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  1. 17 points
    So yes, there is news. I’ve recently become engaged to one of your lot, who I met on the 2017 tour..... She’s a Laker Lurker so no names here but we’re both very happy and both very grateful to Bruce and the wonderful tour that brought us together......
  2. 16 points
    Walter Cichon’s name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Cichon went missing in action in Vietnam on March 30, 1968. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post) What Springsteen leaves out of the show is that the circumstances surrounding Walter’s death in Vietnam are murky. The Asbury Park Press has reported that Walter “emerged from a trench” with a grenade and was shot in the head. Fellow soldiers withdrew from the battle under heavy fire, unable to recover the body, the newspaper said. In July 1975, the family finally held a memorial service (paid for by the Army), where his wife, Carolee, and sons were presented with a flag and his posthumously awarded medals. Carolee later remarried and had two more children but died in 2007 at the age of 59. Walter Cichon went missing in action while serving in the Vietnam War in 1968 and was finally given a funeral in 1975. (Courtesy of Newspapers.com) In an interview, Walter’s younger son David Cichon, now 51, said he and his older brother Bryan, 52, have been in touch with Vietnam War veterans on Facebook. They are investigating the possibility that, after being shot in the head, their dad actually survived and died while being taken as a prisoner of war to a field hospital or somewhere in Hanoi. David, a supervisor for a Tiffany’s distribution center who lives in New Jersey, and Bryan, a client relationship manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Florida, have been messaging with Vietnam veterans who have been communicating after all these years with their Viet Cong counterparts. During their childhood and for the early part of their adulthood, both sons said they knew only that their father had traveled in the same circles as Springsteen. But they had no clue the Boss had held their dad in such high esteem. They finally got the full picture in 2005, when someone forwarded them a YouTube clip of Springsteen playing a new but unreleased song about the Vietnam War called “The Wall” at a concert that year. “I wrote this song for Walter, Walter Cichon,” Springsteen tells the crowd. “I was in Washington, and I was visiting the Wall and I wrote this for him.” When David got the link in his email, he felt overwhelmed. “When he actually says my father’s name, chills went down my spine,” David said. “They were friends! Bruce remembered his name and then visited him at the Wall! It occurred to me that my father had some impact on his life. We had no idea he was such a huge influence.” For Bryan, the clip felt like a reason to do something big. “This more than anything made me want to get a hold of Bruce,” he said. It turned out that one of Bryan’s clients at his bank was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. It took a couple of years, but he ultimately wound up with the contact information for Springsteen’s longtime management firm. Bryan passed along the story about his father, and one day in 2008, while he was touring a car museum in Reno, Nevada, he got a call from one of Springsteen’s people. “Bruce wants to meet you,” Bryan remembers the person saying. They were told to show up at an upcoming concert in Orlando. After the show, they went backstage and waited outside a door. Finally, Springsteen emerged. “Bruce opens his door and takes one step and looks at me,” Bryan recalled, “and then says, ‘Whoa whoa, whoa. Standing here, I feel like I am looking at your dad.’” In 2008, Bryan Cichon, left, and his brother got to meet Springsteen at a concert in Orlando, where The Boss reminisced about their father, the inspiration for his song, “The Wall.” (Courtesy of David Cichon) The men embraced. Springsteen told Bryan, “The last time I saw you, you were this big sitting on your dad’s lap on the day he left for Vietnam.” “You were there?” Bryan asked. Then, they fell into a long conversation inside his dressing room. Springsteen gushed about their father and their uncle Raymond, the guitarist. “He said Dad was this ‘beautiful man’ and that he used to go to dad’s concerts and push his way to the front of the stage and that he’d watch our uncle Ray to learn the chords and then watch the girls screaming for our dad,” Bryan recalled. “He said, ‘Everything I learned about performing onstage, I learned from going to the Motifs and watching your dad.’” Before they parted ways, Bryan asked Springsteen for a favor. He asked him if he could finally record “The Wall,” put it in an album and “tell my dad’s story.” “He looked at me right in the eyes and said, ‘I am going to do that,’” Bryan said. Sure enough, Springsteen did. In 2014, Springsteen released a new album, “High Hopes.” It featured “The Wall.” And the album’s liner notes told Walter’s story. “He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness,” Springsteen wrote. David and Bryan haven’t seen their father’s friend since their visit with him in 2008. Every once in a while, they find clips of Springsteen talking about Walter at random concerts. And ever since the launch of the Broadway show, friends who have shelled out big bucks for tickets have excitedly told them about Springsteen’s homage to the Cichon brothers. But they haven’t seen it themselves. “I know what he says in the show,” David said. “He’s said it directly to me. Besides, he’s probably got a lot of other people to take care of.” Bryan said he would love to go and express his gratitude to Springsteen in person. “He did what I asked him to do,” Bryan said. “He put ‘The Wall’ in an album and told my dad’s story. I just want to tell him thanks.” LINK: http://www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org/bruce-springsteen-idolized-these-jersey-brothers-then-one-was-killed-in-vietnam/
