Entries tagged with: Bruce Springsteen
Tower Records closed its last stores in 2006 after 46 years as one of the most iconic record store chains in the business. The last one in NYC, the Lincoln Square branch, closed in December of that year. The E. 4th St. location went shortly before that. All Things Must Pass, the documentary made by Colin Hanks (Tom's son), tells it's story and has received favorable reviews at festival screenings like SXSW. The film will be out in limited release in the U.S. in September. You can watch the trailer, featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Dave Grohl and more, below.
Last night was Jon Stewart's final night on The Daily Show which was an extended episode with a few special guests. Some you might expect, like former correspondents Stephen Colbert and Mo Rocca, and, as rumored, a big sendoff from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who played "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run" as cast and friends danced. You can watch that and Jon's goodbye below and the whole episode is streaming over at Comedy Central.
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip with David Byrne at Webster Hall 8/5/2015 (photo by Nicky Digital)
Hot Chip played their second of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Wednesday (9/5) which was pretty much a non-stop dance party. (It's always a bit disconcerting to feel Webster Hall's floor bounce so much.) Like they did at Webster the night before and Baby's All Right on Monday, Hot Chip finished the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the end. After seeing they had brought out LCD's Nancy Whang on Tuesday, I was wondering who might make an appearance on Wednesday.
I figured it would be Pat Mahoney who was LCD's drummer (and Hot Chip's on one tour) and whose band Museum of Love opened the show. But it turned out to be someone a little more special: David Byrne whose shock-white hair was instantly recognizable from where I was in the balcony before they actually announced him. He held it down on tambourine duty. Johnny Lam, who played with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and David Byrne at the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, was on stage as well playing pedal steel. The crowd went nuts, and even more so when they realized "All My Friends" had kicked in. (James Murphy watched from the VIP area.) You can watch a few short instagram videos below.
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore. (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).
Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.
Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.
For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.
This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...
Bruce Springsteen w/ U2 @ MSG 7/31/2015 (via u2.com)
U2 played a massive eight shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden as part of their "INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour and it wrapped up on Friday night (7/31). Bruce Springsteen was brought out for the encore to play on "Where The Streets Have No Names" and a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." Video of that is below.
There were lots of special guests across the eight shows, all of which began with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." Night 3 (7/22) had Jimmy Fallon joining U2 for "Desire" and The Roots for "Angel Of Harlem"; Night 5 (7/26) had Lady Gaga joining them on piano and vocals for "Ordinary Love"; Night 7 (7/30) had Paul Simon come out for "Mother And Child Reunion" and also featured a Lou Reed tribute with U2 covering "Satellite of Love" for the first time live since 1993. There were famous people in the audience, too, including a few 2016 Presidential hopefuls: Rick Santorum was there for Night 3 (7/22) and Hillary Clinton and hubby Bill were there for the final show with Bruce.
In addition to the Paul Simon appearance, Night 7 also had the run's most awkward moment, when Bono introduced the woman who called 911 after his Central Park bike crash last year. It started with cheer but then Bono passed the mike to her and she recounted the incident, saying "obviously I had to stop and help because I'm not from New York, I'm from Virginia, where people are nice." Cue massive booing. Video of that is below too.
While in NYC, Bono and The Edge appeared at Ellis Island with Yoko Ono for the unveiling of a "Yellow Submarine tapestry honoring John Lennon. At the event, Bono said of Lennon, "Let's claim him. In fact, let's claim all the Beatles not as immigrants but as Irish," which irked some. That tapestry will be on display at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration through August 16.
Bruce Springsteen at Wonder Bar (photo by @hey.blue.eyes)
Call it a love letter to Asbury Park.Asbury Park's tiny Wonder Bar got an unannounced appearance from a very big guest on Saturday (7/18), Bruce Springsteen. The hometown hero showed up with Joe Grushecky, Eddie Manion and Grushecky's Houserockers for a 15-song set that a lucky few hundred people got to witness. If you weren't there, or just want to relive the memories, Gothamist points to a handful of fan-shot videos of the show. Watch those, and check out the setlist, below.
