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Watch JFK Stadium freak out in 1987 as Bruce Springsteen and U2 cover “Stand by Me”

Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video
Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video

A live music treat for your Sunday morning: it was 29 years ago today that U2’s heralded Joshua Tree tour made its way to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, and the show  concluded with an incredible cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” featuring the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

As we can see in the video below, Bono slyly asks the crowd “Anybody else want to play my guitar? Would Bruce Springsteen like to play my guitar?” The crowd goes wild as The Boss struts to the stage, and Bono cracks “I guess you guys know him. Is he a local boy or something?” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Bruce Springsteen is coming to the Free Library of Philadelphia on his book tour

Bruce Springsteen | via freelibrary.org

Following last week’s epic pair of gigs at Citizens Bank Park, one really has to wonder — when was the last time locals have seen their beloved Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen in a space smaller than, say, a basketball arena?

Your chance is coming this month, when The Boss brings the book tour behind his memoir Born to Run to the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, September 29th. Tickets are $33 — side note: when was the last time fans have paid that little to be in the same room as Springsteen? — and go on sale on Friday, September 16th, at 10 a.m. All I can say is I hope the FLP’s ticketing servers are ready for the onslaught that’s bound to happen. Continue reading →

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Spirit in the Night: Bruce Springsteen takes on Citizens Bank Park for night two

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

Philly has always been close to Bruce Springsteen’s heart. It was one of the cities that first supported him when he was a young performer, and that has enjoyed his return countless times. In fact, it was early support and interviews by WXPN’s David Dye (himself a young man at WMMR at the time) that helped bring interest in Bruce to the area. Last night at Citizen’s Bank Park, the same venue where just two nights ago he broke his US set length by playing a 34 song set that lasted an astounding 4 hours and 3 minutes. For a performer in his late 60s, over 5 decades into live performance, this is unprecedented. Continue reading →