Entries tagged with: Bruce Springsteen
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).
You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...
Rolling Stones at Barclays Center - 12/8/12 (via Marie-Joelle Parent)
The Rolling Stones came to the US/NYC area for their first of four appearances here on Saturday for a Barclays Center show. Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J Blige joined them for that one, and the setlist (which you can see HERE) was pretty similar to their London shows. The Stones next play the huge Sandy benefit at MSG (12/12/12) and then head to Newark, NJ for two Prudential Center shows (12/13 and 12/15). The 12/15 will be streamed live and the Stones just revealed some pretty huge guests for that one: fellow 12/12/12 musician Bruce Springsteen, younger blues rock torchbearers The Black Keys, and megastar Lady Gaga.
In other news, NY Times posted a review of the Barclays Center show and here's an excerpt:
What is a Stones show? Musically, now that they're in their 50th year and a long time before now, it doesn't seem to be so much about the performances you're actually hearing in real time. It's an oldies show that can become a flickering re-enactment ritual: momentarily you hear a sound that's both well-worn and alive, with a huge amount of meaning attached to it -- it's almost always a guitar riff or a drum fill -- and then it's gone, pulled under into a more functional or starchier or sometimes sloppier passage. And visually it's about Mick Jagger's stamina. Saturday's show was the start of the American part of the Stones' "50 and Counting" tour; as long as he was on stage, during the show's two and a quarter hours, he never stopped. In running shoes and stretchy black clothes he bounced on his toes with knees slightly bent and swinging independently of each other, like a woman in high heels trying to walk in more than one direction.You can check out a few videos from that show below.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
We were wondering... and now here we go:
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder will be joining the esteemed lineup of artists of the "12-12-12" concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets to this one-night-only special event will go on sale on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. (ET). The all-star lineup includes, Jon Bon Jovi who will now be performing with Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who, with other top artists to be announced. The concert will be presented by Chase.No Rolling Stones. And:
Tickets for "12-12-12" will go on sale Monday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, www.thegarden.com and www.radiocity.com. Tickets will be available at a variety of price levels. Ticketmaster has generously agreed to waive its ticket service charges. VIP packages will be made available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Information on those packages is available by contacting The Robin Hood Foundation at 212-844-3564.And because I know everyone really cares, Bon Jovi is also playing a benefit at Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 5th.
UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced
still hasn't been released UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced,.... though: "The producers of the event are working feverishly to finalize details regarding the concert" and they "hope to have more ticket information later today."
The new information may also include new artists added to the already impressive lineup of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who and Kanye West.
The Who at Barclays Center on 11/14/12, (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously mentioned Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden will happen on 12/12/12, and includes an impressive bill of stars. They are Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney (who asks that you don't eat turkey), The Who (who played Barclays last night, pics) and Kanye West. Ticket info is on the way, but proceeds from the show will benefit the Robin Hood relief fund, and there will be a telecast.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
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UPDATE: Watch Jay-Z perform at the rally in Ohio below...
On Monday (11/5), the day before Election day, Barack Obama will wrap up his campaign with a couple rallies, for which he'll be joined by Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen in Columbus, OH. Both artists will perform and Jay will introduce Obama before his speech. Bruce will also perform at Obama's final rally in Des Moines, Iowa (via Washington Post).
As mentioned, Bruce played the Rochester Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday (10/31) (postponed from Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy), and while on stage he dedicated "My City of Ruins" to Asbury Park (his hometown) due to the damage it faced during the hurricane. You can check out the setlist from that show (which also included a cover of "Monster Mash," since it was Halloween after all) and videos of Bruce giving a speech about Hurricane Sandy before playing "My City of Ruins" and the "Monster Mash" cover. You can also read about the show at this Notes From The Road post on Bruce's website.
Bruce also performs for the Hurricane Sandy NBC telethon tonight (11/2) at 8 PM.
To help benefit those who suffered damages from Hurricane Sandy, NBC Universal will be hosting a concert that will air on TV as a telethon with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting and Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon, and Brian Williams, with host Matt Lauer. The concert will be filmed at NBC's Rockefeller Plaza studios and broadcast on NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA from 8 PM to 9 PM on Friday (11/2). It will also simultaneously stream live on NBC.com. All proceeds from the telethon will go to the American Red Cross (via NY Times).
As we mentioned, legendary West Village music club Kenny's Castaways is closing its doors forever, and their final show is going down TONIGHT (10/1/2012). It's a free show starting at 8pm and will feature sets by Willie Nile and The Smithereens, as the NY Times also points out:
In the early 1970s, Willie Nile, a singer and songwriter who had recently moved to New York, went uptown to check out Kenny's. He said he recognized a young man with a scruffy beard sitting at the bar: Bruce Springsteen, who had just released his first record, "Greetings From Asbury Park," played some of his first New York shows at Kenny's.Who knows who else might show up, though nothing else is being promised.
"When you walk in there, you can feel the years, you can feel the presence of all these wanderers, visionaries and dreamers who came in there," said Mr. Nile, who was signed to Arista Records in 1980 after impressing the record executive Clive Davis with a set at Kenny's. Mr. Nile, along with the Smithereens, will be on the club's farewell bill on Monday night.
