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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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Tour Finale: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland: 28 July 2013

Posted on 29 July 2013 (1)

Saying goodbye. #brucekilkenny2

part 1. the waiting.

It is hot inside of Nowlan Park, and then it rains. And then it is hot again. If you are close you are standing on metal plating, which has no give. You sit, you stand, you sit again. People with wristbands but no magic marker tattoo on their hands try to encroach upon your territory; it creates your ‘tribe,’ it bonds you to people from the Netherlands and Greece and Switzerland and up the road in Belfast. At this point you are having conversations like “We sat next to each other in Stockholm…”

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Do You Like Good Music? On “Sweet Soul Music” & “Shake” in Kilkenny

Posted on 29 July 2013 (0)

Sign for Kilkenny. After much deliberation

There are rules in my house about sign requests, that we don’t bring signs for cover songs, that we don’t bring signs that request items, that a sign should be for one song only, that it should be a size that will not block the people behind us. We have tried hard over the years to think of signs that will get picked or would get played or that Bruce would find amusing and therefore would get played.

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Springsteen & I : a review

Posted on 16 July 2013 (0)

I was invited to write a review of the film for the Springsteen site Greasy Lake.

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Thoughts on Hard Rock Calling 2013

Posted on 01 July 2013 (3)

Amazing sunset tonight over Olympic Park. #brucelondon

I reviewed this show in detail (along with Glenn Radecki) over at brucespringsteen.net and at Backstreets.

This show was a bonus. We had already booked our trip to Spain and Paris, with some extra days after Stade de France to enjoy the city. Then HRC got added and there was no way we could be in Paris if Bruce was playing in London. Despite my advice to other people to consider carefully whether they want to stand in a field all day and despite my insisting I would never do this again (a big consideration as to why we skipped Nijmegen), we bought tickets and booked the first train on the Eurostar (which everyone started calling the ‘Bruce-star) Sunday morning.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Stade de France, 6-29-13

Posted on 29 June 2013 (1)


There is not much I can actually say about this show. Tonight I wrote the News report for Backstreets, which is more detailed than the reports I usually file for Brucespringsteen.net and there isn’t much I left out of the Backstreets report.

It was a Saturday night in Paris on a BITUSA anniversary and what you got was what we got the third night in Stockholm, a show for the people in the back row and the people on the side and the people drinking beer.

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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Estadio El Molinon, Gijon, Spain, 27 June 2013

Posted on 26 June 2013 (2)

For those interested in my position tonight #brucegijon

Springsteen in Spain is hot and loud and smoky and bouncy and pretty much everything you know about from the Barcelona DVD. The fans started the queue on the Wednesday the week before the show, and by the time we arrived on Sunday night I was just happy to be under 200. (By comparison, I arrived at the Dublin queue at 4pm the day before the show and got number 163.)

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New York City Serenade: Why Won’t Bruce Play It In Europe?

Posted on 03 June 2013 (3)

First, there were the signs. There were just signs, but there were signs, at least one or two at shows, I think I saw as many as four or six at the recent Scandinavian run.

This is not new, this is not unusual, it’s not like the fine Springsteen fans of Europe just discovered the song. But there is a certain sense of urgency to hear it, whether people want to say it out loud, there is a thought that this might be the last chance to hear it.

There were discussions while we were in the queue. My learned colleague Mr. Radecki would explain that “Serenade” is a song that Bruce just can’t play off of a sign, it requires rehearsal. Well, so does MF “Wages of Sin” and that was clearly rehearsed within an inch of its life with no problem.

Then, people started to get creativ

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