Gothenburg, July 28: the night the world shifted

Published 2012-07-29
By Karsten S. Andersen
In my 24 years of seeing Bruce Springsteen live, it seems like part of what I’ve been doing is to try to get back to that night in 1988 when the 19-year-old me stood under the starry night in a stadium in Copenhagen and watched as “Twist and Shout” came to an end with 45,000 people dancing as one communal soul.Before last night I had tried to reach the same emotional heights more than 50 times. With the E Street Band, solo, the Sessions Band, and that other band. Not once have.... Read more

Those bloody hippies and their hippie music

Published 2012-07-15
By Karsten S. Andersen
You would think it was 1967 and not 2012 when the police cut the sound of Bruce's show at the Hard Rock festival in Hyde Park last night. The show had run 30 minutes past the curfew, which to Bruce is standard procedure, but in London rules are rules. "Twist and Shout" had just ended. Paul McCartney had been on stage for it, joining Bruce for the first time ever in an intercontinental summit of rock 'n' roll legends. But even the presence of perhaps Britain's biggest rock star wasn't.... Read more

Bruce played Prove It All Night with '78 guitar intro... Why is that a big deal?

Published 2012-05-18
By Karsten S. Andersen
The Bruce world woke up this morning to a sensation. No, Clarence wasn't resurrected from the dead. No, Electric Nebraska wasn't released. No, Bruce didn't reunite Steel Mill. So what happened? Well, Bruce decided to spend a few minutes of the show last night in Barcelona playing a guitar solo as an intro to "Prove It All Night". But why is that a sensation? He usually plays several guitar solos during his shows. Not to mention that Nils Lofgren makes stadiums go wild with his.... Read more

New North American leg announced for the fall

Published 2012-04-13
By Karsten S. Andersen
The Wrecking Ball Tour will continue beyond the European leg that ends in July. The news doesn't come as a surprise, but it's still nice to get confirmation. On August 18 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will kick off the new North American leg at Gillette Stadium in Boston, MA, After that the tour takes a swing to Canada with shows in Toronto and Moncton before returning to the eastern half of fhe US with shows in Vernon, NY, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, and three shows at.... Read more

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

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