Happy Friday video: During a recent concert in Brisbane, Bruuuuuuuuuuce invited onstage a cute kid from the audience, wearing a Born in the U.S.A.-inspired getup, complete with a red cap in one of his back pockets to sing a few bars of “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day,” and join him for a patented knee slide. The whole thing was captured on video, so the boy’s g’day could be enjoyed by all. Watch and feel your heart grow three sizes: READ FULL STORY
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A look at the nominations for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards points to an interesting trend: Apparently, the road to Grammy-nominated glory runs through the Rockefeller Center studio that houses Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Many of this weekend’s potential winners have had their biggest moments on the show, from Frank Ocean’s TV debut to the “music room” remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
What’s more, there could be Grammy gold coming to the show itself: Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off (which consists largely of musical bits from the show) is nominated for Best Comedy Album, and house band the Roots’ Undun is up for Best Rap Album. EW caught up with Fallon a few weeks back to go over some of his show’s biggest highlights from this year’s crop of Grammy nominees.
“We booked the Odd Future guys a while back, before they got signed. So we stayed in touch with them, and Frank Ocean is from that crew, and we heard he had a record coming out, so we booked him to perform—he was making his TV debut on our show. Two days before is when he tweeted out that letter about his sexuality. That’s so crazy to do in the world of R&B and hip-hop, it’s just a thing that’s not really done. No one does that. So it made all these headlines, and the tag to all the headlines was, ‘And he’s performing on Jimmy Fallon.’ READ FULL STORY
Jon Stewart will host Bruce Springsteen tribute featuring Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Faith Hill, more
You know who’s great? Bruce Springsteen. You know who thinks so? Just about everybody — including MusiCares.
The charity, which helps out musicians with financial and medical assistance during times of need, has named the Boss their 2013 Person of the Year, and on Friday, February 8 (just two days before the Grammy Awards), Jon Stewart will host a tribute gala to Springsteen, his music, and his extensive charity work.
The lineup is an eclectic mix of Springsteen’s peers, collaborators, famous fans, and spiritual protégés, including Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Faith Hill, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Sting, Jim James, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Tim McGraw, Patti Smith, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. The event, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is already sold out.
Springsteen is well deserving of the award, as he has committed himself to giving back to a number of worthy groups over the course of his long career. His most recent work came as part of outreach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which badly battered the coastline of Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey.
Stewart, famously, is a longtime Springsteen fan and fellow New Jersey denizen; it’s not even the first time Stewart has formally paid tribute to Springsteen, as he spoke on Bruce’s behalf at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, and interviewed him for a lengthy Rolling Stone cover story last March. READ FULL STORY
Call it the Super Bowl bump?
Billboard has announced the list of the 2012’s top-grossing tours, and it looks like Madonna is at the top. Her Madgesty sold out all 72 of the shows she played this year, grossing a grand total of $228,406,085 over the year. Interestingly, her new album MDNA only landed at No. 44 on the year-end Billboard 200 chart, moving 521,000 units in the U.S. as of December.
After Madonna on the top-grossing tours list is Bruce Springsteen, whose raked in just shy $200 million this year with his Wrecking Ball tour. (He did, however, beat Madonna in overall attendance by about 500,000 people. Like Madonna, he also played 72 shows.) Roger Waters came in third with roughly $186 million (and nearly 50,000 more in attendance than Madge). Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil came in fourth place with about $147 million for the year, which just edged No. 5 Coldplay by roughly $100,000.
Wednesday night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for Sandy relief was an unqualified success: Before even a single note was played on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden, more than $30 million had already been raised for the Robin Hood Foundation through ticket sales, merchandise, and corporate pledges.
As a charity event, 12-12-12 was a slam dunk. As a musical entertainment endeavor, it was more of a mixed bag, full of plenty of glorious, triumphant moments for sure, but also bloated with curious choices and inexplicable performances.
Bruce Springsteen had the honor of kicking the show off, beginning his band’s brief set with “Land of Hope and Dreams.” As Jersey’s greatest ambassador for well over three decades, Springsteen sweated and howled through the opener’s anthemic refrain, only to raise the stakes on “Wrecking Ball,” a defiant anthem of hope from the album of the same name.
“Wrecking Ball” started a running theme of transformation through out the night: Familiar songs became re-packaged and recontextualized, and themes of renewal and rebirth crept up during the finest performances. READ FULL STORY
The list of performers donating their time and effort to the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger.
The high-profile event, organized by Clear Channel and set for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden, already boasted the likes of Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Now they’ve officially confirmed the addition of Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the full Bon Jovi roster. (Jon Bon Jovi himself had already been slated, but now the New Jersey native will have his band with him.) READ FULL STORY
Few rock musicians have had as deep and personal an impact on his fans as Bruce Springsteen. He carries the flag for his home state of New Jersey, sure, but there’s also something about his anthemic tales of everyday Americana that strike a chord with people around the world. That has been expressed over and over again in fawning essays and passionately researched bios, but now the spirit of Springsteen is going to get a film all its own.
The project is called Springsteen & I, and like Life in a Day (another film produced Ridley Scott’s production company), the entirety of the movie will be crowd-sourced. READ FULL STORY
99 problems, but Mitt’s not one.
That was Jay-Z’s message as he just finished a performance at an Ohio rally for President Barack Obama. As we previously reported, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are lending their voices at a rally for the campaign today.
“Not only are they on my iPod…[these men]both tell an American story,” President Obama said.
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President Obama will end his 2012 U.S. presidential campaign with a rap and a twang, joined by Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen at rallies in Ohio and Iowa the day before Tuesday’s election.
The campaign’s national communications director Brent Colburn tweeted on Thursday that Springsteen, “The Boss,” would stump on Monday with Obama in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, and that Jay-Z would join in Columbus, Ohio. Michelle Obama is set to stop by in Iowa.
Obama’s had major musical love individually from Jay-Z and Springsteeen throughout the campaign, with a fundraiser in New York hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Springsteen at rallies in Ohio, Pittsburgh and Virginia. It was also announced Thursday that wild-haired Katy Perry would join Obama at a rally Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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No shocker here: Once again, Bruce Springsteen is pledging his support to President Barack Obama in this upcoming election.
The reliably Democratic Boss took to his official site to pen a letter making his political stance crystal clear. Long story short, he’s not Romney man.
“Right now, there is a choice going on in America, and I’m happy that we live in a country where we all participate in that process.” the New Jersey musician wrote in the post titled “A Message From Bruce.” “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”
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