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The ballad was recorded for the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
A song that was written by Bruce Springsteen for 2001 movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone leaked online, Friday, after being included as part of a bootleg compilation.
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
The Boss secretly played an acoustic set for the outgoing president Barack Obama and around 250 of his White House staff.
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen secretly played a 15-song acoustic gig at the White House last week, bidding farewell to the outgoing president Barack Obama and his staff.
The 67 year old rock veteran has been a regular visitor to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue throughout Obama’s two terms in office, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
According to a report on the Springsteen fan site Backstreets – which reports on every gig The Boss performs, no matter how hard it is to get into – the attendance was around 250 staff members at the White House. He was joined by his wife, Patti Scialfa, for two tracks, and he even performed ‘Born In the U.S.A.’ – a track he very rarely plays live.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Plays Acoustic Farewell Gig For Obama At White House
Bruce Springsteen is thankful for his ''chaos and disastrous relationships'' as he believes it fuelled his creativity.
Bruce Springsteen says ''chaos and disastrous relationships'' fuelled his creativity.
The 'Born In The U.S.A.' hitmaker is thankful for his tumultuous past as it feels he has made him a better songwriter.
Speaking to Marc Maron on his WTF? podcast, he said: ''If you're lucky, it's fuel for the fire. People generally don't end up in my circumstance who had these placid, loving, very happy fulfilled lives.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Finds Creativity In Chaos
The Beatles, Elvis and The Stones soundtracked this rocker's youth.
Bruce Springsteen opted for a handful of golden oldies during his appearance on 'Desert Island Discs' yesterday (December 18th 2016), and reflected on how he viewed music as a young teenager with a whole musical career ahead of him. Some of his choices weren't all that surprising.
Bruce Springsteen opens up about his top 8 tracks
Earlier this year Springsteen launched his autobiography 'Born To Run', a book named after his 1975 single. You can find out more about his childhood in the book, but he gave BBC Radio 4 a little glimpse into his early years with eight strong record selections.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Describes His Look As A Teenager On Desert Island Discs
The singer was left stranded after his motorcycle broke down near Wall Township, New Jersey.
A group of New Jersey bikers came to the rescue of Bruce Springsteen on Friday, after he was left stranded when his motorcycle broke down.
Members of the Freehold American Legion had been riding after a Veterans Day event, when they saw a stranded motorcyclist near Allaire state park in Wall Township.
But what the group didn't count on was that the unfortunate rider was The Boss himself.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Rescued By Bikers After Motorcycle Breaks Down
Bruce Springsteen is a huge fan of Kanye West and Green Day, although he thinks U'' have always been at the top of their game.
Bruce Springsteen is a huge fan of Kanye West.
The 'Born In The USA' hitmaker has admitted he ''likes'' the 'Famous' rapper because he makes ''creative, amazing records'', and the 66-year-old rocker has also credited U2 as a band who are ''consistently great''.
Speaking at Apple's Soho store in New York City on Wednesday (28.09.16), he said: ''I like Kanye West.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Is A Fan Of Kanye West
Springsteen's book, 'Born To Run', is published on September 27th.
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated autobiography ‘Born To Run’, Bruce Springsteen has announced that he’ll be undertaking a short tour of “special appearances” around the United States to support its release at the end of this month.
The 66 year old rock icon is publishing his memoir on September 27th, and will be celebrating its release with an appearance at a store in Freehold, New Jersery – rather fittingly. The nine date jaunt will wrap in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 10th.
According to the press release via his official website, all books will be pre-signed by Springsteen, with the short tour taking in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Announces Short Book Tour
The Boss breaks records on his The River Tour.
Bruce Springsteen played the longest ever US show in his career history last night (September 7th 2016), as he took to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to play fan favourites for more than 4 hours. While it's his longest set in the US, it didn't quite beat his record which took place in Finland.
Bruce Springsteen performs his longest US show ever
The Boss and his E Street Band performed for 4 hours and 4 minutes on Wednesday; that's 34 songs in total. It beat his former record of just 4 hours last week, when he played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (August 30th).
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Performs His Longest Ever US Show
The rock star talks about his difficulties in his new memoir, Born To Run
International rock star Bruce Springsteen has revealed his battle with "crushing" clinical depression and that he first saw a psychotherapist more than 30 years ago. The 66-year-old singer talked about his difficulties in his autobiography, Born To Run, and about how he struggled with depression during his 2012 album, Wrecking Ball.
Bruce Springsteen reveals his battles in his upcoming memoir, Born To Run
Springsteen wrote: "I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year, and out again from 63 to 64. Not a good record."
