He was so patient and helpful. I was there with a friend of mine, Tiziana, and we sat and talked about a lot of things — the Milan concert, the tour, and music life in general — and we took some pictures, of course! Luciano: Hi, Stevie, how are you doing? Stevie: Great! It was the best show of the tour, last night. Hamburg was really good, and Zurich, too… but Milan was the first time the audience started to know the music, the melodies. You say this just because you're in Italy? No — because finally the audience is starting to learn the record. Just one date in Italy. How is it possible?
I want to do more, of course, but at the moment it's difficult, business-wise. We'll try. It's very different from the Soulfire tour. Do you feel it's something better? Very different — completely different shows from the Soulfire tour. We kept only three or fours songs out of 23 or 24; the others are new. The Soulfire tour was fantastic, and I thought we'd have trouble doing a better show than that, but I think we did.
I think the show is actually better. On this tour you're more confident, isn't that so? Yes, that's true. As a frontman, you know, as a singer, it was like starting from zero — because the last time I did it was in the '80s. Thirty years ago, a long time! So, I've had to learn to be a frontman again. I think another couple of tours and I'll be all right! So you'll be ready for another one? It depends on Bruce and what he wants to do next year.
If I go out with him, two years go by. Anything else about the Summer of Sorcery Tour? It has been difficult during these last two years, very difficult. To come back and reconnect people to my music… you know, there's not too many people from 30 years ago. Maybe five or ten percent. Stevie, I want to make a question not about the music.
How do you feel about the situation in the world? Big trouble. I think we're going into another dark age. I think the world is more nationalist, more fascist, with more religious extremes, everywhere you look. It's terrible, terrible, terrible times. For a while. I don't think it's gonna be better for few years. So we have to try to survive, and we need some good news right now.
That's why I wanted to do a positive album, hopeful and optimistic, which is Summer of Sorcery. I put out the records and sing: "Everything is fucked! Now, everyone is all depressed, and I'm like, "Come on, let's dance! Because we have no choice. We need a balance. In the '80s we had some realities… everybody was having a party, and at the same time people were suffering all over the world. So, you try to be useful to the society. Not exactly… there are many artists with positive thinking and doing positive things.
But not like you, with your message and your voice. Well, I'm extreme. What kind of music are you listening to now? Well, different things One or two names you like at the moment? Believe it or not, I like a lot of newer artists. I like Bruno Mars. I like Billie Eilish, too.
Thank you so much for the time, and please, let me hug you… Best wishes for the tour. I hope to see you as soon as possible. Dates and ticket links are at littlesteven. Not at all shabby for a guy with only 19 studio albums. Lots of ink, much of it glowing, has been spilled over the new album, including our own Backstreets review and a heartwarming rave from Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood. Now that most have a had a chance to spend some time under those Western stars, this feels like a good time for a review roundup. Easy Rider becomes a potent touchstone for the "masculine damage" and "state of being lost" that pervades Western Stars, and Powers pulls in other compelling song cousins from the Vietnam and post-Vietnam era.
Bonus points for her Companion Playlist:. In fact, in its elliptical narratives, it might have the makings of a good musical itself. It's an album that pushes him into new, uncharted territories as a singer and performer, all while standing proudly alongside his classic albums of yesteryear. It stands comparison with his very best solo albums. It is important to stress that the orchestral setting, executed with invention and subtlety, is integral to almost all 13 tracks.
It is not mere ornamentation That's the sort of magic Springsteen specializes in conjuring — and he clearly has little interest in slowing down his ride. This fragile quality is just right for an album about getting older, experiencing loss, and staying in the game in spite of it all. It features some of his most confident 'solo' work ever and is remarkably consistent in the face of his recent mediocre material in recent decades Majestic in its scale, but traditional in its subject matter and narratives, Western Stars is a wonderful thing.
Springsteen conjures up a shamelessly nostalgic, romantic view of America. Perhaps it's the blue collar firebrand's way of dealing with his nation's troubled times, providing us with an antidote rather than delivering a polemic. Springsteen, ever the searcher, on highways near and far, looking for emotional and spiritual fulfillment. Where most rock superstars sink into trad tedium by 69, Springsteen is still crafting sophisticated paeans of depth and illumination, a rock grandmaster worthy of the accolade.
Springsteen's writing here is masterfully concise, sharply observed, and self-aware This album balances gravitas and grace, burden and beauty, as well as any in Springsteen's canon. All of its allusions to the culture of the '60s and early '70s This isn't a piece of nostalgia on Springsteen's part, though. These references deepen a collection of songs that are sweet, sad, and searching, songs that feel finely etched on their own terms but gather a deep, lasting resonance when collected on this enchanting album. You swing into a completely new sonic genre.
