Nebraska hits the theater

Published 2012-04-09
By Karsten S. Andersen
Few Springsteen albums have served as inspiration to other artists as much as Nebraska. In 1991 Sean Penn used the storyline of “Highway Patrolman” to create the movie The Indian Runner; 14 years later, in 2005, author Tennessee Jones wrote a collection of short stories - Deliver Me From Nowhere - based on the album; and now Bruce’s first solo album will come alive as a theatrical performance.. Like Jones’ collection of short stories, the performance borrows its title.... Read more

Meet Dr. Zoom & the E Street Boom

Published 2012-03-27
By Karsten S. Andersen
Carter Bernhard probably didn’t care too much about setlist or band lineup when he attended last night’s show at the TD Center in Boston. Prior to the show he had spent an hour backstage with Bruce as a result of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s life-affirming efforts. Not that Bruce probably needed much convincing. Carter is, by all evidence, a very lovable 5-year-old kid who happens to suffer from Spina Bifida, a birth defect that can - and in Carter’s case did - lead to.... Read more

Whirlwind before the storm

Published 2012-03-16
By Karsten S. Andersen
The Wrecking Ball Tour doesn't officially start until Sunday, but Bruce hasn't exactly been charging his batteries by staying home on the couch. Yesterday saw his much anticipated keynote speech at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin. For almost an hour he spoke about the state of music today and about the artists that inspired him, emphasizing such name as Elvis, Roy Orbison, the Animals, and James Brown. He even got a guitar on stage and demonstrated the sometimes very fine line between his own.... Read more

Balcony survived but roof blown off The Apollo

Published 2012-03-10
By Karsten S. Andersen
Television appearances are one thing, but last night we got the first real impression of what Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be about post-Clarence. In a 2½ hour show last night at The Apollo Theater in New York City, they went through what will probably to a large degree be the core show on the upcoming tour. The show was a special event to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary of SiriusXM Radio - the satellite-based radio syndicate that includes the all-Bruce channel, E.... Read more

The morning sun is breaking: Wrecking Ball review

Published 2012-03-05
By Karsten S. Andersen
After the longest break between new studio albums since The Rising (not counting The Promise), Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball is finally hitting the shelves worldwide. The longer the wait between albums, the higher the expectations, and Wrecking Ball is indeed one of Bruce’s most anticipated albums in the last ten years. And it’s not just because of the amount of time that has passed since the - to many - somewhat disappointing Working on a Dream. It’s what has.... Read more

A day in the Promised Land

Published 2012-02-26
By April Lindner
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s landmark exhibit, From Asbury Park to The Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, recently made its own epic journey from America’s heartland to Bruce country.  Never before seen outside Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the exhibit opened this week in its new home at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center.  For hardcore Bruce fans, the show is a must-see event.  By April Lindner   For.... Read more

To listen or not to listen, that is the question

Published 2012-02-19
By Karsten S. Andersen
If you’ve already played “We Take Care of Our Own” to death and you’ve had the four song snippets from the Paris press event video on repeat all weekend (unfortunately, that video now seems to be gone from YouTube), and you just can’t wait any longer for new Bruce juice, now there’s hope for more. Absolute Radio has announced that they will be playing a new song from the Wrecking Ball album every day over the next 1½ weeks, starting Monday with.... Read more

While we're waiting for the wrecking ball, Nils has something to say

Published 2012-02-12
By Karsten S. Andersen
Since joining the E Street Band in 1984, Nils Lofgren has never been one to wait around the phone for Bruce to call and announce the next tour. He always seems to be working on an album of his own or touring the States or Europe either by himself or with a band. Although his loyalty to Bruce is never in doubt, you sometimes wonder if that call from his boss is a little inconvenient.Take his new album, Old School. He must have just finished this, his first album of new songs since 2008, when the.... Read more

It takes five

Published 2012-02-09
By Karsten S. Andersen
Three days before the first public appearance of the E Street Band sans Clarence Clemons (they will appear on the Grammy show this Sunday... don't miss it!), the veil was lifted for how Bruce intends to carry on the legendary band. The answer is: add lots of people. That's right, no less than five horn players will accompany the E Street Band. In other words, a full-blown horn section. The saxophone will be handled by not one but two people: Jake Clemons - Clarence's very talented nephew - and.... Read more

Exclusive show announced for March 9

Published 2012-02-01
By Karsten S. Andersen
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be making an appearance a little sooner than expected. On March 9 they will be on stage at the Apollo Theater in New York City for an exclusive performance and live broadcast on Sirius XM. The performance - apart from probably being a good rehearsal for Bruce and the boys - is part of the satellite radio's 10-year-anniversary celebration. Thus, for now only Sirius subscribers (by January 24) get a chance to attend the concert and only by entering a.... Read more

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