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Reveals His Battle With Depression
Springsteen set the record for his longest performance in America on Tuesday, then bested it again two nights later.
He’s a rock legend famous for his epic live shows, but Bruce Springsteen has bested himself once again by performing the two longest sets of his career on American soil during consecutive hometown gigs in New Jersey.
Clocking in at precisely four hours, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the record-breaking marathon set on Thursday night (August 25th) at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey – just two days after he beat his own record for the first time at the same venue by playing for three hours and 52 minutes.
Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band in June 2016
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Sets New Record For His Longest Live Set In US - Then Breaks It Again
Bruce Springsteen will release rare tracks from 1966 in new album 'Chapter and Verse', which will accompany his autobiography 'Born To Run'.
Bruce Springsteen will release music from 1966 in new album.
The 66-year-old American musician is set to release a compilation album called 'Chapter and Verse', which will be compiled of rare tracks pre-dating his 1973 debut 'Greetings From Asbury Park' EP, and will serve as an accompaniment to his upcoming autobiography 'Born To Run'.
The 'Born In The USA' hitmaker will release the album on September 23 only three days prior to launching his book, which he has spent a gruelling six years on perfecting.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Will Release Music From 1966 In New Album
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.
Continue reading: No, Prince Harry Is Not Dating The Daughter Of Bruce Springsteen's Bassist
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.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Branded A 'Bully' For Boycotting North Carolina Over LGBT Prejudice
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
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Reveals Autobiography 'Born To Run' To Be Released In September
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?
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen - The Ties That Bind: The River Collection Album Review
Martin and Springsteen fronted ‘U2 Minus 1’ for the evening, filling in for Bono who was injured in a bicycle accident last month.
Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took the reigns of U2 last night (December 1st), for a special World Aids Day concert in New York’s Times Square. Billing themselves as 'U2 Minus 1', the Irish rockers were down a member after frontman Bono was injured in a cycling accident last month.
Bruce Springsteen stepped into Bono's shoes on Monday night in Times Square
Despite the special gig only being announced hours prior, thousands of people crammed into Times Square for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see U2 and Bruce Springsteen share the same stage. The Boss lent his vocals to the U2 classics ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ alongside band members Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen And Chris Martin Fill In For Bono During World AIDS Day Concert, Plus Kanye West Puts In An Appearance
She's back and ready to show she can still hold her own in the fight to the top of the charts.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back in the charts, baring her teeth with her latest album Wanderlust as it fights for the throne in this week's UK number one. The 34 year-old diva is raring to steal the top perch from current charts hot-shot Ellie Goulding as well as race past current number two, Bruce Springsteen and his album High Hopes.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor Takes The Charts By Storm...Yet Again!
It won't be all plain sailing for Sophie, who famously denied Victoria Beckham a number one single in 2000 with her debut solo single 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), but with a further six more Top 10 singles and four Top 40 albums, she's pretty well-placed to do it all over again and blow the other acts out of the water.
Continue reading: Sophie Ellis-Bextor Fighting Warpaint, Ellie Goulding For UK Album Chart Number One
The veteran performer scored his tenth UK No. 1 with the new album
Bruce Springsteen released his latest album, High Hopes, in the UK last week and at the first time of asking the latest collection of songs from The Boss soared straight to the top of the album chart. Springsteen is now among an elite club of artists who have managed to score 10 No. 1 albums in the UK, with High Hopes unlikely to be his last either.
High Hopes is Springsteen's 10th No. 1 in the UK
Bruce has now surpassed David Bowie, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson in the race for double figures, with these four each earning nine No. 1 albums to date. Springsteen is now on par with U2 and the Rolling Stones, but still places behind Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams (with 11 each), Madonna (who has 12 No. 1's) and The Beatles, who lead the way with 15 No. 1 albums in total.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Back At No. 1 With 'High Hopes'
Beyoncé accused of insensitivity, Kanye West currency launches, and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's hole is dug deeper: the news you may have missed over the festive period.
Beyoncé Vs. NASA: Beyoncé sent her fans into a buying frenzy when she unexpectedly dropped her secret new album just before Christmas. However, certain individuals have taken issue with the use of grafted audio clips from tragic 1986 Challenger disaster communications at the beginning of her new song 'XO.' Watch Beyoncé's 'XO' music video here. High profile former employees of space agency NASA have called for the incendiary song and video to be removed from the internet. Find out more and read Beyoncé's response here.
