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Friday is Boss’ Day: The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (Live in Rome)

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by 30daysout


Sounds like it was a magical night in Rome last night as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “Wrecking Ball”  tour continues to storm its way across Europe. After a roaring version of “Kitty’s Back,” Bruce broke out side 2 of The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle complete with strings. I have included the rarely played gem, “New York City Serenade,” and “Incident on 57th St.” from last night’s set list that also included “Lucky Town,” “Roulette,” and the underrated, “Bobby Jean.”

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“New York City Serenade” (Live in Rome) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

“Incident on 57th St.” (Live in Rome) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Happy “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on July 4, 2013 by 30daysout

By George Kovacik

Today is a day where we here in the United States celebrate our freedom, eat hot dogs and watch fireworks. Just for you, here is a great summer tune from one of America’s greatest treasures, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It’s one of the last songs the band ever played with original member, “Phantom” Danny Federici. Have a safe holiday!

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Live in Indianapolis, 2008)

SXSW Showcase: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Review with tags , on March 16, 2012 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen testifies at his SXSW showcase Thursday night.

by George Kovacik

In the morning at his SXSW keynote address, Bruce Springsteen played musical historian. He told the crowd how icons like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and The Animals and got him to where he is today. Thursday night was the lab. Before a packed house of 2,500 invited guests, Springsteen and the E Street Band lit the flame under the beaker and didn’t extinguish it until we were all cooked nearly three hours later.

SXSW has been honoring Woody Guthrie on what would have been his 100th birthday, and Springsteen did his part to show great respect for one of his heroes at both ends of the show. A stirring rendition of “I Ain’t Got No Home” with nearly the entire band at the front of the stage got things started and an all-star cast featuring Tom Morello, Arcade Fire, Austin legends Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo, and opening band Low Anthem closed the night with an emotional, hootenanny version of “This Land is Your Land.”

After the “Home” opening, Springsteen hit the gas going 100 mph and never let up. “We Take Care of Our Own” blew the doors off the place. A raucous “Wrecking Ball” followed then we got to “Badlands.” I thought before the tour started he should put this tune to bed for awhile, but after last night’s unbelievably powerful renditon, featuring a spot on sax solo by Jake Clemons, this song should be played every night and twice on Sunday.

“My City of Ruins” got the full horn treatment and like he did last week at the Apollo Theater he honored the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici during band introductions by saying “if you’re here, and we’re here, then they’re here.”  Looking at the band members when he did this, the loss of both of these guys is still fresh and painful.

Garry Tallent, left, and Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band.

Next he called up his buddy Tom Morello, who is even more unbelievable in person. An energetic version of “Death To My Hometown” brought the house down. He showed up again for his solo on “Jack of All Trades” and to duet with Springsteen on “The Ghost of Tom Joad” where he played his signature badass solo.

After running through “The Promised Land,” where he gave a kid in the front row his harmonica, a blistering version of “Seeds,” the wonderful new arrangement of “Land of Hope and Dreams,” the gospel-infused “Rocky Ground,” “Waiting on A Sunny Day,” complete with a stage dive, and “The E Street Shuffle,” where he told the people in the balcony to get off their asses and dance because “this is a dance party,” it was time for the special guests.

Jimmy Cliff kicked things off with an energetic “The Harder they Come” went straight into “Only Time Will Tell,” then to the classic “Many Rivers to Cross.” I have never seen Cliff before but he looked like he was having the time of his life on stage.

Earlier in the day, Springsteen talked about his love for The Animals. He said they were ugly and cruel and that he stole the riff from “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” for “Badlands.” Apparently, the Twitter world went crazy after his speech and he found out Eric Burdon was in town. So Garry W. Tallent started the bass line and out came Burdon who absolutely nailed “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”

Before the “This Land is Your Land” finish, the band kicked into “Tenth Avenue Freezeout.” When he got to the part “they made that change uptown and Big Man joined the band,” the music stopped and the crowd screams for Clarence Clemons were deafening. A great way to honor someone who has meant so much to so many.

I had an opportunity yesterday that few people get. An opportunity that will most likely never happen again. I sat 15 feet away from Springsteen at the keynote address and I was two people deep on the floor for the concert all in a 12-hour span. I was so close I could see that he actually wears a tie with that vest. I never knew. I have seen Springsteen many times over the years, but I can honestly say this was the best E Street Band show I have ever seen. The horn section brings incredible power, and the Bruce and the rest of the band seem fresh and energized after a couple of years off.

If you already have tickets for the Wrecking Ball Tour that kicks off Sunday in Atlanta, you are in for one hell of a show.

