from Shore Fire Media:

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Working On A Dream’ Set For January 27 Release On Columbia Records

Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Working on a Dream’ has been set for January 27 release on Columbia Records. ‘Working on a Dream’ was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

‘Working on a Dream’ Song Titles:

1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working On a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival

Bonus tracks:
The Wrestler
A Night with the Jersey Devil

Bruce Springsteen said, “Towards the end of recording ‘Magic,’ excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O’Brien heard the new songs, he said, ‘Let’s keep going.’ Over the course of the next year, that’s just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year’s tour. I hope ‘Working on a Dream’ has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we’ve ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.”

‘Working on a Dream’ is Bruce Springsteen’s twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

Halloween greetings from Jersey…

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Free audio and HQ video at brucespringsteen.net

(more…)

The reason I’m running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.

(Barack Obama, 2008-10-16, “Change Rocks” benefit concert NYC)

That’s my man!

photograph by William Borner

photograph by William Borner

Columbia Records has released Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s ‘Magic Tour Highlights’ via all digital download stores, including the iTunes Store. The release will consist of four audio tracks with four accompanying videos, all recorded live in concert during the ‘Magic’ tour.

On sales of these downloads, the artists, songwriters, and music publishers are waiving all of their royalties, and Columbia Records is donating all of its net profits, to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund. The iTunes Store is donating their first year’s net profits as well.

  1. Always A Friend (Live Version featuring Alejandro Escovedo) 4:51
  2. The Ghost Of Tom Joad (Live Version featuring Tom Morello) 8:40
  3. Turn! Turn! Turn! (Live Version featuring Roger McGuinn) 4:10
  4. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (Live Version featuring Danny Federici) 7:08

(Audio available on amazon and rhapsody as well, videos only at iTunes.)

Bye bye Phantom…..

I’ve been at a concert by Wenzel in my hometown last night… a German singer/songwriter and accordionist. During the second part of the show, his accordion broke – a key just went mute – so he had to switch to keyboard and guitar for the rest of the night.

Now I know what that meant…

Tribute Video

Back on the road!

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…from a badass Santa in Paris!

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‘Santa’ Boss was coming to town…

After a 2 and 1/2 hour show and a long ride home, some rest, and my voice not as hoarse as yesterday, I’m still speechless and borrow a review from Backstreets (couldn’t agree more):

December 13 / Cologne, GER / Koln Arena

A smoking show, both literally and figuratively — the Koln Arena must be one of the last such venues where lighting up is still permitted, and when the lights came up they revealed quite a cloud overhead. A surprisingly simlar set to the previous night, considering it’s just a couple hours’ drive. But the enthisiastic Cologne crowd, on their feet all night, set this one apart — and who can complain about “Because the Night” two nights in a row? “The Promised Land” had that newly added “People Get Ready” gospel coda again, too. “Kitty’s Back” was absolutely smoking, particularly Roy’s solo — a killer, jazzy improvisation, which Bruce echoed as he followed it with an extended solo of his own.

The end of “American Land” brought a patented James Brown routine, as Bruce fell over backward, “exhausted,” still on the floor as the band went into a bonus “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Nils and Steven helped him up to sing, and a special guest joined in, too. “Wolfgang, do you believe in Santa Claus?” Bruce cried to Wolfgang Niedecken — like Joe Grushecky in Pittsburgh, you can pretty much bank on Niedecken joining in when Bruce comes to Deutschland. The German rocker didn’t really seem to know the song, rarely stepping to the mic, but all eyes were on Bruce anyway, especially once he put that Santa hat on. How does he manage to make that thing look good? Tilting it at a rakish angle, twirling the pom-pom around like a helicopter… no one wears a Santa hat like Bruce. Hey, the guy’s a professional.

Setlist:
Radio Nowhere / The Ties That Bind / Lonesome Day / Gypsy Biker / Magic / Reason to Believe / Because the Night / She’s the One / Livin’ in the Future / The Promised Land / Waitin’ on a Sunny Day / The River / I’ll Work for Your Love / Devil’s Arcade / The Rising / Last to Die / Long Walk Home / Badlands
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Girls in Their Summer Clothes / Kitty’s Back / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / American Land / Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Clips from Cologne 

Danny Federici to take leave of absence…

‘Phantom’ Dan — stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive!

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Final night in Boston: flickr slide show

Bruce Springsteen’s Magic available (in Germany) September 28! World wide release on October2, 2007. Back on the road in a few days… Bruuuuuce!!!

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Good album review by Harry Browne from CounterPunch:

Sinister Magic: Bruce Springsteen Comes Home … to Hell

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