A place where stories unfold, with a lush musical soundtrack that vividly colors the scenery, without ever running it over It's a bold statement, hinged on a bold vision. But it's a lush, gorgeous record that sounds unlike anything Springsteen has recorded in the past The rough-around-the-edges element of his music has always been a highly calculated aspect of Springsteen's perfectionist tendencies, but in crafting this record of genteel retro Americana, his smooth sound is missing some bite.
God, 'nice' is a damning word. He swims in a sea of strings and horns. He sounds smooth. He shifts Broadway bombast a couple thousand miles west, to a Vegas lounge The large-scale orchestrations rarely complement the mood. Instead, they barge in, a river of syrup that drowns the sense of betrayal in 'Stones,' gushes through 'The Wayfarer' and inspires some of Springsteen's most egregious Gene Pitney-style over-emoting in 'Sundown' and the disastrously overdone 'There Goes My Miracle.
She is touring the U. All times are ET. Jenkins boldly has promised E Street Radio listeners to "make you cry. Familiar territory, of course, for everyone who's been digging Western Stars lately, as has Jenkins. This is fitting, since Jenkins' own music often covers similar ground. And like much of the music on Western Stars , Jenkins' music incorporates many country elements but is impossible to label as "pure" country — or "pure" any other genre of music, for that matter.
Speaking to Backstreets after a recent performance in Philadelphia, Jenkins told us that she prefers it that way. Jenkins also counts Springsteen among the major influences on her own work. She first discovered his music as a teenager, rummaging through her father's record collection, which featured Born in the U. At the time, she thought that album was good, but Springsteen's artistry didn't really hit her until she got to hear tracks like "Stolen Car," "Reno," "Highway 29," "Secret Garden," and "Nebraska.
So some of his amazing, energetic, and horn-section stuff Check out Lauren Jenkins on E Street Radio this week and learn more about her music and upcoming concerts at laurenjenkins. A chance connection That leg with the Nils Lofgren Band wrapped on June 2, but we've got fingers crossed that he'll head back out for another round — keep your eyes on nilslofgren. Below, some of the amazing press the new record has garnered Either by choice or by circumstance, they have left loved ones or been left by the same.
But in "Sundown," could Bruce Springsteen be touching on a different kind of isolation, one that sadly has become all too familiar for him and members of his own family? On the surface, "Sundown" seems to be a location, a place with bars and cafes, and where the character is "wishing you were here with me. In individuals with dementia, however, research shows that melatonin production may be decreased, possibly leading to sundowning behaviors.
The night's fading light can also introduce different, confusing shadows for those affected. There is a lot of information available online about sundown syndrome and how to manage symptoms and mitigate triggers, but even knowing a little about the phenomenon provides another lens through which to view Springsteen's song. Our character finds himself in Sundown, which "ain't the kind of place you want to be on your own" and where "all I've got's trouble on my mind.
The character feels isolated "here in lonely town" and may even be aware of his altered state, pointing out, "that little voice in my head's all that keeps me from sinking down. Springsteen began speaking extensively onstage about his mother's struggle with Alzheimer's during the Springsteen on Broadway run. He also has spoken publicly about his late father-in-law's struggle with the disease, and in his Born to Run autobiography he recounted his father's depression and mental illness. But perhaps another reason that Bruce may have wanted to address this kind of personal isolation on Western Stars has to do with one of the album's major influences: Glen Campbell.
Bruce already has stated on record that the music on Western Stars was greatly inspired by the work of the multiple Grammy award-winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Springsteen also was interviewed in the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me , which chronicled some of Campbell's last years before his death in and offered an intimate look at how Campbell and his loved ones lived with his having Alzheimer's.
The lyrical references to "trouble on my mind" and "the county line" also could be interpreted as bittersweet nods to two of Campbell's biggest hits: "Gentle on My Mind" and "Wichita Lineman. And then to where it snows overnight, and: 'How did that get here? What is that? Springsteen talked about his mother's progression with Alzheimer's during his Springsteen on Broadway run. In the performance recorded and filmed for posterity, Bruce shared that Adele Springsteen, who was 93 at the time, had been battling the disease for seven years.
So if Western Stars ' "Sundown" does allude to the medical phenomenon of sundowning, perhaps it's only fitting it's one of the more danceable tracks on this brilliant album. It's beyond language. It's more powerful than memory. And when she comes in the door, we make sure there's music on.
