Archive for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

November 30, 1984

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

For thousands of fans who piled into The Summit in Houston to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Nov. 30, 1984 it was just another concert. However, for me, it was a night that changed my life. As soon as The Boss yelled “One, two, three, four” and went into a blistering version of “Born in the USA” I knew I wanted to be a singer in a rock and roll band.

The show was phenomenal. His energy was incredible. We heard everything that night; “Jungleland,” “Racing in the Street,” “Thunder Road,” “Johnny Bye Bye, “Cadillac Ranch,” you name any of his best songs and we saw them that night. I thought the roof was going to come off the building when they went into the “Detroit Medley.”  It was the best the concert I had ever seen.

The next day my brother and I were in the garage with a couple of other guys putting a band together. I was playing drums at the time, but one day I decided to try my hand at singing. The first song I sang in front of people was “Dancing in the Dark.” While it wasn’t even close to  great, it felt great. Since that time I have been in three different bands, and have been the lead singer for two. While I haven’t experienced 1/1,000,000th of the success of Mr. Springsteen, the experience of writing, recording, performing and singing has enriched my life in more ways than I can count. I thank Bruce for that night and for giving me the inspiration to do what I always knew I wanted to do, but never had the courage to try.

“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Review: “The Promise,” Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen wrote more than 70 songs during a period in his career when a lawsuit with his former manager, Mike Appel, prohibited him from recording. He and the rest of the E Street Band spent the down time at his farm in Holmdel, NJ, rehearsing incessantly and going into debt. When they were able to finally get back in the studio, the 70 tracks were whittled down to ten and those ten made up the classic, Darkness on the Edge of Town. The other 60 were either given to other artists (“Because the Night” to Patti Smith and “Fire” to Robert Gordon and later the Pointer Sisters) or tucked away for another day. Well, more than 30 years later, the other day has finally arrived in the form of The Promise.

Many of the 21 songs (22 if you’re lucky) were unfinished. Some were lacking lyrics, while others needed more instrumentation and vocal work. It’s not hard to tell which songs were recorded back in 1977 and which ones were recorded recently, but who cares? New/old Springsteen, it’s all good.

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Getting ready for the “Darkness” box: “Prove It All Night,” Phoenix 1978

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 5, 2010 by 30daysout

This version of “Prove It All Night” with it’s stellar extended opening will be featured on DVD 2 in the massive Darkness On the Edge of Town box due Tuesday, Nov. 16. Denny Angelle attended the Houston ’78 show (DVD 3) that will be included in the box and he will tell us about that cold December night next Friday.

Bruce Springsteen official website

Backstreets magazine

New Video Alert! “Save My Love” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , on November 2, 2010 by 30daysout

Check out the new video for “Save My Love” from the upcoming Bruce Springsteen release The Promise. The tune will also be released as a 7″ single the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. b/w “Because the Night.”

Bruce Springsteen official website

Backstreets magazine

Review: “The Promise: The Making of Darkness On the Edge of Town”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by 30daysout

In The Promise: The Making of Darkness On the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen says “my career was not about money or fame. I wanted to be great.” However, there was a time after the release of Born To Run when he thought that “great” career he was striving for might be over. He was embroiled in a lawsuit with his former manager Mike Appel that prohibited him from recording the follow up to the album that made him a sensation, landing him on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously. During the dark period, he wrote more than 70 songs and rehearsed incessantly with the E Street Band at his rented farm house in Holmdel, NJ (you get to see Bruce with what he calls his “Italian” fro and no shirt).  When the lawsuit was resolved in the summer of 1977, they finally went to work on what would become, Darkness On the Edge of Town.

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“Darkness” film teaser hints box is coming soon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 4, 2010 by 30daysout

It looks like a “Darkness on the Edge of Town” boxed set from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is indeed on the way. Check out the rest of the story from our friends at Backstreets magazine.

Springsteen hypes “London Calling” in new interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 18, 2010 by 30daysout

Check out Bruce Springsteen talking about the upcoming DVD release of “London Calling: Live in Hyde Park.” It’s set to be released in the U.S. on Tuesday.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg interviews

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by 30daysout

Check out two interviews with E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. He talks about everything from Bruce to Conan O’Brien to Gene Krupa to meeting Frank Sinatra. Weinberg’s Big Band opens up its tour tonight in Red Bank, NJ.

107.5 The Hawk interview with Tom Cunningham

Rolling Stone interview

Max Weinberg Big Band official website

“Live in Miami” – Max Weinberg Big Band


Christmas Song of the Day: “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by 30daysout

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, debuted  on the Eddie Cantor Radio Show in 1934. In 1970, an animated special featuring Fred Astaire hit the small screen and on December 12, 1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded the tune at C. W. Post College in Greenvale, NY. Over the years it has become one of the most popular holiday tunes ever recorded.

The classic version was released on a Columbia children’s songs complilation disc called “In Harmony 2” in 1982 and as the b-side of the “My Hometown” single in 1985. It was recently re-released on CD and through iTunes. This video is from a show in Cleveland in Sept. 1978.

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

Backstreets Magazine

Springsteen and the E Street Band talk Super Bowl

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , on January 30, 2009 by 30daysout

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Bruce and the band actually did a press conference yesterday. One of the reporters brought up the fact that it was the first one Bruce has been a part of since the Human Rights Now Tour in 1988. Anyway, a few things we found out were that the Working On A Dream Tour will apparently continue in the U.S. after the Aug. 2 gig in Spain and that Bruce knows nothing about football. He said when he hears the words Pittsburgh Steelers he still thinks about Terry Bradshaw. What he does know is music and he promises a rockin’ 12-minute show on Sunday. Check out the press conference here. Also, check out Bruce on “Mad Dog Radio” on Sirius/XM Radio.