Your account has an invalid email address. The perfect gift for football recruiting fans! Vorst National, 40 years ago tonight. Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Belgium debut went on sale in early March, and the show was sold-out in 11 days. As Paul Ambach from the promoter Make it Happen would put it, «Phones don’t stop ringing, and the employees at the post n p r news and at the bank are going crazy! His review ran in a picture-heavy, two-page spread in Télémoustique, with photographs by Paul Coerten . In fact, the performance was so incredible that the reviewer decided to take a 20-year hiatus from his career as a rock critic. A pillar of the rock scene in Belgium for more than 20 years — P.

It was that good to spend your Sunday night in Brussels on April 26, 1981. When the short-lived rock newspaper GIG gave that title to a short article announcing ticket sales for Bruce Springsteen’s 1981 Paris shows, it certainly caught the attention of many French fans. Would King Kong release Bruuuuuce, as GIG depicted on the front page , for his first-ever performances in France? Here’s where you say, «But no, he played Atlanta on that date. The plan to bring Bruce to Europe collapsed with his health somewhere during the summer of 1978, when they had to postpone some shows.

Then, we enter a nearly three-year period known as «The Loch Ness period. Best would put it in June 1979 , expecting a tour by fall 1979. On Chorus — a French rock TV program airing at noon on Sunday so that it would bother no one — host Antoine De Caunes would make his show a Bruce show by broadcasting the «Rosalita «clip and trying to get a Bruce live appearance on French TV. He got the Clash, but he did not get Bruce. But for now, in European TV land, it’s bye-bye again, Episode 3. 1981, it was no longer an almost. This time it appeared to be for real — but still, not without some cancellations. CBS was so proud of the success of the tour and the album that they booked a two-page ad in Billboard .

After a long wait, the French fans would get their share of Bruce — and a good share, it seemed: seven cities, eight shows, with a two-night finale in Paris. Hungry Heart» was a Top 3 single on the French charts in January 1981, and the album sold 140,000 copies in France by March, making it the best continental performance at the time. Springsteen’s prime European market, with a double-gold record, but by April, The River went gold in Holland, Sweden, and France. Still triumphant, no matter how you spell it. Bye-bye Avignon, bye-bye Nantes, Bordeaux, and Dijon. Paris hosted the River tour for two nights, April 18 and 19. After the second show, in an interview with the Australian reporter Stuart Coupe, Dave Marsh was ecstatic: «I’ll tell you how good he was. I’ve seen him over a 100 times.

But tonight I got tears in my eyes and lump in my throat. Along with Paris, Lyon and Montpellier appeared to be the other survivors of the new itinerary. The tour remained difficult to schedule, however, not only because of the March cancellation but the French Presidential election. A fierce fight was going on: Valery Giscard d’Estaing on the right and incumbent François Mitterrand on the left. Rock and Folk made their call : «Votez Springsteen! Montpellier, and a 24-hour postponement to finally see Bruce and the E Street Band storming the Lyon stage on April 24.

40 years ago tonight, 10,000 happy people rushed inside the Palais des Sports de Lyon, for the third and final French date remaining of the original eight. Springsteen — with the E St Band, with the «other band,» and solo — would perform four more times in the area, tying it with Montpellier as the most visited French cities outside of Paris. A new limited run Backstreet Records shirt, our classic logo in gold on a dark navy Tri-Blend tee. Originally released in 2008, the full-length has been remastered for the 2021 reissue and features a bonus track, a live version of «Straight to the Top. While the pandemic has kept him off the road for quite a long stretch, Southside — who shares that he got his second vaccine shot on April Fool’s Day — is easing back into live shows. Next week, from April 27 to 29, he’s doing his first shows of 2021 at City Winery New York, billed as The Southside Johnny Trio with Jeff Kazee and Neil Pawley. We’re gonna try that and see if people come,» he says.

Before that, however, he checked in to chat all things reissue. Two-thirds of the Southside Johnny trio — with Jeff Kazee at the Asbury Jukes’ July 11, 2020 drive-in concert. Annie Zaleski: When you went back and listened to Grapefruit Moon, what stood out to you several years later? Southside Johnny: I was astonished at how mature it was . I mean, it really is great. To me, it was a realization of something I had dreamed about, but it came out better than I thought it would. I was just kind of the singer at that point. But I was even pleased with my singing, which is not always true.

It’s so true that you are your worst critic, if you’re in the creative field. When I come back and listen to this interview, listening to my voice, I’ll be, like, cringe. I was in a store or a bookstore, what, like, 20 years ago. And a song was playing, and I’m going, «Sounds familiar. This guy is singing some song, and I went: «Oh, that’s me. I had never listened to the album once it came out. At the time, what made you want to do this record? It was really a confluence of opportunities.