She wants to dance, you know? These things were the embodiment of my mother. They were her heart. She carried on and she carries on as if they never, never deserted her. Western Stars, the inspired solo album that's long been Bruce's worst-kept secret both he and Jon Landau have teased it in the press for years , sustains that trick for its entire running time Coming later today: the Backstreets Review of Western Stars.
In the meantime, some sneak peeks inside the package here — inner LP sleeve fronts and backs, all photographs by Danny Clinch — with more on our Instagram page.
Get yours now, with these shirt designs and several others — plus hoodies, caps, and mugs — now available in their new APMF online shop. These programs provide engaging music education and life-changing experiences to the youth in the Asbury Park, one the most challenged communities in the country. The Asbury Park Music Foundation also provides free summer concerts to the community.
Music Mondays in Springwood Park affords opportunities for the residents to see live music at no cost and to engage with people from all over the city. Both concerts are on the Asbury Park boardwalk. As if to wring every ounce of anticipation out of the evening, a major thunderstorm swept through East Rutherford just before showtime. The threat of lightning forced attendees to remain in the stadium's concourse level for a two-hour wait. Despite the tedium, the delay held quite the silver lining: Bruce would be playing on his birthday.
Weather, cake, and music: this show has it all, and now everyone can listen, as the track East Rutherford, NJ The delay also fueled speculation: with a start after 10pm, would Bruce play a full show? That would mean he'd play until almost 2am. Doubters had little ground to stand on: Springsteen had played for more than four hours that summer in Helsinki — would he really play a shortened show in the Great State of New Jersey?
The answer, of course, was no. While the show didn't beat Helsinki in terms of length, no one went home disappointed in a performance that stretched to nearly three-and-a-half hours. With a light drizzle still falling, Bruce and the E Street Band took the stage to the strains of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" over the PA spoiler alert: not the last time that song would play that night and Bruce addressed the crowd: "I think I just invited 55, people to my birthday party!
And what a party it was. The set was a perfect mix of new music from Wrecking Ball, rarities, E Street classics, guest appearances by old friends and relatives , and appropriate covers. At home, "setlist watchers" logged on to the Backstreets message board BTX — moments after the show began, the system logged concurrent users, its highest ever. A handwritten setlist showed the Born in the U. Once warmed up, attendees were ready for something different.
Addressing the titular character — and the crowd — at the end of the song, Bruce mentioned his new number: "You're lookin' good… but at 63, everybody looks fuckin' good! This night, the burn seemed brighter: fans cheered more than usual on the applause lines in "Wrecking Ball" "swamps of Jersey," "my home's here in these Meadowlands," and "Giants played their games" ; vocals on the chorus and the "hard times come and hard times go" refrain sounded more defiant.
Gary U. The crowd's enthusiastic response indicated the reprise from the night before was most welcome, as the best word to describe these two old friends performing together is "fun. Of the four tour debuts, "Into the Fire" was the most poignant: Springsteen dedicated it to Rich Nappi, a decorated veteran of the Fire Department of New York, who died on April 16, , while battling a warehouse fire in Brooklyn. Nappi was also one of "us," a huge Springsteen fan whose screen name — Firerich7 — was familiar to those who frequented Springsteen internet fan forums as far back as the '90s. Friends organized a memorial tailgate before this performance, and commemorative t-shirts reached Bruce's road crew — some wore them that night.
Springsteen was aware of Rich's passing and the tailgate, and he dedicated "Into the Fire" to Rich and his wife Mary Anne. The only tour performance of the song was achingly beautiful. A cross-section of the E Street canon followed, starting with a '70s double-shot of "Because the Night" and "She's the One.
Ideal conditions greeted the pairing of "Meeting Across the River" and "Jungleland": a misty rain falling at nearly 1am in New Jersey. Jake Clemons' solo on the latter earned the crowd's approval. If the original album sequence was meant to reflect a long day, the end of "Jungleland" felt like the early morning hours. They got as close to the original vision as ever this night. Introducing "Rocky Ground," Bruce thanked everyone for their patience, adding, "Glad I got to see you on my birthday! Bruce served with plates and forks! The friendly "attack of the relatives" stayed on stage for the show-closing "Twist and Shout," adding background vocals and dance moves.
This is the archives series' fifth release from the Wrecking Ball era, taking a one-show advantage over the Darkness tour. But variety abounds: 15 songs from September 22 don't appear on the other '13 recordings, making this one unique. There's quite a difference between those two and this one. In Passaic, Bruce gladly accepted gifts from fans who passed them to the stage; a year later, however, he unceremoniously threw a cake that someone had brought to Madison Square Garden into the audience "Send me the laundry bill," he said. In , just after the clock struck midnight, Bruce actually encouraged the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday.
