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Into the river we'd dive

Published 2011-04-22

As a follow-up to the recent post about the European leg of The River Tour, I'd like to post a little story that a reader named Jonathan Scott submitted to us. Just thought it radiates the sort of innocence that must have been dominating these shows for the European fans.

Back in March 1981 I read an ad on an Italian music magazine called Ciao 2001 (long defu ... Read more

New exciting feature finally ready

Published 2011-04-16

Users of the live section here on Greasy Lake may have noticed a login box in the right-hand column of the Live Performance section along with a little "New feature coming soon" label. Well, I'm proud to announce that "soon" has arrived and a new feature is finally ready to be rolled out. It's no exaggeration to say that it's the biggest new addition since the last design ch ... Read more

It was thirty years ago... around this time...

Published 2011-04-10

… that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band kicked off their first full-blown European tour. They had visited London, Amsterdam and Stockholm six years previously, on the infamous Euro stint of the Born to Run Tour that is mostly known for Bruce tearing down his own posters. But by 1981, halfway through the extensive River Tour, he had recovered enough from that experience to once a ... Read more

Bruce rock 'n' folked with Dropkick Murphys

Published 2011-03-19

It was a public secret for days before it happened: Bruce Springsteen was going to show up at the last of three Dropkick Murphys shows at the House of Blues in Boston. And much to the delight of the crowd, he sure did. Just a few days after making one of his traditional appearances at the somewhat more sedated Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction show in New York, Bruce joined the Irish America ... Read more

New releases and a crowning

Published 2011-03-09

After a long period of nothing, the last couple of days have suddenly exploded in Bruce news. No, no new album or tour, but at this point we'll take anything we get. First of all, there's a new release coming out on May 5. Well, "new" may be stretching it. It's a separate release of The Promise: The Making of Darkness o ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian Vol. III: Finding Grace in the Concert Hall

Published 2011-02-13

A book about Bruce is not just a book about Bruce. There are several types of Bruce books: everything from the traditional biography to picture books and guitar tab books. One sub-genre is not very well-known. You won’t find it in many bookstores, except possibly in college bookstores or other very specialized places, and it’s not the kind of book you want to give to the casual fan ... Read more

Bruce rocks for the Ranney School

Published 2011-01-30

The annual benefit show for the Ranney School, which has one or more of Bruce's kids attending classes, took place last night at the Stone Pony. Concept was the same as always: only access for employees of the school, plus parents of students, and the parents even had to shell out big money to be there. But no doubt everybody in attendance felt they got their money's worth as Bruce deliver ... Read more

Great offer to fans in the L.A. area

Published 2011-01-28

Are you in the L.A. area? Greasy Lake can get you and your friends in for free at Saturday's show at Brixton South Bay where Bruce cover band The Rising will perform the Darkness album in its entirety. Just send an email to greasylake@greasylake.org and tell us the full names of those going. Then you'll all be on the guest list. Normal ticket price is $13.

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Bruce makes first live appearance of 2011

Published 2011-01-16

As has become a great habit for him, Bruce showed up at last night's Light of Day benefit show at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. As usual, his presence hadn't been announced, but that didn't stop him from showing up and joining the usual suspects Joe Grushecky, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile and Alejandro Escovedo for a long night of great rock 'n' roll. After guesting with the three last-ment ... Read more

Greasy Lake Reviews: The Promise - The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Published 2010-12-26

Reviewing The Promise box actually makes as much sense as Reader’s Digest reviewing The Holy Grail. In many ways The Promise defies all earthly attempts to describe, label or criticize. It is the Holy Grail for Springsteen fans. Even after its release, going through the list of contents makes you wonder if it was all just a dream. Did we really get a complete 1978 show on DVD? Was there r ... 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