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Bruce Springsteen Opens the US Tour With A Van Halen Cover

Posted on 06 April 2014 (0)

Kevin Buell, Springsteen’s guitar tech, comes out dressed as a referee and holds up a basketball for a tip off between Bruce and Nils.(The latter wins despite being shorter, because although Bruce is undeniably in better shape, Nils is the better athlete.) But instead of “Badlands” or “We Take Care Of Our Own,” what do we hear instead?

“Jump.” By Van Halen.

Yeah, that just happened.

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Springsteen – 10 of the Best, Part 2

Posted on 20 March 2014 (0)

I very much enjoyed the chance to contribute to the Guardian’s ongoing “10 of the Best” series on the subject of Mr. Bruce Springsteen. I thought it would be interesting to talk about the songs that didn’t make the cut and why (and more on some that did).

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Springsteen – 10 of the Best

Posted on 19 March 2014 (0)

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The Guardian in the UK asked me to contribute to their ongoing series – deep cuts only AND they had to be available on UK Spotify. Trust me when I say that picking the songs was harder than writing the actual piece, and there were some restless nights (ahem) over what I had to cut out.

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Springsteen Covering “Royals” by Lorde

Posted on 01 March 2014 (0)

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“I drive a Cadillac in my dreams” isn’t that far out of the man’s oeuvre, now, is it? Or songs about poor kids breaking out of their small town existence?

This cover is blowing my mind. All week we’ve been debating Crowded House and Split Enz (and this could happen now that Neil Finn is going to tonight’s show) but we also walked around saying, “There’s no way he’d do a ‘Royals’ cover” and yet, here it is.

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SPRINGSTEEN BOOTLEGS ARE HERE!

Posted on 30 January 2014 (0)

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It’s a beautiful thing. Get yours here.

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WNYC’s Soundcheck

Posted on 14 January 2014 (0)

Thanks to WNYC for inviting me on to discuss High Hopes! Click to listen on their site.

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Celebrate “High Hopes” at Springsteen Night 2014 at WORD Jersey City, January 14

Posted on 11 January 2014 (0)

Marc Dolan and I are at it again on Tuesday, January 14, at WORD’s new store in Jersey City. We’ll be joined this time by Kimberly Austin of Rock Book Show, who will be our charming moderator. She is a great interviewer and this will definitely take things up a notch.

There will be a raffle with prizes courtesy of our sponsor, Backstreets Magazine, including a copy of the new issue!

So if you’re moping that you didn’t get a spot on the Band Bench at Jimmy Fallon or if you couldn’t make it, come see us!

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Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes”: Track-by-Track Review

Posted on 06 January 2014 (0)

I wrote a track-by-track review of the new Springsteen album for Billboard.com.

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New Springsteen Album News

Posted on 25 November 2013 (0)

I wrote an in-depth look at the new Springsteen album announcement for Billboard.

To quote Backstreets, “They couldn’t go back to Australia without a new album, right? Right.”

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Stand Up For Heroes 2013

Posted on 07 November 2013 (0)

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I was thrilled to be able to attend last night (invitation from a colleague) and filed my report over at Backstreets.

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