September 15, 2016 |
By Ilene Raymond Rush When I think back on my Springsteen years, which have now encompassed most of my life, I think a lot about yearning. I think about how, as a teenager in 1973 at the famous Main Point coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, I recognized not the future of rock and roll, but a deep note of neediness and pain in Bruce's voice, restlessness and a desire to get out and make good. I had never heard my internal emotional soundtrack put into words. As a teenager prone to depression who would receive a future diagnosis of bipolar 2, he hooked me cold.
September 10, 2016 |
It's 4:03:43 for Springsteen Bruce Springsteen 's Philly show Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park ran four hours, three minutes, and 43 seconds, making it his longest concert ever in America. His longest show on Earth was in Finland in 2012 and lasted four hours, six minutes. The Boss' moods In weightier matters, Springsteen reveals in his memoir that he has struggled with depression for 30 years. So he feels blue sometimes? It's darker than that, the Boss writes in Born to Run , due Sept.
September 10, 2016 |
Back in February, when Bruce Springsteen brought the River Tour to the Wells Fargo Center to perform that 1980 double LP from start to finish, it afforded the Jersey rocker the opportunity to reframe songs that were originally written about confronting the harsh realities of adulthood with the perspective and wisdom that comes with the passing of three and a half decades. The concert trek that brought Springsteen and his E Street Band back to Philadelphia for the first of two shows at Citizens Bank Park - a second show is scheduled for Friday - is still nominally known as the River Tour.
September 4, 2016 |
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, who headlines Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday and Friday, Philadelphia and Princeton troubadour Son Little does right by the Boss; haunted howl in this cover from 1982's Nebraska . Streaming on Soundcloud and YouTube.
September 4, 2016 |
Sylk 130 reunion. In the mid-'90s, Philadelphia DJ-producer-songwriter King Britt brought an all-star cast of local talent together to form the soul-funk-jazz collective Sylk 130. The crew, which included poet Ursula Rucker, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and trumpeter Jafar Baron, made its recording debut on 1997's When the Funk Hits the Fan , and now the band is getting back together. Sunday at the TLA. "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.
September 3, 2016 |
Alas, summer is almost gone. Good thing September is chock-full of fun things for you to see, hear, rock out on, and do, like Made in America , the blow out music fest that happens on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. Here are five other can't-miss events going on this month: Bruce Springsteen 8 p.m. Wednesday and next Friday, Citizens Bank Park , 1 Citizens Bank Way, $100-$150, 215-463-1000. This may be Springsteen's second (and third) time in Philadelphia on his current tour, ostensibly to promote a reissue of The River , but that doesn't mean Bruce is turning on the autopilot.
August 8, 2016 |
I first saw Bruce Springsteen perform in Hanover, N.H., in 1975. I knew virtually nothing about him, but halfway into "Rosalita," I knew I was hooked for life. Over the years, I've seen him probably 50 times up and down the Eastern Seaboard, in places ranging from Durham, N.H., to Asbury Park to all the various arenas, those still standing and those long departed, in Philadelphia. As a frequent traveler to Italy, however, I've thought it would be incredible to see him there, given our shared Italian heritage.
June 30, 2016 |
Several times a year, Jesse and I wage war against the masses. Three laptops, two cellphones, and an iPad ablazin' are our weapons of choice in the epic battle that is purchasing concert tickets. Invariably, one of us is freaking out - war is really stressful, you know? Our cat, Punim, on the other hand, sits bedside and tends to not care at all. But she has no idea how important this is. They're just tickets, you say? Not for Jesse and me. Although it isn't life or death, it is love.
April 13, 2016 |
HERE'S THE THING about Bruce Springsteen: The man has a remarkable knack for doing the right thing in his public life. The bard of America's deindustrialization of the 1970s and '80s, Springsteen has long collected food and made donations to local poverty programs - and then he began to see the connections between the blue-collar struggles he sang about and the politics around him. When an unarmed immigrant named Amadou Diallo was killed by 41 shots...
March 23, 2016 |
Boy-band bondage Prep schools have dress codes. The Army, too. But did you know boybands have 'em, too? Ask Zayn Malik . The newly minted solo artist says that while he was with One Direction , he was contractually required to maintain a "young teen boy look. " He wasn't allowed the fuzzy-wuzzy stubble and two-tone frosty hair color that distinguish him today. "Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it," Malik, 23, tells Complex mag. Seems the poor dude was oppressed to the very core of his being.