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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.
He'll be performing a new residency at an intimate theatre.
Bruce Springsteen is going to Broadway for an eight week 'intimate' residency this Fall. He will be playing in one of the smallest venues he has played in since he was a young artist, and tickets - which will be made available at the end of the summer - are understandably in high demand.
Bruce Springsteen performing live
The 67-year-old superstar will be performing at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York from October 12th to November 26th 2017, in front of an audience of less than 1,000. He'll be done five nights a week from Tuesday to Saturday and previews are set to begin on October 3rd.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Is Born To Run For Eight Weeks On Broadway
Springsteen hooked up with rocker Joe Grushecky to release new song 'That's What Makes Us Great', aimed at Trump, his administration and fake news.
Never one to stay silent about political affairs, veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen has unleashed another protest song aimed at U.S. president Donald Trump titled ‘That’s What Makes Us Great’, which is available to purchase online.
Springsteen’s views about the controversial Republican president Trump have been clear for a long time, as the 67 year old songwriter has variously labelled the real estate mogul-turned-politician as “a moron” and described his inflammatory travel ban as “fundamentally un-American”.
Bruce Springsteen performing live in 2017
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Releases Anti-Donald Trump Protest Song
We pick some of the best-looking releases coming out on Saturday April 22nd - the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Much has been made of the ‘vinyl revival’ in albums sales over the last five years or so, with old-fashioned records going ever upwards while CD sales and download sales plateau or tumble. The upsurge in the format’s popularity is in part because of Record Store Day.
Record Store Day 2017
Taking place on a Saturday every April, RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, after it was founded to help out struggling independent record stores that were struggling to compete with supermarkets and the likes of HMV (now, streaming and downloads).
Continue reading: Our Guide To Record Store Day 2017
The ballad was recorded for the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
Springsteen first mentioned he had written a song that didn't end up being used in the movie in an interview with BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo in October, and since then fans have been eagerly waiting to hear it. However, the mysterious track was later removed from Soundcloud, where it had first surfaced.
Bruce Springsteen’s unused Harry Potter ballad, ‘I'll Stand By You Always’, has surfaced online
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen's Unreleased 'Harry Potter' Song Leaks Online
Bruce Springsteen stopping for photos with fans at an event for his book 'Born To Run' held at a branch of Barnes and Noble at The Grove, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 3rd October 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 62,701 fans at the Ullevi Stadium. Monday 27th June 2016
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
He joined old pal Joe Grushecky at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar.
All those who fancied a quiet night in New Jersey with Pennsylvania rockers Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers got one hell of a surprise when the Boss himself showed up. You're lucky if you can catch Bruce Springsteen live at all these days, let alone seeing him pop up unannounced at a city bar.
Bruce Springsteen performs surprise gig at Asbury Park
The multi-Grammy winning superstar decided to drop in on his friend Joe Grushecky, on whose 1995 album 'American Babylon' Springsteen produced, while he was performing with his band at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. And it wasn't even like it was a short stop to play a couple of duets; he was there for a good two hours entertaining a lot of shell-shocked fans whose night epitomised the expression 'a lot more than they bargained for'.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Gatecrashes New Jersey Bar With A Two Hour Set
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over 70 studio albums, country music superstar, Glen Campbell, was hit with a major tragedy. In June 2011, Campbell announced to his worldwide fan base that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. What followed was a 'goodbye tour' of epic proportions. The tour was originally scheduled for five weeks, but in almost no time at all, that five weeks blossomed into a 151-week tour of sold-out concerts as fans across the globe flocked to see and support the musical legend before his retirement for the industry. His final performance came in 2012, at that year's Grammy Awards Ceremony were he performed his most famous and most loved song, 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.
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Date of birth
23rd September, 1949
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