The album was leaked in induvidual track form two whole weeks ahead of schedule.
Bet you didn’t know that Bruce Springsteen had a new album out. Yes, The Boss managed to sneak one past everybody, but it’s ok, because apparently Amazon managed to sneak the album release past him. That might be taking the whole Beyonce surprise album release thing a bit too far.
Springsteen's album leaked two weeks ahead of schedule.
According to Billboard, the online retailer briefly made some mp3s from Springsteen’s High Hopes available for purchase earlier than scheduled on Saturday, December 28. The album was actually scheduled for January 14. Fortunately, it was only open for purchase on the Amazon mobile app and the glitch was fixed quickly. The damage might be done already however, since the songs from the album have since found their way to file sharing websites and the illegal downloads are practically impossible to control.
Singer/songwriter Gary U.S. Bonds was stunned to discover the last call late saxophonist Clarence Clemons made before his death in June, 2011 was to him.
The two stars were close friends and Bruce Springsteen's sideman was trying to persuade Bonds to join him at a charity show just before he passed away.
He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "I was going down to do his show that he was calling me to do. The last call he made on his cell phone was to me and that was to do the show.
Continue reading: Gary U.s. Bonds: 'Clarence Clemons Called Me Just Before He Died'
Clarence Clemons' family is suing the doctors who treated the musician prior to his death.
Bruce Springsteen's longtime E Street Band saxophonist passed away in 2011 after suffering complications from a stroke, and it has now emerged his relatives have filed a malpractice lawsuit against three physicians and executives of the Palm Beach Cancer Center in Palm Beach, Florida.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012, and last month (Feb13) a judge gave the green light for the case to head to trial.
Continue reading: Clarence Clemons' Relatives Sue Doctors
Last June saw the untimely death of legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had long been an integral part of the E-Street Band set up. Now Bruce Springsteen and his renowned backing group are on the road once more as they perform a handful warm up shows before the extensive Summer/Autumn stadium tour kicks off later in the year, with the memory of Clemons still embedded in their minds. An article at Cleveland.com states that each show will try to honour the memory of the late sax-man; with guitarist/backing singer Nils Lofgren saying that he misses him "terribly" before their sell-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen And Co. Hit The Road With Force Despite Loss
The Boss himself Bruce Springsteen is on the road for the umpteenth time of his career, having recently announced a string of stadium concerts across the States to promote his latest effort Wrecking Ball. However his show at the Palace in Detroit came with a hit of poignancy as he and the rest of the E Street Band paid their respects to the late saxophonist of the group Clarence Clemons early on in the show, The Detroit Free Press reports.
"Are we missing anybody tonight?" he shouted out to the swaying sell-out crowd during a stirring 'My City of Ruin' - from 2002's The Rising. He also poked fun of himself as the show turned to a more light-hearted affair, referring to the last time he played in Detroit in 2009 when he embarrassingly announced to the crowd "Hello Ohio." "This is Detroit" became his go too catchphrase for the night and even held up a fan's poster midway through the set that poked fun at the occasion. The poster displayed a hand drawn map of the state of Michigan with an arrow pointing to Detroit.
The tour will see him take on the cities of Boston, Toronto, Moncton, Vernon, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC and East Rutherford in New Jersey. No announcement of a European tour has been made yet.
In an emotional show that lasted almost three hours, Bruce Springsteen impressed fans and critics alike at his Izod Center show last night (April 3, 2012). Notably absent from the show was Springsteen's saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away in June last year. He was replaced by his nephew, Jake, who, according to the New York Times, delivered "a strong approximation of his tone, though only a portion of his presence."
