Regardless, for me it always makes the Top 15.

1. Born To Run. Whether it's the original version, the live version from the 1985 tour, or acoustic, it's still the greatest rock song of all time, and one that will improve your mood from the moment the drums kick in.

2. Thunder Road. If it still doesn't give you goose bumps 30 years later, then you have no soul. And if you get the chance, look up the YouTube video of Bruce doing this as a duet with Melissa Etheridge. Classic.

3. Growin' Up. Because at some point in our lives, we've all "stood stone-like at midnight".

4. Rosalita. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've used the line "Some day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny."

5. Hearts of Stone. An incredible song that Bruce originally gave to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, he finally released his version on the Tracks CD.

6. Lost in the Flood. A post-Vietnam song from the first album that, sadly, translates well into the Iraq War-era.

7. Sherry Darling. Along with "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)" and "Quarter to Three", the greatest frat-rock song ever.

8. Bobby Jean. Bruce's farewell to Little Steven Van Zandt in 1983. Thankfully he returned to the band for The Rising.

9. Mary's Place. Released in 2002, it's not only the best song on The Rising, but also proof that the E Street Band hadn't lost a step.

10. Brilliant Disguise. From the Tunnel of Love CD. Written during his troubled first marriage, the perfect example of someone opening a vein and just letting the lyrics pour out.

Books on Bruce Sprinsteen

Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Chronicle Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8118-5348-9.
Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen. Billboard Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8230-8387-X.
Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader. Penguin, 2004. ISBN 0-14-200354-9.
Runaway American Dream: Listening to Bruce Springsteen. Da Capo Press, 2005. ISBN 0-306-81397-1.
The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. Visible Ink Press, 2005. ISBN 1-57859-157-0.
Bruce Springsteen: "Talking". Omnibus Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84449-403-9.
For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen's Legendary Fans. LKC Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9784156-0-0.
Bruce Springsteen on Tour: 1968-2005. by Dave Marsh Bloomsbury USA, 2006. ISBN 978-1596912823.
The Gospel according to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption from Asbury Park to Magic. by Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0664231699.
Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen by Rob Kirkpatrick. St. Martin's Griffin, 2009. ISBN 0-312-53380-2.

Bruce Springsteen Awards

Grammy Awards
Springsteen has won 18 Grammy Awards, as follows (years shown are the year the award was given for, not the year in which the ceremony was held):
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, 1984, "Dancing in the Dark"
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, 1987, "Tunnel of Love"
Song of the Year, 1994, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Best Rock Song, 1994, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, 1994, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, 1994, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Best Contemporary Folk Album, 1996, The Ghost of Tom Joad
Best Rock Album, 2002, The Rising
Best Rock Song, 2002, "The Rising"
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, 2002, "The Rising"
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, 2003, "Disorder in the House" (with Warren Zevon)
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, 2004, "Code of Silence"
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, 2005, "Devils & Dust"
Best Traditional Folk Album, 2006, The Seeger Sessions: We Shall Overcome
Best Long Form Music Video, 2006, "Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born to Run"
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, 2007, "Radio Nowhere"
Best Rock Song, 2007, "Radio Nowhere"
Best Rock Instrumental Performance, 2007, "Once Upon A Time In The West"
Only one of these awards has been one of the cross-genre "major" ones (Song, Record, or Album of the Year); he has been nominated a number of other times for the majors, but failed to win.

Academy Awards
Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1993, "Streets of Philadelphia" from Philadelphia.

Emmy Awards
The Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live In New York City HBO special won two technical Emmy Awards in 2001 and was nominated in four more categories.

Other recognition
Won Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Streets of Philadelphia" in 1994.
Polar Music Prize in 1997.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1999.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1999.
Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, 2007.
"Born to Run" named "The unofficial youth anthem of New Jersey" by the New Jersey state legislature; something Springsteen always found to be ironic, considering that the song "is about leaving New Jersey".
The minor planet 23990, discovered Sept. 4, 1999, by I. P. Griffin at Auckland, New Zealand, was officially named in his honor.
Ranked #23 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Made Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Of The Year 2008 list.
Won Critic's Choice Award for Best Song with "The Wrestler" in 2009.
Won Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "The Wrestler" in 2009.

Bruce Springsteen Discography

1973: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
1973: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
1975: Born to Run
1978: Darkness on the Edge of Town
1980: The River
1982: Nebraska
1984: Born in the U.S.A.
1987: Tunnel of Love
1992: Human Touch
1992: Lucky Town
1995: The Ghost of Tom Joad
2002: The Rising
2005: Devils & Dust
2006: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
2007: Magic
2009: Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Garry Tallent - bass guitar, tuba
Clarence "Big Man" Clemons - saxophone, percussion, backing vocals, larger-than-life persona and Springsteen foil
Max Weinberg - drums, percussion (joined September 1974)
Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer (joined September 1974)
Steven Van Zandt - lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin (officially joined July 1975 after playing in previous bands; left in 1984 to go solo; rejoined in early 1995, however made appearances during the "Other Band" Tour).
Nils Lofgren - guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals (replaced Steve Van Zandt in June 1984; remained in group after Van Zandt returned)
Patti Scialfa - backing and duet vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion (joined June 1984; became Springsteen's wife in 1991)
Soozie Tyrell - violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals (joined 2002,occasional appearances before that)
Charles Giordano - organ, accordion (Giordano, originally a Sessions Band member, joined the E Street Band on a temporary basis in late 2007 during the illness of Danny Federici. He continued playing with the E Street Band after Federici died in April 2008.)

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Bruce Springsteen Brief Introduction

* Born: 23 September 1949
* Birthplace: Freehold, New Jersey
* Best Known As: Working-class singer/songwriter/guitarist

Name at birth: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen launhced his first album in 1973, but it was his second album, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle in 1974 that led a rock detractor to call him "the future of rock'n'roll." A year afterward Springsteen launched Born to Run to critical and popular success, and he was a bona fide rock star, nicknamed "The Boss." In the '80s he released The River to vast success, and his 1984 album, Born in the U.S.A. was on top of the charts for seven weeks. In the '90s Springsteen left his back-up band and recorded solo, but by the end of the decade was touring with them again. Known for his songs about working-class Americans and for his generous and frequent live performances, Springsteen has been one of the top rock acts for nearly three decades. His 2005 album, Devils & Dust made five Grammy nominations, winning one for best solo rock performance.