More than two hours of rock 'n' roll from Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky, Eddie Manion and Grushecky's Houserockers in a packed and steamy Wonder Bar on the city's Ocean Avenue on Saturday, July 18. It was a surprise appearance by Springsteen, who came on stage 10 minutes into the Grushecky and Manion bill and it featured 15 songs with an emphasis on Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" period along with nuggets like "Because the Night," "Pink Cadillac" and "Light of Day."
After several shows together over the years -- including multiple Light of Day festivals at the nearby Paramount Theater -- the Springsteen-Grushecky and the Houserockers pairing is a well-oiled machine. Springsteen and Grushecky seamlessly traded solos on "Never Be Enough Time" an the two traded lead vocals on "Chain Smoking." Manion, a member of the E Street Band who often plays with Grushecky, punched up the evening with his sax solos and his sax undertones on "Atlantic City" gave the song a rollicking Seeger Sessions feel.
The teamwork extended to Springsteen toweling off Houserockers bassist Art Nardini's face at one point. That's a pal. [Asbury Park Press]
Brian, Bruce & friends (photo by @bitchitssammy)
After playing Jones Beach (pictures), Brian Wilson brought his tour to NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center last night (7/1). Like the rest of the tour, he was joined by on stage by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, but this particular stop included another special guest: Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen. The Boss joined the boys in the encore for "Barbara Ann" and "Surfin' USA." That's them pictured above, and you can watch a video of Bruce's appearance below (via NJ.com).
photos by Mimi Hong
The Gaslight Anthem brought their current tour to NYC for two sold-out shows: Thursday (2/26) at Webster Hall and Saturday (2/28) at Terminal 5. The setlists had some overlap but they were different both nights, with the Webster show getting a heavy dose of The '59 Sound. Despite getting bummed out by a NYC crowd in 2013 asking for Bruce Springsteen covers, they did it again, "mashing up" Bruce's "I'm On Fire" with their own "Red at Night." Video of that, both setlists, and more pictures from Webster (including openers Northcote and The Scandals), below.
Gaslight next play the NYC-area for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf.
photo: outside Izod Center at Coldplay's 2012 show (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Despite protests from local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature, NJ did in fact vote to close the Izod Center...
the board that controls the Meadowlands Sports Complex voted Thursday in favor of a Christie administration plan to close the Izod Center, as soon as the end of this month.The American Dream project that the article mentions is the new shopping and entertainment center that's being built next to the location of the Izod Center. NY1 also points out that if lawmakers approve gambling outside of Atlantic City, a casino could open in the Meadowlands as well.
Capping a discussion that went on for nearly four hours, both in public and behind closed doors, the members of the Sports and Exposition Authority voted 10-2 to shutter the 34-year-old indoor arena until at least January of 2017, about the time the American Dream project is expected to open. [NorthJersey.com]
The Izod Center will still host a few more events before its March 31 closure, including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5. Anything after March 31st is cancelled. RIP Izod Center/Continental Airlines Arena/Brendan Byrne (for now at least).
Izod Center hosted Judas Priest again in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NJ officials want to close down the Izod Center because no sports happen there, it's losing money, and it can't seem to compete with all the other arenas and stadiums in the area (like Prudential Center in Newark and Barclays Center in Brooklyn). The Jersey Record reported this morning that shut down would likely be approved at a meeting today, but NJ Advance Media reports:
Local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature assailed proposals today to shut down the Izod Center arena in East Rutherford, calling the plan rash and short-sighted.So, the Izod Center lives on, for now, but its future doesn't look bright (UPDATE: NEVERMIND. They voted to close it!). Read more at NJ.com
The criticism during a meeting of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority came as the board was considering a vote on closing the 34-year-old arena for at least two years, and shifting the events on its schedule to the Prudential Center in Newark.
While the state has been talking publicly for more than a year about getting out of the sports and entertainment business, the proposal to simply turn off the lights at the Izod Center came suddenly and without warning yesterday.
There are currently 16 upcoming ticketed events at the Izod Center including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5.
MetLife Stadium is right next door, also part of the Meadowlands complex, and is in no danger of closing. It has Taylor Swift and the Electric Daisy Carnival coming up, and is the home stadium for both the Giants and the Jets.
