Rihanna and Bruce

Posted: April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Bobby Oliver of NJ.com writes: “Add Rihanna to the list of current mainstream stars whose music has drawn influence from Bruce Springsteen.”

Watch the video below. Oliver’s use of the term “everyman patriotism” is intriguing.

Another “wake up America” song and video. Many won’t get it, just like “Born in the U.S.A” and “We Take Care of Our Own.”

Love it.

Take me to church, Bruce

Posted: April 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Bruce and the Bible: Inside the Rutgers course on ‘Springsteen’s Theologies’

Check out this story by Bobby Olivier, music/entertainment reporter published on @njdotcom and in @starledger.


“In ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen believes salvation is a real possibility,” Yadin-Israel tells his pupils. “But in ‘Darkness,’ he’s much less sure of that.”

I wonder if this class is available online next semester?

Joyce Bassett:

I sat outside ticketless for the Nassau Coliseum show. Had a chance to sneak in and chickened out. I should have gone for it.

Originally posted on Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive:

The glorious official release of the December 31, 1980 show from the Nassau Coliseum from the Springsteen archives now calls for a re-evaluation of the show’s length and its ranking among the longest-ever Springsteen shows.

That topic is of particular interest here, and was previously explored on this site in June of 2012, when Bruce was playing a remarkable series of shows in Europe, approaching his all-time records and finally, on the last night of the tour in Helsinki, cracking the four-hour mark.

The Nassau show had for years been regarded as the longest-ever (until July 31, 2012), and with the benefit of a complete recording running at proper speed, it can now be properly measured…and perhaps properly ranked.

Obtaining an accurate measurement:
The official recording of the Nassau show runs 3:47:21. Applying principles previously explained here, the measurement of the show starts with Bruce’s first words to…

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Union support

Posted: March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


What 7.5 years without raises means to Times Union employees. A terrific campaign by my brothers and sisters at the Albany Newspaper Guild.

Check it out.


That Bruce depression

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

After a short layoff, I’m back listening to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live shows. When a tour ends, I have to take a step back. I sometimes get overwhelmingly sad thinking “did I see my last E Street Band concert?” I’ve been to many concerts the past few months — including Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Bob Seger with J Geils, Southside Johnny and the Jukes. Southside, Seger and J Geils were tremendous concerts. Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne: love the music, hate the stage presence. But I would see them both again. To overcome my post-tour Bruce depression, I just downloaded the Aug. 9, 1978 Springsteen show, which was just a few months before my first Springsteen concert: Nov. 12, 1978. So now it’s time to put in ear buds, shovel and feel like I’m 16 again.

I'm second from left in this Jo Lopez photo from Albany.

I’m second from left in this Jo Lopez photo from Albany. Via http://brucespringsteen.net/news/2014/photos-from-the-road-albany-may-13#

A little Human Touch

Posted: May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

My first child was born the day Human Touch and Lucky Town were released. Made for a terrific maternity leave. She graduates from college this weekend. I listened to these CDs over and over and over and watched the OJ trial during my maternity leave. I’m surprised my hormones survived …

This was her birth announcement.



Phone message on my work phone:

“Another reason fans are loyal to their Boss is he donates to all the food banks … He’s helping the people take care of the people. What’s not to love about that?”

Thanks, Cathy, for the thoughts …

On that subject, a group of fans who post on the Backstreets ticket exchange and message board, called BTX, are organizing a pre-show fund-raiser for the food bank. Here is the donation form.

Here is the information:

Time for another Fundraiser and another show!

DATE: May 13th
TIME: 2:00PM until showtime
LOCATION: The Hilton Albany http://www.hiltonalbany.com/

The hotel is located 2 blocks from the Times Union Arena and we have used it the last several tours. It was known as The Hotel Albany last tour and it was a Crowne Plaza before that. The owner may change but the location is the same.

Details :
1) Fundraiser – Donations will be accepted for the Regional Food Bank of Northeast NY. We will have a donation bucket set up at the bar but even better would be if you donate online prior to the show. roadhse ma is working with the folks at the Food Bank to set up a “Bruce Sent Me” link on their site, should be active in a few days. I will update when it is. Please hold off donating until that is set up so we can track the total. Let’s try and top last time, $463 collected! I would like to suggest a donation of $7 per person, $10 for a group of 2 and $15 for a group of 3 or more (just like last time).
Link is active.


Click on the link below and you can select “Bruce Pre-Show Party” from the dropdown section I want my donation to be designated toward:. I just tried it and everything seems to be working.

