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

US tour dates announced!

Published 2012-01-24
By Karsten S. Andersen
Another wait is over. After weeks of speculation, the dates for the US part of the Wrecking Ball Tour were announced today. The result is 19 shows in 11 states plus Washington DC, starting in Atlanta, GA, on March 18 and ending in Newark on May 2. As is usually the case, Northeasterners have plenty of shows to choose from, including three in New Jersey and two in New York City, while the rest of the country have to make do with shows in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Jose, Greensboro, Tampa.... Read more

Hit by the Wrecking Ball

Published 2012-01-19
By Karsten S. Andersen
When things happen in the Bruce world they happen fast. Twenty-four hours ago we were clamoring for news about the new album. Now we've heard the first song, seen the video, analyzed the lyrics, read the official press release, and felt that rush of excitement that comes with a new Bruce release. For the few of you who've missed it: Bruce Springsteen's new album is called Wrecking Ball and will be released in the US on March 6 (March 5 in Europe probably). The first single (as if there were.... Read more

Bruce warming up for the tour at Light of Day benefit

Published 2012-01-15
By Karsten S. Andersen
It was unannounced but hardly a surprise when Bruce showed up for last night's annual Light of Day show at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Since their beginning more than 10 years ago, he's only missed a few of these Parkinson Disease Foundation benefits, and with him being in town on Friday to shoot a video for the upcoming album, most observers would have been more surpised had he chosen to stay away. The recipe was the same as most years: Bruce made a couple of appearances early in.... Read more

New album and E Street Band tour in 2012!!!

Published 2011-11-21
By Karsten S. Andersen
Is this a first ever? Bruce Springsteen just announced a new tour and a new album to appear in 2012 without issuing one of those Shorefire Media press releases. The message with this delightful, if still rather sketchy news, just showed up on his official website yesterday along with  Facebook and Twitter messages. A new album is almost finished, a world tour is being planned, it will be with the E Street Band, and European shows from May to July will be announced this week. Those are.... Read more

Bruce the houserocker rocked the house

Published 2011-11-04
By Karsten S. Andersen
Last night, in the first of two highly anticipated shows, Bruce and Joe Grushecky tore the roof off the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. From a setlist standpoint, it was a typical Bruce/Joe show featuring lots of their common war horses like "Never Be Enough Time", "Atlantic City", "Murder Incorporated", and "Code of Silence". But for those present and judging by the videos, it was a Bruce itching to play and entertain. His stage presence and.... Read more

The wait

Published 2011-10-02
By Karsten S. Andersen
We are approaching the end of another year, and it looks like it may come and go with the only new releases being a separate DVD of The Promise documentary and a re-release of Essential. Sure, rumors of a new album “soon” appear at regular intervals, but so far nothing tangible has emerged and there may be nothing to it.While this prolonged silence may seem unbearable, it has in fact been less than a year since the last major release (the Darkness box) and only about 2½ years.... Read more

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