And if you went home wearing cake in the wee hours of September 23, , it's your own damn fault. I had a few 'goal' songwriters in mind when I started, and I am extremely proud to present John Prine and Steve Earle this year as they were part of the 'goal' writers I was thinking about. In addition to his work with Light of Day, D'Urso is also on the Board of Directors for WhyHunger , one of the many organizations the festival will benefit.
Joe tells us, "We'll have 16 charities on site each day, in keeping with my love of Harry Chapin and Pete Seeger I am still very much grass roots: no Live Nation, no Ticketmaster, and no dollar beers! After ten years of being hard to find, Lawrence Kirsch's For You might be coming back into print — if enough fans say it's for them. Originally published in , the limited edition book For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen's Legendary Fans has been sold out since , occasionally appearing on eBay or Amazon for hundreds of dollars.
Publisher Kirsch is considering a second printing — an exact reprint of the original book, including all the rarely seen photos, stories, and memories from fans in more than 30 countries — and he is reaching out to the Bruce Springsteen fan community to gauge interest. If you missed it the first time and would like another chance to own a copy, take the For You book survey at ForYouBrucebook. Happy anniversary to Born in the U.
The band's current itinerary runs through this weekend, with the last stop on Sunday night. Visit nilslofgren. And of course we'll keep you posted with fingers crossed that Nils will extend the tour, which we've only heard raves about. As Barry Schneier wrote , reviewing Lofgren's Boston stop a couple weeks ago, "The man is clearly a master of his craft, and it was on full display. Once Nils is back home next week, he'll be signing another batch of his new album for us.
It's not unusual for a Rolling Stone piece to mention Bruce Springsteen which this one does , but it is rare for one to come to us with a trigger warning. As the subhead reads: "For the past two decades, a suicide epidemic fueled by guns, poverty, and isolation has swept across the West, with middle-aged men dying in record numbers. I am a longtime Backstreets reader, and I wanted to share this Rolling Stone article — about about the rise of suicide, specifically among white men in the western U. Ample warning: sorry in advance for the morbidness of the contents of the article.
The story talks about the great number of men who feel isolated, work intense jobs, and deal with a turbulent family life, who have no access to mental health facilities and are surrounded by guns. It's an astonishing look at a particular group of people and a lifestyle that many of us can't fathom. As I was reading about these people struggling to find ways to overcome their depression, I couldn't help but think of Bruce's new song, "Hello Sunshine. For such a heart-wrenching article, it is encouraging to see that people from all walks of life dealing with the same things across the country can find similar meaning in some of Bruce's songs.
I know Rolling Stone has published plenty of articles and notes on Bruce in recent days, but I wanted to make sure you saw this one — the Bruce mention is a quick sentence in an otherwise very long article, but it's all certainly worth a read. Evan Higgs via e-mail. Next up from Western Stars, look for the imminent release of the third track from the album, "Tucson Train. Update: the "Tuscon Train" video is now set to premiere tomorrow morning, Thursday May 30, at 8am Eastern. Watch it here! Those who approached Springsteen at the Piazza di Siena horse show earlier in the day didn't come away with a story, as Gabriele di Donfrancesco recounts: "'When I'm with my family I don't talk to journalists,' he says to those who try to stop him before he sits in the grandstand, jeans, boots and sweater, next to his wife Patti Scialfa.
Be sure to note: details and nuances may literally be lost in translation, and we're unable to confirm certain details — like the exact nature of a Western Stars -related film. So take it all with a grain of Italian sea salt Repubblica: What do you love about this city? Springsteen: It is simply so alive: one of the most alive cities on Earth.
I always say: if I could choose where to live, I'd choose Rome. If I could choose where to die, I'd choose Rome [laughs]. It is one of the most incredible cities in the world. Does it seem changed? I don't live here, I can't tell. But the thing I love most about this city is that, if you are a foreigner and you come to Rome, it always seems to you that things have not changed much.
And if you come from the United States, it's a beautiful thing. There is nothing like it in the States, and it is this eternal being that constantly brings you back. As an American, I seem to be surrounded by beauty for as long as I am here. And it's really nice. Yesterday there was also the second global strike against climate change here in Rome. In Europe the movement is growing a lot. A few weeks ago my wife and I read in the newspapers how many species are about to become extinct due to climate change.
