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Ted Leo @ the Big Shoulders Ball @ the Black Cat in DC - Jan 19, 2009 (sara.h)
Ted Leo

"Last night I went to the Big Shoulders Ball at the Black Cat. The show was tons of fun and without all the pomp and cheese cubes. The ball was "thrift store formal." And it was a benefit too. Highlights: Ted Leo covering Pete Seeger and Curtis Mayfield. Andrew Bird's wondrous violin plucking that he looped and looped. Tortoise finding a rhythm and sticking to it. Ken Vandermark's tribute to Sun Ra. And Honeyboy Edwards showing how the blues used to be played." [Washington City Paper]
In addition to being Obama's Inauguration, today is also the release day for Andrew Bird's new album. All Andrew Bird dates HERE.

Ted Leo also recently played a bunch of covers at Market Hotel, and at Studio B.

Other shows that happened in DC last night were Frightened Rabbit at Rock and Roll Hotel, Jay-Z at Warner Theatre, and the Beastie Boys at 9:30 Club.

Obama is scheduled to take his oath of office at noon today (though they just said on TV that they might be running a little late). Aretha Franklin will sing "My Country Tis of Thee" shortly.

A recent video of Ted Leo playing Bruce Sprinsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" below...

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Bruce Springsteen in DC - Jan 18, 2009 (dreamsinred77)
Bruce Springsteen

U2 in DC - Jan 18, 2009 (Travlr)
U2

United in their desire to witness a historic moment, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and races gathered under the marble gaze of former President Abraham Lincoln.

"It's a chance to be part of living history," said Audrey Lewis, from Virginia, as she waited for President-elect Barack Obama's welcome concert in Washington to begin.

Volunteers manning the entrances said spectators had begun arriving at the National Mall soon after 0600, willing to wait for hours to get the best view possible of Mr Obama, less than 48 hours before his inauguration. They thronged along the sides of the Reflecting Pool leading up to the Lincoln Memorial, where, four decades ago, so many massed to hear the words of Martin Luther King.

The significance of the moment seemed lost on no-one and - despite the line-up of celebrities, Stevie Wonder, Usher, U2's Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce among them - there was no doubt who was the day's real star.

The loudest cheers of the afternoon rang out first when Mr Obama and his family came down the memorial's steps to the stage, and again when he stepped forward to address the crowds.

"In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now," he said. "Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis."... [BBC]

HBO is streaming the whole thing one more time at 11:30PM ET/PT tonight/Sunday.

Some videos below...

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Mickey Rourke and Bruce Springsteen

Mickey Rourke, considered THE coolest guy in Hollywood by all of the other "genuine" cool guys, won the Gold Globe this evening for Best Actor in "The Wrestler."

As if art is imitating life, Rourke played a down and out professional wrestler who makes a valiant comeback just as Mickey is doing as you read this.

The crowd went wild as Mickey has always been well loved and a favorite amongst his acting peers.

Additionally, Bruce Springsteen received the best song prize for the title track to "The Wrestler," stating, "This is the only time I'm going to be in competition with Clint Eastwood," said Springsteen, referring to the filmmaker who had a song nomination for writing the title tune to his "Gran Torino." "It felt pretty good, too!" [The Lang Report]

In other Springsteen news, he is going to play at an Obama pre-inauguration event, you can catch him in the Superbowl halftime show, he made a lot of money in 2008, he's up for two Grammys, and he has a new album called "Working on a Dream" coming out January 27th...

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Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium, July 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Bruce Springsteen

1. Madonna ($105 million)
2. Celine Dion ($94 million)
3. The Eagles ($73.4 million)
4. Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million)
5. Bon Jovi ($70.4 million)
6. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($69.3 million)
7. Neil Diamond ($59.8 million)
8. Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million)
9. The Police ($48 million)
10. Tina Turner ($47.7 million)
"According to numbers released by concert trade magazine Pollstar, the Material Girl was the year's top concert draw in North America with ticket sales in excess of $105 million. After launching last summer in Wales, her Sticky & Sweet tour hit North America in early October for nearly eight weeks of concert dates. Worldwide the tour actually grossed more than $280 million, making Sticky & Sweet the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist." [EOnline]

Whos the boss

"I can reveal veteran rockers NEIL YOUNG and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will join ageing Brit-poppers BLUR as bill-toppers at next year's event.