I had some money, and we had some time off, and Richie was around. I had always wanted to do some of Tom Waits’ songs. Richie used to have a big band. And I , «Let’s put the two of the ideas together. That was really the genesis of the whole thing. So we got a whole bunch of guys together and rehearsed, and I thought, «This is really gonna sound great.

It’s also going to cost a goddamn fortune» . I had to pay everybody — I forgot that part. But I was so pleased with the way it came out. I’m really very proud of it. Continue reading our «Shiver Me Timbers! April 22, 2021 — Annie Zaleski reporting — Visit southsidejohnny. E Street Band performance, and a love affair began in Barcelona.

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I’m going on tour,» says Steven Van Zandt, «traveling the only way we can right now — on Zoom. Van Zandt has just launched Little Steven’s Virtual Classroom Tour, with plans to make an online visit to at least one public-school classroom per week for the remainder of this school year. Check out the video above to see the kinds of questions that Little Steven can expect from students as he visits them online. The Virtual Classroom Tour comes on the heels of Little Steven’s appearance in the children’s book Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure, written by Ken Korber with illustrations by Jaime Buckley. Stevie is depicted in interactions with characters from the children’s-book series The Musical Adventures of Grace, which connects music with early elementary reading, science, and math. Last month, the organization announced a district-wide partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools destined to reach all 159 of the district’s schools over the next several years. And hey, what tour would be complete without some wicked cool merch?

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Tees, tanks, hoodies, and baseball tees are available. France for the first time, and debuted «Can’t Help Falling In Love. Here’s how it sounded, just voice and guitar. Tom Cunningham doesn’t skip church, but on Sunday mornings since 2003 he’s had a congregation of his own, as host of a beloved all-Springsteen radio show on the Jersey Shore. August 19, 2019: DJ Tom Cunningham hosts the 813th episode of his Sunday morning Springsteen radio show, but the first at his new home, 107. 899, I had the pleasure of turning the tables on TC, getting him to answer the questions for a change. Springsteen on Sunday airs at 9am Eastern on 107. For all forms of listening options, visit 1071theboss.

Forty years ago tonight in Frankfurt, with the E Street Band in the early stages of their 1981 European tour, Dan French had traveled from the U. Bruce and Dan, April 14, 1981, in Frankfurt. Photographer Jim Marchese meanwhile, was beginning a chance-of-a-lifetime trip, having just arrived in Europe to officially document the tour. Embedded with the band for the majority of the landmark ’81 leg, Marchese captured incredible images of this classic period in E Street history — on stage, off stage, and soundcheck — that remain visual touchstones any time we look back at the River tour. Just check the live Archive Series. To celebrate their respective 40th anniversaries, Point Blank’s Dan French interviewed Jim Marchese about his background, the call to capture the tour, and what it was like to strike out across new territory for Bruce and the band. Dan French: Could you give us some background on where you were born and brought up, and what your early life was like? Jim Marchese: Born in New York City, I first lived in the Bronx until I was 9 years old.

My relatives all lived in one area, along the same block, and some in the same building: grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kind of like Bruce’s family, only we were in apartments. And then my family moved to Long Island. I took a couple of lessons but didn’t like the teacher — he didn’t like the Beatles! So I stopped lessons and learned on my own. I had a band in junior high school, and we played for school dances. Years later, I renewed my interest in playing and bought a ’60s Telecaster. Backstreets Ticket Exchange message boards have been offline for over a month now.

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Without warning, our host migrated the entire Backstreets. Fittingly, the conversation initially centers on the legacy and experiences of Jake’s famous and beloved uncle, the immortal Clarence «Big Man» Clemons, whom Morello describes as «Bruce’s first lieutenant in the E Street Band for years. And I am not a casual Bruce Springsteen fan,» Morello goes on, «I always have trouble referring to Bruce Springsteen as a friend, because he’s the only friend I have to whom I subscribe to a fanzine about, you know? But I would find myself at Bruce Springsteen shows as literally the only Black dude — the only one, every time. And I’d go backstage and would see Clarence sometimes, and he was the only Black guy onstage I was the only Black guy out there in the crowd. And I was just like, ‘How is it for you?

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Like, what is that experience like? Because I know as an audience member, it’s a little strange. I deeply connect with these songs, and yet I’m alone in a way. And it seems like Clarence deeply connected with those songs, and at least with regards to melanin, was alone in that way. He sees that history as a major influence on how Clarence consciously viewed his role in the E Street Band. He had to stand in that role as an ambassador for the greater good, and for who we are as a whole — that there is this ability to be a union, to be a human species, and to promote love and joy within that. While moving and insightful, the conversation also features some laughs, as Tom and Jake recall Springsteen and the E Street Band’s historic 1988 Ivory Coast gig during Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! They crack up, recalling that as the musicians were looking out from the stage area at a stadium full of 50,000 all-Black faces, Clarence said, «Now you know how I feel!