Springsteen week kicks off tonight

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen charges into Austin on Thursday. (Photo by Jo Lopez)

If you’re a Bruce Springsteen fan, life is very good right now. With the release of the excellent new album, Wrecking Ball, comes a bevy of appearances before the world tour begins.

Lets start with a biggie tonight. For the first time in Bruce’s 40 plus year history, he and the E Street Band will grace the stage at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. It’s part of Sirius/XM’s tenth anniversary celebration of satellite radio (once you get it, you will never go back. Trust me.).  This will be the band’s first full gig without the “Big Man” Clarence Clemons, but if the appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week are any indication, the horn section, featuring Clemons’ nephew Jake, can cover his parts nicely.

What they can’t do is replace Clemons’ massive presence, and his interaction with Bruce. That will be sorely missed. It will be interesting to see how Bruce handles the band introductions (if he does them at all) because Clarence was always “last but not least.” The show is set to start at 8 p.m EST with a pre-show featuring Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh at 6 p.m.

If you don’t have Sirius/XM, you can get a seven-day free subscription by going to their website. You can also win tickets to that last show of the U.S. leg in Newark,  by tweeting a photo of your “Springsteen Apollo Listening Party.” You can enter that contest here.

Update: Video from the Apollo show

Next Thursday, Bruce will be the keynote speaker at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The format of the presentation is kind of up in the air. My guess is that he will have someone interview him, then take a few questions from the audience, then pick up the acoustic guitar and play a few tunes. That scenario would be ideal, but it remains to be seen what will actually happen. We here at 30 Days Out will be there to provide complete coverage and if you want to experience it live, NPR will stream the keynote address. Check NPR’s website for the schedule.

Later that evening at a secret, intimate location in “Live Music Capital of the World,” Bruce and the band will do a private show for badge holders and media who are lucky enough to win a drawing to get in. Our guess is he will play Stubb’s BBQ, a venue that is no stranger to big acts during SXSW. Metallica played there three years ago and John Mayer and Train are set to play there on Saturday.

We are hoping for this location because if we can’t get in, we can at least listen to it “out in the street.” There is also a chance he will play the new ACL Live venue, but that seems unlikely unless they were going to tape for TV or DVD or do an Austin City Limits show, which would be great if that happens. However, if he wants to create a huge buzz, Stubb’s would be the best place to do that. Also, we bet Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine will hop on stage with the band at some point. He’ll be in town doing his own shows during the four-day weekend.

Other possible sightings around Austin might include an appearance with friend and manager-mate Alejandro Escovedo at the Austin Music Awards on Wednesday night or with his buddy, Garland Jeffries, at Antone’s on Thursday. Should we cross our fingers for a surprise acoustic set at Waterloo Records ? Not likely, but we’ve got nothing to lose.

Finally, the Wrecking Ball World Tour kicks of March 18 in Atlanta, then heads overseas and hopefully back to the states in the fall. Like I said at the top, it’s a good time to be a Springsteen fan.

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Video du Jour: “Dream Big,” Nils Lofgren

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , on March 2, 2012 by 30daysout

E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren breaks out the top hat, cane and tap shoes (I’m not bullshittin’ back here) for his new video “Dream Big” from his excellent new release, Old School. Lofgren has always been incredibly creative and he doesn’t disappoint here.  Check out Nils, Bruce and rest of the E Street Band tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They are the only guests. Should be a good one.

Next week we look ahead to a big Springsteen week at SXSW in Austin where we will have complete coverage.

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Springsteen week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , on February 24, 2012 by 30daysout

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Kenny Chesney  and Elvis Costello Also Set To Perform

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band to Appear as  Fallon’s Only Guest on “Late Night’s” Third Anniversary Show March 2

New York — February 24, 2012 – “Late Night with  Jimmy Fallon” will honor Bruce Springsteen with a weeklong musical tribute  February 27 – March 2 (12:35 a.m. on NBC) to celebrate the launch of his new  album, “Wrecking Ball,” which will be released on Columbia Records March 6.   Each night, the show’s featured musical guest will perform selected songs from his extensive catalog.

Fallon welcomes Bruce Springsteen and the E  Street Band to studio 6B on Monday, February 27 to open the week with two performances.  Then, returning on Friday, March 2, which also marks “Late Night’s” third anniversary, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will appear as the only guest for that episode.  Springsteen will chat with Fallon for an  interview segment before taking the “Late Night” stage again for multiple  performances with the band.  Springsteen’s “Late Night” appearances are his only currently scheduled American television stops prior to a massive world tour beginning March 18 in Atlanta.

