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Bruce Springsteen (born 23.9.1949) Bruce Springsteen is an American singer / songwriter, known affectionately among his fans as 'The Boss'. He has won many Grammy Awards and an Academy Award. His most famous albums are Born to Run and Born In The USA.
Net Worth: The musician has a net worth of $300 million according to Celebrity Net Worth in 2016.
Childhood: Springsteen was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, to Douglas F. Springsteen (a bus driver with a dual Dutch / Irish heritage) and Adele A. Zirilli (a legal secretary of Irish heritage). He has two sisters: Virginia (older) and Pamela (younger).
Springsteen was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended the St. Rose of Lima school and then transferred to Freehold High School. Springsteen graduated from high school but skipped his graduation ceremony, as he had felt so out of place at the school.
When Bruce Springsteen was seven years old, he saw Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show and it was this that made him want to take up music. He bought his first guitar for $18 when he was 13.
Later, Springsteen became the lead guitarist in the local band, The Castiles and the band made a handful of original recordings.
Early Musical Career: Between 1969 and '71, Bruce played in the band Steel Mill (originally called Child) with Steve Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Vini Lopez. Over these two formative years, however, Springsteen played with a number of outfits, and drew a following in the Jersey Shore and Asbury Park areas. The bands included Dr Zoom and the Sonic Boom, Sundance Blues band and The Bruce Springsteen Band.
Springsteen's prolific songwriting, which encompassed a number of genres including blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll, came to the attention of music managers Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos and John Hammond, the now-legendary Columbia Records scout. Hammond auditioned Springsteen in 1972.
Commercial Breakthrough: In 1972, Bruce Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records. A number of his New Jersey band mates entered the studio with him (they later became known as the E-Street band) and his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. was released in 1973. The album was heavily compared to Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.
Springsteen's second album, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle was released later the same year. The critics looked favourably on the album but it achieved little commercial success. However, songs like 'Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)' became live favourites with his fans.
In 1975, the band's five night, 10-show run at the Bottom Line club in New York, garnered a lot of press attention. Later that year, the album Born To Run was released. The album was given a huge budget, as a last-ditch attempt for Springsteen to achieve mass commercial success. The singles, 'Born To Run' and 'Thunder Road' achieved huge commercial success.
Over the next few years, Springsteen toured with the E-Street band, but a legal feud with ex-manager Mike Appel kept him out of the studio and unable to record new music.
Eventually, an agreement was reached and Springsteen returned to the studio, to record Darkness On The Edge of Town in 1978. 'Badlands' and 'The Promised Land' showed Bruce's political edge and became live favourites for years to come.
Springsteen earned a reputation as a songwriter that could provide popular hits for other musicians. Notable, he co-wrote Patti Smith's 'Because The Night' as well as The Pointer Sisters version of his unreleased track, 'Fire', which earned them a number two single.
In 1980, Springsteen released a 20-sing double album entitled The River. The album was a commercial success and a huge arena tour of the US followed its release.
Following this huge success, Springsteen surprised many people by releasing Nebraska, a solemn acoustic album, in 1982. The songs started life as demos for a new band album but during the recording process, it was decided that they would work better as solo songs. The album was names 'Album of the Year' by Rolling Stone magazine.
Springsteen's next album is probably his best known. Born In The USA (1984) sold over 15 million copies in the US alone. It is now one of the best-selling albums of all time. Seven singles released from the album were top 10 hits. The commercial success that he enjoyed around this time was boosted by the release of Live 1975-85, which sold over 13 million units in the US and was the first box set to debut at the top of the US album charts.
The Tunnel Of Love was released in 1987 and brought with another major tour schedule. His first marriage to Julianne Phillips had broken up and his relationship with backing singer Patti Scialfa became public knowledge. The couple married in 1991 and now have three children, Evan James (b.1990), Jessica Rae (b.19991) and Sam Ryan (b.1994).
Amidst heavy criticism for moving to LA and using session musicians, Bruce Springsteen released the albums Human Touch and Lucky Town in 1992.
In 1995, he released his second solo album, entitled The Ghost Of Tom Joad. The album was less well acclaimed than Nebraska and Springsteen had to ask his audiences to be quiet during the tour performances that accompanied the release of the album.
Four years later, the E-Street Band enjoyed a reformation and embarked upon the 'Reunion Tour', which lasted over a year. The tour ended with a massive 10-night sell-out at Madison Square Gardens. The final performances were released on the Live In New York City DVD. The band's first full studio output in 18 years was released in 2002. The Rising was largely a reflection on the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York. The band played 10 nights in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey and the Rising tour culminated with three nights in Shea Stadium.
As a tribute to Joe Strummer of The Clash, Springsteen performed 'London calling' at the Grammy Awards of 2003. Fellow performers included Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and Steven Van Zandt.
Another solo acoustic album was released in 2005: Devils & Dust. The album was hugely popular in Europe though ticket sales for his live shows were disappointing elsewhere.