The gig itself appears to have been an emotional and cathartic one, as is usually the way with Springsteen's live shows and made even more poignant, as he was son home turf. "The home-field advantage that Mr. Springsteen savored throughout the show got its ideal expression in the new album's title track, which inhabits the point of view of the old Giants Stadium," wrote the New York Times. The set featured a number of Springsteen classics, including 'Thunder Road,' 'Born to Run' and 'Promised Land' which, according to the New York Daily News "left blisters on the ceiling."Reviews of last night's gig seem largely complimentary. The Village Voice ran with the headline "Bruce Springsteen Takes Care of His Own," making mention of Springsteen's announcement that he and his band "opened this building back when it was named after a human being." Clearly, the familiar surroundings were a big deal to The Boss, who delivered an impassioned set and the Village Voice's critic pays a special moment of attention to "the kids who spent the whole show jumping up and down fist pumping in the aisle."
The long wait is over for Bruce Springsteen 's new album with 'Wrecking Ball' expected to do some damage to the charts upon its release tomorrow following a glut of positive reviews and general goodwill towards The Boss and his E Street Band following the sad passing of their seminal saxophonist Clarence Clemons last summer. Of course those reviews haven't come out of mere pity, many reviewers have commented on Springsteen's attempt to move forward his sound even though, at 17 albums, he'd be forgiven for resting on his laurels and banging out another steady stream of chest-beating calls to arms. Indeed, as the Los Angeles Times points out, among the many liner notes that adorn the booklet of the album, are the references to samples used on the album - which in itself is somewhat of a departure.
The Times points out four tracks that are referenced or used within 'Wrecking Ball;' Alabama Sacred Harp Convention's 'The Last Words of Copernicus' from 1959 features on the Irish-tinted 'Death To My Hometown,' with Church of God In Christ Congregation's 'I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord's' features on 'Rocky Ground.'There's a couple of real heavyweight too; Curtis Mayfield And the Impressions' 'People Get Ready' is referenced on 'Land Of Hope And Dreams' whilst Johnny Cash's seminal classic 'Ring Of Fire' is included on the final track of the album.
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band probably faced the toughest challenge of their hugely distinguished careers when getting together in the studio again to concoct their first album since the sad death of the E Street's legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons. 'Wrecking Ball' may be the 17th studio album of Springsteen's career but it'll be one of the most memorable for him no doubt, and the good news for him and the group is that it seems to have found a resonance with critics as it approaches its release date of March 6th 2012.
"[Wrecking Ball is] unquestionably his most potent album so far this century," trumpeted the UK's Independent newspaper, with The Guardian following suit in saying "At its best, Wrecking Ball defies you not to be swept along with it." The Daily Telegraph meanwhile focused on the fiercely political side of the new record, commenting "Wrecking Ball may be his angriest and most overtly political collection, yet the fury is contained in some of his most uplifting and celebratory music, so you can never be quite sure if he has come to raise the flag or to burn it."Now Magazine offered words of caution however, stating "Wrecking Ball could've been great but was derailed by unnecessary gimmicks." Along with this being the first studio album since Clemons death, it'll also be the first time the group go on tour since his passing, and it was recently announced that his nephew, Jake Clemons would be joining the tour.
Bruce Springsteen feels ''lucky'' that Clarence Clemons was able to record a track for his new album before his death last July, but still feels there is ''something missing'' in his music now.
Bruce Springsteen fees there is "something missing" in his music following the death of his saxophonist.
The 'Born to Run' hitmaker was devastated by the passing of E Street Band member Clarence Clemons in June 2011 but feels "lucky" that the musician was able to play on a track on his new album 'Wrecking ball'.
Bruce said: "I met Clarence when I was 22, my son's age, still a child really.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Missing Clemons
The Boss and his bandmates have asked Jake Clemons to tour with them this summer (12), and guitarist Van Zandt can't wait to share a stage with the new member.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We had a lot of discussion. It was a tough thing to try and figure out. But in the end we felt it's not going to be possible to replace Clarence, and it wouldn't really be fair to the person. So we decided to have a horn section. In this case, we're going to have two saxes.
"Whoever plays the sax part will emerge from the horn section, then they go back to the horn section, so it takes the pressure off that spotlight of suggesting that he's replacing Clarence, which is just impossible to do.
Continue reading: Van Zandt Confirms Clemons' Nephew Is In The E Street Band