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by Andrew Frisicano

Bruce Sprinsteen @ the Apollo (Springsteen.net)
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For those who were lucky enough to get tickets (a mix of celebrities, press and SiriusXM staff and subscribers), the show was a chance to see the E Street band play a two-plus-hour set in a venue a fraction the size of its upcoming stadium shows. Their show on Friday, March 9th included a couple of firsts for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The gig a private show hosted by SiriusXM Radio and streamed on their E Street Radio channel (which BrooklynVegan Blog Radio host Nick Masi also hosts a show on), was their first at the Apollo Theatre. It was also the first full show with new sax player Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew. The presence of the recently-departed Clarence and that of the stage's past stars were felt throughout the night. Those touches added some weight to the event, which otherwise focused on prepping the band for their tour behind the new, somewhat uneven Wrecking Ball.

The show started with a nod to James Brown's Live at the Apollo, with a version of its opening fanfare delivered by Springsteen (who called himself "the hardest working white man in show business"). Before the end of the night the band further paid tribute to the Apollo's legends by playing the Smokey Robinson-penned Temptations song "The Way You Do the Things You Do," Wilson Pickett single "634-5789" and Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin.'" For the latter, the last song of the night, Bruce kneeled down while Steven Van Zandt draped a black towel over his shoulder and began to lead him off stage a la Brown's legendary cape routine. Bruce rushed back to the center to sing a few more rousing bars.

During "The Way You Do the Things You Do," which began as an a cappella number that brought the group's numerous backup singers to the front of the stage, Bruce flubbed a cue, which he joked about, clearly embarrassed, remarking "Aw I fucked it up." That segued into "634-5789," during which the boss ventured into the theater's boxes and balcony (video below).

Bruce Sprinsteen @ the Apollo (ChuckGarfien)
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Being a warmup show for the Wrecking Ball tour, and promotional show for the album, the set was naturally heavy on songs from that record. Some, like the title track "We Take Care of Our Own," and the Irish-inflected "Death to My Hometown," sounded quite good, with a shimmery Stax-like horn sound. Others--"Jack of All Trades," "Shackled and Drawn"--were patiently weathered by the crowd. But the vintage Bruce morsels were worth the wait: Darkness on the Edge of Town highlights "Badlands" and "Promised Land" and Born to Run classics "Thunder Road" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" (sadly, the fever pitch highs of some of those songs were also accompanied by crippling feedback).

Personally, the highlight for me was "Mansion on the Hill," a quiet song off Nebraska, which Bruce fingerpicked, harmonizing with wife Patti Scialfa (Soozie Tyrell added some violin color, too).

Bruce stopped several times to shout out Clarence, beckoning the crowd to cheer the missing member during a roll call. Again at the end, he called for cheers after stopping "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" after the line "When the change was made uptown/And the Big Man joined the band."

He also joked about his recent Fallon performance, remarking "This is our first non-televised gig. Wiggle wiggle wiggle."

The band has another tour warm-up show in Austin next week at SXSW, where Bruce will give the keynote speech which you'll be able to stream online. They're back in the NYC area for shows at the Izod Center and MSG starting on April 3rd (and another at Newark's Prudential Center on May 2nd).

Videos from the show, including Bruce venturing into the theater's balcony, and the set list are below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played the Apollo (review, video, setlist & a few pics)"

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Bruce Sprinsgteen & the E Street Band play a private SiriusXM show at the Apollo tonight (3/9). If you're not one of the lucky that got, or won, a ticket from the satellite radio provider, you can always listen on E-Street Radio (if you are a subscriber).

Lionel Richie (!) will be honored at the same Harlem venue on June 4th as part of the Apollo Spring Gala 2012. As you can imagine, tickets are not cheap. They go on sale to the general public Sunday morning.

Lionel Richie is also playing SXSW this month. So is Bruce (and both at ACL Live's Moody Theater where Radiohead just taped an episode of the Austin City Limits TV show). Jay-Z plays there during SXSW too.

Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth

Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:

Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?

Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.

"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.

"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.

"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."

Gigantour continues.

Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.

via Facebook:
Bruce Springsteen

"This couldn't have happened to a more high-profile artist, at a worse time, or in a worse place. And now, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell is promising action and the reintroduction of the BOSS Act, which calls for secondary market oversight and restrictions on companies like Ticketmaster.