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    I saw this article as I was perusing the internet. Really nice story about Bruce meeting Walter's son. Bruce Springsteen idolized these Jersey brothers. Then one was killed in Vietnam. In his Broadway show, Bruce Springsteen, right, lavishes praise on Motifs frontman Walter Cichon, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Rob DeMartin) This post originally appeared at the washingtonpost.com. By Ian Shapira Halfway through Bruce Springsteen’s solo act on Broadway, the Boss reminisces about two bar-band rockers he idolized in New Jersey in the 1960s. Walter and Raymond Cichon were the frontman and lead guitarist of a band called the Motifs. “They were gods,” Springsteen tells the audience. On Walter: “On stage, he was deadly, and he was aloof and raw and sexual and dangerous.” On Raymond: “Raymond was my guitar hero.” But the memories about a pair of little-known musicians takes a sorrowful turn: Walter was killed in 1968 in the Vietnam War, a disclosure that, following such loving tributes, prompted slight gasps in the audience when I saw the show earlier this month. On Saturday, “Springsteen on Broadway” ends its 14-month and 236-show run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. The same day, the Boss’s show launches globally on Netflix, offering the experience at a far more affordable price point to fans who had been unwilling or unable to cough up the hundreds or thousands of dollars for tickets. For Springsteen-philes, not much he says in the 975-seat theater may be new. A great deal of the script is based on his 2016 book, “Born to Run.” But his stories about the Cichon brothers stick out. Outside of his mother, father and his wife, Patti Scialfa, Springsteen doesn’t speak at length in the performance about many other people, let alone name them. (Some of the omissions are tantalizing: Who was the music big wig who checked out Springsteen’s band in 1971 at a show in Asbury Park only to sleep with Springsteen’s then-girlfriend and leave town?) But Springsteen does devote about eight minutes of his nearly three-hour show to the Cichons. He winds his way to the brothers by first recounting the time he’d run into the antiwar activist Ron Kovic in 1980 at a hotel in Los Angeles. Kovic, paralyzed in a wheelchair, introduced himself to Springsteen, who, coincidentally, had just read Kovic’s book, “Born on the Fourth of July.” Kovic invited Springsteen to visit a veteran’s center in Venice, Calif., the next day to meet wounded soldiers. When he arrived, Springsteen says he struggled to relate. His life seemed frivolous compared to theirs. It all made me think of my own friends from back home. It was Walter Cichon. Walter Cichon was the greatest rock-and-roll front man on the Jersey Shore in the bar-band ’60s. He was in a group called the Motifs. He was the first real rock star I ever laid my eyes on. He had it in his bones and in his blood and in the way he dressed and carried himself … In our little area, he showed us by the way that he lived. That you could live your life the way you chose. You could look the way you wanted to look. If you had the courage you could play the music that was in your heart that you wanted and needed to play. You could be who you wanted to be. You could tell anybody who didn’t like it to go [expletive] themselves and still be all right. Then, Springsteen tells a hilarious bit about Walter’s brother Raymond. Big Ray. Big Ray was this big, tall, kind of sweetly clumsy guy. But he was one of those big guys who just isn’t comfortable with his size. Wherever he is, he’s always either knocking into [expletive] and [expletive]’s falling over. Somewhere inside of Big Ray there was a Little Ray crying to get out. There was not enough space for Raymond wherever he was. But he dressed impeccably with these pastel shirts. Pink. Lime. Lime green. Baby blue. Long pointed collar … Sharkskin pants. Nylon see-through socks. Spit-shine shoes. Slick-back black hair with one little curl that hung down perfectly when he was playing the guitar. Raymond was my guitar hero. Walter and Raymond, Springsteen explains, had day jobs. Walter worked in construction, Raymond sold shoes. They weren’t famous. The Motifs never produced any major records or filled arenas. They had one semi-hit song called “Molly.” But he still worshiped them: “The hours I spent standing in front of their band, studying, studying, studying, class in session, night after night, taking it all in, watching Ray’s fingers fly over the fret board.” These nights, Springsteen says, were “essential to my development as a young musician.” Then, he adds: “I loved them. I loved these men.” Jean Mikle, a longtime Asbury Park Press reporter who has written two profiles of the Cichon brothers and the Motifs, described Walter’s performance like this: “Slightly menacing and a little bit wild, he was unlike any other frontman on the scene. And his songs … were raw and deeply personal, with bits of The Kinks, The Animals and The Rolling Stones mixed in.” Springsteen admired the Motifs in the 1960s, calling Walter and Raymond Cichon “gods.” In the top row, Walter is on the far left and Raymond is in the middle, smiling and holding the guitar upright. (Courtesy of David Cichon) It’s astonishing to hear one of the world’s greatest rock stars lavish praise on two musicians who never earned a fraction of his fame. The trajectory of his life couldn’t be more different from the Cichon brothers. Walter was drafted at 21 and went missing in action on March 30, 1968, in the Kontum province of South Vietnam. Though Springsteen doesn’t mention it in the Broadway show, Raymond, also an Army veteran, died in 1980 a week after getting beaten up in Vermont, where he was trying to reconcile with his estranged wife. Instead her relatives allegedly attacked him, according to a 1980 account in the Asbury Park Press. A 2014 article said no charges were brought. Raymond was 36. Meanwhile, Springsteen, who has acknowledged dodging the draft, is still performing his signature epic concerts at the age of 69. The Broadway show clocks in around two hours and 40 minutes. Onstage, he wears jeans and a black shirt that is tight enough to show off his jacked arms. Springsteen wraps up his Cichon stories with a heavy dose of regret. A year after Walter’s death, he describes how he and two bandmates were drafted on the same day. The trio rode to the Selective Service office one Monday morning, certain they were on their way to their deaths. When they arrived at the draft board, he says, “We did everything we could not to go. We succeeded, all three of us.” (In a conversation last year with Tom Hanks at the Tribeca Film Festival, Springsteen called himself a “stone-cold draft dodger” and recounted telling a draft official, “I’m sorry, sir. I don’t understand what you are saying because I am high on LSD.”) Now, Springsteen says, when he goes to Washington and “visits” Walter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, “I’m glad … that my name for that matter isn’t up on that wall.” He adds: “All those lost years. Somebody’s life. Those missing years … years that should have been lived, lived out. Remains infuriating. To this day I do sometimes wonder who went in my place because somebody did.” Continued in next post...