The next year, Springsteen released We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which was an exploration of the American roots music popularized by Pete Seeger.
The E-Street band was drafted back in for Springsteen's 2007 release, Magic. The album debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland, selling 563,000 copies worldwide in its first week.
In April 2008, long-time organist with the E-Street band, Danny Federici passed away, following a three-year battle with a melanoma. Clarence Clemons was a founding member of E Street band and sadly died on the 18th June 2011 due to complications of a stroke. Bruce Springsteen said [Clarence] loved the saxophone and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage.
Springsteen released his 17th studio album Wrecking Ball in March, 2012 consisting of eleven tracks, the release of this album was promptly followed by the release of the Wrecking Ball Tour which began in the same month and went on to be one of Bruce's most successful. Rolling Stone named Wrecking Ball the number one album in their 2012 top album list.
In 2014 Springsteen released his eighteenth studio album High Hopes which features either covers or re-recordings of certain songs. This album marks Springsteen's 11th no.1 album in the US and his 10th in the UK.
Personal Life: Springsteen got married to his long term girlfriend Patti Scialfa in 1991 who he met at The Stone Pony, which is a bar in New Jersey where local musicians perform. The couple have three children, Evan James Springsteen (1990), Jessica Rae Springsteen (1991) and Samuel Ryan Springsteen (1994). The family moved back to New Jersey so that they could raise their family in an environment free from the media. Springsteen is also an activist for LGBT rights and has spoken out numerous times to show his support for gay marriage in the US.
Bruce Springsteen (and his band including: Jake Clemons, Max Weinberg, Steven Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, PATTI SCIALFA and Soozie Tyrell) took The River Tour to Gothenburg, Sweden over the weekend where they played live in front of 62,701 fans at the Ullevi Stadium. Monday 27th June 2016
Bruce Springsteen (and his band including: Jake Clemons, Max Weinberg, Steven Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, PATTI SCIALFA and Soozie Tyrell) took The River Tour to Gothenburg, Sweden over the weekend where they played live in front of 62,676 fans at the Ullevi Stadium. Saturday 25th June 2016
Some people took Olivia Tallent’s joke a little too seriously.
Olivia Tallent, the daughter of E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent caused a little bit of a stir on social media when she shared a picture of herself and Prince Harry, referring to him as her ‘boyfriend’. The 19-year-old was, of course, just having a some fun with the caption, but sadly the joke seemed to be lost on a lot of people.
One congressman isn't happy that he's pulling out of shows because of principles.
While the much of the LGBT community has praised Bruce Springsteen for his recent boycott of North Carolina following its new bill that seemingly suggests transgender people must use the bathroom or locker room for the gender of which they were biologically assigned, one congressman has lashed out at his decision to cancel a show there.
Bruce Springsteen called a 'bully' by Republican congressman
Springsteen's been branded a 'bully' by North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Walker for axing his show in Greensboro, North Carolina which was to take place yesterday (April 10th 2016), for depriving fans of a show in order to protest against the new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act aka the Bathroom Law. He felt it was a major insult and discriminatory act towards LGBT people and a deliberate attempt to sabotage social progress.
The rocker has joined businesses in condemning the controversial law known as ‘the bathroom law’.
Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his upcoming gig in Greensboro, North Carolina, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday (April 10th). Springsteen has pulled the show in protest over the state’s new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which dictates that transgender people can only use bathrooms and changing facilities based on their biological sex.
Bruce Springsteen has canceled his upcoming Greensboro show over anti-LGBT law.
In a statement on his official website, Springsteen wrote: “As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show Over Anti-LGBT Law
The rocker signed a note for a young fan at his show, who was going to be late for school the next day.
Bruce Springsteen has helped out a nine-year-old fan, who was going to be late for school the day after attending his Los Angeles concert. The 66-year-old singer is known for his epically long shows and last Tuesday he play a three-and-a-half hour set at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Bruce Springsteen signed Xabi's tardy note for school tomorrow. He is as genuine and gracious as you think he is! pic.twitter.com/mmTlxjFveG— Scott Glovsky (@ScottGlovskyLaw) March 16, 2016
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Writes Late Note For 9-Year-Old Fan
The Boss will release his memoirs via hardback, audiobook and e-reader on September 27th 2016, and reportedly secured a $10 million advance.
Bruce Springsteen has revealed details about a forthcoming autobiography, which will be released later this year, and for which he’s reportedly received an advance of $10 million, according to the New York Post.
The 66 year old rock icon will release his memoirs, entitled ‘Born To Run’, on September 27th via Simon & Schuster, according to a press release and a statement via his official website. Neither he nor his representatives gave any official comment on the eye-watering advance, but publishing insiders reckon that it’ll be a massive best-seller when it comes out.
Bruce Springsteen reportedly landed a $10m advance for the book
Yet more dates have been added to his 2016 performance run.
