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Spirit of 76: Listen to Bruce Springsteen bring Born to Run to The Spectrum

Springsteen and the E Street Band onstage at The Spectrum

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 →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen and Social Distortion cover Johnny Cash at Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now Festival

Bruce Springsteen and Social D | photo by @looksdeceiving via Brooklyn Vegan

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 →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen join Billy Joel to play “10th Avenue Freeze-Out” at Madison Square Garden

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel | still from video

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 →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen play the reopening of Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

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 →

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Bruce Springsteen will perform at the grand reopening of beloved Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

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 →

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Lorde covers Bruce Springsteen with a dark-folk mashup of “I’m On Fire / 400 Lux”

Lorde | Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.com/

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 →

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Good news for fans of The Boss as well as giving to those in need; Bruce Springsteen has released a 26-track recording from a 1978 live show in Houston, with all of the revenue going to MusiCare’s hurricane relief fund. There have been video bootlegs of this show circulating in the past, but this is the first full-concert audio-only release. As well as being available for digital download, CDs of the show will be available beginning on October 9th. Watch “Badlands” from the concert below, and purchase the recording hereContinue reading →