The Rascals' original lineup--Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli--will reunite for their first public performances in over 40 years with "Once Upon A Dream," a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman. It's a Rock N Soul dance party meets The Jersey Boys.Steven Van Zandt spent this past weekend with Bruce Springsteen playing shows as part of the E Street Band at Metlife Stadium in NJ. We talked about the first night. How were the second two?
In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the '60's through their music, will be dramaticized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band's history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.
There will elements of the staging and light design never seen before just as Marc Brickman has done in his previous groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the Olympics, and Roger Waters' recent 'The Wall' tour. [Kickstarter].
Bruce Springsteen at MetLife Stadium, 9/19/2012 via @dapps282
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the last group to play Giants Stadium three years ago. The group returned to East Rutherford for the first of three shows at the Giants' new home, MetLife Stadium, on Wednesday, September 20. Kicking off with Frank Sinatra's "That Summer Wind," the nearly four-hour set mixed songs from his new album, Wrecking Ball, with other songs from throughout his career, ending with a cover of "Twist & Shout." Setlist for Wednesday night's show is below.
Bruce and the band play Giants Stadium again on Friday (9/21) and Saturday (9/22). Updated tour dates are listed below.
Busta Ryhmes @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest
Busta Rhymes headlined the closing night of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on Saturday (7/14) with a set which saw him reunited with Leaders of the New School -- the group which launched his career -- marking the first time Busta's performed with them since the mid-'90s (despite the group reuniting without him back in 2010). Though it had been hinted at, Raekwon and Rakim did not appear as guests at the show, but A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, among others, did show up.
HipHopDX was at the show, and here's what they had to say about it:
With Spliff Star by his side, Bussa Bus rattled through a gaggle of hits from his illustrious, 20-plus year career - including anthems "Woo Ha!," "Pass The Courvoisier," "Party Goin' On Over Here," "Look At Me Now," "Everybody Rise," and others. The Brooklyn-native also brought Lil Fame and Slick Rick to the stage for performances of "Ante Up Remix" and "Children's Story," respectively, as well as Reek Da Villain, and BHF regulars, Buckshot and Smif-N-Wessun of Boot Camp Clik. In a classy display of skill, Busta Rhymes continued leading the audience in his rendition of "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" even after the sound was cut because the show went past the park's 8PM curfew. Those in attendance loved it, waving their hands to Rhymes impromptu, pantomime performance, leaving on an upbeat note despite a day of noticeable challenges.A NewYorkMusicNews video, which you can watch below, reports that Busta's set was cut off due to time constraints and though they turned off his mic, he stayed on stage and got the crowd swaying their arms and cheering. The video's also got a clip of Busta doing one of those mile-a-minute freestyles that he does so well.
Speaking of turning off mics, and as a lot of the internet is reporting, the same thing happened to Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Tom Morello in London this weekend.
"Bruce Springsteen had been waiting for this moment for a long time. "I gotta tell you," he said to the 76,000-strong crowd, "I've been trying to do this for 50 years." For the finale of his headline slot in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, he'd arranged a very special treat: An onstage collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney. But the rock megastar hadn't banked on the local London council deciding to show him who was boss." [CNN]Check out the video below.
You can catch Q-Tip again this Friday (7/20) at Irving Plaza where he'll be djing the second edition of his "Offline" party, but note: "There will be a strict door policy. No single guys will be admitted unless there are ladies in your group. Dress To Impress. We love style and we know you do too, so please dress smart. Management reserves the right to refuse admission." Sounds fun.
Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest and Springsteen/McCartney videos below...
"The new version of his bill targets two areas of the secondary ticket market. First, it makes it a crime to use computer programs that circumvent online security procedures to allow brokers to snap up the best seats before ordinary fans have a chance. The bill also calls for the creation of a Justice Department task force to investigate these crimes.Last night's NJ setlist and more tour dates HERE.
When tickets for last night's concert -- Springsteen's first at The Rock -- went on sale in January, many Springsteen fans reported problems with the Ticketmaster website and said they were kicked off while a purchase was in progress. Later, Ticketmaster said it was attacked by these computer programs and that interrupted many fans' attempts to purchase seats.
In addition, the revised bill would establish protections for consumers using the increasingly popular "paperless tickets," which hamper the resale of tickets but also can inconvenience consumers. It would also require that a refund be made up to two weeks before the event and prohibits fees on the first transfer of the tickets." [NJ.com]
Bruce Springtsteen, Prudential Center, 5/2/2012 (photo via legslambert)
"10:44 p.m.: Band takes bows but doesn't leave stage. Springsteen walks to lip of stage, takes a sign that says "Play 1 for Levon," referring to the late Levon Helm of the Band. Says Helm had "one of the greatest voices in country-rock and rock 'n' roll." Plays the Band song, "The Weight," with an acoustic guitar. Other band members join in, and everyone in the building sings along. Horns sound great on this. Just a great, great tribute. I feel very lucky to be here right now." [NJ.COM]After two shows at the Izod Center and two at MSG, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played another area show, this time at the Prudential Center in NJ last night (5/2). Check out the full setlist, "The Weight" included, below.
