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Bruce Springsteen visits Little Steven's 'Underground Garage'

Bruce Springsteen and Steven “Little Steven” Van Zandt have known each other since they were teenagers at the Jersey Shore, but in the first nine years of Van Zandt’s radio show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the Boss has never visited. That is about to change. The old friends recently sat down in front of a microphone, and their musings will make up three episodes of the show, beginning this Friday, according to the AP. Reflecting on their early days, Van Zandt told the AP, “He was a very important friend. When you are a freak by yourself it’s one thing. But if there’s someone else, you don’t feel as freaky. It’s a big deal to have someone feel the same way you do.”

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Lady Gaga reveals she’s directing her next video, talks Rebecca Black, and more in fan-generated Q&A taped at Google HQ

Confirming suspicions that Google is the coolest place to work on the planet—free laundry rooms! Sand volleyball courts! Dinosaur skeleton!—Lady Gaga appeared at their California headquarters yesterday to reveal, amongst other things, that she will be making her directorial debut on her next music video for the upcoming single “Judas.”

In an hour-long Q&A panel, Gaga fielded questions submitted via Google Moderator and Twitter as well as in-person inquiries from the lucky Little Monsters working at the Internet search engine giant.

Since you probably don’t have a spare hour and thirteen minutes to watch the whole “Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga” YouTube video, we have kindly excerpted the highlights for the edification of you Little Monsters, casual fans and Internet trolls: READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen brings 'The Promise' to a tiny New Jersey theater: Watch here

bruce-springsteenSixty Bruce Springsteen fans got a memorable holiday gift last week when they crowded into Asbury Park, N.J.’s teensy Carousel House for a very special E Street Band concert. Sore that you weren’t in the audience? Rejoice, for the Boss just released a high-quality half-hour film from that night on Vevo for all to see.

Songs from the Promise, which you can stream right here after the jump, makes me even more jealous of the lucky dogs who were there in person. Springsteen and Co. have a blast performing highlights from The Promise, the new 2-CD set of outtakes from 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town: the revved-up “Racing in the Street (’78),” the hopeful “Gotta Get that Feeling,” the rollicking “Ain’t Good Enough For You,” and the mournful “The Promise.” They top it off with a spin through “Blue Christmas,” the rock’n’roll carol popularized by Elvis Presley.

I’m left with just one question. When are these guys going to hit the road again for a proper tour? They were busy all year finishing up The Promise, but clearly they haven’t lost the performing bug. Here’s hoping 2011 brings some less exclusive E Street engagements. Watch Songs from the Promise after the jump and let us know if you agree. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen booked for 'Jimmy Fallon': Who should his backing band be?

Bruce-SpringsteenImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosBruce Springsteen will visit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday night, Nov. 16, NBC has announced. The Boss is always an engaging interview subject, and with the awesome deluxe reissue of his classic 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town hitting stores that very day, he’ll have lots to talk about. Even better, Springsteen is planning to perform some of the rarities that are being released for the first time on that deluxe reissue and its two-disc counterpart, The Promise. But which band will he be playing with? The network won’t say.

The obvious choice would be Springsteen’s trusty E Street Band. A younger version of the same gang recorded Darkness back in the ’70s, of course, and anyone who’s seen Springsteen in concert with the E Street Band in the last few years knows that they still have an incredible on-stage rapport. This option would be a great one, no question.

But what about the Roots, who will be sitting just feet away from Springsteen on the Late Night stage in their role as house band? They’re one of the most versatile live crews in the land, capable of adapting to virtually any style required. I’m not exactly sure what the Roots would sound like playing Darkness outtakes, but as a fan of both acts I’d be very curious to find out.

Then again, maybe he’ll just be playing solo, or leading some crazy supergroup made up of members from both bands. (Dueling solos from Clarence Clemons and Tuba Gooding Jr.! Garry Tallent locked in a rhythm-section groove with ?uestlove!) At the moment there’s no official answer. So which band would you rather see backing Springsteen on Fallon? Hit the jump to vote in our poll. READ FULL STORY

Max Weinberg reveals he had open heart surgery in February

max-weinbergImage Credit: Carlos Marino/FilmMagic.comE Street member and longtime Conan O’Brien bandleader Max Weinberg has revealed he had open heart surgery in February, just a couple of weeks after the end of O’Brien’s stint on The Tonight Show. The drummer said that he first found out that had a problem with his heart 26 years ago, and that his condition became life-threatening a couple of years back. The surgery involved the repair of a valve.

“I can make a little news here, which I haven’t talked about to anybody,” the drummer told Fancast.com in an interview timed to coincide with tonight’s HBO documentary about the making of the Bruce Springsteen album Darkness on the Edge of Town. “On Feb. 8, I came to the end of a 26-year watchful, waiting odyssey that culminated in 12 hours of massively invasive open heart surgery.”

Weinberg intimated that this health issue was among the reasons why he is not joining O’Brien on his new TBS show. But the drummer also said that he has “never felt better. I thought I had energy before [but] I’m a thousand percent better. I’m playing better than I ever did. I’m not looking backward. I feel wonderful about where I’m at—physically, personally, professionally.”

