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  1. If it is an e street band album then maybe the rerecorded old songs will include contributions by Danny and Clarence.
  2. I am starting this thread for anyone who is a fan of Western Stars and/or motorbikes. These are the first 2 paragraphs from Putt Mossman’s entry in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame: “Orren "Putt" Mossman was the most famous stunt motorcyclist of the first half of the 20th century. Mossman and his troupe traveled America and the world putting on spectacular extravaganzas in front of crowds numbering from the hundreds to tens of thousands. During his 40-year career, Mossman performed in 45 countries on six continents. His innovative act was unequaled in his day and many of his stunts may never be duplicated. Mossman was born on July 8, 1906 in the small farming community of Eldora, Iowa. At a young age, Mossman became popular for his horseshoe throwing skills (something taken very seriously in that part of Iowa during that era). Mossman quickly climbed the ranks of horseshoe throwing and became national and world champion. (In 1967 he became a charter member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame) “ If you do an internet search there are lots of interesting articles about him, there is even an entertaining edition of the Johnny Carson show from 28/3/1973 on youtube which features him as well as the Bee Gees and New Jersey actor Robert Blake. My guess is that as Bruce is a big motorcycle fan he will be aware of him and may see similarities in their careers. When Western Stars was released there was a thread on here about the symbols between the tracks on the back cover of the album. The symbol between The Stuntman and Chasin Wild Horses is a horseshoe. At the time it was thought that it related to Chasin Wild Horses but I think it may actually relate to the Stuntman. This may all be rubbish but I hope it might brighten up what has been a miserable day here in the UK.
  3. Found a nice concert version of half of the album from an Italian Light of Day Benefit show.
  4. I am English so don’t know much about baseball but that is not going to stop me having my three cents worth on the speedball question. The earliest lyrics were “He threw that ball, speedball down the plate, make you look just like a fool” which were changed to “He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool boy” I think the phrase “speedball down the plate” may have been an intentional mistake to help define the character who is singing the song. I believe that “down the plate” may allude to the baseball term “down the pike”. Therefore if you were to use the phrase “speedball down the plate” you would look like a fool to a baseball fan and explain why you find old baseball stories boring. The phrase “down the pike” derives from down the turnpike. In baseball it is an alternative phrase for down the middle similar to down Main Street and down Broadway. Outside baseball the phrase means either “in the course of events” or “in the future” (a bit like further on up the road) which would be appropriate for a song about the passing of time.
  5. I am in England and this link works fine https://player.siriusxm.com/now-playing
  6. From Dion's facebook page: My NEW album “Dion and Friends” is coming together as my favorite ever. We're gonna Rock the World this year~ So Cool!!! So far the lineup includes Jeff Beck, ZZ Top Billy F Gibbons, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Joe Bonamassa, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker.... Here is Brian Setzer Rockin' out on one of my songs. I think you’re going to love what they’ve laid down. I’m still waiting to get the goods from Taj Mahal, Van Morrison (Official) and Shemekia Copeland but I’m told they’re on the way. Kenny Wayne Shepherd I'm Hoping to hear form this week. ~ My Producer Wayne Hood is Amazing ~ D
  7. The UK Americana chart only started in 2016. Western Stars has been at no 1 for 20 of the 32 weeks since its release, Bruce has more weeks at no 1 than any other artist. Songs From The Film did not appear in the Americana chart but was in the Soundtrack Chart. I think it is more of an Americana album than anything else but it is unusual as it has so many orchestral instruments. This together with the fact that he is not an Americana artist probably explains why he was not nominated at the Grammys or in the international categories at the UK Americana awards.
  8. Western Stars was in the Americana category. The nominated albums were: Years To Burn — Calexico And Iron & Wine Who Are You Now — Madison Cunningham Oklahoma — Keb’ Mo’ Tales Of America — J.S. Ondara Walk Through Fire — Yola
  9. European premiere at London film festival 11th October. "Among the guests on the red carpet in London this year will be Bruce Springsteen, in the city for the European premiere of Western Stars, a performance of his 19th studio album." https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/29/white-men-still-make-decisions-film-industry-bfi-london-film-festival https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=westernstars
  10. They also say orse in another British soap opera EastEnders. I think he just sings it that way for a laugh, if you don't like the music or the vocals then perhaps you should concentrate more on the brilliant lyrics.
  11. They also say orse in another British soap opera EastEnders. I think he just sings it that way for a laugh, if you don't like the music or the vocals then perhaps you should concentrate more on the brilliant lyrics.
  12. Down from 3 to 5 in the UK. Western Stars is only the 3rd album of his career to spend three weeks in the top 5. The other two were BITUSA (23 weeks in top 5 - 1st 3 weeks on chart 2-3-7) and Greatest Hits (11 weeks in top 5 - 1st 3 weeks on chart 1-3-4)
  13. Just found out today that a Jewel Box is a type of baseball stadium. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century and used during the golden age of baseball but most have now been demolished. The Yankees Stadium in New York was a Jewel Box and was demolished in 2010 around the same time that Giants Stadium (the inspiration for Wrecking Ball) was. I think this fits many of the themes of the album, nostalgia, old heroes, the sun setting on an era. Also makes me think about moonlight motel in a different way.
  14. I am reading Bruce's autobiography and I have got as far as 1972 where he writes about how much of an influence Dylan was when he started writing seriously and says that when his compass was spinning Bob pointed true north. There is a clear reference to Like a Rolling Stone in Hitch Hikin' could the song be a thankyou note to Dylan.
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