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  1. Greasy Lakers are the best Tomorrow there'll be sunshine xxx
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  2. So I just listened to Western Stars for the first time in a few weeks. Imagine you're Bruce Springsteen. Just for a moment, imagine that. You've written "New York City Serenade." You've written "Jungleland." You’ve written "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Wreck on the Highway" and "Reason to Believe" and "My Hometown" and "Valentine’s Day." You’ve written "My Beautiful Reward" and you’ve written "My City of Ruins." You’ve written "Matamoros Banks" and "Devil's Arcade." You've written some of the greatest album closers in the history of rock and roll. And not just because yo
    32 points
  3. Swiped this off Doug Watson on FB - Doug, if you are here, this is pure brilliance!!!!! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm posting this with a heavy heart.. As much as I love Bruce Springsteen and collecting anything and everything related to him, it takes up too much of my time and I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics such as cleaning and helping out around the house, so something has to give. Therefore I have decided I will be getting rid of
    31 points
  4. There is nothing quite as harrowing as having a sick child and not being able to do anything about it. The past few months had been rough. A wave of depression and anxiety had hit and caught me off guard, alone in a country that’s not my own and was feeling less so by the minute. Away from what I would call home, faced with hardships I’d hardly ever imagined, forced to do monotonous, dumb, repetitive, alienating jobs. All my dreams had been crushed and I knew very well it had all been my fault. There’s no easy way to live with this. It’s the sort of thing that can crush you unless y
    30 points
  5. Looks like we are back. Sorry for the interruption. First thing I should say is that I'm not sure if we are on safe ground yet. The underlying problems that caused all of this may not have been solved yet, so be prepared that things could turn bad again. I don't have time to explain in more detail at the moment what's going on, but I will when I'm sure this has all been solved.
    29 points
  6. After much discussion and thoughtful consideration, the Admin/Mod team has made the decision to shut down the political forum. Over several years, we have tried many different “versions” of this in an attempt to have nuanced, thoughtful conversations about political events and Bruce’s opinions and how those opinions may have shaped some of our thinking. However, each attempt has met with failure, as the forum has denigrated to name calling, insults and different levels of hatred and animosity in every form we have provided. Our overriding goal for the community is to provide an inclusi
    29 points
  7. My Scooter & The Big Man Jack-O-Lantern. Happy Springsteen Halloween.
    28 points
  8. There is no way I can express adequately what Bruce means to me, even now, after over 40 years of faithfully following him. Different background, different upbringing – but there was my early yearning to get out, to leave all the narrowness behind me, to just drive away. Which I couldn’t. I didn’t have a car, and I couldn’t even drive at the time. I just stood on a bridge above a freeway in Germany and dreamed myself away. When I came to the States at age 20 to study at a university in a small town, there was that urge again. And there were others; we would just jump into a car and
    28 points
  9. I'm sorry there seems to be some dissatisfaction with the way we run things. Let me just put a few things straight: When each of you signed up you agreed to the terms and conditions One of the terms is that we do not discuss moderator decisions publicly. The rule has existed for 15 years, so if that means GL is on a downhill spiral, we've been so for 15 years It's understandable that you don't agree with all moderator decisions or that you can't accept the terms. I respect that 100%. But the consequence you must draw is to either live with it or leave. We are a privat
    26 points
  10. I have been lurking on here since last summer having found the forum looking for news about Western Stars. I Found a lot of of speculation as well! Bruce has been very important in my life. Especially when my life has been cast by shadows. He really must have lyrics for every part of human experience. I am working from home (and I do consider myself lucky to that extent). But I am feeling isolated and what better for a Bruce fan to do than reach out a virtual hand to other fans. I am not usually a joiner of forums but you seem a great bunch. But then why wouldn't you be being Br
    26 points
  11. What can I say to honor my hero tonight on the eve of his 70th Birthday? I wish I knew him, I only know him from the songs and how they have been there for me since when I was small. I cant really remember the first song I really heard. I have a memory of hearing "Born to Run" in our apartment in Canoga Park. We have all heard these songs, and some of us feel differently than I do, but what matters is we all hear them and we are all moved by them, They make us feel better or worse. They help us dream and connect to a part of ourselves that wouldnt exist without them. There are ideas in those s
