Yesterday evening at 8 P.M. Eastern, HBO began airing the two-night all-star concert that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame put on in NYC a few weeks back. To give you a sense of the material they were working with here, if the network had shown the entirety of both October dates, that broadcast would have just finally wrapped up around six this morning. Instead, HBO selected a representative sampling of the concerts’ most awesome moments — which, given the lengthy and generally unbelievable nature of the original set lists, added up to a four-hour extravaganza anyway.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert: Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash and so many more
The listed headliners alone were enough to justify outrageous ticket prices for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first 25th anniversary concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden last night: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon solo, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band can all fill arenas by themselves. Yet they weren’t even half the talent in the room. As each of those top-billed acts brought out one legendary friend or forebear after another to jam on stage, a truly epic event took form. (Check out a full set list after the jump.) By the end of the night — which was actually 1:30 this morning — the performers had succeeded at a goal that the Hall of Fame itself only sometimes reaches: They had presented a convincing rock canon, a rich history that’s still living and breathing in the present tense.
The Music Mix has learned that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform as planned at the first of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts in NYC this Thursday.
The band cancelled its Kansas City tour stop last night on short notice due to a death in the family. Later reports explained that Lenny Sullivan, Springsteen’s cousin and an assistant road manager for the band, had died unexpectedly at age 34 before the show. News of this sad loss traveled quickly through the Springsteen fan community; we at the Music Mix join in sending our most heartfelt condolences to the Boss.
Many wondered last night whether or not the band would play their next scheduled date, the Hall of Fame show. A spokesperson for the concerts tells the Music Mix that Springsteen and the E Street Band are, indeed, still set to perform. Surely no one would have blamed them if they’d wanted to take another night off, but it’s good to know they’re able to go on in the face of tragedy.
Were you planning to attend the Kansas City show, or will you be there at the Hall of Fame performance? Share your thoughts below.
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There’s a certain magic in the night whenever Bruce Springsteen plays in his home state of New Jersey, but his concert with the E Street Band yesterday was bound to be extra special. The first of five Giants Stadium dates they booked for this week and the next — the final performances by anyone at the soon-to-be-demolished arena — would include a run through the entirety of 1975′s masterful Born to Run, as we learned earlier this week.
That’s not the only treat Springsteen gave me and tens of thousands of other fans last night (pictured), though. He opened the show with a brand-new song, “Wrecking Ball,” penned in tribute to Giants Stadium. “I was raised out of steel here in the swamps of Jersey, some misty years ago,” he began, eliciting loud cheers while strumming an electric guitar alone. As he reached the chorus, Springsteen seemed to be taunting the eroding force of time itself: “Bring on your wrecking ball/Come on, take your best shot/Let me see what you got/Bring on your wrecking ball.” (And was he really just talking about the stadium, or did I detect a more personal note of 60-year-old rock’n’roll defiance in there too?) When the full band kicked in a few moments later, Giants Stadium went wild for one of the last times ever. It was an inspiring start to another of the marathon three-hour shows Springsteen still manages to put on night after night.
The Boss’ camp tells me they have no information on whether “Wrecking Ball” will see a proper release, but it’s a pretty great song regardless. Check out NJ.com‘s high-quality clip of the first part of “Wrecking Ball” after the jump (h/t), followed by grainy fan footage of the full song. Then speak up: Were you at Springsteen’s show last night, or are you heading to any of his other Giants Stadium dates? What do you think of “Wrecking Ball”?
Bruce Springsteen to perform 'Born in the U.S.A.,' 'Born to Run,' and 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' in their entirety at last ever Giants Stadium shows
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform an entire album at each of their five Giants Stadium shows, according to Rolling Stone. Tomorrow Springsteen is set to play Human Touch, followed by Lucky Town on October 2 and then…
Ha! I jest, of course—though not about the Boss’ intention to run through an album on each night. In fact, Springsteen and crew will play Born to Run tomorrow, then Darkness on the Edge of Town (October 2), Born in the U.S.A. (October 3), Born to Run (October 8), and finally Born in the U.S.A. (October 9). These will be the last rock shows at Giants Stadium, which is set for the demolition at the end of the current football season.
Are you going to the shows? Or just bummed that you’ll be missing them? Is there anyone out there who actually would like to see Springsteen perform Human Touch from beginning to end? Let us know!