Bruce is headed overseas later this month for some touring in Europe, but will start up again in North America this August. The new dates include two shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field and three more home-state shows at, another insurance company sponsored venue, the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford in September. Tickets are still available (so maybe the BOSS ACT is not as necessary as they thought). All dates and that setlist, below...
"Lol in my head I thought his audience was like the blue collar construction worker guy. Based on 1st site this crowd looks very 1%ish." - Questlove
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are on a tour that brought them to the Izod Center in NJ for two nights followed by two nights at MSG, the second of which was tonight (4/9). Check out the 25 song setlist below...
No laser (photo via Kelly Rose)
The NY Times reports:
"...This was Passover on E Street, where fans clutched a customized Haggadah featuring the singer's face emblazoned onto the cover; where an original song, "Matzah Ball," sung to the tune of Mr. Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball," made its debut; and where, in a city with many superfans of the band and many more Jews, a group of devotees was able to have its holiday Seder, and its Springsteen, too.The setlist from last night's Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band show at Madison Square Garden, below...
The idea came from Warren Rosen, 46, the owner of an insurance company who has attended about 200 Springsteen shows, starting in 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum.
He had no intention of missing Mr. Springsteen's opener at the Garden because there wasn't enough time to travel from a Seder at home to the concert.
So Mr. Rosen, a native of Massapequa Park, on Long Island, booked a private room at the Ainsworth Prime, a restaurant on an upper level, and invited friends, of all faiths, on Facebook.
He also asked members of the Springsteen band to join in before the show, and the saxophonist, Jake Clemons, the nephew of the late Clarence Clemons and a recent E Street addition, dropped in and read from the Haggadah..."
Levon Helm (more by Chris La Putt)
Sadly, tonight's Levon Helm show at Wellmont Theater in NJ (4/6), which was a make-up show to begin with, has been cancelled (postponed again) due to back injury (much like his March 30th Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show was too). Stay tuned for more info. UPDATE: This statement has been posted:
Unfortunately, tonight's Levon Helm show at The Wellmont Theater has been postponed. Levon has had a slipped disk in his back this past few weeks as you may have heard, and despite daily therapy, it hasn't healed enough for him to move freely enough to travel or sit at the drums for any length of time. Levon would like to assure everyone that his health otherwise has been excellent as of late. Levon and the band have had a strong run of touring this past month and were very much looking forward tonight's show in Montclair with Deer Tick. Levon and the band are eager to get back on the road and hope to see all the fans soon. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.Feel better Levon.
Deer Tick was supposed to be opening that show, but now won't be playing another show until their tour starts in MA on 4/19. All is not lost for Jersey though, tickets are still on sale for the show Deer Tick play at the Stone Pony on 4/20 with Turbo Fruits (who join Deer Tick on the road for over a month).
That Deer Tick/Turbo Fruits tour goes from NJ to Washington where Deer Tick are on the lineup of the 2012 Sasquatch Festival which is now officially SOLD OUT.
Speaking of festivals, Pitchfork Fest just added a bunch of bands to the lineup, and organized them by day.
Check out some videos of Levon and Bruce playing together at the Stone Pony in the 80s, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
So far, on every show on this tour, the final song has been "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out" which has included a powerful, silent tribute to Clarence. Every time Bruce gets to the line "When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band" the band stops playing and Bruce urges the crowd on, for at least 90 seconds to just cheer as loudly as they can.Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band's "Wrecking Ball" tour hit the Izod Center in their home state of NJ for second time in two days last night (4/4). Here are some pictures and the setlist (you can see the previous night's HERE).
On Wednesday, Bruce ran to the mini-stage at the back of the floor pit (where he starts his crowd surfing from earlier) and when he got to that line, he stopped and the video screens showed video and pictures of Clarence throughout his E Street career. It was so moving and as Bruce again urged the crowd on (for almost a good two minutes), this time just had so much more meaning with the pictures of Clarence shown.
And while we miss Clarence so much, his nephew Jake has been outstanding along with the other members of the horn section. [NJ.com]
The tour continues at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Friday (4/6). More pictures and the setlist from Wednesday, and a video of the Clarence tribute, below...
the Izod Center filling in before Bruuuuuuuuce (via JessDefilippo)
"Mr. Springsteen, 62, has never had a problem wringing uplift from struggle; that was the implication of the show's most rousing songs, like "Born to Run," "Badlands" and "The Promised Land." And he has engaged poignantly with national tragedy. Among the other highlights here were "The Rising," originally a salve for Sept. 11, and "American Skin (41 Shots)," inspired by the 1999 police shooting of Amadou Diallo and rededicated, during a show last week, to Trayvon Martin." [NY Times]Bruce Sprinsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour hit the Izod Center in his home state of NJ last night (4/3) for the first of two in-demand shows at the venue formerly known as Continental Airlines Arena and Brendan Byrne Arena. "Wrecking Ball" was the 2nd of 25 songs the E Street Band played. Check out the full setlist below...