Naturally, Bruce Springsteen, who played the final show at Giants Stadium (which was replaced by Metlife Stadium), played the very first concerts at Brendan Byrne (now the Izod Center). Watch the now-amazing video news reports from 1981, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Bruce at Hersheypark Stadium in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yesterday's A-Trak show isn't the only NYC show happening in honor of World Aids Day. Tonight (12/1) there will be a show in Times Square with three of the four members of U2, minus Bono due to his recent injuries. In his place, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin will be fronting the band. Also performing their own sets are Kanye West and Carrie Underwood. Bono's organization (RED) is presenting the show.
It takes place at Duffy Square (on Broadway between 46th and 47th) at 7:30, and if you can't make it (or just don't want to deal with Times Square crowds), you can also stream it live HERE.
In related news, this Friday (12/5) PBS will air a Bruce Springsteen tribute at 9 PM EST which features footage of Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes and others covering The Boss at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the year benefit. There also may or may not be a Bruce biopic on the way starring Brad Pitt.
And in more related news, there's a new fan-made video of footage from Kanye's Yeezus tour (made by John Colandra) which you can watch below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Just losing it to Lykke Li at Radio City right now" - Kaan Hiini
"Everyone was on their feet @radiocity for this pop goddess (thank you @lykkeli for an amazing night)" - @daniyrselfclean
"more than a little bit in love with @lykkeli last night @radiocity" - @HAPPYH0LLYDAY
Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idiosyncratic to fully fit that mold. She, of course, has some indelible hooks out there, and who wouldn't want to hear "I Follow Rivers" on a Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall? But it's not exactly a pop show where you're going to go dance your weekend night away. This is especially true now, as Li tours behind her most recent record, I Never Learn, perhaps the best and most thoroughly heartbroken break up album of the year. These are all songs about mistakes made, love lost, and a conflicted take on the past that runs the spectrum from yearning to regret to resolve. I mean, that's how you spend all of your Saturday nights, too, right? [Village Voice]Lykke Li is currently on tour with Mapei in support of her great new album I Never Learn, and she hit NYC this past Saturday (10/4) for a big show at Radio City Music Hall. She played a good deal of the new album, older favorites like "Little Bit" and "I Follow Rivers," included a couple covers -- Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and one of "Du Ar Den Ende" by fellow (but much older) Swedish artist Lill Lindfors -- and brought Mapei out with her for the final song of the night, "Heart of Steel."
Pictures of the show are in this post and they continue, along with a couple videos and the full setlist, below...
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.
Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.
Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event.
Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]
John Oliver and co-anchor Cookie Monster
The eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit happens at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5. Bruce Springsteen returns to play again this year, and comedic talent includes Louis CK, John Mulaney, and John Oliver, plus NBC's Brian Williams and more "surprise guests" to be announced. It's part of the New York Comedy Festival and tickets are on sale now.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Drive by Truckers / The Hold Steady @ The Paramount, 6/28/2014
"Throughout the evening, there was a striking contrast between frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Hood, who often leaped into the air mid-song, overflowed with emotion as he performed signature tunes like "Box of Spiders" and "Hell No, I Ain't Happy." On the opposite end of the stage, straight man Mike Cooley was a study in detached cool. From the moment he strapped on his black Flying V and launched into the hard bitten lyrics of "Birthday Boy," Cooley's mellow, sardonic attitude oozed from every pore." - [Elmore Magazine]The separate, ongoing tours of Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady converged with two shows in the NY area, first at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony (6/27) then Long Island's The Paramount Theatre (6/28). Both bands have been touring in support of new albums, and they each played sets that highlighted the new stuff while also drawing from much of their enviably vast back-catalogues of material. The two modern rock'n'roll institutions even joined forces for an encore at The Paramount, where they covered Bruce Springsteen ("Adam Raised a Cain"), Neil Young ("Rockin' in the Free World"), and The Jim Carroll Band ("People Who Died").
