Tag Archives: Bruce Springsteen

Back to the 80s – “Jungleland” Mural in Austin, TX

I’m not sure if the name has held up, but back in the 80s when I lived in Texas, Austin’s Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas campus was called “The Drag.” And, just off The Drag on 24th Street, there used to be a great beer and burger joint called Mad Dogs & Beans. […]

Ranking Records—Bruce Springsteen

Last week, I made my first attempt at this video exercise with the music of Elvis Costello. From what I’ve heard, most of you liked it. I personally loved the feedback that rearranged rankings and disagreed with some of the records I put near the bottom. All in all, it was too much fun for […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Seton Hall University (Walsh Gym) / South Orange, NJ / December 11, 1975

Having grown up in Jersey, it pains me to think of all the times I could have seen Bruce Springsteen live before the September 1975 night when I was finally won over at The Bottom Line. However, none of my misses trouble me more than the one I made in 1974 when he played the […]

ON THE ROAD: Springsteen On Broadway @ The Walter Kerr Theatre / New York, NY / August 18, 2018

Bruce Springsteen has always been a great story-teller. During his concerts in the mid to late 70s, we all looked forward to his “fabled monologs” that casually made their way into the middle of songs. I always felt cheated if I didn’t get at least two good stories at each show. These tall tales for […]

Meeting Bruce Springsteen

Has it really been 45 years since I first heard the Greetings from Asbury Park album and became a diehard fan of my fellow New Jerseyite, Bruce Springsteen? This relationship has produced some of my fondest musical memories, and, it seems that no matter what he does that I may not like, be it high-ticket […]

CLASSIC (SURPRISE) CONCERT: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ The Capitol Theatre / Passaic, NJ / December 31, 1977

Every working musician knows what they will be doing on New Year’s Eve—playing in a club through midnight to ring in the new year. Touring musicians may also find themselves playing on this night as well, often changing the timing of their set in order to be on stage when the clock hits the celebratory […]

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: NOW (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, August 30, 2016) and THEN (The Bottom Line, New York, NY, August 14, 1975)

It has not yet been 24 hours since Bruce Springsteen left the MetLife Stadium stage earlier this morning. Already, enough has been written about what many are calling the greatest concert of his legendary 50-year performing career. Previously, most music journalists pointed to his 1975 stint at New York City’s Bottom Line (two shows a […]

ON THE ROAD: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Schottenstein Center / Columbus, OH / April 12, 2016

I was truly blessed to see a reprise (with a nice space in between) of Springsteen’s River Tour in Columbus after having seen it February in Louisville. Unexpectedly, this show turned out to be of particular interest since it was Bruce’s first after his much-publicized North Carolina boycott. Outside of him appearing well-rested, there was […]

Garry Tallent @ Grimey’s New and Preloved Music / Nashville, TN / March 4, 2016

E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent, who has witnessed more live Springsteen shows than anyone other than Bruce himself, came back to Nashville during a break between River Tour shows in Milwaukee and St. Louis. In addition to catching up on his laundry, Garry managed to squeeze in a record release Friday appearance at his […]

Seven Things I Want to Tell the Boss after Seeing the River Tour: Bruce Springsteen / Yum Center / Louisville, KY / February 21, 2016

After travelling up the road from Music City to Louisville to see a River Tour show, here are a few things I’d like to tell Bruce. What you are doing is incredible! The fact that you are performing The River album in its entirety 35-years after its release is remarkable. This is analogous to hearing […]