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Today Bruce Springsteen turns 60. I think the man deserves a word or two of birthday gratitude, so here goes: Thanks, Boss. Thanks for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River and Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. and all the other classic albums too numerous to list here. Thanks for that part at the end of “We Are the World” where you trade lines with Stevie Wonder. Thanks for the best minute of High Fidelity. Most of all, thanks for not giving up — for continuing to make vital music, rock out on stage, and speak out for your principles well after you passed the half-century mark.
I grew up knowing Springsteen’s hits as well as any child of the ’80s, and I remained a casual-to-moderate fan throughout the ’90s, but it was only in college that my girlfriend, a true devotee, helped induct me fully into the Cult of Brooooooce. Lucky for me, that was right when he was hitting his stride with the reunited E Street Band. If Springsteen had retired for good by that point, I would have been stuck combing through his amazing catalog of decades-old material. (Not the worst fate in the world by a long shot.) Instead, he was out there as a middle-aged guy doing some of the best work of his career. I’m happy to say he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon now that he’s hit 60.
Next week, I’ll be seeing Springsteen and the E Street Band live in concert yet again, an experience that never gets old, even if the band’s individual members might. Anyone else planning to attend this tour? ‘Til then, join me in sharing your birthday wishes for Bruce Springsteen in the comments below.
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One of the many inevitable singalong moments at a concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band comes whenever the gang breaks into something from 1975′s Born to Run. That album is eight undeniable anthems in a row, from “Thunder Road” straight through “Jungleland,” and fans go justifiably nuts as soon as they hear the opening notes of any one of ‘em. So just imagine how wild the assembled devotees at Chicago’s United Center are going to go on Sept. 20, when Bruce and Co. will perform Born to Run in its entirety, as their reps have just confirmed to the Music Mix. One of the most formally perfect albums of all time, played start to finish by a band that, as recent tours have proven, remains very much in possession of its rockin’ powers — talk about a show you don’t want to miss. YouTube just won’t be able to do this justice.
Personally, I’m going a little insane just thinking about the fact that I’m not going to be able to make it out to Chicago to see that show. Yet all hope isn’t lost: Rumor has it that Bruce and the band might be playing some similar full-album shows in other cities this fall. Does that mean there’s a chance that I might get to witness all of, say, 1978′s even-awesomer Darkness on the Edge of Town when I see Springsteen at Giants Stadium in a few months? The E Street camp wouldn’t confirm anything of the sort at this time, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. (After all, a month ago I was hoping that the Pixies would bring their European Doolittle tour to the States, and sure enough, this morning a press release informs me that they’re doing just that.)
Any Chicagoans psyched to see this show? Or are you, like me, stuck hoping this becomes a multi-city affair? Watch a much younger E Street Band tear through Born to Run‘s “She’s the One” in 1975 below to refresh your memory, then let us know.
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"We have no interest in having an ongoing conflict with Ticketmaster/TicketsNow or anyone else," wrote Bruce Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau, in a missive posted online earlier today. I am sure he means what he says. However, Landau makes this point in the final paragraph of a sternly worded 1,100-word screed about how Ticketmaster is dishonest and greedy, so we're going to have to spend just a little more time talking about the, yes, ongoing conflict between the Boss and the corporate ticketing behemoth.
A little context: Back in February, tickets for Springsteen's latest tour went on sale. Due to an alleged glitch, many fans who logged on to Ticketmaster.com promptly at the on-sale time were unable to buy tickets; in some cases, they were actually directed to Ticketmaster's new site TicketsNow, which offered those same tickets at hugely marked-up prices. As one of the fans who tried to buy Springsteen tickets that morning, I can tell you that it was an extremely frustrating experience. Anyway, Bruce posted an angry letter on his website at the time, ashamed Ticketmaster suits apologized, and that was that…
…Until this month, when Ticketmaster chairman Barry Diller made some cranky comments to the New York Post about how many seats Springsteen's camp reserves for its own guests. And that kind of sideways talk simply cannot stand. Cue Landau's withering retort, which you can read for yourself after the jump. Give it a look, then weigh in: Whose side are you on here? Personally, I certainly blame Ticketmaster for its own customer nightmares — but I am starting to wonder whether it isn't time for Springsteen to look into other ways of letting his fans see him in concert, before he has to hire a full-time furious-letter-writer to handle this apparently endless dispute.
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