    26 points
  12. As I listen to Nils' BLISTERING solo in "Youngstown" on the nwq "Live in NYC" vinyl, as I experience goosebumps, I am transported back to 1999. You don't need Doc Brown's Delorean to go back, you just need music that is implanted in your memory, like the reunion tour was. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch the Jersey shows when he dusted of our two favorite ladies - "Sandy" and "Rosie." Maybe you were lucky enough to have been in Philly for his 50th birthday show at The Spectrum, or the night after, when he opened the show with "Incident." Maybe you heard your favorite Tracks song playe
    25 points
  13. Some nights, this is all I need... I remember how it floored me. In those days before the internet, I had only a vague idea of what to expect from the Tunnel Of Love Express. I still remember realizing toward the end of his introduction that he was going to play Born To Run. I felt a seed of doubt. The band wasn't on stage. It was just Bruce with his acoustic guitar and harmonica. The moment he began to sing, I was absorbed and before he was finished, I was crying. Just a little. It was beautiful then and it's beautiful now and the way it made me feel that night, my first year o
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  14. A little bit more than three years ago, my mother was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Despite the shock and grief, the doctor emphasized that mom would probably live for several more years and hopefully be able to have a reasonably dignified life, at least for a couple of years. I had just been admitted to a university in another city, and even though it was with mixed feelings, I decided to move. The first two years went by, and when I went home and visited my parents for summer, Christmas and other holidays things were still almost as the should've been. Things started to change l
    22 points
  15. I missed much of the excitement here today, but I want to add to Karsten's thoughts and share just a few of my own. I have been a part of the Greasy Lake family for over 20 years and I know a few things are 100% true 1) No one has ever been banned without MANY discussions and warnings. The Mod team doesn't want to censor voices or lose any, we value the world wide set of opinions and ideas that we get here. This may be hard to believe as someone you cared for is now banned, but that person had many opportunities to adjust to the rules here. If they choose to not meet community st
    21 points
  16. Hello everyone, I'm Stefan, 41 years old and from The Netherlands. I've been an Elvis Presley fan for 30 years, a Mark Knopfler fan for 20, a Eric Clapton fan for 10 and a Joe Bonamassa fan for 5. These are just the ones I'm a fan of, there are loads more that I like (mostly artists from the '50s to '90s). For some reason I've never been a fan of Bruce and until 6 months ago I only casually liked some songs (like 'Hungry Heart' and/or 'The Rising'). But, for some inexplicable reason I started listening to the live 75-85 set on Spotify last January and .......... it clicked! I
    21 points
  17. He made the required statement 45 years ago on the cover of his “make or break” album. He’s repeated that inclusion statement throughout his career. He denounced this very issue when it wasn’t the “cool thing to do” in 2000, with American Skin. He helped electing and re-electing the first African-American President in 2008 and 2012. Don’t get me wrong. I would appreciate a statement, but let’s face it: it would largely be “preaching to the choir”.
    21 points
  18. First of all, please excuse me for intruding this way but I'm not sure how exactly things work out here. But it feels right to be here and explain why. I've been surfing the Lake for quite a while now but very soon I found out that it was much more than just a useful source of information, previews and 'educated guesses' … I realized that in the end it's all a matter of love, the love that we share, each of us in our own different, intimate way, but so strong that makes all of us so connected one to another. It's this connection that brought me here. My personal l
    21 points
  19. Ironically, we had to drive to the outskirts of Munich for the film, which happens to be the place where my first Bruce show took place in 93. A lot happened to both of us since. The life that happened, and had us both mostly unprepared... I wasn't nearly as shaken or emotional, as I expected. I found myself totally drawn into the music, and although his spoken interludes were moving, they haven't sweapt me of my feet this first time. I know I will be watching this again, and I'll be crying my eyes out, but it just didn't happen for me this first time. I was just so overly mesmerized
    21 points
  20. Came across this whilst searching for something else in my pile of cuttings. It's from the San Mateo Times, Oct 1st 1984, predating Bruce's rise to superstardom. Quality isn't great because it's a copy of a copy, sent to me back in the day by a Bruce fan in California. Can't remember her name, but it may have been Shosanna Gizzi who was also a great photographer. Enlarging the pictures will probably help. Anyway, it's a little slice of Bruce history that was so overlooked even the hugely respected Earthslayer didn't know that it existed. Thought it may be of interest to someone.
