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His Hometown: Explore Bruce Springsteen’s humble beginnings in an exhibit in Freehold, NJ

Bruce Springsteen | still from video

Whether you are a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fanatic or just someone with strong Jersey roots, you have to check out this upcoming exhibit in Freehold, NJ. Springsteen: His Hometown will recognize the unique impact growing up in Monmouth County had on the famed singer-songwriter. While Springsteen just released his 19th studio album Western Stars, has an upcoming 2020 tour scheduled, and an album with his E Street Band in the works, this exhibit focuses on his humble beginnings. Continue reading →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen crash Southside Johnny and Gary Tallent’s show at the Stone Pony

Bruce Springsteen at The Stone Pony | still from video

On Saturday evening, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony for the first time in eight years — his last appearance there was at a benefit for Monmouth County’s Ranney School in 2011, but his historic rise in the 1970s has long been associated with the beloved rock venue. Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen and The Meaning of Life: Western Stars is uneven, but unafraid

Bruce Springsteen | photo courtesy of the artist

At this point in history, Bruce Springsteen doesn’t need to try anymore.

If we’re being completely honest, he hasn’t needed to try for a long time. The man wrote, recorded, and released no fewer than three masterpieces in the first ten years of his career – 1975’s Born to Run, 1980’s The River, and 1983’s Nebraska. The albums that surrounded them were all valiant efforts filled with strong, nuanced songwriting and major radio hits. His live shows have been things of legend since he was playing The Stone Pony and The Main Point. On legacy alone, arenas of fans the world around will continue flocking to the man who put Asbury Park on the map, regardless of what he brings to the table – whether it hits or misses.

Springsteen’s newest offering, Western Stars, is out today. It is his nineteenth studio album, and on the surface could be heard as a lackluster late-career move by a 70s rock veteran. But if you consider the road that led to it, it’s not that at all. Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new album called Western Stars

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

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 →

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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 →