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.
February 15, 2016 |
From a distance of 35 years, Bruce Springsteen revisited The River in South Philadelphia on Friday night. With his E Street Band behind him, the 66-year-old Springsteen took the stage at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center just past 8 p.m. and, after proclaiming his delight at being back in the City of Brotherly Love, began the marathon communal gathering with "Meet Me in the City," the rousing rocker that was an outtake from the 1980 release and...
February 13, 2016 |
Get down on your knees and praise the Lord - it's Bruce time! Springsteen and his E Street Band are coming back to Philadelphia for a show at the Wells Fargo Center. On Friday morning, the band's notoriously zealous fans will congregate in South Philadelphia, preparing to see the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking E Street Band. They won't leave until hearts have been stopped, pants have been dropped, and houses have been rocked. This is The River tour, so, for the first half of the show, Bruce and boys (and ladies)
February 13, 2016 |
This city is always full of characters, but when Bruce Springsteen plays Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, little pretties from the coastline to the city will raise their hands. Here, a primer on some of the tramps like us you're bound to run into on the streets of Philadelphia. 1. Someone who has seen more performances of the E Street Band than you have. Springsteen fans are notorious for seeing multiple shows on every tour, so it's likely you'll meet people who have seen the band 40 or 50 times, especially at Philadelphia shows, where some fans saw Springsteen in the 1970s at local gigs.
February 12, 2016 |
AAT A Berlin Film Festival press conference for his new movie, "Hail, Caesar," George Clooney lost his cool when a reporter questioned his commitment to the refugee crisis affecting Germany and much of Europe. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Clooney, one of the most activist of actors, was understandably miffed. "I spend a lot of time working on these things, and it's an odd thing to have someone stand up and say, 'What do you do?' That's fine, knock yourself out," Clooney said.
February 11, 2016 |
Update: The Fund's ticketleap site reports the tickets are sold out. Earlier story: Mayor Kenney has some tickets for the Boss, if you are interested. That's right - for Bruce Springsteen's sold-out concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. The city, at Kenney's impetus, donated the 18 seats in the mayor's box to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to sell. Kenney has said he wants the tickets - previously distributed among city employees, nonprofits, and other organizations - to bring in money for schools.
February 8, 2016
The arrival of The River in October 1980 came at a momentous time in Bruce Springsteen's career. It was his fifth album and first double LP, and also the first music he released after turning 30 the previous year. With Born to Run in 1975, he had built a Wall of Sound monument to rock-and-roll escape - and survived the hype of being on the cover of Time and Newsweek. The world closed in on 1978's brooding Darkness on the Edge of Town , which fought back with a raised-fist declaration on "Badlands": "It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive!"