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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band Play Record Four-Hour Show

It has Finally Happened!

Bruce Springsteen‘s     known for  his marathon shows, but the Boss has set himself a  new record.At Springsteen and the E Street Band’s final European show     on the current  “Wrecking Ball” tour, the group played four     hours and six minutes at  Helsinki, Finland’s Olympic Stadium,     according to      fan  reports. The     tour’s been full of lengthy shows, with the band      reportedly     clocking in at 3:48 during a Madrid, Spain gig on June 17.

 

And the 33-song set’s run time doesn’t count a handful of     songs  Springsteen played in acoustic form as a treat for     pre-show early birds.

 

U.S. fans can start their stopwatches this summer, with the     band  returning to North America beginning August 14 in Boston.     The tour will  extend through December, with the final current     date scheduled for Dec. 6 in  Glendale, Ariz.

Read more at  http://www.billboard.com/news/bruce-springsteen-e-street-band-play-record-1007713952.story#fp5pVdKMi5MUSxrS.99

Steven Van Zandt May Have to Miss Bruce Springsteen Concerts

by: Dave Lifton

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen‘s current tour is scheduled to end on Sept. 22. However, there are already whispers of more dates being added in the fall. Should the tour extend into 2013, there is a good chance that Steven Van Zandt will have to miss some of the shows.

Van Zandt is scheduled to begin filming the second season of ‘Lilyhammer,’ a Norwegian television program in which he stars as an American mobster living in Norway. The guitarist believes both parties will reach an agreement that will allow him to perform both jobs.

“I made commitments before the tour even existed,” Van Zandt explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “We’re still trying to figure it all out, and we won’t know for another couple of months. Bruce and [manager] Jon Landau are very, very understanding about this and very supportive of my TV career. They’re gonna try and bend things around as much as they can. And then, if they can’t, if I gotta miss a few things, I’ll miss a few things. We’re gonna try not to, though.”

This is not the first time that “Little Steven’s” acting career has conflicted with his E Street Band duties. His tenure as Silvio Dante on ‘The Sopranos’ coincided with Springsteen’s decision in 1999 to reunite the E Street Band, which caused the show’s creators to reduce his role during tours. Van Zandt signed on to do ‘Lilyhammer’ in 2011, before the “Wrecking Ball’ tour was in the works.

Springsteen Concert Cut Short By Organizers

Source:  USA TODAY

The nerve!

Concert organizers at London’s Hyde Park pulled the plug on rock royalty Saturday night.

Paul McCartney joined Bruce Springsteen on stage at the end of Springsteen’s gig, but organizers silenced their microphones before the duo could address the crowd.

Reports indicate that the Boss had gone past the 10:30 p.m. curfew by 30 minutes when McCartney joined him on stage. The pair sang I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout, but neither musician had the chance to address the crowd and left the stage in silence.

CNN International reports that as Springsteen and McCartney were winding up Twist and Shout, the sound suddenly dampened, and went quiet. At first, Springsteen didn’t seem to notice. He attempted to address the crowd, apparently unaware that they couldn’t hear him.

E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt wasn’t happy. He tweeted: “Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?”

He continued to vent later via Twitter: “I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m (expletive). Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour For March 2013?

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It looks like Bruce Springsteen could tour Australia in March 2013 if rumours are to be believed. Triple M music reporter Nui Te Koha claims that he has offered a window around that time, and although one major promoter has backed out of talks, the dates are still on the table.

Springsteen returned with a new album Wrecking Ball in March, which lead to the announcement of world tour dates for United States, Europe and the world. Australia has always thought to be amongst those plans, but it’s just been a matter of when.

Te Koha spoke this morning about the tour plans, saying: “One major promoter has been in talks with The Boss, but he backed out saying the deal was unworkable… but we have it on good authority that those March dates are still on the table.”

We have had some rumoured dates before this, when a leaked Australian tour itinery revealed shows around August and September. These were quickly pointed out to be unbelievable when it showed a date clash for the WWE at Rod Laver Arena. Further down the track they were cancelled out by the announcement of more overseas dates around that time.

This will be the first tour the E Street band have embarked on since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons in June this year.

Bruce Springsteen; Twist & Shout Video & brucespringsteen.net!

