Archive: Springsteen

Overtime with Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, who receives a Kennedy Center Honor on Sunday, at the first of four sold-out Capital Centre shows in 1984. (Lucian Perkins/TWP File) The Post's Joe Heim interviewed Bruce Springsteen backstage on November 20 before his concert in Baltimore for this story about the Kennedy Center Honors. Here are...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2009; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bruce Springsteen: Live last night

Bruce Springsteen brought his usual energy to Verizon Center on Monday night. The audience was up to the task of matching his enthusiasm. (By By Toni L. Sandys/TWP) By Chris Richards When the house lights go up at a rock concert, the illusion of magic evaporates. Show's over. Don't forget...

By David Malitz | November 3, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (56)

The Boss Is Back With "Born to Run" - What Next?

Nils Lofgren and Bruce Springsteen back in May at the Verizon Center. (By Linda Davidson/TWP) It seems that we've been saying this a lot lately, but -- the Boss is in town. It's his third trip to D.C. in just under three years but is the first time he won't...

By David Malitz | November 2, 2009; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Boss and Brubeck Get Honored

It's about time somebody recognized the talents of Dave Brubeck and Bruce Springsteen and gave them some awards. OK, so the pair of musical titans isn't exactly lacking for recognition. But add another feather to each of their respective caps, because they will be among the five recipients of...

By David Malitz | September 9, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Springsteen News: More Tour Dates (Nov. 2 in D.C.)

The Boss will be back. Less than six months after his last visit to a sold-out Verizon Center, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will return on November 2. Ticket prices, on-sale date and all that info is TBA -- no doubt Camp Springsteen is hoping things go a...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Best of the Bruce Comments

(By Linda Davidson/TWP) Bruce played, Freedom wrote, I tweeted, you commented. Let's look at some of the best ones. Most On Point tojo45 said: He's a legend, a master performer, who cares about giving all he can to his audience. He's an excellent guitar player as well. The first...

By David Malitz | May 20, 2009; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bruce Springsteen's Salvation: Live Last Night

(All photos by Linda Davidson/TWP) Bruce Springsteen wasn't about to shuffle quietly into the night. Having already spent nearly three sweaty hours striving for rock-and-roll deliverance Monday at the Verizon Center, Springsteen thundered one last time down that familiar redemptive road. As the E Street Band roared through an...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 19, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (42)

Working on a Tweet: Bruce Springsteen at Verizon Center, Live Updates

Team Post Rock is off to Verizon Center to see us some Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making rock-and-roll. You can stay up to date -- set list, request signs, celebrity sightings, etc. -- right here as we will be Tweeting. Make sure to sign up for our feed while you're...

By David Malitz | May 18, 2009; 07:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Sound and Fury

Bruce at the Cap Centre in 1981. (Joel Richardson/TWP File) In advance of tonight's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Aug. 5, 1981,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen, An Austere Power

In advance of tonight's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Dec. 6, 1995, and written by Richard Harrington. *** Near the beginning of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nils Lofgren on Springsteen's Audibles, Audience Energy, Set List Criticism, TicketsNow and More

Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, Monday, Verizon Center. High expectations? Only for anybody who's ever been to a show staged by the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., band. I caught up with guitar whiz Nils Lofgren, Bethesda's former boy wonder, this afternoon to talk about the tour,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Electricity of Springsteen

Bruce at RFK in 1985. (Danya Smith/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Aug. 6, 1985, and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 14, 2009; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Springsteen's 'Tunnel' Tour de Force: The Boss Returns With A Marvelous Marathon

Bruce and the Big Man at the Cap Centre in '88. (Frank Johnston/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 13, 2009; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Verizon Concert Oversold

ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans who bought premium seats to his concert at the Verizon Center on Monday are being told they don't actually have tickets. TicketsNow.com, a resale company owned by Ticketmaster, says it sold too many tickets. Company representatives have been calling fans to tell...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 13, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (19)

Springsteen's Power Rock: Bruce is Back With Good Times, Hard Times & Songs From the Streets

Bruce at the first of four sold-out Cap Centre shows in 1984. (Lucian Perkins/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 12, 2009; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

King of The Night: Thundering Springsteen

In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Nov. 24, 1980, and written by Richard Harrington. Whew! Last night Bruce...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 11, 2009; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Work in Progress; Santana Says Obama Should Just Say Yes to Legalized Dope

The new Boss tour isn't yet the same as the old Boss tours, according to the decidedly mixed opening night reviews. (San Francisco Chronicle photo) Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" tour is underway, and the early returns are mixed. The San Jose Mercury News says "it's clear that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Boss at the Super Bowl

Now the Cards have drawn a rough hand. . . (Associated Press) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the Super Bowl half-time show, and Malitz and I watched because, well, Liz Clarke just wasn't gonna report on it for us. The 12-minute set featured shortened versions of four...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 1, 2009; 08:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

What Your Halftime Performance Says About You

Since the Arizona Cardinals are involved, it's pretty hard to get excited about Sunday's Super Bowl. Maybe that's why everyone is so pumped for the halftime show with Bruce and the E Street Band. Predicting the set list isn't just for bloggers and Bruceologists who spend too much time refreshing...