And unfortunately in the United States our government is completely ignoring them — it's a crime against humanity. So yes, we are on the side of people trying to do something to slow down global warming. His new album will be released worldwide on June 14th. It's called Western Stars, it's a good [album], I'm very happy. We also shot a backstage film, in which we filmed the whole recording process from start to finish, at my house.
The album contains many small narratives set in the American West. Will there be a tour, and will it also stop in Rome? We will go on tour next year. I will go into the studio to record with the E Street Band, starting in the fall, and when we finish we will go on tour. Of course, I always come to Rome. I love it. After visits with Springsteen to Auckland in , Auckland and Christchurch in , the drummer finds the country "spectacular," as he says in the new second spot above for I Need New Zealand.
Max's current involvement in their tourism campaign involves not only being a spokesperson, but also, since I Neeed New Zealand creates customized NZ vacations, selecting his own favorite experiences — like stargazing on Tekapo South Island little did we know The Mighty One has an astronomy bent. So here's a cool opportunity for Backstreets readers in the U. Yep, one lucky winner and a guest will win a rockin' trip to the other side of the world, the land of Lorde , to take in some Max-curated sights.
Enter the drawing for a trip for two to New Zealand here. He touches on his love of architecture, offers relationship and travel advice, and of course talks about playing with his longtime bandmates:. The right frame of mind. To realize and appreciate how special the experience is, particularly after 45 years. Asked to choose between bungee jumping or skydiving, Max laughs: "Drumming for Bruce Springsteen is the most thrilling thing I do! Read the full Max Weinberg interview here, where U. Ask him to recall a story from and you're going to get all the details as if it happened yesterday.
Speaking in front of an audience in Staten Island, New York, on Sunday, May 19, Bruce Springsteen's first manager and producer shared colorful memories of Springsteen's rocky start and rise to stardom. While there were many areas that could have been covered, Pont focused on the events and music of the year that shaped Springsteen leading up to Born to Run and the simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek in Appel, who first met Springsteen in , set the scene by recalling that "Bruce wasn't writing hits, something that mainstream radio wanted.
He was writing 'Blinded by the Light' and 'Spirit in the Night. That left Bruce without internal record company support and, within a year, he was almost dropped from the label. Going into , he said, "We were very down. Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n' Roll is a must-see for fans of the Jersey Shore music scene and anyone curious about the real history behind Bruce Springsteen's line "troubled times had come to my hometown.
Fans in the U. Proceeds from these special screenings will benefit various programs for kids' music education in Asbury Park and beyond, including Lakehouse Music Academy featured in the film , Beat Bus , and more, inspired by Stevie Van Zandt's TeachRock project. Director Jones is passionate about this cause, as he told Backstreets last month when discussing the fundraising aspect of the cinema event: "We're going to be able to do something significant for both Asbury Park and kids in general.
That's the part I'm excited about. The only thing that'll be covered on the film are the hard costs, and everything else goes right to those programs. Steven is one of many musicians featured in the film, shown revisiting his old haunt at the Upstage and interviewed inside. It is a good piece of history to document.
I wanted to encourage Tom to get it done. I wasn't sure that it was ever going to turn into a real movie. It sure turned out great and I am glad it got done. Nils was quick to say onstage how happy he was to be back in Boston, reflecting on days past when he performed at local landmark venues Paul's Mall and the Jazz Workshop. Those two rooms, in their heyday from , were the go-to places in Boston to see great music. Nils performed there in That was then, this is now — Nils still loves it here, and at the City Winery, Boston loved him right back.
Lofgren co-wrote half of Blue with Lou 's songs with the late Lou Reed, and on this night Nils was happy to share with audience the story of their collaboration. He recalled when working on his solo album, his producer connected the two songwriters. Nils had six songs with melodies intact but no libretto; a phone meeting with Lou revealed that Lou had words but no music.
So a plan was hatched, and Nils sent a cassette. After a few weeks without hearing back, Nils was ready to keep moving — until a fateful morning am, to be exact , when Lou returned his call, excited and in full manic mode, declaring he'd been up for three days straight listening to the cassette and was ready to dictate. Nils, with landline in hand, put on a pot of coffee and wrote the lyrics down by hand as Lou reeled them off over the phone.
As Nils said, it's the first album he ever wrote in his sleep. A few of those collaborations were recorded and released over the years, but fast forward to , when the bulk of them found a home at the Lofgren residence. Nils based his latest offering around these songs, recording in his home state of Arizona with his wife, Amy, co-producing as well as designing the band's tour merchandise.
