The Working on a Dream Tour was officially launched last night in San Jose, CA. And unlike what we reported yesterday as a silly April Fools joke, the entire E Street Band was present in name and person. Moreover, the band has been expanded with singers Curtis King and Cindy Mizelle from the Seeger Sessions band, allegedly to great effect. The first night offered a generous 26-song setlist stru ... Read more
In an unannounced surprise move, the official billing of the tour has changed from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band to simply Bruce Springsteen & Band. All posters in- and outside the arena in San Jose where the tour kicks off tonight have had the words "The E Street" crossed out, leaving only the word "Band". According to fans waiting outside the aren ... Read more
The Boston Phoenix has just declared war on all female Springsteen fans, and a lot of male ones too. In their 100 Unsexiest Men of 2009 list they put Bruce Springsteen in as no. 52, only slightly more sexy than Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson who made it to no. 51. The reasoning behind this absurd decision includes ridiculing his tight black jeans and calling him immobile, all based ... Read more
Bruce and the E Street Band were back last night for their first full-length show since the Magic Tour ended. Billed as a rehearsal show it wasn't really an offical show, but as rehearsal shows goes this had a more finished feel to it than previous rehearsal shows. At least, according to some of those who were there, when it came to the band's energy and tightness and the length of the sho ... Read more
Just as everyone was focusing on the rehearsal shows in Asbury Park and the upcoming tour, Bruce took everyone by surprise and showed up a few miles further up the shore at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. There he joined a band called The Panther Club at a benefit for the Ranney School, a private school in Tinton Falls, NJ. He helped out on three songs: "634-5789", "Mustan ... Read more
Greasy Lake is moving even further into the Web 2.0 age. Now we have our very own Twitter feed. So for those of you who have a Twitter account, go to twitter.com/greasylake and start following us. You will get little news updates and random Bruce observations served directly to your cell phone or news reader or wherever else you check your Twitter. A ... Read more
An official statement regarding the drummer situation in the E Street Band has been published on the official website. The statement confirms that Jay Weinberg will replace his father Max Weinberg at "the few shows Max Weinberg won't be able to appear at". So now that this is settled speculation can begin as to what "few" m ... Read more
A usually reliable source says that rehearsal shows will take place on March 23 and 24 at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday from Ticketmaster by phone only. An official announcement may come later today. The rehearsal shows will no doubt give us a good idea of how the new setlist will be structured. Don't be surprised to see a show that picks up where the ... Read more
It is almost as good as official. Reliable sources now say that Jay Weinberg is definitely going to replace his father Max Weinberg on drums for most likely the entire European tour. Jay Weinberg has been present during all the tour rehearsals that are currently taking place in Asbury Park. The reason for the replacement is of course Max Weinberg's commitment to his new job as the drummer for t ... Read more
Still no week goes by without the addition of a show or two. This week we got the news that Bruce will perform at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden on May 3. Bruce will share the bill with Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder and many others. Tickets will be sold on March 30 from Ticketmaster. Read more about the event on Read more
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Mike Simpson commenting on this: Acknowledging criticisms by third parties at the outset does not of itself make for a balanced review. To me the review reads as a very soft and favourably biased review. At any level in comparison with the vast bulk of Springsteen's catalogue this new album lacks coherence and ambition. Whilst it's not all bad and has some great moments it is in the round for me at best disappointing. In my opinion 'High Hopes' does not merit a full album release but is more akin to an interesting side project and almost suggestive of chucking out an album to meet contractual obligations. It might have been more appropriate to be scaled back to an EP or 'budget release' in old terms or a download only release.
My disappointment stems from a firm belief that Bruce can do much better and a 'new album' bearing his name should be better. I agree fully with Allan's comments and unfortunately believe this album will soon largely fade in the memory.
Allan Pyke commenting on this: A well written review. I admire your optimism. Unfortunately, for me, the album is sub standard. It is his worst release along with WOAD. Its a hodge podge album with no unifying themes. Wrecking Ball had that in spades along with some tracks that will remain in his live shows. We can't say that about WOAD and I believe we won't be able to say the same about this album. If Bruce wanted to revisit some old songs that didn't see a proper release, why not Another Thin Line and Code of Silence? To each his own. I liked LT and HT when most didn't. Its ok. They all can't be gems such as BTR and Darkness. This one was very disappointing for me.