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Bruce Springsteen keeps his 'Promise': Deluxe six-disc 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' reissue details

BRUCE_DARKNESSAttention all Bruce Springsteen diehards: Come Nov. 16, you’ll be “waiting for a moment that just don’t come” no longer. That’s when the deluxe reissue of Springsteen’s seminal 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, a project that’s been years in the making, will finally arrive. And The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, whose existence was confirmed via press release today, sounds even cooler than we’d dared imagine. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen readies 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' reissue: New details

springsteenRumors of a deluxe reissue for 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, arguably Bruce Springsteen’s finest hour, have reached legendary status among Springsteen fans since they first surfaced around 2008. Good news: That long-awaited project could be in your hands by this Christmas, if you believe E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt’s latest interview.

Van Zandt told a British radio station (via Rolling Stone) that the reissue could include as many as 10 previously unheard outtakes from the Darkness sessions, along with remastered versions of the 10 amazing songs from the original album. The prospect of instantly doubling Darkness like that is enough to send any fan into hysterics.

But what to make of Van Zandt’s suggestion that Springsteen might be adding new vocals to some of those 30-year-old outtakes? “We’ll go back and he might finish a lyric on one or two, or finish a harmony on one or two, but we’ll keep them intact pretty much,” he said. The Rolling Stones did something similar for their recent Exile on Main Street reissue. I’m frankly not sure this kind of retroactive tampering makes sense in either case. Consider, by contrast, the Beatles’ mid-’90s Anthology series — the two new/old songs the surviving members doctored up were both excellent, but the most fascinating part of those discs had to be all the unfinished, unpolished, and relatively untouched outtakes.

That said, Van Zandt’s “we’ll keep them intact pretty much” is reassuring. And he’s one of the people most responsible for the raw, direct sound of the original Darkness, so I hope we can trust him to keep any 2010 embellishments in check. Anyway, what do you think of this trend of finishing old outtakes decades later? Are you looking forward to the Darkness reissue as much as I am?

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Bruce Springsteen exclusive: Watch 'Seeds' from his 'London Calling' DVD here

London-CallingIf you have not witnessed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert at any point since their late-’90s reunion, then it is entirely possible that you, my friend, have not truly lived for the past decade. All apologies. To make it up to you, we’ve got an exclusive clip from London Calling: Live in Hyde Park, the 2-DVD concert film that arrives in stores next week.

Hit the jump to see the Boss and Co. tear through live favorite “Seeds” for 50,000 adoring Brits. This clip comes fairly early in the three-hour London Calling set, which was shot at the Hard Rock Calling festival in June 2009. Back then, Springsteen’s hard-times holler (“Big limousine, long, shiny, and black/You don’t look ahead, you don’t look back/How many times can you get up after you’ve been hit?”) was all too in tune with the state of the global economy. A year later, it still feels pretty timely. And there’s no denying that these fifty- and sixty-somethings can still bring the heat on stage. If you doubt that, skip straight to 3:51 or so for a mean Springsteen guitar solo.

What do you think of this clip? Will you be buying London Calling on DVD?

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Oscars won't invite Best Song nominees to perform: Will you miss them?

Oscar producers announced this week that none of the Best Original Song nominees will be invited to perform at the Mar. 7 Academy Awards. Given that we recently dubbed this year’s crop of music-Oscar contenders the “worst nominations ever,” I suppose it would be hypocritical to get too upset at this news. Will anyone really miss seeing Nine‘s “Take It All” or Paris 36‘s “Loin de Paname” performed live? It would have been nice to see Crazy Heart‘s “The Weary Kind,” maybe, but that’s about it.

Still, Best Original Song performances have yielded some very worthy Oscar moments in years past. I’m thinking of the late, great Elliott Smith’s shy “Miss Misery” in 1998 (below), or Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s awwww-inspiring “Falling Slowly” ten years later, or Bruce Springsteen’s moving (and excellently goateed) “Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994. Even if I won’t miss this year’s nominees, I certainly hope this isn’t a permanent decision to exclude music performances from future award ceremonies.

What do you think of this move? Were you looking forward to seeing any of this year’s Best Original Songs performed? What are some of your favorite Oscar music moments from the past?

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Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello on Bob Dylan: Exclusive 'Spectacle' clip

Last September, I was among the lucky few crowded into Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater for a taping of Elvis Costello’s Sundance Channel music/talk show, Spectacle. His guest that night was Bruce Springsteen. Elvis and the Boss proceeded to trade stories, joke around, and perform for nearly four hours, all told — enough to make two episodes of Spectacle where they’d only planned on recording one.

Part 1 of Springsteen’s Spectacle visit aired on the Sundance Channel last week. Part 2 is on tonight at 10 P.M., and we’ve got an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode right here on the Music Mix. As you’ll see, it’s a conversation between Springsteen and Costello on topics including the influence of Bob Dylan on both of their work. “He’s the father of the country that I recognize,” Springsteen says. “He’s the father of my country.” Albums like Highway 61 Revisited, he adds, “opened up your vision in a way that, for me at the time, school didn’t do.”

Check out the clip below. I’m not sure anything tonight can top the solo acoustic performance of “American Skin (41 Shots)” that Springsteen gave on last week’s episode — that was surely one of the most moving musical performances I’ve ever witnessed — but I’ll be tuning in at 10 anyway. How about you?

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