The meltdown started Friday, when fans attempting to purchase tickets to Bruce Springsteen's upcoming 'Wrecking Ball' tour on Ticketmaster were frozen out - except, marked-up tickets were readily available on StubHub and other markup sites (and maybe even Ticketmaster's own secondary marketplace, TicketsNow.)" [Digital Music News (via)]

PREVIOUSLY: Bruce Springsteen announces 2012 Tour, 2 nights @ MSG

Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band recently announced a new album (new song and European tour dates included), and now here's the North American tour.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta. Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album 'Wrecking Ball' will be released on Columbia Records on March 6.

"We Take Care Of Our Own," the album's first single,' is "classic Springsteen" with "anguish and challenge [that] run thick and fast" (Rolling Stone); a "richly orchestrated Wall of Sound... that nods to the 'Born to Run' era" (Billboard).

The E Street Band's members are: Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren - guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa - guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent - bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt - guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg - drums; with Soozie Tyrell - violin, guitar, vocals and Charlie Giordano - keyboards.

Clarence Clemons Rest In Peace.

The tour, which does not-at-the-moment include a rumored Wrigley Field show, will hit the NYC-area in April:

April 3 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 4 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 6 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
April 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
The Boss returns home to play the Prudential Center in Newark on May 2.

All dates, which also do not include Austin (yet?), where Bruce is giving a SXSW keynote speech right before the tour starts, are listed along with a stream of the new song and more new album info, below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen announces 2012 Tour, 2 nights @ MSG (dates, new song & album info)"

Big Terrific
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I didn't check any other price points, but I was able to pull up a $1000 ticket no problem to tonight's show at Beacon Theater no problem. It's this one:

JIM GAFFIGAN, RICKY GERVAIS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JON STEWART, AND THE MAX WEINBERG BIG BAND JOIN FORCES WITH THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION AND THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL TO BRING LAUGHTER AND MUSIC TO THE 5TH ANNUAL STAND UP FOR HEROES EVENT.
Bruuuuuuce...

Tickets are much cheaper, if not already sold out, for the rest of the events comprising this year's NY Comedy Festival which runs through November 13th. Venues range from the fancy Beacon to the homes of drink minimums to more indie offerings. The official schedule lists Big Terrific at Cameo and multiple things happening at UCB East and West tonight.

Tim Minchin, Cintra Wilson & Colson Whitehead are appearing at the Greene Space today and tickets are still available.

Clarence Clemons & The Boss (more by Tim Griffin HERE and HERE)
Clarence Clemons

"It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band." [BruceSpringsteen.net]

RIP Big Man

Continue reading "Clarence Clemons, RIP "

Clarence Clemons @ Giants Stadium (more by Tim Griffin)
Clarence Clemons

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band has suffered a stroke, according to various media reports.

Rolling Stone magazine reports that Clemons is "seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida."

The Associated Press quotes "a person who with Clemons in the past" as confirming that the musician had the stroke. [USA Today]

Get well soon Clarence.

Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Here's a tough job for you - opening for Bruce Springsteen at a rare club gig:

Alt-country great Alejandro Escovedo had the difficult task of performing in the slot directly before Springsteen. He made the questionable decision to not bring a full band, leaving him and another acoustic guitar player to perform for an increasingly impatient audience desperate for their Bruce fix. The biggest cheer he received was when he introduced the track "Rosalie," because some in the audience briefly thought he was saying "Rosalita." Springsteen did come out at the end to perform an acoustic rendition of "Always a Friend" with Escovdeo, a track they performed together on the Magic tour in 2008 and more recently at the Stone Pony. -[RollingStone]
The semi-surprise-Boss/Escovedo appearance on Saturday (1/15) was a benefit for Light of Day, an organization committed to the fight of Parkinson's disease. As discussed above, The Boss was clearly the main attraction in Asbury Park that night but he was joined by Escovedo, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, and even Vincent Pastore (aka Big Pussy on The Sopranos) as the crew tore through Springsteen and even Beatles classics. Springsteen's full setlist, including what he played during the opener's sets, is below.

Alejandro Excovedo will probably command much more applause Tuesday (1/18) at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ , one of a few dates he has in the NYC-area this week in celebration of his birthday! Those also include: City Winery on Friday (1/21, tickets are still available) and an already sold-out performance on Saturday (1/22).

