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Apr 19, 2012 at 4:40pm
Soul_29 said:I've never seen this before ... Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. I had not seen that before either, and yes, pretty cool. It was a great reminder of how The Band is an important link in the chain, of how some of our favorite music has developed. I don't think that Springsteen would have created his sound in the same way, if he hadn't heard "Big Pink".

Is it OK with you that Ted Nugent is inciting violence against President Obama? Edited

Apr 18, 2012 at 11:10am
SIG45 said:CapnMarko said:This guy crazy? Thats unpossible! I mean doesn't everyone go to a concert for the flaming projectiles being launched on stage? It's a stage show just like any concert you might attend. It all depends on who the musician is, The Who, The Doors, Ozzi, Elton John etc. all put on a stage shows. Doesn't everyone go to see a show? Or if you choose you could just sit home and put on your cassette tape and be content. See below Guitar showmanship/antics. I've been to a LOT of Springsteen shows - never saw any arrows, on fire or otherwise.

Is it OK with you that Ted Nugent is inciting violence against President Obama? Edited

Apr 18, 2012 at 10:09am
LOST said:I understand that this Nugent person is some sort of musician but that's all I know about him. What kind of music does he play? Is he popular? Who listens to him? If he is some sort of Right-wing Bruce Springsteen I think I would have heard of him before now. Yes, if "Cat Scratch Fever" is the right-wing equivalent of "Born to Run".

Obama thinks he already won the election? Edited

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:54am
RobB said:nohero said:dave23 said:Is there a Bon Jovi corollary to Godwin's law?Mentioning Bon Jovi in a Springsteen discussion is the NJ music version of invoking "Godwin's law". ;-) You're thinking of the Jonas Brothers (as usual). No, as my spouse will attest, that is how I view Bon Jovi. :-D

Obama thinks he already won the election? Edited

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:14am
dave23 said:Is there a Bon Jovi corollary to Godwin's law?Mentioning Bon Jovi in a Springsteen discussion is the NJ music version of invoking "Godwin's law". ;-)

Springsteen to tour ... Edited

Mar 20, 2012 at 10:59am
Soul_29 said:jonsel said:He swapped out Lonesome Day and American Land for Because The Night and Rosalita tonight in Greensboro. Any time he leaves out American Land is good for me. I'm excited to see the show March 29 in Philly and Apr 9 in NYC. Love the inclusion of Seeds ... There was a news report today to the effect that Mr. Springsteen was not planning on being personally involved in campaigning, the way he was in 2004 and 2008. But he's doing it, with his album and his choice of songs from his back pages. "Seeds", fer cryin' out loud!

Joe Biden talking about the middle class Edited

Mar 16, 2012 at 12:53pm
ml1 said:I actually looked up the info on Bruce after JL brought it up a bunch of times. turns out he has two properties. one includes his house, and he pays about a quarter million in property taxes every year. the other is a separate plot of land leased to an organic farmer. I don't know how much of the land is farmed, but it sounds like it's a legit farm.A good percentage of the farmers in NJ lease their land from the owners. If they had to buy it, then only "long-time" owners who have had the land in their families could afford to farm. Newcomers would be frozen out. I did business for years with a guy with fruit orchards in Southern New Jersey. He leased his land from the owners. The tax breaks for people who lease their land to farmers, is a policy designed to preserve open space. Sure, the fact that some people do the bare minimum, or claim that their "farm" is little more than a cow and some woods where from where they sell firewood, doesn't mean that all of the tax breaks are not legit. The fact that Mr. JL has testified that he bought produce from a guy whose business is to lease the land, grow the produce, and sell it, suggests that Mr. Springsteen is leasing to a legitimate farm.

Bruce Giving Keynote Speech at SXSW!!! Edited

Mar 15, 2012 at 6:04pm
Full audio - 50 minutes. Obtain one of your favorite beverages and sit back.

Springsteen to tour ... Edited

Mar 7, 2012 at 8:29am
So I listened to the stream of the whole album the other night, from "". I like it, I'm getting it. But it made me think of myself years ago. In the summer of 1978, we were waiting for the new Springsteen album which was "delayed" due to contract nonsense. The day "Darkness on the Edge of Town" came out, the dj on WNEW took the record out of the sleeve, and played the whole thing straight through that night, with only a pause to flip the record over. Anyone who is puzzled by the words "record", "sleeve", and "flip", well that was the way the world was at one time. ;-) Anyway, I recorded it on this silly little tape player I had, and listened to it until I could get out to a "record store", and buy the album. And nearly 34 years later, I'm streaming an album on the internet, until I get around to ordering it online. Am I old?

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Feb 9, 2012 at 8:56am
First off, cool. Second - when I read this sentence - Zoinks said:Springsteen says longtime collaborator Eddie Manion wil "share the saxophone role" with Jake Clemons. - in my head I immediately translated that as "Eddie 'Clams' Manion", since that's how the guy was described on the "This Time It's For Real" album by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Which just goes to show - I can remember all kinds of stuff from years ago, such as reading album covers when we played "records" (some of you kids might not remember them). I think I got that one about 35 years ago, although apparently my poor memory can dredge the details up.

