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 7, 2016 |
Garry Tallent figured it was finally time to step out of his comfort zone. For most of the last 45 years, that zone, professionally speaking, has been on stage off to the side of Bruce Springsteen, where the bass player unobtrusively helps lay down the rhythm as the last remaining charter member of the E Street Band. That's where he'll be Wednesday and Friday, when the Boss plays shows at Citizens Bank Park. Even when the group was disbanded for most of the '90s, Tallent still stayed behind the scenes, working as a record producer and writing songs in Nashville, where he lives.
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 2, 2016 |
VARIETY REPORTS that Melania Trump , wife of you-know-who, filed a libel lawsuit Thursday against the parent company of the Daily Mail and Maryland blogger/author/activist historian Webster Tarpley . Melania's mouthpiece, attorney Charles Harder , who recently handled Hulk Hogan 's big court win against Gawker Media, said in a statement that the defendants "made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging...
May 22, 2016 |
I'm Ariana, hear me roar! Ariana Grande has been lauded as a true feminist heroine by E!Online after coming out strong in defense of women's right to be women. For one thing, she's angry she's constantly asked whom she's dating. "I'm tired of needing to be linked to a guy," she told the media recently. She later tweeted, "I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. " Value her as an individual, she said.
May 13, 2016 |
On the title song of his new album, Joe Grushecky explains, in his typically plainspoken but eloquent fashion, just what keeps him out there rocking as he pushes 70: There is a place where I stand strong There is a place I know right from wrong . . . There is a place, and it's in my song. His album It's in My Song (Schoolhouse ) is one of the highlights among new releases by aging but unbowed rock-and-roll lifers that we'll survey here. (Peter Wolf and Willie Nile, also in this group, have already been covered recently in these pages.)
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 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!"