'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Excitement Heats Up: The biggest blockbuster of 2014 is just seven months away and excitement has been ramped up to the max ahead of the release of superhero comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy, which stars Chris Pratt alongside Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. Marvel and Disney have not only released stunning concept art showing the Guardians in action, but have also gifted fans with the movie's first live action shot as well as a synopsis. Check out the new teaser material here.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Beyonce Upsets NASA, Guardians Of The Galaxy Teases, Kanye West Inspires Coinye West Currency
Though less cohesive than any previous album, The Boss' latest is a hit with music critics.
Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album is finally out – officially, that is – and the buzz is building. High Hopes is a first for Springsteen, in that it is a compilation of cover songs performed only during live appearances, previously unreleased studio recordings and revived older songs. Over the course of High Hopes’ 20 year history, Springsteen collaborated on the record with the E Street Band, as well as saxophonist Clarence Clemmons, guitarist Danny Federici and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. Most reviewers are impressed specifically with Morello’s obvious influence on the record.
Billboard’s Caryn Rose gives the collaboration an approving nod, writing: “, Morello's very familiar with and sympathetic to the repertoire because he is an enthusiastic, self-identified fan. His contributions feel inventive, versatile and natural, like an extension of the direction Springsteen was already moving in; he can attack the song in true Morello fashion, contribute tasteful rhythm guitar -- or a combination of the two. Importantly, he challenges Springsteen, both musically and emotionally.”
Continue reading: Part Live Album, Part Greatest Hits, Critics Have "High Hopes" For Springsteen's Latest Album
Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' to stream on CBS.com in promotion of 'The Good Wife'.
Bruce Springsteen is set to have his entire new album, High Hopes, streamed on the CBS website as 'The Good Wife' adds three of his tracks to the soundtrack of an upcoming episode.
Springsteen brands new album an 'anomaly'
Many fans have already had a hefty helping of Springsteen's latest offering after Amazon made a huge blunder in selling the record on their mobile site before the January 14th 2014 release date, but those less quick-moving fans will get their share soon enough. CBS will be unveiling the album on the site ahead of the January 12th episode of 'The Good Wife' which will see a soundtrack including 'High Hopes', 'Hunter of Invisible Game' and 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' all from the record.
Continue reading: For Those Who Missed Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Album Sale Blunder, Catch The Full Stream On CBS
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.
Continue reading: Thanks To The Leak, You Can Now Download Bruce Springsteen's New Album Early (But You Shouldn't)
Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will also be honoured, with the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham will receive special awards
The inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 have been chosen, with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being honoured in the latest induction. As well as these, the E Street Band will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence at the ceremony, with Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham also being honoured as non-performers.
Nirvana have been honoured at the first time of asking
For Nirvana, their induction comes at the first time of asking, with the band only becoming eligible for induction this year. According to the rules of the Hall of Fame, an artist only becomes eligible for recognition 25 years after the release of their first album or single. For Nirvana, their first single came in 1988 with the release of 'Love Buzz,' with their induction coming as "no surprise" to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman or many other people for that matter.
Continue reading: Nirvana, KISS And Peter Gabriel Among This Year's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
The lyrics were written by The Boss in 1974 and sold at auction this week
A scribbled-upon scrap of paper sold for almost $200,000 this week, but this no ordinary scrap of paper, this was a scrap of paper that Bruce Springsteen had scrawled the first draft of the lyrics to 'Born to Run' on. The lyrics were put up for auction at Sotherby's Auction House in New York last week and were expected to fetch anywhere between $70,000 to $100,000. The final offer smashed that estimate by more than double.
Springsteen wrote the lyrics in 1974
The lyrics, etched in blue ink onto the page of a notepad once owned by Springsteen, were purchased by an anonymous bidder on Thursday, 5 December, as part of a 'Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana' auction at the New York auction house. The starting bid was placed at $40,000, with bidding going on for a few minutes before finally reaching its grand total.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen's Handwritten 'Born To Run' Lyrics Sell For $197,000 At Auction
Forbes' 25 Highest Earning Musicians threw up some sure surprises. But one 'Material Girl' has never fallen out of 'Vogue.'
Forbes Magazine have released their list of the 25 Highest Paid Musicians of the 2013, taking into account living artists' earnings between June 2012 to June 2013.
Beyonce Performing at the 'Made in America' Festival
The latest rich list was compiled from sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, artists' managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. The figures are comprises of concert ticket sales, royalties, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other such business ventures.
Continue reading: The Highest Paid Musician 2013: 'Who's That Girl' At The Top?
Glastonbury & Hard Rock Calling see 2013's festival season move into full swing
Albums of the week... Following 2011's massively successful collaborative album with Jay-Z 'Watch The Throne', Kanye West makes a return with a new solo effort entitled 'Yeezus'. He proves yet again that he is one serious hip-hop artist as he introduces a brand new edge to his sound that has not failed to engage his devoted fans with a number one spot on six charts including the US, the UK and Canada. As Joe Wilde summarises, 'This may be his best album to date and is probably his most discussed one too, but one thing it definitely is, is a Kanye West album and no-one can do anything quite like what he can do.' Read the Yeezus album review here.