Bruce Springsteen's The River Tour is well under way with his dates at the likes of Madison Square Garden, Washington DC's Verizon Center and, of course, his homecoming show in New Jersey selling out and causing a huge buzz across the net. Plus, he's added a whole bunch of new shows to his schedule - the fun never stops.
Bruce Springsteen brings The River across America
It's a nostalgic start to the year for fans of The Boss as he revisits his first ever number one album (and fifth album altogether), 1980's 'The River', with a highly anticipated box set entitled 'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection'.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen's 'The River Tour' Flows Freely Across North America
Springsteen’s fifth album, and his only double studio offering, The River remains an important part of his back catalogue. Somewhat overlooked, it lives under the shadow of the likes of Born To Run and Born In The USA, but of all his projects it has perhaps the most interesting genesis. In 1979 he handed a single album – The Ties That Bind – into Columbia as his follow-up to Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Almost immediately he took it back again and continued working in the studio for a year. What eventually emerged commercially as his follow-up album was a 20 song, double disc offering, The River.
"I was trying to link this stuff up in a way where I thought I could save myself from my darker inclinations by moving into an imagined community where people were struggling with all of these things in a very real way, and that was the community I created on The River". – Bruce Springsteen
This new box set is far more than your usual compilation of off-cuts and spot the difference demos, it poses a question; was Springsteen correct in second guessing himself?
Springsteen’s classic 1980 album is getting the box set treatment, set to be released on December 4th.
Bruce Springsteen has announced details of a new box set of his seminal 1980 album, The River. Titled The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, the package includes four-CDs, three DVDs, as well as a book and will be released just in time for Christmas on December 4th.
Bruce Springsteen has announced details of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.
The box set features the original single disc album of The River (which was originally called The Ties That Bind), 11 previously unreleased outtakes from the album’s sessions, a new documentary directed by Thom Zimny, a concert filmed on the The River tour and another 10 songs from the time that have featured on previous packages.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Reveals Details Of Massive 'The River' Boxset
Liberty Ross had a rough time a few years ago when her ex-husband, director Rupert Sanders, was caught by the paparazzi cheating on her. Fortunately, the British model has found happiness and is engaged!
Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine are engaged! Representatives for the couple confirmed their happy news to a U.S. entertainment website on Saturday (5th September). They have been dating since for more than two years.
Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine at the LACMA 50th Anniversary Gala Sponsored By Christies in Los Angeles, April 2015.
Continue reading: Liberty Ross Is Engaged To Record Producer Jimmy Iovine
The satirist and voice of liberal America stood down after 16 years fronting 'The Daily Show' in a low-key finale.
Comedian Jon Stewart has made his final broadcast as the host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’, stepping down after 16 years, and he was joined by a clutch of big name stars including rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
The show has been responsible for launching the careers of some pretty big names down the years, and some of them returned to the show for an emotional group hug, including Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert – himself due to take over Letterman’s slot later this year. There were also video messages from a couple of former presidential candidates, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican Senator John McCain.
Jon Stewart has quit 'The Daily Show' after 16 years as presenter
Continue reading: Jon Stewart Gives Low-Key Speech In Final 'Daily Show' Appearance
Date of birth
23rd September, 1949
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RT @billboard: Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau talks "The River" tour, forthcoming solo album https://t.co/vYRNXhSeYK https://t.co/tyb…
Bruce and the E Street Band named 2016's top global touring act; #TheRiverTour to end 9/14: https://t.co/YahXTKffvV https://t.co/AjGkVz1mXY
Horsens! Thanks for a great night of #TheRiverTour. See more photos of the show on https://t.co/YahXTKffvV https://t.co/bL8tI33Et7
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A statement from Bruce Springsteen on the passing of Alan Vega -- https://t.co/YahXTKffvV
RT @nilslofgren: Yes, I am awestruck. We have the most passionate fans on the planet. Mostly grateful @springsteen #estreetband https://t.c…
What an amazing night in Rome! 🇮🇹 See more photos of #TheRiverTour at Circus Maximus at https://t.co/YahXTKffvV https://t.co/E6UaaDBvEg
RT @alfgunvald: Then there was Independence Day. With #circomassimo lit up. #Springsteen #TheRiverTour https://t.co/LVFH0MG0XT
RT @LudoOrlando: 4 hours. 34 songs. Will probably not be able to move tomorrow but today was just phenomenal #TheRiverTour https://t.co/bXn…
RT @giobagordo: #TheRiverTour hits #Rome, hats off, @springsteen is #TheBoss https://t.co/8v9tm5PpqC
#TheRiverTour is in Rome tonight! 🇮🇹 https://t.co/Du6RppxpW5
Thanks for another great night of #TheRiverTour, Paris! 🇫🇷 More photos at https://t.co/YahXTKffvV https://t.co/rygL8w48aN
No power? No problem! Photo by Patti Scialfa during Monday night's brief power outage in Paris. https://t.co/Les9DgEEda
Soundcheck for night 2 in Paris! 🇫🇷 #TheRiverTour https://t.co/Q2Eqqlqt59