Ticket sales for the most recent bash were the slowest in years.

It was even feared that the event would not sell-out for the first time in its 38-year history.

Many people pointed the finger of blame squarely at the line-up, which was devoid of any truly legendary acts. But now it looks like Somerset native Eavis has come up with the goods in spectacular fashion." [The Sun] (thx Hiro)

Blur have also confirmed another show in the UK in July, and people are wondering if they will play Coachella. Bruce Springsteen is also rumored to play Bonnaroo. Neil Young recently played two nights @ MSG in NYC.

Yo Dude

Bonnaroo, the East Coast's premiere multi-day, multi-stage gathering of the vibes (held in Manchester, Tennessee from June 11th to 14th) usually doesn't release its lineup until early February -- but RollingStone.com hears from reliable sources close to Phish that the band will top the bill for two nights, restoring the fest to its jam-friendly roots.......Also being buzzed about with some legitimacy: Bruce Springsteen as Sunday night's closer...

As for Coachella, the fest reputed for reuniting many a dormant band (the Pixies in 2004, Rage Against the Machine in 2007), Blur is believed to be a frontrunner, though a show scheduled for London's Hyde Park in July raises some doubt -- would the Brits really forestall a comeback gig on their home turf for a U.S. one-off jaunt?.... [Rolling Stone]

Maybe Coachella will get "the Specials".

words and photos by Faith-Ann Young

Suicide
Suicide

A hugely hormonal, mostly teenage crowd packed into Webster hall last night (October 30, 2008) to see MGMT...... the average age around 18 to mid twenties. Rumor was the tickets for this show sold out in minutes and I would say most MGMT fans were at a loss when opener (co-headliner?) Suicide came on.

Now, if you know anything about the 1970s and 80s post-punk scene, you know about Suicide's eccentric performance history and their prominent place in rock and roll history....(Hell, even Springsteen lists them as influences.) Since MGMT are big fans of Suicide (which they've cited several times in interviews), it is perhaps not so random that the two bands share a stage (although most still living post-punk groupies may slit their wrists upon hearing legends like Suicide opened zealously for new pups MGMT.) But let's be clear: the crowd was not ready for Suicide's avant-garde performance art. Musically, Martin Rev and Alan Vega's experimental no wave rock was too heavily distorted, disorienting, and frenetic for any of the kids to appreciate. Plus, it didn't help that ski goggles on a sixty-year old man just makes him look senile- rather than 'punk' or badass. Slow moving onstage, yet trying zealously to motivate the crowd with hand punches and pointing, Suicide's duo more ressembled "oh no, grandpa got into the medecine cabinet again" retirees than fabled rock legends. And shamefully, the eccentric synth moves of Martin Rev, who at one time simply pounded the synth machine with his fists, was old news to electronically-immersed "Mac Garage-band" generation; one teenager mumbled "All they are doing is playing a backing track." The sad reality is, while it's always cool to watch real legends in action, these men are unappreciated by the new kids on the block. When Alan Vega started motioning with his hands, one kid just shouted "we don't know what that means," which was just a feeble reminder, punk as Suicide know it anyway, is dead.