The ex-Mrs. Gingrich Edited

Jan 23, 2012 at 2:56pm
johnlockedema said:GMCaesar said:johnlockedema said:Reading the Springsteen Tour thread made me recall he cheated on wife 1 with wife 2, and on wife 2 with that killer redhead from his gym in Red Bank. But everyone loves Bruuuuuuce! weak How so? He sings as a family man, a populist, a common man-and it turns out he's a 1%er, dodging his real estate taxes by the farm loophole. So for all of you wanting to slam Romney for his capital gains taxes-you're hypocrites if you don't criticize the Boss for using another legal dodge to not pay his 'fair share'. And for all of you slamming Newt for being a philanderer, you're hypocrites if you don't feel the same for the Boss. And he's fair game, because he acts as an activist often, including fund raisers for Obama in the last election.Well, doubly weak, especially by calling other people hypocrites based on that weak rationale.

Michelle Obama plays the reverse race card Edited

Jan 11, 2012 at 12:36pm
johnlockedema said:Obama's reduced military spending, experts suggest, mean cutting 100,000 troops. That's certainly not 'slowing increases' is it? Well, there was a suggestion that the military had already been cut, as opposed to plans to make cuts due to the changes in military obligations in the future. Or, as Mr. Springsteen wrote: "Don't worry, darlin', baby don't you fret. We're living in the future, and none of this has happened yet." Now, there's at least one GOP candidate who has asserted that we should put more troops back into Iraq, which obviously would require fewer or even no cuts. Not sure whether that's such a great idea, however.

Please share your Best Cover Song Edited

Nov 10, 2011 at 12:01pm
It's not a "best", since I don't know if I can pick one, but - I like this "Rage Against the Machine" take on what was originally a folky Springsteen song. They made it "un-folky". They do a killer version of "Maggie's Farm", as well.

Just the Aunt, sweet soul, rest in peace Edited

Oct 3, 2011 at 8:55am
I read this last night, but couldn't think of what to write. Jeanne was truly an example of how to live life helping others. I first met her years ago when she "cold-messaged" me, about having some Springsteen tickets she could make available to me if I had a problem getting some. That's when I found out about how things had been for her, and realized how extraordinary she really was, beyond simply being a generous and helpful person. There's a song that was played the night we went to that concert, with lyrics about being reminded of a lost friend (sort of like the rainbow pictures folks have shared here), and that's the song that popped into my head this morning. It's raining, but there ain't a cloud in the sky Must have been a tear from your eye Everything'll be okay Funny, thought I felt a sweet summer breeze Must have been you sighing so deep Don't worry we're gonna find a way I'm waitin', waitin' on a sunny day Gonna chase the clouds away Waitin' on a sunny day And I second (Third? Tenth? Hundreth?) the suggestions that we keep her among us, by our attitudes and our charity.

Irene soundtrack? Edited

Aug 27, 2011 at 6:30pm
befmic said:Can you all post the names of songs and artists or would that ruin the thread? No problem. Bruce Springsteen, "Lost in the Flood" -

Happy 30th, MTV -- Your early MTV memories??? Edited

Aug 1, 2011 at 11:11am
project37 said:So much to enjoy about MTV back in the day, but my favorite will remain one of my first real crushes - as far as young p37 was concerned, she was the M of MTV: Now you've reminded me of summer, 1984. At the Meadowlands Arena to see Bruce Springsteen, we're in the level of seats which are in front of the suites/boxes. Martha Quinn is in the suite that we're right in front of, and a lot of guys are all over the place hitting on her.

The Big Man Is Gone Edited

Jun 20, 2011 at 10:41am
Posted By: Soul 29Posted By: ZoinksHow many of Bruce Springsteen songs that do not feature Clemons are considered classic? Not many. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) While the accordion is the real feature for "Fourth of July, Asbury Park", the baritone sax is unmistakable, and an essential part of the instrumentation, IMHO.

The Big Man Is Gone Edited

Jun 19, 2011 at 5:14pm
Posted By: risayesSorry about not being able to highlight the quote above, Nohero. I'm just learning how to post. No problem. This is sort of a "so, I'm gettin' old" kind of day. First time I saw the band live was when I was 18, in 1978. Unfortunately, it wasn't a club, it was Madison Square Garden. That was in the "old days", when they did two sets - as in, no opening band, just the E Street Band for two hours, then a break, and another two hours. I can still picture the finale, with Springsteen "collapsing" on the stage, and two guys come out with an ambulance gurney to take him away. They put him on the gurney, everyone in the place is shouting "NO!", and Clarence is pulling on his leg, off the gurney, as the crowd keeps going wild. THAT was rock 'n roll.

The Big Man Is Gone Edited

Jun 19, 2011 at 4:10pm
When you "drop the needle" on the first song, on the first side, of the first record released by Bruce Springsteen, you hear that saxophone riffing along, and that is just the first indication that, without Clarence Clemons, the "Boss" would not have turned out the same. The song that came to mind to me today was "Mary's Place", which is an upbeat tune about a wake, about the person who is missing. This is a great rendition of that, because it has a great band intro, with the "Big Man" in his usual spot. [Edited to add] Forgot the best line from the introduction of the "Big Man": "You wish you could be him but you can't" - And the line, "I dream of you in my arms", sort of reminded me of this concert moment which I enjoyed over 25 years ago, as the climactic scene of the performance of "Thunder Road" -

Sad news: Clarence Clemons suffers stroke Edited

Jun 13, 2011 at 9:23am
Posted By: eireBest was the huge stage kiss during Rosalita. Get well, Big Man! Oh, yes, thanks for the reminder. August 1984, first show I took my soon-to-be (as in, 5 days after the show) spouse to, long set-list and that big finish in "Rosalita" - Mr. Springsteen slides on his knees towards Clarence Clemons, who sweeps him up with one of his big arms, they kiss and the crowd just goes wild. [Edited to add] From a different show, but the same tableau -