Another album that's gaining some serious attention is everyone's favourite Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros, whose seventh album 'Kveikur' has not left any disappointment in the wake of its highly anticipated release. Their sound remains familiarly ambient as on 2012 offering 'Valtari', though has definitely become noisier and a little darker. Our reviewer Jim Pusey had only good things to say, revealing, 'Despite all the darkness to be found here, Sigur Ros have managed to create one of their most compelling albums to date by embracing that darkness and quite literally shining a light on it.' Read the review of Kveikur here.
Continue reading: A Week In Music, Kanye Has A New Edge, Robyn And Snoop Switch Genders And Glastonbury 2013 Sees Landmark Performance From The Stones
When it comes to the live tour, it’s the veteran artists of the music scene that are still leading the way on ticket sales. Billboard revealed the highest grossing tours of 2012 recently and it was perhaps no surprise that the ageing Queen of Pop Madonna came out top of the list – the 53 year-old seems to have been on tour constantly this year.
Reuters reports that the music chart and stat compiler had her earning an estimated $228.4 million from her 80 plus shows performed during the year. She’s not quite done yet either, with a couple more shows in South America due this week. She’ll be delighted to have beaten her rival Lady Gaga, who is in sixth spot with takings of $124.9 million from her Born This Way Tour; it’s worth pointing out though that Gaga is only midway through the jaunt at the moment, and won’t wrap up touring until finishing in the US in March 2013.
The rest of the top five is full of well-established names; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were second with $199 million from 72 shows, whilst Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was third with $186 million. Cirque De Soleil made an appearance in fourth with their homage to Michael Jackson taking $147.3 million from 183 shows, whilst Coldplay were fifth with $147.2 million from 67 shows. The list was compiled from estimated gross ticket sales.
Last night’s 50th anniversary gig at the Prudential Center in Newark saw The Rolling Stones still very much at the top of their game, as the band performed some of their greatest hits and collaborated with a star-studded list of guest performers.
Among those were acts like John Mayer (bet you didn’t see that one coming), who rocked out alongside Keith Richards, giving the rock legend a run for his money, as well as The Black Keys and none other than the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, who joined The Stones for Tumbling Down. All in all, it was a good night for rock, with the band putting all of their energy into classic hits like 'Brown Sugar', 'Start Me Up,' 'Sympathy for the Devil' and the ever popular '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.' The most unusual collaboration of the night had to have been with Lady GaGa though, who joined the band for a rendition of 'Gimme Shelter' and it was actually, well, good. The Stones have a history of performing with more poppy artists on occasion, such as Mary J Blige and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame) and it always seemes to work out. It did again this time, with Gaga flaunting not only her impressive singing chops but also her no less spectacular shimmying skills alongside Mick Jagger.
Last night’s gig also had a more serious aspect to it, however, as the Stones and their guest stars took the time to honour the victims of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “I just wanted to take a minute and send our love and condolences to those who lost their loved ones yesterday,” Jagger commented solemnly, before going into a performance of 'Wild Horses,' dedicated to the victims.
Continue reading: 50th Anniversary Rolling Stones Gig Highlights
The 12-12-12 Concert, which took place on, yes, the 12th this month, was a rousing success, with over 20 million viewers tuning in nation-wide and $30 million raised, according to Nielsen estimates.
The lineup was an eclectic mix of big names in the business like Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana along with Sir Paul McCartney (that was definitely a curious collaboration), Alicia Keys and Eric Clapton, among others. It featured a number of New York natives, who urged the nation to open their pockets and donate to the relief effort. The show also featured a number of guest appearances by celebrities, representing their native areas, like Kristen Stewart, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon and Blake Lively among others.
The event wasn’t without its controversy either, as a comment made by Mick Jagger sparked a mini storm (no pun intended) among Twitter users. The line, which went “When it rains in London, you’ve got to come in and help us.” quickly made the rounds and managed to enrage some of the more sensitive viewers, but it seemed to be more of a foot-in-mouth moment, rather than carry any malicious intent on Jagger’s part. Regardless of that little moment though, the event seems to have been a success all round, with Americans all over the country pitching in to rebuild one of the nation’s most prominent cities.
A slew of New York natives, as well as plenty of Brits performed at last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the city in October.