MGMT
MGMT

So needless to say, the highlight of the night (editor in disbelief) came when MGMT came onstage in full mariachi suits, laughing. The whole crowd cheered, giggled and toasted their beer cans, as a thick haze of pot smoke wafted down the front row. Visibly refreshed and at ease (especially compared to their lackluster performances at United Palace Theatre opening for Beck weeks ago), the band played to their fans. The crowd pleasers like "Kids" caused the most commotion; at one time the whole of Webster Hall appeared to be jumping up and down (like kids on a trampoline) hands in air, with glee. (Truth be told; when MGMT played a couple unrecognizable songs- i.e. newbies not on their current album - the songs were not so impressive). Best part of the night? When lead singer Andrew broke into a sick rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," apparently using something (a vocoder?) to adjust his voice to a helium-level octave. Ahhh, to be young again.

MGMT play one more NYC show tonight, Halloween 2008, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night below...

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Jersey Devil

Dear Friends and Fans,

If you grew up in central or south Jersey, you grew up with the "Jersey Devil." Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!

Bruce Springsteen

Free MP3 and new video are both at Bruce's site until Sunday night. The lyrics to "A Night with the Jersey Devil" are below...

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Stand Up for heroes

The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) unite to present the second 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 5. Regis Philbin will host Stand Up for Heroes, which will feature star performances by Ricky Gervais, John Pinette, Bruce Springsteen, and Patti Scialfa. Both Whoopi Goldberg and James Niven of Sotheby's will make a special appearance as the guest auctioneers. In honor of the United States' injured service members, the evening promises unforgettable performances, laughter, and sincere gratitude, with proceeds going to the BWF.
Tickets are on sale (soon?) at Ticketmaster.

Bruce is also performing at Obama-related events at Hammerstein Ballroom and in Philly. Ricky Gervais is in the new movie Ghost Town.

Barack Obama

Saturday October 4th, 2008
Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th and 22nd Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Gates open: 2:00 p.m.
Program starts: 3:30 p.m.

FREE AND OPEN TO
PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS & STUDENTS

Free tickets are available online, and "Preferred Viewing tickets are available and will allow you to get even closer to the stage. They can be obtained by visiting the Campaign for Change offices listed below and volunteering to elect Barack Obama."

Bruce is also playing a show for Barack twelve days later in NYC, though that one's not even close to free.

Change Rocks

Join us for CHANGE ROCKS
at The Hammerstein Ballroom featuring Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & Friends

Purchase your ticket using the form below [this link].
Tickets must be purchased by October 14th.

Thursday, October 16 @ 8:30 PM

For more information, please contact
ny-finance@barackobama.com or call 212-763-4850

Tickets start at $500 each. The best seats are $10,000!

Bruce Springsteen is also playing the Superbowl Halfime show in 2009 and is rumored to be playing the final show at Yankees Stadium which is rumored to be November 9th. Billy Joel played the final show at Shea Stadium which hosted its final baseball game this past weekend - just a short while after the Yankees played their last game in their old home.

Video of a "Drunk, Sleeping Fan Victimized by Beer Cups at Shea Stadium", below...

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Phil Collins told Playboy in 1986, "I've always liked the idea of Springsteen - everyman's music for every-man, you know; it captures the imagina-tion of the workingman. Chuck Berry did the same thing. I don't know that much about Springsteen's older songs, but I like what he stands for. Born in the U.S.A. is just fantastic. It has great atmosphere and it's a great song."

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band @ Giants Stadium (more by Eric Townsend)
Bruce Springsteen

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND will perform in the BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLIII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC Sports at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, February 1, the NFL announced today.

The Super Bowl halftime show is annually the most-watched musical performance. More than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show. The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. [The Boss]

Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, an 80-person choir and Phil Collins performed at the Superbowl in 2000. Sufjan Stevens and St Vincent performed a Phil Collins song this past Saturday night. Video of Bruce Springsteen and Axl Rose performing together below...

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NY Springsteen

"Buzz is building that the Yankees are cooking up a musical extravaganza for the Stadium's closing ceremony in November. Word is George Steinbrenner and son Hank want something to rival the sayonara shows that the Mets got Billy Joel to do at Shea. Mentioned to perform at the House That Ruth Built are Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney, though sources close to both rockers weren't aware of any discussions. A Steinbrenner rep had no details." [NY Daily News]

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

It was E Street Family Night at Giants Stadium on Monday.