The Springsteen Information Center wants to thank brucespringsteen.net the official website for Bruce Springsteen for this post.  Bruce springsteen.net is valued for their insight, passion and most of all, their journalistic integrity.  Because of  sites like brucespringsteen.net, we can offer you all of the official and latest news for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band right here on The Springsteen Information Center. If you get the chance, you should subscribe to the brucespringsteen.net website.  Here is the video of Twist & shout from the Isle of Wight concert. There are also two photo galleries from the last few show.  Thanks to Jo Lopez, the official photographer for brucespringsteen.net.  here is the link for brucespringsteen .net. Enjoy!

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Bruce Springsteen Twists and Shouts at Isle of Wight

By Rolling Stone.com

June 25, 2012 4:10 PM

After a gigantic three-hour headlining set, Bruce Springsteen closed the Isle of Wight festival on June 24th with a raucous cover of “Twist and Shout,” the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island as events started late last week, the festival continued strong through the weekend. In this cover, Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. “I’ve got a fuckin’ boat to catch!” he jokes halfway through the song. “I gotta get on a fuckin’ boat!”

Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.

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Bruce Springsteen live in Florence

The Springsteen Information Center Thanks Blogness On The Edge of Town and Jeffrey Bien!

Editor’s Note: Friend of Blogness Jeffrey Bien (@jungleland) was in Italy and fortunate enough to attend a show there, dubbed by Steven Van Zandt in an interview as “The Frenzy in Firenze”. Here is his account of a show (setlist here) that was both soaked to the skin and utterly on fire.

The Fury and the Frenzy in Firenze

“YOU ARE F*CKING DIE-HARD!!!!” Bruce Springsteen screamed at me (as well as 50,000 other drenched Italian fans). For three and a half hours, we stood in what essentially amounted to a full-on shower with our clothes on as Bruce and the band played song after song after song. Long after it was comfortable, reasonable, or even sane, Bruce and the crowd egged each other on into the uncharacteristically wet Florentine night as what will forever be known as the Fury and the Frenzy in Firenze.

A torrential downpour was the last thing I expected throughout the gorgeous day in Florence on my first ever trip to Italy. In the country to visit my sister and enjoy my last summer break ever, we had been talking about this show for months, and have been exploring different Italian cities for the past week. This was both her and her friend Barbara’s first Springsteen concert, and we were all excited for what we knew was going to be an amazing time. As we eagerly waited for the show to start, and I am sure you all know that feeling, I pointed out differences between the Italian crowd and the US audiences I am used to—much younger population, soccer jerseys everywhere, and a circle of old Italian men playing what appeared to be a sophisticated drinking game while passing around a flask.

The opening of the show itself could not have been more picturesque. Draped against the backdrop of a gorgeous Tuscan sunset, Bruce appeared onstage at 8:30 sharp and we were enchanted by a beautiful string rendition of a traditional Italian melody (perhaps some commenter will tell me the name). The band then ripped through their opening numbers—Badlands, and No Surrender, making a promise to us of a power-filled, eventful night. The energy of the crowd was electric, and the band, lights, and crowd responded to Bruce like an exquisitely oiled machine. No one really paid any mind when, at some point, perhaps during My City of Ruins, what had started as a fine mist slowly graduated to a proper rain, and continued to press harder and harder.

Eventually the crowd noticed, and to our credit, we loved it, welcoming the rain to cool off the white-hot energy trail left behind by Bruce’s searing guitar solos during Prove It All Night, Jake Clemons’ brilliant sax work during Trapped, and notably, the E Street rendition of Elvis’ Burnin’ Love. From where we were, in the middle of the “field” area (GA seats near the mixing tent), the crowd was simply insatiable; where they did not know the lyrics as well as American audiences, the Italian fans made up in volume and energy. The setlist also clearly reveals the preference of European audiences for Born in the USA and The Rising albums—as songs from these records clearly had the greatest impact throughout the night.