Thirty-two full concert shows have been performed by the E Street Band on the “High Hopes” tour in 2014, and to date,  167 different songs have made the setlist. Brucebase gives a list of those songs here.

I have general admission seats for the Albany show at the Times Union Center on Tuesday. I’m hoping to get into the pit and be surrounded by lucky fans with a sign request that makes the setlist. As a designer and editor at the Times Union newspaper, I wrote my sign requests in a short story about what venue-appropriate song Bruce should consider playing. Here is a link to the story, published last Thursday in our Preview magazine.

Here is the story in blog version, complete with videos to accompany the songs. After a long upstate New York winter, which seemed to end just last week, I think my first choice would team up nicely with “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Seaside Bar Song,” “Waiting on a Sunny Day,” “Girls in their Summer Clothes,” “Racing in the Street,” “Jersey Girl,” the list is endless:

Published Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are known for playing venue-appropriate songs while on tour. For example, Bruce has played “Get Out of Denver” in Denver, “When I Leave Berlin” in Berlin and “Lion’s Den” at Penn State.

Here is a list of songs the Boss might consider for a concert at the Times Union Center in Albany.

1. “I Wanna Be A Lifeguard.” Music critic extraordinare Greg Haymes, aka Sarge Blotto, was lead singer of the Albany band that created this hit song. He has reviewed many Springsteen concerts and interviewed the late E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici, and wrote one of the last features on the posthumously enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who died in 2008. “Lifeguard” hit the national airwaves in 1978. The video was played on the first day of broadcast for MTV and earned considerable repeat airplay.

 2. They Might Be Giants’ “Albany (The Egg).” Watch it on YouTube and you’ll see why this song would fit in the E Street set list.

3. “Erie Canal,” from his Seeger Sessions album and tour.

4. “A Love So Fine” Chiffons cover. This song was the closer when Bruce played at the Nott Memorial, Union College, in 1974. That concert is preserved on a famous bootleg, “Spanish Harlem.”

5. “Glory Days” in honor of Union College’s national champion hockey team.

Loyal to their Boss

Posted: May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
Cover design by Joyce Bassett / Times Union

Cover design by Joyce Bassett / Times Union


Amy Biancolli wrote a terrific Springsteen fan story for the Times Union’s Preview section today.

It features superfan Bill Butler, a native of Red Bank, N.J. He goes to my church and we never miss a chance to chat about Bruce, while my husband and his wife roll their eyes and laugh.

Here’s an excerpt from Amy’s piece:

But as first times go, Bill Butler‘s beats all.

It was 1970. The Clifton Park resident was then a kid in Jersey. A friend invited him to his father’s movie theater, where they watched some flick or other — it may have been “Rosemary’s Baby” — and then sat around afterward as the crowd filed out.

“And the curtain goes up. And the band comes out, and they were practicing.”

It was Springsteen. Butler had never heard him before; his ears were accustomed to Black Sabbath. “And you know, I thought, ‘Here was a different sound.'” Butler’s second Springsteen sighting was an actual concert — a little while later, at the Clearwater Swim Club — and he’s been following the kid from Freehold ever since.

… Butler’s one of those guys: He grew up on the Jersey Shore right when Springsteen was starting out, and he isn’t sure how many shows he’s attended. “You know, I’ve counted ’em up, and I’m somewhere between the upper 120s and the mid-130s.” That said, “I don’t know if I’d call myself a fanatic.”

Good Evening Albany!
We’re so glad to be here tonight.
In the city of the previously-known Albany River Rats
Now the Albany Devils I guess
But the Albany River Rats was a much better name
A much cooler name.
Albany River Rats … that’s a name from a Bruce Springsteen song … like uh “A meeting of the Albany River Rats … at midnight … somewhere… Doing something.”
Change it back!

Anyway, for all you Albany River Rats out there.
The E Street Band has returned!
And we are here tonight with some new faces and some old faces. And we’re looking into some new faces and young faces, and some old faces … you and me. (laughing!)
But our mission remains the same! We are here to bring you the joys and power of music and shoot it straight into your heart.
We are here to send you home with your hands hurtin’, your feet hurtin’, your back achin’, your voice gone … waking up in the morning and saying “What the fuck happened to me?”
Tomorrow … I told you.
But we’re also here tonight to bring you news with a beat, with a beat, with a beat and to tell you a story. A story about what’s goin’ on outside and what’s going on inside, a story of hellos and goodbyes … a story about things that leave us and things that never leave us.
So let’s get started.