Drummer Max Weinberg's 18-year-old son Jay substituted for his father on "Born to Run," pounding the skins with authority as the elder Weinberg watched from the side of the stage. Bruce Springsteen's 16-year-old daughter, Jessica, danced onstage during the show-closing "Twist and Shout," and even took a little rock-star leap at the end. Also, Springsteen led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday To You" to his wife, E Street Band member Patti Scialfa. She turned 55 yesterday.

This was the second of three shows that Springsteen and the band will be presenting at Giants Stadium this week, and though it was slightly longer than Sunday's show, it still lasted more than three hours and featured 28 songs. [The Star Ledger]

The setlist, and more pics, from last night's show below...

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Real Animal

Alejandro Escovedo is having a good year....

- For the first time in his 30 year career, Alejandro Escovedo has charted on Billboard's Top 200 coming in at #122 with his 9th solo album REAL ANIMAL. Released on June 24th, REAL ANIMAL also enters Billboard's Heatseeker/New Artist Chart at #3 with 6,178 in first week sales. A noted and accomplished artist, Escovedo was named No Depression's "Artist of The Decade" in 1998 and has enjoyed a loyal fan base that includes such luminaries as author Stephen King and filmmaker Jonathan Demme who provided REAL ANIMAL's evocative liner notes.
Alejandro has two NYC shows coming up. One is tonight at Highline Ballroom (July 9). The other is free and in exactly a month at Central Park Summerstage.
An Unexpected Mexico
Kinky
Alejandro Escovedo with Strings
Pistolera


Saturday, August 09, 2008, From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage
Magic TourAlejandro also appears on this:
Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 'Magic Tour Highlights' on July 15 via all digital download stores, including the iTunes Store. The release will consist of four audio tracks with four accompanying videos, all recorded live in concert during the 'Magic' tour.

1. "Always A Friend" (performed with Alejandro Escovedo) (video)
Recording Date: 04/14/2008 (Houston, Texas)
2. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (performed with Tom Morello)
Recording Date: 04/07/2008 (Anaheim, California)
3. "Turn Turn Turn" (performed with Roger McGuinn)
Recording Date: 04/23/2008 (Orlando, Florida)
4. "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (Danny Federici's final performance with the E Street Band)
Recording Date: 03/20/2008 (Indianapolis, Indiana)

AA Bondy was recently added as the opener for the Highline Ballroom show tonight. Aquarium Drunkard recently spoke to Alejandro. Alejandro Escovedo recently played Coman O'Brien and The Today show. Those videos and all tour dates below....

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Obama Rolling Stone

Barack Obama is a Stevie Wonder geek. In the Democratic presidential candidate's new interview with Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Jann S. Wenner, Obama waxed rhapsodic about his favorite artists, many of whom -- Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z -- have shown him love with endorsements.

"If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder," says Obama, who grew up on Seventies R&B and rock staples including Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. "When I was at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we've ever seen." [Rolling Stone]

Now I am a little conflicted. Although I definitely want to vote for the candidate who likes Dylan and The Boss, I'm not sure I can get behind a person who also claims to have Sheryl Crow on their iPod.

Danny Federici

Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen whose stylish work helped define the E Street Band's sound on hits from "Hungry Heart" through "The Rising," died Thursday. He was 58.

Federici, who had battled melanoma for three years, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. News of his death was posted late Thursday on Springsteen's official Web site.

He last performed with Springsteen and the band last month, appearing during portions of a March 20 show in Indianapolis.

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Who's Bad?
Whos Bad

* Etta James @ BB King's
* Dead Meadow @ Maxwell's
* Joe Jackson @ The Apollo
* Gossip & Shy Child @ Webster Hall
* Autechre @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tally Hall and friends @ Bowery Ballroom
* French Kicks & Miguel Mendez @ Mercury Lounge
* Casiotone for the Painfully Alone & Fiasco @ Knitting Factory

Get a new Wolf Parade song.

