After a couple days of teasing the news on Twitter with prismic photos of Western landscapes, Bruce Springsteen has announced his 19th studio album will be called Western Stars, and it comes out June 14th on Columbia Records.
On one level, it appears The Boss is hopping on the super-prevalent cowboy trend in pop culture that runs from Kacey Musgraves to Lil Nas X to Orville Peck and Chris Stapleton; that title, the photo of a galloping stallion on the cover (see below), song titles like “Tuscon Train” and “Chasin’ Wild Horses.” Then again, wasn’t Bruce doing Americana like 40 years ago? So maybe it’s just the trends coming back around to him. Continue reading →
It’s no accident that Bruce Springsteen frontloaded his his first arena shows in Philadelphia with three songs centered around a nocturnal theme.
On October 25th and October 27th, 1976, Springsteen played two concerts at The Spectrum, and both shows opened with “Night,” followed by the meet-at-midnight rare cut “Rendezvous,” and then “Spirit in the Night” from his debut LP Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ.
Obviously, the concerts took place during the night time, but there was more significance to it than that. On this soundboard recording of night two, you can hear The Boss sum it up in his delivery: “You work nine to five / and somehow you survive till the night.”
October 27th was a Wednesday. This wasn’t even a weekender crowd cheering for that lyric; it was people who had been at their respective grinds all day long, in offices or factories or schools or wherever they might be employed; people who had to go to work the next day but knew that they had earned this night out and were going to enjoy themselves. Continue reading →
The folks in North Jersey could not have asked for better weather for the first ever Sea.Hear.Now Festival, which happened on the Asbury Park beach over the weekend. In addition to sets by Blondie, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner,and The Menzingers, a highlight was Bruce Springsteen joining veteran punk rockers Social Distortion onstage on three songs, including the latter’s cover Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Continue reading →
Eternal piano man Billy Joel has spent the past five years in residence at Madison Square Garden, playing monthly gigs at the Manhattan arena in addition to scattered touring elsewhere around the country and the globe. Last night, he played his 100th show in the residency, and it not only did it prompt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare July 18th “Billy Joel Day,” it got Bruce Springsteen out to the show to join him for a performance of “10th Avenue Freeze-Out.” Continue reading →
Legendary Jersey bred rocker Bruce Springsteen helped with the christening of the reopened Asbury Lanes on June 18th. Asbury Lanes closed down in 2015 to make renovations, and has been a staple Jersey venue for over 50 years. According to an article from Asbury Press, he even gave a shout out to the Asbury Park of his youth. Continue reading →
On June 18th, the city of Asbury Park will celebrate the grand renovation of its famed Asbury Lanes with a night of live music…and of course Jersey native Bruce Springsteen will be featured in the lineup.
A bowling alley and bar that became a beloved spot to catch punk shows in the Garden State, Asbury Lanes is now officially outfitted as a new music venue, and the celebration (which also features Portugal. The Man) will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Asbury Lanes has been officially open since Memorial Day Weekend. Continue reading →
Three rock legends performed on-stage together at the Beacon Theater in New York City last night as Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe joined Patti Smith as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The trio performed “People Have the Power” and “Because the Night.” Continue reading →
During a recent show at Christchurch, New Zealand, Lorde surprised fans with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Stripping away dramatic theatrics, the rendition played out as a haunting folk tune that, carried by the same guitar melody, later morphs seamlessly into her Pure Heroine track, “400 Lux.” Continue reading →