Bruce Springsteen, a Jersey man himself, took the stage first with Land of Hope and Dreams followed by the evocative Wrecking Ball and the very aptly themed My City in Ruins, all of which was meant to address the rebuilding process and the NY spirit. The musician spoke fondly of his native New Jersey, mentioning its inclusiveness. “I pray that this chraracteristic remains the same” Springsteen went on to say, before going into Born to Run, for which he was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi, another Jersey resident.
The concert was definitely geared towards classic rock fans – a smart marketing decision, since this is also the demographic with the highest disposable income. Besides a number of to-the-bone New Yorkers, like Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler and Alicia Keys, it also featured an unexpectedly high number of appearances by British musicians – The Who and Sir Paul McCartney among others. The ex-Beatle joined the surviving members of Nirvana onstage for a cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen And The Rolling Stones Among The Lineup Of Sandy Benefit Concert
Katy Perry's skintight ballot dress is back in the news today. Unsurprising, given Americans are heading out to the polls today to back either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for the Presidency. We're sure those still undecided will be checking back to see which box Perry had ticked on her skintight ballot dress. Probably.
Perry, 28, wore the famous dress whilst performing at an Obama rally in Milwaukee last week. The ballot style image on the front had the President's box clearly ticked, with Mitt Romney getting nothing more than a big blank space. Later, the singer took off the dress to reveal yet another skintight number, this time, a white-and-blue 'Forward' frock referencing the slogan for Obama's re-election campaign. The Fireworks singer has been one of the President's most prominent supporters in recent months, though Bruce Springsteen has perhaps worked the hardest for Obama. He's appeared at three rallies in total, though thankfully didn't wear any skintight clothing. Instead, he kept it very 'Boss' like, with jeans, a dark shirt and waistcoat. He played for 18,000 supporters at a recent rally in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, Kid Rock has been rocking out for Romney, performing in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday evening.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Skintight Ballot Dress: Will You Tick The Same Box? (Video)
It looks like Glastonbury 2013 may already have its first big name already sorted, with festival organiser Michael Eavis admitting that he is on the verge of signing The Rolling Stones as the closing act for the five day festival in the Somerset countryside.
The festival currently has no confirmed headline acts, with the line-up not being announced until much closer to the event, which runs from Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 June, 2012. Still, this hasn’t deterred people from snapping up the tickets, with the whole festival selling out within minutes of the tickets becoming available on October 7. Whilst cancelled tickets will be made available for resale in April next year, it is more than likely that they will go just as fast.
A source close to Eavis has spoken to tabloid paper The Sun to reveal that the first headline act will potentially be the Stones, admitting that the festival head is “desperate” to sign up the veteran rockers. Should the band agree to perform at the festival, it will be the first time they have appeared at the historic meeting ground for music enthusiast and festival goers that has seen the likes of Radiohead, Beyonce, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and the Arctic Monkeys headline in the past.
Continue reading: Michael Eavis Has His Sights On Rolling Stones To Headline Glastonbury 2013
Review of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band's album 'Greatest Hits'
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Greatest Hits Album Review
Review of Bruce Springsteen's album 'Working On A Dream'.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen, Working On A Dream Album Review
Help Fight Hunger & Poverty
The Hard Rock Benefit Album
Nothing warms the cockles of the heart more on these freezing winter evenings riddled with relentlessly pissing rain than a good-old-fashioned charity CD. The Hard Rock Cafe are the corporate muscle behind the concept, and have kindly stumped up the required capital from their hugely successful high-street restaurant chain to fund a release whose proceeds will go towards tackling hunger and poverty. World Hunger Year are the charity who will receive a share of the proceeds.
There’s some big-hitters on the release, and some thought does appear to have been put into which artists to include and the order of the songs instead of letting the vagaries of current musical fashion trends dictate the running order. The tracklist comprises a mixture of live, acoustic and covers alongside “straightforward” full-band tracks; Bruce Springsteen starts proceedings with a grizzled and harmonica-ladden version of “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”. A rather simpering and wet ballad follows by KT Tunstall next, but circumnavigate this slight obstacle and your treated to a rather vintage bit of Bob Dylan playing “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” from a 1963 performance at the Carnegie Hall.
Elsewhere on the release quality is of a similarly varied standard; The Hold Steady put a good impassioned soulful performance in with “Arms and Hearts” while Joss Stone’s effort contains all the soulful pizzazz of processed dairy lea. Jackson Browne’s performance is a thoughtful and measured acoustic rumination, while Natasha Bedingfield’s “Lay Down” is a better effort than expected.
All in all a mixed bag, but for a charity record a pretty commendable effort; fans of the bigger names on here such as Dylan and Springsteen will probably like a high enough proportion of the other artists and acts featured to make this worthwhile purchase.
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