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Friday is Boss’s Day: Madison Square Garden, Oct. 17, 2007

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2008 by 30daysout


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My friend, Matt Stephens, called me out of the blue last September and said a mutual friend of ours, Robert Olive, had bought four tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden and “did I want to go?” My first instinct was “there is no way I can go.” Then I got to thinking about it, talked it over with my wife, and we decided it was the chance of a lifetime and that I should just do it.


Before the show, we went to go see Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I was hoping for a “Boss” sighting since Max Weinberg is on the show, but we found out soon after we got into the building that the band “Mute Math” was playing. Actually, they were pretty good. Anthony Hopkins was also on the show and played a clip from his strange new movie. All I could think of was “straight to DVD.”


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Review: Patti Scialfa, “Play It As It Lays”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on May 6, 2008 by 30daysout

In some ways you have to feel sorry for “the first lady of love” Ms. Patti Scialfa. Being married to Bruce Springsteen cannot make it easy to launch a successful solo career and get people to take you seriously. However, “Red” as Springsteen affectionately refers to her, does more than hold her own on her excellent third solo disc Play It As It Lays.

What sets Scialfa apart from other female artists for me is her unique voice. She literally sounds like nobody else. She’s also a very good songwriter. The CD’s 10 tracks all have a down and dirty, back road-type feel to them, and the sonic landscape created by Scialfa and producer Steve Jordan, works perfectly with her gritty, sensual vocals. 

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