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Meeting an artist before or after an arena or stadium show is next to impossible. . My final time meeting Bruce Springsteen was that night after the the E Street Band @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / April 17, In. Three weeks ago I attended my first Bruce Springsteen concert. Today I met This event was billed as a meet and greet, not a book signing. “Springsteen on Broadway,” starring Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, officially opens Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. It's going.
He became interested in being involved in music himself when, in andat the age of seven, he saw Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show. The following year, he went to the house of Tex and Marion Vinyard, who sponsored young bands in town. They helped him become the lead guitarist and subsequently one of the lead singers of the Castiles.
His first gig with the Castiles was possibly at a trailer park on New Jersey Route The Castiles recorded two original songs at a public recording studio in Brick Township and played a variety of venues, including Cafe Wha? Marion Vinyard said that she believed the young Springsteen when he promised he would make it big.
He had suffered a concussion in a motorcycle accident when he was 17, and this together with his "crazy" behavior at induction gave him a classification of 4Fwhich made him unacceptable for service. Earth consisted of John Graham on bass, and Mike Burke on drums.
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Bob Alfano was later added on organ, then was replaced for two gigs by Frank 'Flash' Craig. During this time he performed regularly at venues on the Jersey Shorein Richmond, Virginia Nashville, Tennesseeand a set of gigs in California quickly gathering a cult following.
Other acts followed over the next two years, as Springsteen sought to shape a unique and genuine musical and lyrical style: With the addition of pianist David Sanciousthe core of what would later become the E Street Band was formed, with occasional temporary additions such as horn sections, the Zoomettes a group of female backing vocalists for Dr. Zoom and Southside Johnny Lyon on harmonica.
Previously he had the nickname "Doctor". Hammond auditioned Springsteen in May Even after Springsteen gained international acclaim, his New Jersey roots showed through in his music, and he often praised "the great state of New Jersey" in his live shows.
Drawing on his extensive local appeal, he has routinely sold out consecutive nights in major New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York venues. He has also made many surprise appearances at The Stone Pony and other shore nightclubs over the years.
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Initial struggle for success[ edit ] Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records in by Clive Davisafter having initially piqued the interest of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same label a decade earlier. Despite the expectations of Columbia Records' executives that Springsteen would record an acoustic album, he brought many of his New Jersey-based colleagues into the studio with him, thus forming the E Street Band although it would not be formally named for several months.
His debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N. Because of Springsteen's lyrical poeticism and folk rock -rooted music exemplified on tracks like " Blinded by the Light " [note 1] and " For You ", as well as the Columbia and Hammond connections, critics initially compared Springsteen to Bob Dylan. Photographs for that original profile were taken by Ed Gallucci. Knobler profiled him in Crawdaddy three times, inand And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.
Given an enormous budget in a last-ditch effort at a commercially viable record, Springsteen became bogged down in the recording process while striving for a " Wall of Sound " production. But fed by the release of an early mix of " Born to Run " to nearly a dozen radio stations, anticipation built toward the album's release. During this time, Springsteen battled with anger and frustration over the album, saying he heard "sounds in [his] head" that he could not explain to the others in the studio.
It was during these recording sessions that "Miami" Steve Van Zandt would stumble into the studio just in time to help Springsteen organize the horn section on " Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out ". Van Zandt, who would eventually join the E Street Band, had been a longtime friend of Springsteen, as well as a collaborator on earlier musical projects, and understood where he was coming from, which helped him to translate some of the sounds Springsteen was hearing.
Still, by the end of the grueling recording sessions Springsteen was not satisfied, and upon first hearing the finished album, threw it into the alley and told Jon Landau he would rather just cut it live at The Bottom Line a place he often played.
With the release of Born to Run on August 25,Springsteen finally found success. The album peaked at No. Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week, on October 27 of that year. So great did the wave of publicity become that he eventually rebelled against it during his first venture overseas, tearing down promotional posters before a concert appearance in London.
Springsteen and the E Street Band, A legal battle with former manager Mike Appel kept Springsteen out of the studio for nearly a year, during which time he kept the E Street Band together through extensive touring across the U. Despite the optimistic fervor with which he often performed, Springsteen's new songs sounded more somber than much of his previous work. Reaching settlement with Appel inSpringsteen returned to the studio, and the subsequent sessions produced Darkness on the Edge of Town Musically, this album was a turning point in Springsteen's career.
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Gone were the raw, rapid-fire lyrics, outsized characters, and long, multi-part musical compositions of the first three albums; the songs were leaner and more carefully drawn and began to reflect Springsteen's growing intellectual and political awareness. The cross-country tour to promote the album would become legendary for the intensity and length of its shows.
Patti Smith reached No. Although not a critical success, long time friend Southside Johnny recorded Springsteen's " The Fever " in early and " Talk to Me " in In SeptemberSpringsteen and the E Street Band joined the Musicians United for Safe Energy anti-nuclear power collective at Madison Square Garden for two nights, playing an abbreviated set while premiering two songs from his upcoming album.
The subsequent No Nukes live album, as well as the following summer's No Nukes documentary film, represented the first official recordings and footage of Springsteen's fabled live act, as well as Springsteen's first tentative dip into political involvement. Springsteen continued to focus on working-class life with the song double album The River inwhich included an intentionally paradoxical range of material from good-time party rockers to emotionally intense ballads, and finally yielded his first hit Top Ten single as a performer, " Hungry Heart ".
