The Springsteen Information Center would like to thank our good friend By Pete Chianca, Blogness on the Edge of Town and mysurburnlife.com out of The Geneva Republican!
Call it Springsteenian Guilt Syndrome (SGS) — I’m almost embarrassed to be getting three stadium shows in Boston on the fall leg of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” tour (as many as Jersey), especially when Bruce has yet to hit Pittsburgh, Kansas City or the Pacific Northwest. Just ask the commenters on our Facebook page, who are starting to get a little frantic, frankly.
(All right, here is my 2 cents before we go any further. There was this semi-famous rock and Roll Reporter/Producer who penned the now famous words that help catapult Bruce Springsteen’s Career. “I have seen the future of Rock n’ Roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen!” The writer was Jon Landau, now The Boss or Partner of ’The Boss,’ depending how you look at it. He was the guy who helped work through the road block for the album, Born To Run. He was the guy who took over for the hated Mike Appel, who pretty much had Bruce signed to what a lot of folks call Endebted Servitude, where every and all songs that Bruce Wrote, belonged to Appel! Back in the Day, this was common practice in the music business for most Managers/Producers and unknown talent who might become one hit wonders. Who cares after they get their 15 minutes of fame. they made their money quick and dropped the act when it cooled off. The problem was that Springsteen would become anything but a one hit wonder. So the pendulum would end up swinging back at Appel who was severed at the head by Bruce, his new confidant and a bunch of 1,000 hour lawyers! Well all of this Rock n roll Future happened in Boston! Yes, Jon Landau was up in Boston when he made those remarks. It’s no secret that Boston was one of the few really strong areas for Bruce and the Band. It was up there with Jersey Shore, NYC, Philly and burbs, Cleveland, Washington DC area. Places that were less than a days drive from home and could be gotten to quickly. So it just proves that Bruce hasn’t forgotten his roots and returns to the places where they have been fans the longest. this can be another of the reasons he has added a 3rd show in Beantown! Now back to Pete’s article.),
What possessed him to embark on two Fenway shows and a Gillette Stadium stop in the same week we’ll never know — Maybe it’s because he’s enjoyed the time spent here while son Evan, who graduated this week, was attending BC. Or it could be because Camp Springsteen knows that we’ll pony (boy) up for the tickets no matter how many times he comes. Pittsburgh won’t come out unless he’s there with Grushecky. (Ahem.)
As for me, I have tickets to Fenway 1 and Gillette. Will I go for night 2 as well, or will sanity (along with my mortgage, my car payment and my family vacation fund) prevail? Stay tuned, and in the meantime, catch up with the Springsteen stories you may have missed if you for some reason aren’t glued to our Facebook page (and Twitter feed, natch) 24 hours a day, even though you should be.
• Speaking of Beantown, see Springsteen wandering the streets of Boston! (Above.) And where was I? That’s right, at work. What was I thinking?
• 22 seconds of the “Rocky Ground” video, for some reason.
• Official release of the 1978 Cleveland Agora show? Yeah, I’d buy that.
• Springsteen clocks in at No. 5 and No. 30 for Paste’s “70 Best Albums of the ’70s.” You can probably guess with which ones.
• Seville photo gallery: The Boss dresses down. Arriving in Gran Canaria photo gallery: Stevie dresses … well, “down” is probably not the word, but it’s something else. (Also, see great pix from the show here.) Finally, some fine shots from Barcelona.
• IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rev. Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz’ essay on spirituality on “Wrecking Ball” is a must-read.