Here’s where you say, with the modern quest for workers who are both intelligent and empathic. ‘How is it for you? But by April, doing the event virtually means we can reach more people and include some speakers who might not have been able to join otherwise. With its firm commitment to a theme and the addition of the Horns of Love, we could watch this stuff for HOURS. 5 Minute Adventures’ visits Vinyard Park in Freehold and tells the story of the Castiles.

Clarence talked about looking around and seeing this sea of beautiful Black faces, and chains with purple flowers,» Jake adds, «and his initial response was, am I in Heaven? It was a huge and beautiful moment for him. I can’t even picture what that experience would have been like. Rock in Rio, in Portugal, to an audience that was very unfamiliar with Bruce’s music. Despite their conversation lasting just under a half-hour, Morello and Clemons manage to cover much more ground. Other topics discussed include the Arthur Baker remixes of Springsteen’s Born in the U. I love that point,» adds Clemons, «of Bruce’s audience being able to see him standing in the gap — as something for the audience to respond to. It makes me think about a lot of the marches and protests that we saw in 2020.

I remember when stuff started taking off, how hard a time it was for me personally, just having to deal with this reckoning in myself, of other people recognizing your pain that you were trying to ignore. How hard that was, and exhausting. I remember thinking to myself — and I even said to some friends — I appreciate that people are out there protesting. I appreciate those marches happening, but until there’s a majority of Caucasians out there in the streets, this thing’s gonna just die out. People in this country who have the power need to be the ones who are going to disperse that power. And I was ecstatic to see,» Jake continues, «as time went by, that ratio became more representative of what the country looked like. And I wonder how significant the presence of artists like Bruce and E Street may have had over the last forty years in preparing for a moment like this.

It’s certainly part of the cocktail,» Morello concludes. The complete «Race on E Street» episode of Tom Morello’s Maximum Firepower remains available for on-demand listening online and via the SiriusXM app. Just enter «maximum firepower» in the search engine. As Episode 8 of the Renegades: Born in the U. As the episode title «The Rising: Looking Towards American Renewal» suggests, their conversation closes on an optimistic note. The Tunnel of Love Express Tour, with its firm commitment to a theme and the addition of the Horns of Love, satisfied many types of fans, though perhaps not setlist-watchers. Performances were in no way static, but setlists trended that way, keeping shows on Bruce Springsteen’s 1988 outing with the E Street Band more or less uniform as the U. Worcester, Massachusetts, to the west and back east, ending with five nights at Madison Square Garden. Some became fixtures, others got played only a handful of times.

With today’s release, Los Angeles, April 28, 1988, the final night of five at the Sports Arena, the Archive Series ushers in something of a sleeper hit, «Across the Borderline. Now the series’ fifth Tunnel of Love feature, April 28 presents much of the music performed over the course of the U. Born to Run,» to lead an eight-song encore. Springsteen had grown fond of «Across the Borderline,» written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson for the 1982 Jack Nicholson film The Border — Steve Pond reported in Rolling Stone that Bruce had «driven everyone crazy» playing it in the van. Across the Borderline» merely expanded the range. As a tale of both illusion and disillusion, it complemented «Roulette» as perfectly as it did «Brilliant Disguise. This version features a prominent harmony vocal from Patti Scialfa in the chorus and a rising E Street Band performance. Played with no introduction, it’s a true ensemble piece. The lyrics, with prices paid and a «broken Promised Land,» resonate with Springsteen’s own, and given America’s ongoing dysfunction with immigration issues, the song feels as timely as ever, some 33 years on.

Across the Borderline» seems like a song built to move along with the times. It also seemingly inspired his own «Across the Border» in 1995, a hopeful spin on the theme that restored the dream of immigrants everywhere. Which one prevails in the 21st century is a story that remains untold. Also read: Erik Flannigan’s latest nugs. 2000s indie pop of Sweden’s Loney, Dear and Acid House Kings. Each song is concise, conveys a unique emotion, and adds sonic and lyrical color to Springsteen’s memories. A good number of these songs influenced Springsteen’s own pop craftsmanship, and he kicks off the show with the very inspiration behind «Out in the Street»: the «epic» Easybeats tune «Friday on My Mind. Fans were introduced to Springsteen’s faithful interpretation of this 1966 Australian hit through an official live video release from the February 19, 2014 Sydney stop on the High Hopes tour.