By David Malitz | January 29, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Predictions

Malitz and I already predicted Springsteen's half-time set, back in September. He liked this foursome: 1. "Rosalita" Perfect upbeat opener, those few thousand superfluous dancers sure to be on the field can easily choreograph something to this. 2. "Glory Days" It's the Yankees victory song (retired until 2009, suckers!),...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 28, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (7)

Coming Attractions: Bruce and the E Street Band

(Gerald Martineau/TWP file) Ladies and gentlemen, start your speed dials. Just announced: Working On A Dream Tour BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND Verizon Center Monday, May 18 | 7:30 pm Tickets on sale Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. The on-sale date comes the morning after Bruce...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 26, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

While You're Waiting for "Working on a Dream"

So I'm listening to "Working on a Dream" right now and, well, it's no "Merriweather Post Pavilion," but what is, right? Actually, my first impression is that the album is really boring, but J. Freedom's opinion is the one that counts when it comes to the Boss, so we'll wait...

By David Malitz | January 14, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions (And Then Some) For ... Nils Lofgren

"Bullets Fever -- happens to me every year!" Long before Nils Lofgren joined the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., legendary E Street Band, he was Bethesda's boy wonder -- a teenaged prodigy with his own, soon-to-be-acclaimed band, Grin, and a memorable side gig, playing on Neil Young's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 8, 2008; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Bruce At The Super Bowl: Game On

Bruuuuce! And we don't mean Isaac. (Gerald Martineau/TWP) The NFL and NBC confirmed on Sunday what had been long rumored on the Backstreets: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the next Super Bowl halftime show headliners. Glory days, indeed. The high-profile performance by the one of the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 29, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (33)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

There's been plenty of speculation (wishful thinking?) in recent days that Barack Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen is going to perform either just before or after Obama's speech in Denver on Thursday. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that it was a done deal: "Bruce Springsteen will follow Obama with a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 26, 2008; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (20)

Danny Federici: R.I.P.

Bruce and Phantom Dan. The longtime glockenspiel / accordion / organ / keyboard player for the E Street Band is gone. Federici had taken a leave of absence from the band in November to seek treatment for melanoma. But he returned for a coda on March 20 in Indianapolis,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 18, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

More From The Chat: Getting Concertgoers Charged Up

Here's a post that I didn't have time to address in yesterday's Freedom Rock chat: Anyone who responds to one of those, "Is everyone having a good time? What? I can't HEAR you! Get LOUD, DC!" kind of stage exhortations is a chump. I am so much better than any...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 14, 2007; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (4)

All Eyes on the Big Man

J. Freedom has already given a Cris Collinsworth-esque breakdown of both Bruce Springsteen shows at the Verizon Center, as you've surely seen by now. All the insights you could ask for, including details on Jann Wenner's socks. Monday night was my first ever Springsteen live experience and I wanted to...

By David Malitz | November 13, 2007; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

Incident on 7th Street Redux

And the band played on. The second half of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's double-header was a very slight letdown after Sunday's terrific opening salvo. Nothing wrong with Monday's performance, per se - just that the intensity seemed to be off early in the show. Less energy...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 13, 2007; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Price You Pay

Sister, can you spare a seat? And, umm ... are you hot? One of the great pleasures of Web surfing is stumbling across Craigslist postings in which music fans get down on their digital knees and grovel for concert tickets. Some, of course, do it much more artfully and amusingly...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Meet the New Bosses: Indie Rock Finds Its Inner Bruce

Bruce Springsteen has been one of the world's biggest rock stars for more than three decades now, but he's never been seen as particularly hip. He was part of what the punks were rebelling against in the late '70s, was the ultimate stadium rock act in the '80s, and in...

By David Malitz | November 12, 2007; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

In introducing the title track from "Magic" at the very much sold out Verizon Center last night, Bruce Springsteen said the tune is about how "the truth gets twisted into lies, and lies get twisted into the truth." In other words: A perfect song for Washington! "Hey," he said, "this...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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