Clarence Clemons, longtime saxophone-playing member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke, according to Rolling Stone, which reports it has confirmed the musician’s medical situation. The website report included no confirmation on the severity of his condition. Check back later at EW.com for more details as they become available.
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Today the latest single off Born This Way, a fizzy novelty song called “Hair,” was released on iTunes and Vevo. Listen to it after the break: READ FULL STORY
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
Sixty 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 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
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.E 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
“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
Attention 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
Rumors 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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