4th of July is a very special day to most Americans. Barbecue, family, relaxation, fireworks on a bright summer night. It is of course also a celebration of American freedom and independence and everything that implies. It's a day full of symbolism and show, and as such, it's the perfect backdrop for artistic expression. And for someone like Bruce, who embodies America like few other artists ... Read more
When the London Calling DVD was announced a couple of months ago, it was met with a collective sigh from many fans. It wasn’t the release we wanted. We wanted the Darkness box. It wasn’t the show we wanted. We wanted one of the Italian shows or one of the Madison Square Garden shows. By many accounts, the Hyde Park show had stood in the shadow of the exertion of Glastonbury the prev ... Read more
The long-awaited DVD/bluray release London Calling: Live in Hyde Park has now been released in most of the world. Reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive with even many skeptics being swayed by the picture and sound quality. Fears that the show was sub-par, with a tired and out-of-voice Bruce, also seem to have been quenched. Bruce is as energetic and powerful as he always is ... Read more
As if Little Steven didn't have enough to do already with his radio and TV projects, last week he gave a presentation to eMusic members at City Winery in New York. One of the people in attendance was former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner who asked about how the song "Jungleland" came to be. Here's Steven's interesting answer:
Sometimes you can be really surprised by one of these polls. I always had the impression that Born in the USA wasn't terribly popular among the "real" fans... the kind of fans who are crazy enough to frequent a Springsteen website like this. It was the album that broke Bruce to the masses and forever killed whatever was left of the illusion that Bruce was "our littl ... Read more
Last week's poll was a little different. It had nothing to do with his music or bands or time periods. We simply lined up a selection of the causes Bruce has supported over the years and asked which one you liked best. It was probably, to me, the most unpredictable poll we've had on here. I had no idea how it would turn out, except I didn't figure supporting DoubleTake Magazine or John Kerry wo ... Read more
What does time do to people's opinion of a new album? That was the question of last week's poll. I thought it would be interesting to see how people's opinion about the Working on a Dream album had changed in the year after its release. The conclusion is: not very much. More than 50% said that their opinion was unchanged. This didn't say anything about whether they liked it or not. Only that th ... Read more
Seems like Bruce is attending every benefit concert he can find these days. Last night he was in New York to participate in the Gateway´s Gala Benefit Concert, supporting an education center for children with learning problems... and paying tribute to Jon Stewart who was an honoree. He performed a mini-set of seven songs and was joined by Patti Scialfa for two of them. His performance har ... Read more
Yes, that's the question one could ask after last week's poll. "Because the Night" was so merciless to the other options that it was hardly even worth it. I don't think in the Greasy Lake poll's history that there has been such an undisputed winner. Here's the final result:
Which of these officially released song collaborations is your favorite?
Be ... Read more
I wrote the other day that Bruce was laying low. I apologize for that since it's so obviously not true at all. Three performances in a couple of weeks is not exactly laying low. And the one last night at the Carnegie Hall must be candidate for most surreal Springsteen performance ever. The occassion was Sting's annual Rainforest Benefit, which Bruce also took part in back in 1995. That was all ... Read more
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Garry Duffy commenting on this: This site is about Bruce Springsteen. Please post political statements elsewhere.
Brent Fulberry commenting on this: Let's be honest - and you libs here arent' going to like hearing the TRUTH - but make no mistake, it was RONALD REAGAN who did more to bring down that wall than anyone. PERIOD!
Rob Malkin commenting on this: Well, they've now become available individually since record store day. So for £17 I picked up The Wild the IN... (well you know the rest) I'm sold, you would have to be deaf not to hear the difference; clarity, warmth and truly parts I'd not heard before. Ok so now that the price of the vinyl box set has dropped a bit the savings aren't huge, but at least I can spread the cost and don't need to re buy the superfluous Nebraska. My only gripe would be why not make them available to buy individualy from the get go? Although I guess Allan's answered that already?