The final bow of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons

Published 2011-06-19
By Karsten S. Andersen
As all of you will have heard by now, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons passed away on Saturday evening as a result of the stroke he had a week ago. Never again will he blast the “Jungleland” solo from up on that stage. Never again will he wrap his arms around Bruce. Never again will his smile light up a 50,000 seat stadium.The loss of Clarence is devastating. To Bruce, to the E Street Band, and to the fans. His importance in the band and in Bruce’s music cannot be.... Read more

Statement from Bruce concerning Clarence

Published 2011-06-14
By Karsten S. Andersen
Bruce has released the following statement regarding Clarence's condition via his official website: By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has sufferred a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.I thank you all.... Read more

Big Man suffers stroke

Published 2011-06-13
By Karsten S. Andersen
As is being reported all over the news, Clarence "Big Man" Clemons has suffered a stroke in his home in Florida and is currently in the hospital. No official statement about his condition has been released, so we don't know just how serious it is, but unofficially the word is that it's serious and that his fellow band members have been called to Florida. Clarence has had health problems for years, mainly with his back and knees, but also as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. However,.... Read more

New book presents top 100 albums by New Jersey artists

Published 2011-05-15
By Karsten S. Andersen
It may come as a surprise to some, but New Jersey's music history is so much more than Bruce Springsteen. In his new book, award winning music journalist Gary Wien makes a case for just that by listing the 100 best albums by New Jersey artists between 2001 and 2010. Of course, even without having read the book, I'm sure Bruce takes up a fair amount of pages, but you will also encounter other international stars like The Gaslight Anthem and My Chemical Romance as well as lesser known artists.... Read more

Two voices are better than one

Published 2011-05-07
By Karsten S. Andersen
It’s been a long time since Bruce Springsteen went from being “the future of rock” to “elder statesman of rock”. One of the blessings, or curses, that come with that title (depending on your attitude) is that everybody wants to sing with you and have you on their records. Bruce is no exception. The older he gets, the more invitations he seems to receive from other artists who want a little bit of that magic touch Bruce always brings. Or maybe he just accepts more.... Read more

Into the river we'd dive

Published 2011-04-22
By Karsten S. Andersen
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 defunct...) by a guy called Carmine who had organized two buses from Milan + tickets for the forthcoming April 11, 1981 Zurich concert by.... Read more

New exciting feature finally ready

Published 2011-04-16
By Karsten S. Andersen
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 change, and we are very excited about it. So what exactly is it? Well, it’s called My Page, and.... Read more

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

Published 2011-04-10
By Karsten S. Andersen
… 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 again take the band across the pond. And this time it was intended to be more than a brief promo.... Read more

Bruce rock 'n' folked with Dropkick Murphys

Published 2011-03-19
By Karsten S. Andersen
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 American celtic punk band for three songs: "Peg O' My Heart", his own "Badlands" and.... Read more

New releases and a crowning

Published 2011-03-09
By Karsten S. Andersen
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 on the Edge of Town documentary that was included in The Promise box set. As a bonus, the disc will also include the five-song webcast that was broadcast online in.... Read more

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