    21 points
  21. Never seen this before. Yes there were snippets in the Blood Brothers video release but 15 mins of rehearsal here. Fascinating fly on the wall stuff if you've also not seen...particularly as this period and coming together of the band again is commonly described as being awkward.
    20 points
  22. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere but this is a really good, albeit short, interview I’ve just come across. It’s so rare to come upon interviewers who ask meaningful, honest questions like these.
    20 points
  23. Just met Bruce outside Claridges got a photo and he signed my Born to Run vinyl. Absolutely made up!!!
    20 points
  24. There’s nothing quite like hearing new Bruce for the first time. No other artist will ever make me feel this way. Don’t ever stop Bruce. Music needs you.
    19 points
  25. Favourite songs (I'll confine it to five). My faves change but these are permanently in my top ten. Across the Border -An immensely moving gem. How I wish this humane masterpiece was more widely known. American Land- a rollyking delightful anthem of Americana. Land of Hope and Dreams- Simply beautiful. A great Everyman anthem. Independence Day- Something special to every person who failed to understand their dad until it was too late. Long Walk Home- No politician or philosopher has defined the rule of law better than Bruce. "That flag above the courthouse means certai
    19 points
  26. Happy 70th to our man!!! It’s been 47 years (holy cannoli!!!) since I began this journey. Like @berlintramp, I don’t have the words to adequately express what this man and his music has meant, and continues to mean, to me. Huge mountain of gratitude to Adele and Douglas!!
    19 points
  27. Released a year ago today and I still love it. Best since the 1980s, at least for me.
    18 points
  28. Just done with this thread.... I am afraid I'll get banned if I tell whats in my heart. I was beyond moved last night, and the true contents of the discussion of what it means will be discouraged. Up the thread someone said we have a choice between two horrible candidates. It is not true...moreover the fact Bruce chose to use his song in an important moment last night shows us how important this moment is.... I have always had a hot and cold reaction to the Rising. Last night I saw it for what it is. A call to action. A call to live in spite of the horrors we face. His best songs say
    18 points
  29. Man people make amazing videos ...for half of this i thought there was all of a sudden high quality footage of the 1980 NYE Show that no one ever knew about ..... Love that other people are obsessed enough by this super rare cover to make a great video from it ....one of the top Bruce moments for me ever .....Probably THE top
    18 points
  30. As you may have noticed, we were offline again, but this time it was on purpose so the Invision support people could apply a permanent fix to the problems we have been having lately. I do believe they succeeded, but some profile pictures are missing. I can probably solve that within a few days, but you are also welcome to upload a new one to make my job easier ... Or the same one again if you'd like.
    18 points
  31. Sorry about that. Not sure what happened. I just know that I didn't find out anything was wrong until this afternoon after work, because - believe it or not - no one contacted me about it for about eight hours, and I was personally busy at work and didn't check in. So, please, please, don't hold back if you want to report that something is not working. Use GL's main contact form or go through our Facebook page (which is where someone finally posted something). Anyway, it just so happened that this was the evening that I was going to see the Western Stars movie in Copenhagen, so there was
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  32. Here we go then ... Broadway was never an option for me. Too far away, too expensive, wasn't able to take time off work, would've had to pay double for everything (I wouldn't have gone on my own!). If I could have overcome all of those obstacles the story would've been different (or if Bruce had toured with it). Anyway, no regrets, as it was great to live it through the eyes and ears of our friends who DID go. So at the moment, Western Stars will be my 'Broadway' even though it's through a screen. I don't cry much or easily, but from the opening scene of the horses (am I spoiling
    18 points
  33. Actually, coincidentally, I've just started a new project. It's about currency throughout the world. To that end, I wonder if people could send me money? As many currencies as possible. Any help would be much appreciated and would assist me greatly. Thanks in advance!
    18 points
  34. full ~85 minute set from 2004 at the Hit Factory NYC to promote 23rd St Lullaby
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  35. I consider this show the best that I have ever seen. I can't wait to listen to it, and at the same time I'm afraid of listening to it for fear that it isn't what I remember. Anyway, if anyone is interested, I wrote this review a few days after the show when my feet had yet to touch the ground after what I'd experienced.