The circle is complete, and the band hits the road. Nils remarked that the ability to tour with musicians that you recorded with is a rare treat. Add to the lineup brother Tom Lofgren who was part of Nils's first band, Grin and you have a family affair. Early into the set was a gutsy performance of "Attitude City," the opening track from Blue with Lou. Reflecting on this Reed collaboration, Nils spoke to how the song reflects the "sickness" that comes with power and money — written years ago, but sadly still relevant today.
Nils drew attention to his beautiful Gretsch Black Falcon guitar as he introduced the song. He told a story of early days touring with the E Street Band where wardrobe on stage was up to the individual. After that experiment failed, Bruce decided band members could wear whatever they wanted… as long as it was black. Nils had been pining for the white version of the guitar but, upon this declaration by the band's leader, he opted for black.
One might not necessarily make the connection between the latest album's title and the bluesy sound that dominated much of the night;" Cut Him Up" showcased Nils's deft piano skills while giving Tom a chance to showcase his solid guitar chops ripping out a sensuous blues solo. Family ties are strong on this one. Considered by many to be one of the most proficient guitarists practicing, Nils has the ability to create sounds that range from tough and tenacious to poignant and tender.
The audience clearly approved, often applauding many of his solos. David Byrne states in his recent book How Music Works that, in his opinion, Nils is the preeminent guitar player around today. The man is clearly a master of his craft, and it was on full display.
Taking a turn back to his solo release, Nils gave us "Goin' Back. Nils talked about the joy of a band playing as one, live in the studio, doing something together that you can't recreate any other way. His love for his band and his love for playing music were themes that he would come back to throughout the night, along with sharing a few personal gems from his own history. Nils at first wasn't ready to comply, but the producers insisted that since he could play the accordion, piano would be a natural. To prep for the session, Nils would bang out a few melodies, which he then demonstrated on stage: one that caught Neil's attention in the studio at the time and became the foundation for "Southern Man.
The two-hour set closed with the triumphant "Shine Slightly" from Nils's solo release, the same album that heralded his first collaboration with Lou Reed, bringing the night full circle and the audience to its feet. The Nils Lofgren Band continues their U. The string section was conducted by Scott Tibbs, who Springsteen and co-producer Ron Aniello have worked with before, most notably on the High Hopes recording of "American Skin 41 Shots. But the performance highlight has to be Springsteen's own vocal, bold and clear on the soaring chorus.
Available now from the usual DSPs. They'll be talking about the events and music that shaped for Springsteen, leading up to the success of Born to Run. He was our champion, he was our advocate, and losing Clive was a devastating blow and almost got Bruce Springsteen's career sabotaged. And then there's the tme "when I decided to be a 'promotor for a day,' so to speak, I almost got myself killed — and a number of other people.
It was one of the most difficult days I can remember on tour. It's just because I was lucky that nothing bad happened, but it's an incredible story and you'll hear it. Appel will also discuss the Born to Run studio sessions, tell the story behind the simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek , and take questions from the audience — all in what might as well be your living room, for what should be a unique experience.
See the Facebook event page for further details and advance tickets. A chilly May evening didn't stop fans from turning out to hear Boston Globe music and arts contributor Jon Garelick sit in conversation with author Schneier to discuss the book, the era, and the impact that one night — the E Street Band's May 9, performance at the adjacent Harvard Square Theatre, 45 years prior — had on Bruce Springsteen's career. Garelick, a long-time contributor to the local music scene, reflected on the era in music and shared his admiration for Bruce's musical contributions over four decades.
He reminisced about his own experience first seeing Bruce at Charlie's Place in Cambridge in the spring of — interestingly enough, just two days before Schneier did. Jon and Barry discussed first witnessing the uniqueness of Bruce's musical approach, in both his songwriting style and his performance. They agreed on the feeling of seeing a star in the making in , one that they both needed to tell the world about not unlike the themes in Jon Landau's concurrent Real Paper review in which he "saw rock and roll future".
Garelick read excerpts from Schneier's book to the assembled Harvard Square crowd, emphasizing the uniqueness of the community that was forming around Bruce's music at the time, which, he noted, has increased in numbers no other artist today can rival. Additionally, the two veterans of the s Boston and Cambridge music scene examined in-depth the exceptionality and informality of the era, when rock musicians were still finding their way and photographers could roam the stage freely.
The evening began with local favorite Mike Hastings performing acoustic versions of many Springsteen favorites and concluded with a book signing inside the Coop. Schneier's Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future, from Backstreets Publishing, is available now in hardcover and in an exclusive slipcased edition from Backstreet Records.