Check out more pictures from the show, setlists for both bands, and video of that collaborative "Rockin'" encore.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bruce @ Hersheypark Stadium - 5/14/14
The moon was full, but you couldn't see it. The cloud cover took care of that. Hershey was the last outdoor concert of the tour (as far as we know, anyway), and the temperature was perfect. It was Bruce weather. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and took the Hersheypark Stadium stage with rocket fuel in their jet packs, beginning with "Clampdown" into "Badlands." With thousands of fists pumping into the evening air, no matter how long it had been since you'd seen a show, you were immediately back in the arms of Bruce. (If this was your first show, I can't even imagine what must have been swirling in your brain.) "Wrecking Ball" was followed by the beloved "Hungry Heart." We all "had a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack" and per protocol we were quite happy to let Bruce know.Bruce Springsteen is currently on the road supporting his 18th album, 2014's High Hopes. His current tour doesn't include any NYC stops, but we did just head to Pennsylvania to catch him at Hersheypark Stadium last night (5/14). Last night's show included a couple off the new album, but like most Springsteen shows, it was loaded with career-spanning faves like "Thunder Road," "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," "Hungry Heart" and plenty more. He was joined on stage by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello for "The Ghost of Tom Joad," one of the many tracks Tom contributed to on Bruce's new album. Pictures from the show and the full setlist are in this post.
Next came the night's first sign request: "Candy's Room." Candy, Hershey... if anyone in the crowd made that connection, it was surely an afterthought for most, thanks to the immediacy of a blistering performance. Bruce always nails this song, but there seemed to be something extra special about his guitar work tonight. [-Jeannette Amodeo for Backstreets.com, via BruceSpringsteen.net]
The Boss will also be not far from NYC this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday (5/17) and Sunday (5/18). Both of those shows are sold out.
More pictures, and the setlist, below...
Bruce Springsteen at Izod Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bruce Springsteen returned with his 18th album High Hopes this year, and he's just announced his first tour in support of it surrounding his appearance at New Orleans Jazz Fest. No NYC dates for The Boss this time around, but he'll be relatively nearby for shows in Albany on 5/13 at Times Union Center, Hershey, PA on 5/14 at Hersheypark Stadium and Uncasville, CT on 5/17 & 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a recent live video and the new LP's title track, below...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.
This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).
Full lineup below...
"OMFG Bruce has a new song where he says "hipsters" #2014" - Titus Andronicus
"In the same song, he has a line with two F-words in it - Bruce could give two fucks" - TA
Bruce Springsteen is about to release his newest album, High Hopes, next week (1/14) via Columbia, but you can now stream it in its entirety ahead of its release. It features covers of Suicide, The Saints, and some re-worked older Springsteen songs. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, etc), Jake Clemons (nephew of the late Clarence Clemons) and others contribute.
Listen, via CBS, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster that he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold at auction for a cool $965,000, the peak of a string of high profile music-related auctions held last week. The guitar was the axe Dylan used the first time he went electric in a live setting, an occasion that may or may not have elicited boos from the crowd in attendance (a 24-year old Dylan said they "certainly booed"). It was also the first time Dylan performed with a backing band. The auction marked the highest price ever paid for a guitar, electric or otherwise. Sorry, Eric Clapton, Blackie only sold for $959,500.
Bruce Springsteen didn't fare too badly at auction either. His handwritten lyrics for "Born to Run", which apparently are quite different from the lyrics to the finished song, sold for $197,000 just the day before the Dylan Stratocaster sale. Also for sale that day were some Mick Jagger love letters and a letter from John Lennon. Last time Mick's love scribbles went up for auction, they sold for over $300,000. Those letters were addressed to Marsha Hunt, Jagger's former muse/lover who is said to be the inspiration for "Brown Sugar".
As the New York Daily News put it, "Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid." SMDH.
Bruce Springsteen recently announced yet another new album.
The album features multiple tracks with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, and includes covers of Suicide and The Saints. Listen to the title track (featuring Tom Morello), along with the tracklist and a letter by Bruce about the album, below...
Roger Waters @ Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The seventh annual Stand Up for Heroes event will happen at Madison Square Garden
on November 6. This year's performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and "other surprise guests." This is a big jump up in size for the charity event (last year at Beacon Theatre) which benefits injured service members, veterans and their families, and is part of the 2013 New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Announcement video below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...