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While New Jersey is waiting for Bruce...

Published 2012-09-12

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are about to hit New Jersey again. When that happens these days the whole state knows it and a couple of percent of the population are present (all right, that would require no repeat customers and no out-of-staters, but still...) . Of course, it wasn't always so. Guest writer and photographer James Shives takes us back to a time wh ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian IV: The Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

Published 2012-08-21

 [Note: this review is based on a preview copy of the book. It is therefore possible that some of the information referred to in the book is not part of the published version.]

When you’ve read as many Bruce Springsteen biographies as this Bruce Librarian has, you don’t often come across one that is full of new information and interesting facts and analysis. There&rsquo ... Read more

Gothenburg, July 28: the night the world shifted

Published 2012-07-29

In my 24 years of seeing Bruce Springsteen live, it seems like part of what I’ve been doing is to try to get back to that night in 1988 when the 19-year-old me stood under the starry night in a stadium in Copenhagen and watched as “Twist and Shout” came to an end with 45,000 people dancing as one communal soul.

Before last night I had tried to reach the same emotional ... Read more

Those bloody hippies and their hippie music

Published 2012-07-15

You would think it was 1967 and not 2012 when the police cut the sound of Bruce's show at the Hard Rock festival in Hyde Park last night. The show had run 30 minutes past the curfew, which to Bruce is standard procedure, but in London rules are rules. "Twist and Shout" had just ended. Paul McCartney had been on stage for it, joining Bruce for the first time ever in an intercontinental ... Read more

Bruce played Prove It All Night with '78 guitar intro... Why is that a big deal?

Published 2012-05-18

The Bruce world woke up this morning to a sensation. No, Clarence wasn't resurrected from the dead. No, Electric Nebraska wasn't released. No, Bruce didn't reunite Steel Mill. So what happened? Well, Bruce decided to spend a few minutes of the show last night in Barcelona playing a guitar solo as an intro to "Prove It All Night". But why is that a sensation? He usually plays several g ... Read more

New North American leg announced for the fall

Published 2012-04-13

The Wrecking Ball Tour will continue beyond the European leg that ends in July. The news doesn't come as a surprise, but it's still nice to get confirmation. On August 18 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will kick off the new North American leg at Gillette Stadium in Boston, MA, After that the tour takes a swing to Canada with shows in Toronto and Moncton before returning to the easter ... Read more

Nebraska hits the theater

Published 2012-04-09

Few Springsteen albums have served as inspiration to other artists as much as Nebraska. In 1991 Sean Penn used the storyline of “Highway Patrolman” to create the movie The Indian Runner; 14 years later, in 2005, author Tennessee Jones wrote a collection of short stories - Deliver Me From Nowhere - based on the album; and now Bruce’s first solo album will come alive as ... Read more

Meet Dr. Zoom & the E Street Boom

Published 2012-03-27

Carter Bernhard probably didn’t care too much about setlist or band lineup when he attended last night’s show at the TD Center in Boston. Prior to the show he had spent an hour backstage with Bruce as a result of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s life-affirming efforts. Not that Bruce probably needed much convincing. Carter is, by all evidence, a very lovable 5-year-old kid who hap ... Read more

Whirlwind before the storm

Published 2012-03-16

The Wrecking Ball Tour doesn't officially start until Sunday, but Bruce hasn't exactly been charging his batteries by staying home on the couch. Yesterday saw his much anticipated keynote speech at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin. For almost an hour he spoke about the state of music today and about the artists that inspired him, emphasizing such name as Elvis, Roy Orbison, the Animals, and Ja ... Read more

Balcony survived but roof blown off The Apollo

Published 2012-03-10

Television appearances are one thing, but last night we got the first real impression of what Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be about post-Clarence. In a 2½ hour show last night at The Apollo Theater in New York City, they went through what will probably to a large degree be the core show on the upcoming tour. The show was a special event to celebrate the 10-year-annivers ... Read more

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Dave commenting on this: Really enjoying it so far, but only up to the Darkness sessions. Amazing writing for an amateur!
Charlene Linden commenting on this: I want to read it more than ever. When I saw him play at my university (Clark University, Worcester MA Oct.6 1974, 6 days before my 17th) I was frightened and lonely. I was younger than other students because I had graduated HS early. The tickets were free with our activity fee. I thought - oh he's going to be another self indulgent singer song writer. The 70s were full of those. My room mate could see that I was hesitant, and assured me that I'd love him. And I did. I felt a spiritually uplifting and joyous experience, like no other. This was more than music. This became a transformative event.One I would repeat many times. I am not at all shocked that Bruce is still a tortured soul - more than the bouts with depression that we all know. Along with the late Lou Reed, he is responsible for some of the best American rock and roll. I can't wait until the snow lets up. I NEED this book!
Mikey commenting on this: Interesting thoughts, I even agree with some of them, which might scare you. Thanks for the review