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Review: “Magic Tour Highlights,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen released a similar four-song live package in the 1980s called Chimes of Freedom to benefit Amnesty International. This time around he is helping out his fallen brother, Danny Federici, who lost his battle with melanoma in April. All the proceeds from the sale of Magic Tour Highlights go to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

This quick peek into the Magic tour is great. Alejandro Escovedo joined the band on stage in Houston for “Always A Friend,” the first track off his new album Real Animal. I was at the show, and I remember Alejandro being way off on the first verse, so needless to say, he is pretty far down in the mix on this version, but it rocks from start to finish.

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a blistering version with Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. His solo is something you have never heard on a Springsteen record, and on the accompanying video, Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt look in awe of this guy’s talent.

Roger McGuinn from The Byrds hops on stage for “Turn, Turn, Turn.” McGuinn’s voice sounds very thin against the freight train that is the E Street Band, but Springsteen does a great job on the backing vocals and when he takes his turn on lead, and it more than makes up for McGuinn’s shortcomings.

The collection wraps up with “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” featuring Danny Federici’s last performance with the band in Indianapolis.  It’s a touching audio and video performance because you can tell that everyone knows that this will be the last time they will be playing together.

The collection sells for $7.99. It includes all four songs and videos. We are not going to offer any freebies today. Go buy it and help out the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

Backstreets Magazine

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

Rock Moment: Alejandro Escovedo, 2008

Posted in Bruce Springsteen, Rock Moment with tags , , on June 29, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen and Alejandro Escovedo in Houston.  Photo courtesy of

We’ve already written plenty about Alejandro Escovedo’s brilliant new release Real Animal, and so have many others – it is certainly one of the albums of the year.  Escovedo celebrated the release with an Austin home stand that included an in-store performance at Waterloo Records, two nights at the Continental Club and a wild appearance at the Keep Austin Weird Festival.

Probably the best moment was the quietest: Alejandro telling the story about how he came to play his new single “Always A Friend” last April onstage in Houston with Bruce Springsteen.  “We got a text message as my wife and I were driving to Houston from Austin,” he recalled.  “They told us Bruce wanted to play the song live that night.” 

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