All copies of the new album, on either vinyl or CD , will ship from us with a FREE bonus: this Western Stars bandana, an official promotional item for Springsteen's 19th studio album. Regular Billions viewers know that music plays a critical role in the show's storytelling, with past episodes featuring artists from the Springsteen "sphere" such as Bob Dylan, The Hold Steady, Son Volt, Tom Morello, and Southside Johnny. Show co-creators Brian Koppelman [right] and David Levien have not been shy about their Springsteen fandom, so it was only a matter of time before Bruce's music made an appearance.
Photograph by Ben Lazar. We recently had an opportunity to chat with Koppelman via email about Springsteen and all things Billions. You've mentioned Bruce Springsteen a number of times in interviews as well as your own podcast , and you recently tweeted: "Nebraska is one of the most important albums of my lifetime. The first album I actually bought with my own money was The River. His influence on me as a writer is immense, of course. After I got into The River , I went backwards, and from the moment I heard "Meeting Across the River" I became kind of obsessed with the story of that song — with who they were, what their coded language meant, all of it.
I am sure the echoes of that are felt in my work. I should point out that my creative partner, David Levien, was also hit quite hard by that song and story. As for Nebraska : the stories on that record have also haunted me since I first heard them. That album kept me company on some of the worst, coldest externally and internally nights of my life, when I was 19 years old. While the song choice seems like a no-brainer given the show title, can you give us a little background on how that came to be? David and I had the idea to use "Atlantic City" the second we decided on the story for that episode.
Of course, we had no idea whether Bruce would give us permission. The day that he did was a day of a lot of high-fiving around the ol' Billions offices.
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Kelly sold it like a fan. Did that take much coaxing? He dove into it with zero hesitation and a ton of heart. And the man crushed it. Was that a happy coincidence? That Stevie album killed me when it came out a couple years back. I listened to it all summer.
Dave and I have always loved Little Steven's music. And I know Stevie a little bit, so I asked him if we could use the song. His only request was that we not "bury" it. I assured him the song would be noticed. And it was. Billions is brilliant in its ability to deftly integrate music into each episode's narrative. In some instances, actual song lyrics [e.
Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street"] are woven into the script. It seems the entire writing staff is made up of deep music aficionados. Tell us about the process of music selection for the show and how the writers work with Eskmo, the original music composer. David and I pick all the songs in the show. Sometimes an editor or writer will make a suggestion, but 98 percent of the time, it's coming from us. We have spent a lifetime listening to music together, talking about it, sending songs back and forth.
We are steeped in this stuff, and obviously how it works against picture, to amplify the stories we are telling. Eskmo is crucial to our show. His score is as identifiably Billions as our dialog is. We work closely with him, and our music editors, to really tailor his music to the given scenes. He is a master, and it's a privilege to work with him.
How does music influence your writing? Do you hear specific songs in your head while navigating plot points? I listen to music all the time as I write. Right at this moment, as I respond to your questions, I'm listening to The Mountain Goats, and they are helping my fingers move across the keyboard.
Music doesn't generate plot, though. It locks in tone, voice, spirit. When writing dialog, I have to find a song that feels like it is pushing me closer and closer to the mindset of the characters, to the mood of the scene in question. Bruce has often cited novels and films as great influences on his work, particularly with his character development. Do you find yourself doing the same through artists like Bruce, Dylan and others? Of course. If you are a writer and love music, you have to notice the economy of language deployed by the best songwriters.
Dylan, Metallica and a few other artists have made multiple appearances on Billions. Possible we'll hear more Springsteen should the story call for it? Ice cream shops, long dormant for the winter, are starting to re-open. And when you step onto the boardwalk in Asbury Park, the salt air of the Atlantic Ocean hits your nose. Led by bandleader Van Zandt, music director Marc Ribler [above left], and horn director Eddie Manion, the Disciples of Soul powered through 24 tunes, all 12 from the new album and many classics as well.
The whole night had a party atmosphere to it — from when the Disciples horns section strutted on stage via the Paramount's center aisle to the all-out jamming and twisting that featured year-old Bea Slater [above] in a red boa, to the delight of the crowd. Last weekend, the West Coast version happened when the band hit the stage at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles, where Bruce joined in the fun as well. Every U. Earlier in the day before the Paramount show, the TeachRock staff hosted a free professional development workshop designed to engage educators with techniques and content through which they can comfortably use music to inspire students, even if they've never touched an instrument.
According to John Zurka [above], a teacher in Union, NJ, about educators, including himself, attended the workshop, which featured an appearance by Little Steven. Many proudly sported their I Teach Rock t-shirts. Sometimes-Springsteen collaborator and often-times Light of Day performer Jesse Malin also was on hand to take in the show, but he did not take up the guitar.