Tickets went on presale this morning for a Brian Wilson benefit show. Brian is also among those playing the Rainforest Benefit at Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are on sale for some George Michael shows.

Madonna is playing Roseland Ballroom.

Who's Bad ("the ultimate" Michael Jackson tribute band) is playing Canal Room Friday.

Cyndi Lauper is going on tour this summer.

Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Houston last night. Video below.

what else?

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Born in the USA

"You had to put tickets on sale for JULY? What's the reason? I don't even know what I'm doing in FEBRUARY, never mind JULY! But you had to take all that money out of the marketplace, you had to earn all that interest. And to think you built your reputation as a man of the people... Bruce, when you were growing up in Asbury Park did you buy tickets for a gig SEVEN MONTHS AWAY? Did you even have the MONEY FOR IT!" [Bob Lefsetz]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have confirmed shows at Giants Stadium, July 27, 28 and 31. While this is significantly short of the 10 shows the band presented at Giants Stadium in 2003, more concerts could (and, probably, will) be added, if the first three sell out. Springsteen has performed at the Meadowlands - Giants Stadium or the arena that is now called the Izod Center - 66 times. Fifty-one of those shows have been with the E Street Band. Virtually all have sold out. [NJ.COM]
Tickets go on sale December 15th. NY show info HERE. Bruce was nominated for four Grammys, but in sadder news...
Danny FedericiDanny Federici, an original member of the E Street Band, is taking a leave of absence from the current Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour to pursue treatment for melanoma. Charles Giordano, who played with Bruce as a member of the Sessions Band, will temporarily fill in for Danny until he is able to return. Federici has been playing keyboards with Springsteen since the late Sixties. Said Springsteen, "Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly await his healthy and speedy return."
All tour dates below....

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Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play Nassau Colliseum in Uniondale, NY on March 10, 2008. Add that on to the other recently announced tour dates. Tickets go on sale January 19th @ 10am.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime which kind of makes sense since I always just assumed that Showtime must have paid them already to name their show "Californication". The Times of South Africa says that, like Bruce Springsteen's Magic, Californication was the Chili Peppers' big comeback album. Are they still back? I don't know.

Velvet Revolver were denied visas by Japan because "Japanese immigration officials appear to have taken exception to the backgrounds of various band members...." In related news, Scott Weiland is going to write a book just like Slash did. And speaking of Slash, he's holding a competition for guitar players.

Bruce Springsteen @ Verizon Center, Washington DC - Nov 11, 2007 (CRED)
Bruce Springsteen @ Verizon Center

Tickets go on sale at 10am today for a Bruce Springsteen show in Hartford on February 28th. That's one of a bunch of recently announced tour dates. Tonight (11/19) Bruce plays for the second night in a row in Boston. All dates below....

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Arcade Fire & Bruce Springsteen

As pointed out by "Anonymous", Arcade Fire joined Bruce Springsteen on stage last night (Oct 14, 2007) at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. According to the official setlist posted on Bruce's site, the encore was something like this:

Girls In Their Summer Clothes
State Trooper (with Arcade Fire) (Tour Premier)
Keep The Car Running (with Arcade Fire)
Born To Run (with Arcade Fire)
Dancing In The Dark
American Land
According to Pfork tipsters though, Arcade Fire did not actually play on "Born To Run".

So, just to recap....
* Arcade Fire also played with David Byrne
* And David Bowie
* And U2
* And now Springsteen
* Neon Bible was influenced by classic Springsteen
* Bruce Springsteen hung with The National
* And played with the Hold Steady
* Lou Reed does not hang with any of these people, but he does like the Killers
* And the Killers' last album was also influenced by Springsteen

Eventually some actual pictures and video from last night's Bruce show will turn up. Until then, I'll be entertaining myself by matching up the following two videos....

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