  5. 10 points
    Thank you all so much! Yes, I had cake at 7am with my nephew's children - it was very nice, if a little early in the day... Breakfast out, a spot of shopping and a bottle of champagne awaits for later.
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    They usually are. Imagine how great The River would be if for his 19th birthday he'd gotten a unicorn and a wet head comb.
  8. 9 points
    Anyone who says 'Meh' is not a fan. This was the first show after Danny's death? Badlands was incendiary. This concert is extraordinary; with the definitive version of Racing in the Street.
  9. 9 points
    On this day, ten years ago, Working on a Dream was released!
  10. 9 points
    This is Murphy, we got him at the beginning of December. Which is when the top pic was taken. Bottom pic is most recent as of last weekend.
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE XX
  13. 8 points
    It's time to wrap this fundraiser up! Thanks to you we are secure for another year. So thank you to all of you who donated, big or small. Without you, this place would cease to exist. So, we can all relax for a little while and enjoy whatever Bruce has in store for us in the coming year. Bring it on!
  14. 8 points
    I was sitting today just shuffling around my music on the iPhone today... Played a song or two from the entire archive. Usually, a song would spur a desire for another song and then another. Magical setlists exist by happenstance. They just appear. They are just fantastic and fill a void in me. I've been going through some challenges and I'm slowing down for a while to recharge and see what's next. This music is needed for these times. What I can report, what I report all the time is that it is amazing these songs are here, recorded and mixed so well. I went from Hammersmith and Roxy 75 through Roxy 78 and Passaic, Tempe '80, then to London '81. Then all the way up to 2017. Every show sounds good and some are spectacular. Drift Away from '84 is amazing to have in such quality. I believe in your song!! I cannot wait for Friday because I have no idea what it'll be. This Friday I will listen closely no matter what it is. This music makes me feel alive and I have to share this tonight with my friends who are reading it.
  15. 8 points
    I love it. A great pop album with a couple of gems on it.
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    I'd ask him repeatedly if he can feel the spirit. See how he likes it
  18. 7 points
    A Jersey girl friend of mine pointed these out on Facebook. Springsteen album cookies.
  19. 7 points
    And for the other two percent of us, well their entire vocabulary consists of: wembley, 2002, release, now.
  20. 7 points
    I completely agree. I stumbled across to BTX today and saw that a certain somebody is back on there, with the usual posts most likely copied and pasted from a 30,000 page word document. I have a brief look in on here and see a post like Buddhabone's and it makes me glad that we've gotten past that roadblock that was halting this thread from reaching its potential over the last few months. When you read writing like that from Buddhabone, or JF; Zoom, Silvia, yourself; Bosstralian, J and the rest of you lot who I want to mention but feel like it reached overkill from the moment I started writing names, it shows how important these releases are. They don't just provide countless hours of enjoyable listening experiences, they give people the ability to write down some powerful sentiments too. And I think that's really cool.
  21. 7 points
    Brothers unique ending always causes a certain level of uneasiness for me. While the lyrics cease, unexpectedly, and the music just gently continues, the focus swiftly shifts from the story of the Brothers, to me. This is the part of the song where the issue of mortality becomes painfully personal. It feels like Bruce is just leaving me alone to dwell on it, for a reason. His last sentence, although quite simple, if you take it superficially, really does sting. When the song ends, I usually stop listening to any kind music and carry on whatever I'm doing in silence. I think the song was written that way to provoke. Similar as he did with the ending of BD.
  22. 7 points
    Two hearts are better than one!
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    LADIES SOMETHING NICE TO WARM YOU UP ON A COLD WINTERS DAY
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    I am uploading Houston, which also satisfies another request! A double... I don't have San Jose, but do have an mp3 of 12/4/2002 Pittsburgh. Is that wanted? 2002-11-04 Houston TX Compaq Center https://mega.nz/#F!AnITDAYD!3lk4FOt7gDwGol0JyShzOA
  25. 7 points
    Another good reason to post this. For me, one of the great Bruce live clips. Very emotional.