One of “Late Night’s” most memorable moments included a 70s dressed Springsteen and Fallon dressed as Neil Young performing a parody of pop hit “Whip My Hair” together during the musician’s  November 16, 2010 debut on the talk show.  The video of the comedy bit garnered instant viral success.

Tuesday night, Kenny Chesney makes his first appearance on “Late Night” when he performs “I’m on Fire,” from Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” album, a song which Chesney previously released as part of  the bonus tracks from his 2004 album “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Elvis Costello backed by Fallon’s house band the Roots is set to perform “Brilliant Disguise” from Springsteen’s album “Tunnel of Love” on Thursday, March 1.

It’s definitely an exciting time if you are a Springsteen fan.

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Springsteen set list “wish list”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , on February 16, 2012 by 30daysout

Everytime Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band hit the road I put together a wish list of songs I would love to hear them play.  Songs that I love that rarely see the light of day like “Restless Nights,” “Fade Away,” “Streets of Fire,” “The Promise,” “Lonely Night in the Park,” etc. Now if you’re a diehard fan, you of course want to hear them play a good chunk of the new album, Wrecking Ball, but here’s hoping they break out some of these gems on the nearly year-long trek across the globe.

Restless Nights/The Price You Pay/Stolen Car (Bruce, Roy, Charlie)/Drive All Night/Lonely Night in the Park/The Promise/Gotta Get that Feeling/Racing in the Street (’78)/Streets of Fire/Many Rivers to Cross/Prove It All Night (’78 version)/You’ll Be Coming Down/Local Hero/Real World (solo piano)/I Wish I Were Blind/Dream Baby Dream (solo organ)/Don’t Look Back/My Lucky Day/30 Days Out/All the Way Home/Lucky Town/Valentine’s Day (solo piano)/Downbound Train/Nebraska/State Trooper (full band)/Back in Your Arms/Your Own Worst Enemy/Save My Love/Rendezvous/The Brokenhearted/Nothing Man/Paradise/My City of Ruins/I’m A Rocker/Fade Away/Secret Garden/Dollhouse/Thundercrack/My Love Will Not Let You Down/Frankie/Trouble River/Blood Brothers/Mona w/She’s the One/Backstreets w/Sad Eyes/When the Saints Go Marching In/Fire (acoustic)/Roll of the Dice

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Video du Jour: “Blue Christmas” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , on December 20, 2011 by 30daysout

Recorded last year, this is the last song Clarence Clemons played with the E Street Band. RIP Big Man.

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Review: “Old School,” by Nils Lofgren

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by 30daysout

Old School

Since 2007, Nils Lofgren has spent two years on the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, played the Super Bowl, had hip replacement surgery and lost close friends, E Street Band members, Danny Federici and the “Big Man” Clarence Clemons. Lofgren throws the emotions from these events and more life experiences into one pot and stirs up an excellent 12-track collection called Old School.

On the rockin’ title track, Lofgren gets a little help from former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm and takes a shot at all those whiners who would rather complain than get out and actually do something. He takes us back to 1985 with “60 is the new 18,” a tune that shows a guy who is just hitting his stride at 60. “Miss You Ray” is a melancholy, country-infected tribute to the great Ray Charles and other lost loved ones who have affected his life. The celtic ballad “Irish Angel” with Lofgren on piano is outstanding and he gets a little help from the legendary Sam Moore on “Ain’t Too Many of Us Left.” The beautiful love song “Just Because You Love Me” has a nice smooth groove with a great hook and the Springsteen-esque “Why Me” has that unmistakable Lofgren tone on the guitar solo.

Nils Lofgren has always been underrated as a guitarist and a songwriter. Old School might not change all that, but it certainly should.

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“Old School” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Irish Angel” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Why Me” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Miss You Ray” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

Live: “Songs from The Promise,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , on December 15, 2010 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed a rare concert event last week in Asbury Park, New Jersey’s historic Carousel House, playing never-before performed songs live from the new 2-CD set, The Promise.  Beginning today, five songs from the show will stream online, with North American viewers able to tune in exclusively across VEVO platforms, including The concert will be available on VEVO until January 1.

Filmed before an audience of approximately 60 fans, “Songs From The Promise” was directed and edited by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny and mixed by Emmy-winner Bob Clearmountain.  The concert features world premiere performances of four tracks from The Promise, plus “Blue Christmas.”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Worldwide Streaming Information:

Australia – Australia YouTube
Ireland – Irish Times
UK – The Guardian
Germany – Rolling Stone and Yahoo!
France – Deezer
Spain – El Mundo and Marca
Denmark – Politiken
Holland – Nu
Switzerland – Teleboy and Le Matin
Italy – Repubblica
Israel – Walla