Like the previous two albums, musical styles on The River were derived largely from rock 'n' roll music of the 50s and 60s, but with a more explicit pop-rock sound than earlier albums. The title song pointed to Springsteen's intellectual direction, while a couple of the lesser-known tracks presaged his musical direction. The album sold well, becoming his first No. The River was followed in by the stark solo acoustic Nebraska. Recording sessions had been held to expand on a demo tape Springsteen had made at his home on a simple, low-tech four-track tape deck.
However, during the recording process Springsteen and producer Jon Landau realized the songs worked better as solo acoustic numbers than full band renditions and the original demo tape was released as the album.
Although the recordings of the E Street Band were shelved, other songs from these sessions would later be released, including " Born in the U. A " and " Glory Days ". According to the Marsh biographies, Springsteen was depressed when he wrote this material, and the result is a brutal depiction of American life. While Nebraska did not sell as well as Springsteen's three previous albums, it garnered widespread critical praise including being named "Album of the Year" by Rolling Stone magazine's critics and influenced later works by other major artists, including U2 's album The Joshua Tree.
Springsteen did not tour in conjunction with Nebraska's release.
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Commercial and popular phenomenon[ edit ] Springsteen is probably best known for his album Born in the U. The title track was a bitter commentary on the treatment of Vietnam veteranssome of whom were Springsteen's friends.
The lyrics in the verses were entirely unambiguous when listened to, but the anthemic music and the title of the song made it hard for many, from politicians to the common person, to get the lyrics—except those in the chorus, which could be read many ways.
Inconservative columnist George Will attended a Springsteen concert and then wrote a column praising Springsteen's work ethic. Six days after the column was printed, in a campaign rally in Hammonton, New JerseyReagan said, "America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts.
It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire—New Jersey's own, Bruce Springsteen. I don't think it was the Nebraska album.
I don't think he's been listening to this one. In later years, to eliminate the bombast and make the song's original meaning more explicitly clear, Springsteen performed the song accompanied only by acoustic guitar, thus returning to how the song was originally conceived.
The original acoustic version of the song, recorded in during the Nebraska sessions, appeared on the archival release Tracks. The video for the song showed a young Courteney Cox dancing on stage with Springsteen, which helped start the actress's career.
The song " Cover Me " was written by Springsteen for Donna Summerbut his record company persuaded him to keep it for the new album. A big fan of Summer's work, Springsteen wrote another song for her, " Protection ". Springsteen played on the " We Are the World " song and album in His live single "Trapped" from that album received moderate airplay on US Top 40 stations as well as reaching No.
TourSpringsteen met actress Julianne Phillipswhom he would marry in He later stated that he "simply did not realise how big the whole thing was going to be". He has since expressed regret at turning down Bob Geldof 's invitation, stating that he could have played a couple of acoustic songs had there been no slot available for a full band performance.
Tour The Born in the U. It is one of the most commercially successful live albums of all time, ultimately selling 13 million units in the U. Despite its popularity, some fans and critics felt the album's song selection could have been better. Springsteen concerts are the subjects of frequent bootleg recording and trading among fans.
During the s, several Springsteen fanzines were launched, including Backstreets magazine, which started in Seattle and continues today as a glossy publication, now in communication with Springsteen's management and official website. Springsteen atop said jukebox for the next 15 minutes or so where we chatted briefly and listened to the band.
He pointed out how the lead singer was in the first band he ever played in. I believe it was George Theiss from The Castiles. Bruce was so kind, friendly and relaxed, and for some reason, I was on my best non-star-struck behavior.
My friend later joined us, and as we departed, Bruce bought us a pair of Heinekens. For almost 40 years to this day, that bottle remains in a treasured spot on the bookshelf of my study.
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Formerly known as the Academy of Music, this was the same venue where a few years earlier they recorded their sensational live record, Rock of Ages.
Although they had dipped a little in stature since then, they were touring in support of their strong new LP, Northern Lights — Southern Cross.
While waiting beforehand to try and meet Robertson, Danko, Manual, Hudson or Helm, I was surprised to see my still unrecognizable to most, new friend Bruce.
My two other Springsteen encounters were the result of a single event occurring during the Darkness tour on which I saw 15 shows. Well, as memory serves, we somehow met up with Obie after the New Haven show and in a joyous mood she gave us all a bunch of confiscated counterfeit Springsteen T-shirts.
Those cheap ones that last about two washes! She also asked a favor of us to carry a big black garment bag to Providence and deliver it to her the next day at the hotel. Nonetheless, we carried the cargo to Rhode Island, and now that the statute of limitations has expired, I can admit that we of course opened the garment bag. You should have seen our eyes bulge out of our heads when we saw that inside was the black suit that Bruce was wearing nightly on stage. Deciding not to hold it ransom, we took it over to his hotel, and our timing was such that right after our delivery to Obie, the E Street band bus pulled up in front of the hotel.
Waiting by the lobby door, we saw the band roll out of the bus. This third meeting with the Boss was one that found him scratching his sleepy head and rubbing his bloodshot eyes. My excited and unnecessary news to him about our completed garment bag mission was totally lost on him and produced nothing more than a yawn and a groan.
My final time meeting Bruce Springsteen was that night after the Providence show when Obie graciously invited me and my three friends back stage. Totally in awe and unprepared, to this day I cringe thinking how if I only had a Born to Run album for all the E Streeters to sign. However, I did have the note pad that I used to write down the nightly setlists, and did manage to get the treasured autograph that you see pictured below.
I did preface my request with the fact that it was my eleventh show on the tour which he unsuspectedly acknowledged for me in writing.