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Malin will headline The Stone Pony on May But the night belonged to Little Steven and his Disciples of Soul. Andy Greene writes , "The song is about a young man that joins the military to impress his girlfriend. Now he tap dances" ; that latter skill is also on display in the new clip. For those who ordered the signed double LP from Backstreet Records, the autographed vinyl has just arrived from Nils and we'll be shipping it out this week.
The Nils Lofgren Band is on the road now in support of the album — visit nilslofgren. Palmer Street in Cambridge actually borders the building in which the Harvard Square Theatre, now shuttered, is housed. Following the discussion, attendees are invited inside the Coop to meet Schneier as he signs copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.
Barry's photographs will be on display in the Coop windows. Attendees may also enter a raffle to win a First Edition hardcover copy of Born to Run, signed by Bruce himself! You must be present at the event to enter and present at the drawing to win. Free registration is requested and greatly appreciated, but not required. Seating is first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee a seat.
Though Barry's work with Springsteen and other music luminaries has since been internationally recognized and exhibited, many images included in the book have never before been seen. And I liked that. I don't like to just hang out. I don't haul all my drums around for nothing. I like to work, and that was a good environment. It was a little difficult at first, because I had to find the groove to his music. It was rock. It was soul. And the lyrics! I never played with anybody who did all that talking and singing. I picked it up quick in some ways.
We had to go right out and do a show. But I had to do a lot of homework. It came down to paying attention to Bruce's body language, and his approach to guitar. I played a lot off of what he was doing on his guitar. You know that lick people talk about that I do on "Born to Run"? That riff was inspired by the guitar lick that Bruce was playing — my drumming matches what he's doing a little bit. That's where that came from. You had to pay very close attention to him, because you'd never know what was going to happen.
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Maybe that's why I don't have memories of this performance. I've thought about it, but it's just… life on the road and another gig, I guess. Flying together. All together — we all moved together.
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I do remember Bonnie Raitt's show. It was just amazing. I'd never seen her before, and I had never heard a sound like that before. Her band was just smoking. My whole thing, playing with Bruce, was not to think about anything else but the music. Next thing you know, the show's over and you don't even know what happened — except that you just did your job. You're thinking about the next thing. I didn't think anybody had any history of me playing with the band, except for that one photo in that greatest hits album. Photos of me are rare. I'm really thrilled to see these — especially my Asbury Park Track shirt.
And I think, how freaking young we look. I look at that Rogers pink champagne drum set, which I wish I had in my possession again. I think about playing with the fellows and the good times we had. Good music and good people — no problems with anybody in that band. Just a good bunch of human beings. Netflix is one of the streaming platforms that always stands out, and when you have a show like Springsteen on Broadway on your platform, it brings FYC to another level.
The event began with Springsteen on Broadway director Thom Zimny introducing an abbreivated, edited version of the Netfilx concert film, saying that after working with Bruce for 19 years, this film was his master class in storytelling. He then introduced their creators, Bruce Springsteen and director Martin Scorsese. Instead of Scorsese interviewing Bruce, it was a conversation between old friends. A day later, the director screened Mean Streets for Bruce.
The pair went on to talk about the use of music in Scorsese's films and the influence of Catholicism on both their lives and work; they discussed trust, loyalty, betrayal, and faith as themes that run through both Bruce's music and Scorsese's films. Bruce spoke about always wanting to base the heart of his work in the dark side of things then find his way to earn the light. He went on to say that the artists he finds interesting are the ones he wants to know, "What's bothering that guy? They next talked about how Springsteen on Broadway evolved almost by accident thanks to President Obama, during the last weeks he was in office, inviting Springsteen to play at the White House.
Bruce said he rewrote sections of his autobiography as a spoken word piece, in order to play around 90 minutes in the East Room of the White House. That was the genesis of the Broadway show. Springsteen and Scorsese also spoke about how the show was a gateway to a larger experience, and how "…as the songs come out of the monologues, it's as if you never heard those songs before. Springsteen: "Raging Bull to me is like one long, violent prayer, man.
One of the biggest takeaways: during the conversation Bruce revealed that he hadn't written any new band material since Wrecking Ball, but that in the last month he realized he had written almost enough songs for a new E Street Band album — enough, even, for another tour. I couldn't write anything for the band.
And I said, 'Well, of course But it's a trick that, because of that fact that you can't explain, cannot be self-consciously duplicated. It has to come to you in inspiration. And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album's worth of material for the band. It came out of just I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good , you know? I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice. It makes you so happy. You go, 'I'm not fucked!
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