All tour dates, some video and Bruce's setlist from Saturday are below.

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen played a benefit in Asbury Park w/ Alejandro Escovedo (who is on tour again now)"

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I wonder what he thinks of Wavves. Listen to him say it in the Sirius XM clip below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen likes Best Coast... "

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

"Neil Young. The Boss. Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". A classic American ballad is born." The video from Tuesday night's Bruce Sprinfsteen-filled episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, below...

Continue reading "the real Boss sang 'Whip Your Hair' w/ the fake Neil Young on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (video) "

JEFF the Brotherhood @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Chris La Putt)
JEFF

today in NYC
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Gato Loco @ Barbes
* Busy P @ Hiro Ballroom
* Styx @ Beacon Theatre
* The Misfits @ Irving Plaza
* Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
* Mudd Club reunion @ the Delancey
* Drop The Lime @ Public Assembly
* Lucy Wainwright Roche @ City Winery
* Petty Fest 2010 @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Zeroes, The Waldos @ Bowery Electric
* Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos @ Matchless
* The Strange Boys, Natural Child @ Knitting Factory
* Diehard, Gross Relations, MiniBoone @ Shea Stadium
* Josh Abrahms, C. Spencer Yeh @ Issue Project Room
* Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bobby Long @ Terminal 5
* Fabulous Diamonds, Pigeons, Electroputas @ Union Pool
* Atlantic/Pacific, Brian Bonz, Frontier(s) @ The Bell House
* K-OS, Shadrach Kabango, Astronautalis @ Highline Ballroom
* Oh No Oh My, Boats, Estranged Estates, Street Chant @ Pianos
* Bebe Fang, Eklin, Future Shuttle, Family Portrait @ Glasslands
* Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields DJing @ Other Music
* Little Racer, Nite Flights, Fan-Tan, The Royal Chains @ Cameo Gallery
* Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Poirier, Toddla T, Serocee @ Santos Party House
* Mother Hips, Sean Walsh & The National Reserve, High Irons @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wild Nothing, Baths, Julianna Barwick @ Eisner & Lubin Auditorium (NYU Kimmel)
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Ninjasonik, Liquor Store, ELKS @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Shellshag, Hartwell Littlejohn & War Party, Dirty Excuse, Nuclear Santa Claus @ Bruar Falls

Petty Fest features The Cabin Down Below Band with Special Guests: Adam Green, Norah Jones, Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, Nicole Atkins, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Catherine Pierce, Jesse Malin, Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects, Reeve & Zane Carney, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Sammy James of the Mooney Suzuki, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells & Longwave, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Mikki James, Hymns and more at Bowery Ballroom.

TONIGHT @ OTHER MUSIC

ALL OUR FRIENDS ARE IN NEW YORK: EXHIBITION OF STEPHIN MERRITT/THE MAGNETIC FIELDS-RELATED HISTORY, IMAGES AND EPHEMERA
An exhibition in conjunction with the theatrical release of the documentary film Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, featuring photographs by Gail O'Hara, Emma Straub for M+E and TMF's guitarist-banjoist John Woo, among others. All Magnetic Fields-related items will be on sale.

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 5-7PM
SPECIAL GUEST DJ: STEPHIN MERRITT
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street NYC

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Celebrate Ninja Tune tonight at Santos Party House.

The Zeroes play Bowery Electric tonight with the Waldos. They play Maxwell's tomorrow with JEFF the Brotherhood who headline Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

GWAR is on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Gary Wilson and School of Seven Bells were on last night.

The Strange Boys/Natural Child show at Knitting Factory tonight is one of the free Scion ones.

Did you see the double rainbow yesterday? Martin Bisi and others did. Videos below...

In case you missed it, Devo cancelled their whole tour.

So did Cornershop, and Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles.

Bruce Springsteen talks about "The Promise" in a video below...

Weezer's new video for "Memories", below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

Ray Davies

Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).

"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.
The full list of collaborators is below.

Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.

All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...

Continue reading "Ray Davies re-recorded Kinks songs w/ special friends, playing NJ & other dates "

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Silver Cloud (MP3)

Alejandro Escovedo & Tony Visconti @ Bowery Electric
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo played two NYC-area shows this past week. The gigs followed his appearance on David Letterman Wednesday night (video below), and both featured their own special guests.