The downpour had fully set in and seemed especially fitting during The River; as rivulets of water were running into 100,000 shoes, the stadium was eerily silent, save for the harmonica. And by the second half of the encore, no one even attempted to stay dry, as shirts were off, bras were showing, and as some people sought shelter and vacated their coveted field spots near the rail, hundreds more with no such qualms rushed in to fill their spots, and the video screen was filled with young people, drenched to the bone, and completely lost in the music. Bruce joined in, despite being forty years older than most and contractually obligated to repeat this entire experience tomorrow night (in Trieste), he was equally drenched, called us all “f*cking die-hard” and piled on song after song after song.

Drenched audience in Florencephoto: Jeffrey Bien

For me, the highlight of the night (if I had to pick one), was seeing Bruce up close and personal after the end of the show. As we were leaving the stadium, trying to strategize our plans for getting home and drying off, we heard the scream of a small crowd nearby, and whirling around, saw Bruce’s van being escorted by some police bikes. Bruce’s window was cracked open and was being pounded on by Italian youth, but I managed to work my way in and got his attention (most likely due to my American accent): “Mr. Springsteen!! Thank you.” He smiled, gave me two thumbs up and his driver pulled away—Bruce needed to dry off more than anyone else did, and we couldn’t fault him for that.

Thanks to Kayla Bien, Barbara Ofosu-Somuah, and Claudia for their help with this report.

 

 

 

by Leann Pomaville

 

photo by: BRT@Vacirca @Vacirca_BRTOUR

Start Time: 8:31 p.m.

Setlist 1. Badlands 2. No Surrender 3. We Take Care Of Our Own 4. Wrecking Ball 5. Death To My Hometown 6. City of Ruins 7. Spirit In The Night 8. BE TRUE 9. Jack of all Trades 10. Trapped 11. Prove it all Night 12. Darlington County (W/ Honky Tonk Woman intro) 13. BURNING LOVE (Sign) 14. Working on the Highway 15. Shackled and Drawn 16. Waiting on a Sunny Day 17. Apollo Medley 18. The River 19. The Rising 20. Backstreets 21. Land of Hope and Dreams

22. Rocky Ground 23. Born in the USA 24. Born To Run 25. Hungry Heart 26. Seven Nights To Rock 27. Dancing in the Dark 28. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 29. WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN

End Time: 11:57

Bruce Springsteen’s Former Drummer Will Caddie In The U.S. Open

Rock music and golf generally don’t have a lot of crossover; while guys like Alice Cooper and Eddie Van Halen have taken to the links on occasion, it’s more of a goof. And for rock stars like Bruce Springsteen, champion of the blue-collar worker, well, golf doesn’t quite fit into the image.

But then, the image doesn’t always fit real life, either. That’s why Vini Lopez, Springsteen’s first drummer, will be caddying in his very first U.S. Open later this month. Lopez loops for longtime club pro Mark McCormick, and on Monday, the unlikely duo won one of four invitations to the Open at the sectional qualifying in (of course) New Jersey.

McCormick is a fascinating story all his own; he’s 49 years old and has never played in a major. He told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor that this was his last shot, his final attempt at playing in an Open … and he’d be bringing Lopez along for the ride.

“And it finally happened,” Lopez told O’Connor. “Maybe if I were playing with  Bruce before 90,000 people in Hamburg, Germany, I’d feel differently  about it. But to me there’s nothing like watching Mark hit great shots  and putt like a demon and qualify for the Open. That’s the dream for  me.”

Lopez played with Springsteen in the proto-E-Street Band Steel Mill (check out some of their late 60s/early 70s work right here) but clashed with Springsteen. And as with most conflicts where you’re going up against The Boss, Lopez was out, just a year before Springsteen released “Born To Run” and changed rock music as we know it. Since then, he’s appeared onstage with Springsteen on a few occasions, like this one from 2009:

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McCormick also had the added burden of knowing his son was in the field; young Ryan McCormick didn’t fare as well as his father. But there will be more chances. For now, this is Mark’s time, and Vini is along for the ride.

So Lopez heads out on that highway filled with broken heroes, on a last-chance power drive. Maybe he’ll help guide McCormick to an amazing finish, maybe they’ll be done by the weekend. Either way, he’ll be one of the better stories of the Open’s first couple days. And if nothing else, he could teach the Golf Boys a thing or two about real music.

Bruce Springsteen; ‘Spirits In The Night’ From Pinkpop

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