Darkness documentary to premiere on September 14

Published 2010-08-04
By Karsten S. Andersen
The Darkness reissue box is now officially official.... Well, sort of. We did get a press release today, but it wasn't for the box itself. Instead it was for the accompanying documentary, which, the announcements says, will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. It's called The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town and it was put together by Thom Zimny over the course of the last two years. It will supposedly include lots of hitherto unknown.... Read more

Poll of the week: Bootleg trading is almost dead

Published 2010-08-02
By Karsten S. Andersen
If last week's poll is any indication, bootleg trading as we know it is almost a thing of the past. Only about 6% of the people who voted named "Trading" as their primary method of obtaining bootlegs. That doesn't mean more people don't do it once in a while, but I don't think you need to go back more than 3-4 years before it would have ranked near the top. Of course, there's not really anything surprising about this development. More and more people get broadband connections,.... Read more

Poll of the week: The Nineties were wasted

Published 2010-07-25
By Karsten S. Andersen
Surprisingly, to me at least, the most popular option in our Nineties poll was that Bruce should never have broken up the E Street Band and that the Nineties was a wasted decade. The Nineties may not be Bruce's most popular decade, but I still would have thought more people would have gone with the somewhat more forgiving option: It was ok to break up the band, but he could have done better than what he did. Granted, it was a close race, as you can see below, but still.Oh, and before the.... Read more

Bruce played at the Stone Pony

Published 2010-07-24
By Karsten S. Andersen
In his first stage performance in two months, Bruce joined Alejandro Escovedo at the Stone Pony last night. They did three songs together. "Always a Friend", "Faith" and a cover of Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden". The performance was a return of the favor Bruce did to Alejandro two years ago in Houston when he invited the Texas singer/songwriter to join him on stage at the Toyota Center and when they also did "Always a Friend" together. The occasion was.... Read more

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame show to be released

Published 2010-07-21
By Karsten S. Andersen
Back in October Bruce and the band participated in the two Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary shows at Madison Square Garden. Apart from performing a few of their own songs by themselves, they also worked as backing band for artists like John Fogerty, Sam Moore, Darlene Love and Billy Joel. Much of it was shown on TV, and it's that broadcast which is now set for official release. But the release will also include a bonus disc with performances that were not shown on TV, including Bruce.... Read more

Poll of the week: The fireworks are hailin'

Published 2010-07-12
By Karsten S. Andersen
4th of July is a very special day to most Americans. Barbecue, family, relaxation, fireworks on a bright summer night. It is of course also a celebration of American freedom and independence and everything that implies. It's a day full of symbolism and show, and as such, it's the perfect backdrop for artistic expression. And for someone like Bruce, who embodies America like few other artists, 4th of July is a slamdunk. It's no wonder that one of his songs has "4th of July" in the.... Read more

Greasy Lake Review: London Calling - Live in Hyde Park

Published 2010-07-02
By Karsten S. Andersen
When the London Calling DVD was announced a couple of months ago, it was met with a collective sigh from many fans. It wasn’t the release we wanted. We wanted the Darkness box. It wasn’t the show we wanted. We wanted one of the Italian shows or one of the Madison Square Garden shows. By many accounts, the Hyde Park show had stood in the shadow of the exertion of Glastonbury the previous night. Bruce was tired, his voice was shot, he was going through the motions.While the first two.... Read more

London Calling released

Published 2010-06-22
By Karsten S. Andersen
The long-awaited DVD/bluray release London Calling: Live in Hyde Park has now been released in most of the world. Reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive with even many skeptics being swayed by the picture and sound quality. Fears that the show was sub-par, with a tired and out-of-voice Bruce, also seem to have been quenched. Bruce is as energetic and powerful as he always is, and he puts on a performance that may not have been the greatest of the tour, but is more than.... Read more

Little Steven talks about "Jungleland"

Published 2010-06-22
By Karsten S. Andersen
As if Little Steven didn't have enough to do already with his radio and TV projects, last week he gave a presentation to eMusic members at City Winery in New York.  One of the people in attendance was former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner who asked about how the song "Jungleland" came to be. Here's Steven's interesting answer: More clips from Steven's.... Read more

Poll of the week: Born in the USA isn't half bad

Published 2010-06-14
By Karsten S. Andersen
Sometimes you can be really surprised by one of these polls. I always had the impression that Born in the USA wasn't terribly popular among the "real" fans... the kind of fans who are crazy enough to frequent a Springsteen website like this. It was the album that broke Bruce to the masses and forever killed whatever was left of the illusion that Bruce was "our little secret". It's only natural that it would spur some resentment among the diehards, many of whom still.... Read more

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