    17 points
  36. LINK: https://cantfindtickets.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/review-bruce-springsteens-western-stars-songs-from-the-film/ Featuring praise for "There Goes My Miracle" and "Hello Sunshine", as well as a 'spoiler' you might want to avoid before watching the film/listening to the album yourself. In short, I love Western Stars live. More of it please, Bruce.
    17 points
  37. There is a moment in the film version of Western Stars, its about 3.42....Bruce's voice meets the choir, meets the string section, meets the backing vocalists, and he sings 'Tonight the riders on Sunset are smothered in the Santa Ana winds...' And it is transendental It is beautiful, and I love it.
    17 points
  38. I will post this in hopes it finds you well. I will include these two quotes as an introduction to what I have written. The first one is a favorite quote from a movie where a Texas law man has decided to quit working at the only thing he knows how to do. For me its connected to Western Stars...the 2nd is in my opinion the seminal moment that makes Springsteen who he is and has fueld his artistry. He would never had made Western Stars or any other of his works without this central truth. As you will see what I get from the music is an affirmation that it's ok to be at a loss. Its ok to have ths
    17 points
  39. I was obviously sat near the front and I was kind of in a daze walking out and I was just following other people not really paying attention to where I was going and there were two exits that we’re black curtains so I headed towards them and one of the security members opened the curtain for me and I walked through.... .... and ended up in the tiny private room where all of the friends and family and celebrities were.. i literally walked in turned to my left and Bruce was standing there talking to someone and I was like oh my god I’m not supposed to be in here and had to q
    17 points
  40. hard after the news weather sport - (im allowing 3 min max including sponsors bullshit) and straight into Badlands (because every show should start with Badlands) 8min 30 seconds in opening yak - "Bruce Springsteen and the mighty E street band back in 1978 - when everything was better! at the Roxy! opening as God himself intended! with Badlands ! you're with Daisy tonight so i hope you have your cool aid on ice, welcome to my world of Bruce Springsteen on the eve of the great man's 70th birthday. next the opening track from his masterpiece break out album
    17 points
  41. Our last show was Paris 13th July 2016 when he finally pulled out The River in Europe. The following afternoon my sister and I were having a final drink or two in the hotel lobby before heading for the airport when Bruce and Patti came and sat on the sofa next to us, they were waiting before heading to Rome. Of course we had to just go over and thank Bruce for The River the previous night and for all the years we had enjoyed his music. Did not really wish to intrude so made it brief and they were happy enough as there was nobody else around. If that was my last show then it will also be t
    16 points
  42. Subscribe and get free toilet roll ?
    16 points
  43. Complete revision of Tunnel Of Love - Studio Sessions page, including details on the song 'Tunnel of Love', recorded last for the project. New Info on Candy's Room, including filming date of CANDY'S ROOM (NY '78) from Thrill Hill Blu-Ray. Update to unreleased 'Bells Of San Salvador', detailing FIVE misnamed tracks on Lost Masters Volume 10.
    16 points
  44. Played it twice yesterday. Today, wearing my headphones with my apple lossless rip on my iPhone. My God. What a performance. I remember watching this show after spending the day worrying about money. I went to a USC football game during the afternoon and decided to head down there. I saw George Travis milling about around 6:45pm. I'd spoken to him Tuesday night before the 2nd show. Told him I didnt have a ticket. He said go to the box office and smiled, he knew I was looking for a single. I walked up to the box office and pulled a good one in 118 about a third up. In other words the
    16 points
  45. The final amount for the Stamp out Suicide campaign was £5311.85. Thanks to everyone who bought a T Shirt/Hoody, if we can have helped save one life it will have been worth it.
    16 points
  46. Happy birthday, Brucie boy. I feel inadequate to call myself a true fan when compared to some of the nutters die hards on here I haven't been with you from the beginning (DITD girl, me), I don't have any interest in the archive series, haven't been to AP (yet), I don't know when your childrens'/Patti's birthdays are (yeah, I could Google, I suppose), I didn't go out of my way to go to Broadway (but happy for my pals who did, and they know it). Hell, I haven't even seen Blinded By The Light . But we've had a blast so far, eh? Some of the best days/nights of my life have been spent at your s
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