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Bruce's most important shows ever?

Published 2006-12-10
By Magnus Lauglo

This fall, being the true Bruce geek that I am, I took on a substantial “listening project.” I decided to listen to all of Bruce’s albums, some studio outtakes and a bunch of live shows in chronological order. I started a month or so ago, with some choice Steel Mill boots, and worked my way to Greetings and Wild & InnocentRead more

You better get used to it

Published 2006-11-26
Well, the Seeger Sessions Tour has ended and everybody is holding their breath in anticipation of what will be next. Or perhaps more important, when the next thing will happen. Because Bruce already pretty much declared that the next project will be with the E Street Band, and although nothing is written in stone when it comes to Bruce's projects until they actually happen, I think it's a ... Read more

Bruce's MySpace profile

Published 2006-11-19
What exactly is up with that? Like anybody who's anybody, Bruce now has an official profile on MySpace. Actually, it seems he's had it for a while, but it hasn't gathered too much attention from the fan community. Maybe because it leaves everybody completely puzzled, including me. Is this thing really ... Read more

Something for the musicians

Published 2006-11-14
A few days ago I launched a new section on Greasy Lake. It can be found under the Songs section of Drop the Needle and features chords to just about all released Springsteen songs. The section is actually the much celebrated Springsteen Chords site which from now on will be part of Greasy Lake. Springsteen Chords has for a long time been praised as the most extensive collection of Bruce chords any ... Read more

Just around the corner...

Published 2006-11-05
It's almost time for the annual Light of Day benefit shows supporting the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. The three shows will take place on December 1, 2, and 3 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. There will even be shows in Europe this time around. You can read the press release here for more information.
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Best show ever

Published 2006-11-03
You know that feeling after a concert you walk out knowing that you've just seen the best show ever? Well, I feel that way after about every third Bruce show I go to. Whether it actually is the best show ever is impossible to say, but that's not the point. The point is that as long as Bruce can continue to give me that feeling I'm not going to write him off.

Anyway, the las ... Read more

Meanwhile elsewhere in Europe

Published 2006-10-19
While Bruce is attracting thousands of people all over Europe playing American traditionals, his old buddy Southside Johnny is on a more low-key tour of the old world with his Asbury Jukes. Last week I was fortunate enough to catch them in what has become an annual tradition, their show at Amager Bio in Copenhagen. Southside is doing what he's been doing for as long as I think anyone can remember: ... Read more

The Bruce sessions

Published 2006-10-09
Well, the first week of European shows is over, and we have in fact seen what seems like a new trend in the setlists. It seems Bruce is more willing to try out new things with the Seeger Sessions Band than before, and it seems he's more willing to dig into his own material. "The River", "Fire", "Growin' Up" and "Bobby Jean" all made their first appearances with the Seeger Sessions Band this past w ... Read more

Tour of Italy begins today!

Published 2006-10-01
Starting today Bruce's Seeger Sessions circus tour is back on the road. Tonight he kicks off his new European tour with a show in Bologna, Italy. It will be the first of no less than seven Italian shows, which is unprecedented for him. Unfortunately the show in Caserta has been moved from the beautiful Ciardini Della Reggia castle to a small indoor arena called Palamaggio. After spending 1 weeks ... Read more

Catching up

Published 2006-09-24
There hasn't been a whole lot of news in the last few weeks while I was on vacation, and whatever there was, you probably found elsewhere. On the 17th Bruce performed for parents and teachers at the Ranney School in what used to be the Rumson County Day School benefit, but which has now been changed to the Ranney School benefit. I don't know if his kids changed schools or what. Whatever the case, ... 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