At the Wednesday night (7/21) Bowery Electric show, the guests were appropriate considering the venue: the East Village bar attracted a host of neighborhood regulars - some better prepared than others (crib sheets littered the stage). The on-stage friends included Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), Garland Jeffreys, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, Bowery Electric owner Jesse Malin, Amy Cook, Kristeen Young, Tony Visconti (who also turned up at Alejandro's City Winery shows), James Mastro, Nicholas Tremulis and Fiona McBain. Alejandro Escovedo's new record, Street Songs of Love, stood up through the diverse interpretations: from Kristeen Young's octave-jumping belting to Ivan Julian's snarling drawl. Though the show's tightest moment caught Alejandro locked in with his band, the Sensitive Boys, like on the show-opening "Always A Friend," from his previous album, Real Animal. For the encore, a swamped stage worked through the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and Mott the Hopple's "All the Young Dudes."

After the set, the band and friends hung around upstairs to catch themselves on Letterman. Our photographer Lori Baily hung around too, and her pictures from the entire show are below.

Two nights later (7/23), Alejandro invited a different guest up on stage for his show at New Jersey's Stone Pony. Bruce Springsteen joined for their Street Songs duet ("Faith"), an Alejandro song covered by the Boss in the past ("Always A Friend") and (like at Bowery Electric) "Beast of Burden."

Check out "Silver Cloud" from the new album, posted above. Videos from NJ & Letterman, and more pictures from NYC, below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo & special guests played Bowery Electric, Stone Pony (w/ the Boss) & Letterman (pics & video) "

Bruce and Bono

"Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now." - Bruce Springsteen
Bruuuuuuuce! New Jersey legislature was supposed to vote on the issue Thursday, but that vote was controversially cancelled last night. The New York Senate disappointingly rejected a marriage bill for same sex couples earlier this month. For more on this issue, check out the Human Rights Campaign website.

In related news, The Boss was just honored by Obama. Video below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen speaks out for for NJ gay marriage (which was was going to be voted on this week - now delayed)"

QQ

The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

Continue reading "Q Magazine's Top Albums of 2009 "

Bruce Springsteen & Lisa Lampanelli backstage @ Town Hall (Caroline's)
Bruce Springsteen & Lisa Lampanelli

The New York Comedy Festival runs through Sunday. It kicked off last night at Town Hall with the "Stand up For Heroes" benefit...

[Host Brian] Williams walked onstage with a laptop and opened his monologue with the words: "Yankees 2, Phillies nothing." There was loud applause from the New York crowd missing Game 6 of the World Series.

He quipped that he wanted to be a full-service provider onstage and offer sports and weather updates in addition to covering the news. Williams also shared jokes about military food and being from New Jersey.

[Bruce] Springsteen threw in a few jokes, including one about Pepsi having created a drink that includes Viagra and that is called "MountAndDo."

One of his guitars and four Madison Square Garden tickets were then auctioned off by auctioneer Jamie Niven, the son of actor David Niven, for $50,000. "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay walked away with the goods to much applause.

Louis C.K. had the audience in stitches with edgy material about divorced life and his kids.

Colbert offered some topical humor, talking about his experience visiting the troops in Iraq, which he described as hot and dangerous, "like Texas with fewer guns." He also described a former Saddam Hussein palace as mindful of a house decorated by "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." [Hollywood Reporter]

Assuming Mariska uses those MSG tickets herself, she'll get to see one of two Bruce albums performed in full for the first time. Louis C.K. performs again during the festival at Caroline's on Sunday. Ricky Gervais was there and plays again at Carnegie Hall tonight (11/5). Andy Samberg was probably not there due to watching the Yankees game, but he will be at Town Hall as part of the festival on Sunday. More shows are listed in our original post and at the fest's website.

Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Bruce Springsteen

Special programs announced for this weekend's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shows at Madison Square Garden:

On Saturday, November 7, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform the Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle in its entirety for the first time.

On Sunday, November 8, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform The River in its entirety for the first time.

The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle was originally released in 1973 and The River was originally released in 1980. They now join Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Born in the USA as albums that Bruce and the Band have performed in their entirety during their Fall tour.

Tickets for the MSG shows may still be on sale. The Boss last played MSG on October 30.

Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

Continue reading "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosted 2 very long shows @ MSG (setlists), will air on HBO Thanksgiving weekend"

Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium (more by Tim Griffin)
Bruce Sprinsteen

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts at Madison Square Garden scheduled for October 29th and 30th will go on without Eric Clapton. Bruce Springsteen's participation is in question due to a death in the family that caused him to cancel last night's show in Kansas City.

Lenny Sullivan, Bruce's cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family.

[and] Due to [the] death in Bruce's immediate family, [Monday night's] show at Sprint Center has been unavoidably cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Bruce and The Band deeply appreciate the understanding of our Kansas City audience and look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity. [BruceSpringsteen.net]

R.I.P. Lenny.

Eric Clapton won't be at MSG because he's having gallstones removed.

Van Morrison recently canceled his performance at the show as well (he was replaced by Buddy Guy). Some tickets are still available (I was able to pull up a $2600 seat for the second night)...or you can try eBay where they'll run you in the same ballpark as a World Series ticket.

Still on the bill for night one are Sting, Little Richard, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson and Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby and Stills and Nash; and for night two Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, U2, Aretha Franklin and Metallica.

photos by Tim Griffin

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

"Giants Stadium heard its last sha-la-las -- at least, the amplified kind with tens of thousands of voices singing along -- on Friday night, when Bruce Springsteen played the final concert before the stadium is demolished. During the three-hour set, sha-la-las filled this year's "Working on a Dream," the 1984 song "Darlington County" and Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl," the finale that Mr. Springsteen called the stadium's "last dance." It was Mr. Springsteen's 24th performance, dating back to 1985, at Giants Stadium, where the audiences are his most fervent fans: fellow New Jerseyans.

So in a way, Mr. Springsteen could identify with the place, and he did -- at least half-seriously -- in "Wrecking Ball," a robust, guitar-strumming song he wrote to start off each of his five final concerts at the stadium. (A video performance is at brucespringsteen.net.)

It may be the only song ever to make Giants Stadium itself the narrator, "raised out of steel in the swamps of Jersey." It remembers games played and blood spilled, and envisions the stadium's fate, when "all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust/and all our youth and beauty's been given to the dust." Typically, Mr. Springsteen was thinking about work, mortality, and a sense of place, on his way to a chorus where everyone could join in.

He wasn't overly sentimental. Later, he pointedly called Giants Stadium "the last bastion of affordable sports seating."

At each of the Giants Stadium concerts, Mr. Springsteen played one of his albums all the way through, and the one he chose for Friday was his 1984 blockbuster, "Born in the U.S.A." Before he started the title track, he said it was "the song we started out with the first time we entered this arena."... [NY Times]

I already posted all five Giants Stadium setlists (first four shows & Friday night). More pictures from the final show, below...

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the show ended with fireworks
Springsteen setlist

Concertgoers were welcomed with a pre-show message on a huge video screen hanging over the stage: "Tonight is the last concert at Giants Stadium. October 9, 2009. Thank you New Jersey!"

Springsteen and his E Street Band
announced, ahead of time, that they planned to play their "Born In the U.S.A." album in its entirety at last night's show. They have played one of their classic albums at each show on the stand: "Born To Run" on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, "Darkness On the Edge of Town" on Oct. 2, and "Born In the U.S.A.," for the first time, on Oct. 3.

Springsteen and the band also will perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. But last night's show could be the last home-state E Street appearance for quite a while.

Last month, guitarist Steven Van Zandt said in a conference call with reporters that after the current tour ends, Nov. 22 in Buffalo, the band will be off for "I don't know how long -- a year, year and a half, two years."

In his new book "Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales," E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons wrote that after the current tour, the band plans to have "a long, long recovery period."

This was the 24th show by Springsteen and the band at Giants Stadium. They also performed there six times in 1985, 10 times in 2003, and three times last year. [Star Ledger]

Despite crazy Internet rumors, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's final show at Giants Stadium last night (10/9) (it was the last show at the venue) (not Bruce's last show ever) did not feature any special guests, not even Bon Jovi. More pictures coming soon HERE. Setlist below...

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Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadum last night (Melanism.com)
Bruce Springsteen

"A very nice show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Thursday night, the fourth of their five-night stand at Giants Stadium.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the show, but looking at the setlist, it maybe had the best four-pack of request songs this tour, as well as the U.S. premiere of "Fouth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" to kickoff the encores.

"Sandy" has only been played one other time this tour, on July 5 in Vienna, Austria.

