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

The Bruce Librarian Vol. III: Finding Grace in the Concert Hall

Published 2011-02-13
By Karsten S. Andersen
A book about Bruce is not just a book about Bruce. There are several types of Bruce books: everything from the traditional biography to picture books and guitar tab books. One sub-genre is not very well-known. You won’t find it in many bookstores, except possibly in college bookstores or other very specialized places, and it’s not the kind of book you want to give to the casual fan who wants to know a little bit more about Bruce Springsteen.What I’m talking about is.... Read more

Bruce rocks for the Ranney School

Published 2011-01-30
By Karsten S. Andersen
The annual benefit show for the Ranney School, which has one or more of Bruce's kids attending classes, took place last night at the Stone Pony. Concept was the same as always: only access for employees of the school, plus parents of students, and the parents even had to shell out big money to be there. But no doubt everybody in attendance felt they got their money's worth as Bruce delivered his usual three-hour show of high energy rock 'n' roll featuring both covers and originals. This.... Read more

Great offer to fans in the L.A. area

Published 2011-01-28
By Karsten S. Andersen
Are you in the L.A. area? Greasy Lake can get you and your friends in for free at Saturday's show at Brixton South Bay where Bruce cover band The Rising will perform the Darkness album in its entirety. Just send an email to and tell us the full names of those going. Then you'll all be on the guest list. Normal ticket price is.... Read more

Bruce makes first live appearance of 2011

Published 2011-01-16
By Karsten S. Andersen
As has become a great habit for him, Bruce showed up at last night's Light of Day benefit show at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. As usual, his presence hadn't been announced, but that didn't stop him from showing up and joining the usual suspects Joe Grushecky, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile and Alejandro Escovedo for a long night of great rock 'n' roll. After guesting with the three last-mentioned for one song each, Bruce took the stage for solo acoustic versions of "Your Own Worst.... Read more

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