This was the second Giants Stadium show and third time this tour that Bruce played the entire "Born To Run" album

For me, what makes this show standout is the requests of "Hard To Be A Saint In The City," "My Love Will Not Let You Down," "Because The Night" and "Human Touch." Four songs that haven't played that often this tour.

It was the second U.S. performance of "My Love Will Not Let You Down" this tour (it was played at the Aug. 19 show at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford - thank you to the reader for the correction - and played several times in Europe this summer) and only the second time "Human Touch" was played this tour, the other time was on May 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

Patti Scialfa was at the show, her first show with the band since the May 21 show at the Izod Center.

First time this tour, outside of the first Asbury Park rehearsal show on March 23, that "The Promised Land" was not played."
[Star Ledger]

The fifth and final Bruce Springsteen show at Giants Stadium this tour, which is also the final show at Giants Stadium EVER, happens tonight (10/9). Bruce and band will be performing 'Born In The USA' in its entirety. Rumored special guests include Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Southside Johnny.

UPDATE: There were NO special guests at all! Setlist for Night Five HERE.

Check out the setlists from the four previous nights (where special guests included Willie Nile and Curt Ramm), and some videos, below...

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Louis CK

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) unite to present the third annual Stand Up for Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Town Hall in New York City at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 4th. Brian Williams will host Stand Up for Heroes, which will feature star performances by Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Lisa Lampanelli, John Ondrasik, Bruce Springsteen and other surprise guests. These and other A-list entertainers have agreed to Stand Up for Heroes and ReMIND our nation that "Support our troops" is no longer a slogan. It's an action. The evening promises unforgettable performances, laughter, and sincere gratitude, with proceeds going to the BWF.

For the third consecutive year, all of our nation's living presidents have officially expressed their support to the Stand Up for Heroes event. President Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, President George H. W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter and President William J. Clinton serve as the Presidential Committee for this year's event. Major television network executives join the Presidents as event co-chairs including Steve Capus and Sophia Faskianos (NBC), Ken and Kristin Jautz (CNN), Jon and Jennifer Klein (CNN), Sean and Tracy McManus (CBS), Philip Miller and Anne Sweeney (ABC), Richard and Lisa Plepler (HBO), David and Sherrie Westin (ABC), and Jeff and Caryn Zucker (NBC).
Tickets are on sale. Bruce Springsteen also played this last year.

The show is part of the New York Comedy Festival.

In related news Louis CK is now on Parks & Recreation.

Colbert recently had John Darnielle on his TV show.

Bruce Springsteen plays his fifth and final show at Giants Stadium tonight (10/9).

Rosanne & Johnny...
Rosanne Cash

NY Times: On Tuesday [Oct 6], you're releasing your 14th album, "The List," a stirring leap into the past whose title refers to an actual list of 100 mostly country songs compiled by your father, Johnny Cash, in 1973 in an effort to expand your teenage taste in music beyond the Beatles.

Rosanne Cash: He realized that I lacked something essential about my own musical genealogy, and he made this list for me. He said, "This is a template for excellence." He would play the songs for me on his guitar, and I sought out the records in the years afterward.

Did you have a good relationship with him?

It's hard to be close to a drug addict when they're active. He was erratic and withdrawn. But when I was 17, he said, Come with me, and I left the day after I graduated high school, went on the road with him. It was wonderful. He was clean and sober by that time. That's when he wrote the list for me, on the bus.

As an acclaimed songwriter who is just releasing your first album composed entirely of other peoples' songs, do you think "The List" will bring new life to old classics and raise the country-music consciousness of a generation of kids?

Not just young people. I have a 50-year-old, culturally astute girlfriend who heard a recording of "Sea of Heartbreak" and said, Did you write that? I said, Hardly. Not even close. The definitive version was recorded by Don Gibson in 1961.

Rosanne Cash will debut of her The List material live at St. Ann's Warehouse in NYC on October 9th and 10th. Her album cuts the 100-song list down to 12 tracks. Some tickets to the Brooklyn shows are still on sale. Special guests aren't listed on the bill, but Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Tweedy, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello all appear on the album.

She discussed the album and played material from it on September 23rd at WNYC's Souncheck - that show is streaming online.

More info on the album (art, tracklist) and a schedule of Rosenne's live and TV performances (including Letterman & Today show) are below...

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