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Bruce Springsteen 2009 US & European Tour Dates

Here are the latest Springsteen US and European tour dates for 2009 in support of Working On A Dream in stores now:

DATE    CITY                VENUE                           ON-SALE DATE

Apr 1   San Jose, CA        HP Pavilion at San Jose         Feb 2

Apr 3   Glendale, CA        Jobing.com Center               Feb 2

Apr 5   Austin, TX          Frank Erwin Center              Feb 7

Apr 7   Tulsa, OK           BOK Center                      Feb 7

Apr 8   Houston, TX         Toyota Center                   Feb 7

Apr 10  Denver, CO          Pepsi Arena                     Feb 2

Apr 15  Los Angeles, CA     LA Memorial Sports Arena        Feb 2

Apr 21  Boston, MA          TD Banknorth Garden             Feb 2

Apr 22  Boston, MA          TD Banknorth Garden             Feb 2

Apr 24  Hartford, CT        XL Center                       Feb 2

Apr 26  Atlanta, GA         Philips Arena                   Feb 2

Apr 28  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Spectrum               Feb 2

Apr 29  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Spectrum               Feb 2

May 2   Greensboro, NC      Greensboro Coliseum             Feb 6

May 4   Hempstead, NY       Nassau Veterans Mem. Col.       Feb 2

May 5   Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena           Feb 2

May 7   Toronto, ONT        Air Canada Centre               Feb 6

May 8   University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center             Feb 2

May 11  St. Paul, MN        Xcel Energy Center              Feb 2

May 12  Chicago, IL         United Center                   Feb 2

May 14  Albany, NY          Times Union Center              Feb 2

May 15  Hershey, PA         Hersheypark Stadium             Feb 2

May 18  Washington, DC      Verizon Center                  Feb 2

May 19  Pittsburgh, PA      Mellon Arena                    Feb 2

May 21  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod Center                     Feb 2

May 23  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod Center                     Feb 2

May 30  Landgraaf, Holland  Pink Pop Festival               March 7

June 2  Tampere, Finland    Ratinan Stadion                 ON SALE

June 4  Stockholm, Sweden   Stockholm Stadium               SOLD OUT

June 5  Stockholm, Sweden   Stockholm Stadium               SOLD OUT

June 7  Stockholm, Sweden   Stockholm Stadium               SOLD OUT

June 9  Bergen, Norway      Koengen                         SOLD OUT

June 10 Bergen, Norway      Koengen                         SOLD OUT

July 2  Munich, Germany     Olympiastadion                  ON SALE NOW

July 3  Frankfurt, Germany  Commerzbank Arena               ON SALE NOW

July 5  Vienna, Austria     Ernst Happel Stadion            ON SALE NOW

July 8  Herning, Denmark    Herning MCH                     ON SALE NOW

July 11 Dublin, Ireland     RDS                             Jan 30

July 16 Carhaix, France     Festival des Vielles Charrues   Jan 30

July 19 Rome, Italy         Stadio Olimpico                 ON SALE SOON

July 21 Turino, Italy       Olimpico di Torino              ON SALE SOON

July 23 Udine, Italy        Stadio Friuli                   ON SALE SOON

July 26 Bilbao, Spain       San Mames Stadium               ON SALE SOON

July 28 Benidorm, Spain     Estadio Municipal de Foietes    ON SALE SOON

July 30 Sevilla, Spain      La Cartuja Olympic Stadium      ON SALE SOON

Aug 1   Valladolid, Spain   Estadio Jose Zorrilla           ON SALE SOON

Aug 2   Santiago, Spain     Monte Del Gozo                  ON SALE SOON

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Rock In Movies: The Wrestler [2008]

amazon-wrestlerThe one movie of 2008 that really gave The Dark Night a run for it’s buck is Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke and a topless Marisa Tomei who won an academy award for her role in the legendary film, My Cousin Vinny.

Mickey Rourke plays Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, an aging washed-up 80’s professional wrestler with a shattered personal life. In between trips to the strip club, his daughter’s New Jersey house, and his trailer park home, ‘The Ram’ performs at smalltime wrestling shows in matches that include staple guns, barbed wire, glass, razor blades, and ladders in order to pay his rent. However, I am not here to provide a detailed review of the flick—I will only say that this movie has my wholehearted recommendation.

The music that the filmmakers chose to use in The Wrestler makes for a headbanger’s delight. Here is a list of the most important tracks:

1. “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” by Quiet Riot opens the film while images of ‘The Ram’s’ prime are displayed. The track is also used as his entrance music with exception to his final match.

2. “Round and Round” by Ratt was perfect for a bar scene between Rourke and Tomei, as they have a magical jukebox moment singing the chorus together and talking about classic 80’s metal. One of the best lines of the movie was ‘The Ram’s’ observation during their discussion: “And that Cobain pussy had to come around and and ruin it all…90’s sucked”

3. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses is ‘The Ram’s’ ring entrance music in his fight against The Ayatollah. On a side note, Tomei wears a red Mötley Crüe shirt in the scene.

4. “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella plays on Randy’s van stereo as he drives to his locked trailer home following a match.

5. “Balls To The Wall” by Accept plays as ‘The Ram’ prepares for a comeback to the ring.

6. “Animal Magnetism” by The Scorpions while Marisa Tomei performs at the strip club.

7. “Dangerous” by Slaughter is another sweet tune heard during another Tomei strip scene.

8. “The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen plays during the film’s credits. Even though it is not Hard Rock, The Boss’s song really captures the essence of the protagonist’s plight and provides an excellent summation of the character.

9. “Don’t Walk Away” by Firehouse

10. “I’m Insane” by Ratt

Darren Aronofsky’s application of 80’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in The Wrestler is highly appropriate and truly necessary to accurately paint the picture of Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson. This is 2008’s best usage of Heavy Metal in a theatrical release by far.

Note: The official movie soundtrack is now available at amazon.com however it lacks “Sweet Child” and the Golden Globe award winning “The Wrestler.”

Watch the movie trailer

Review: Bruce Springsteen "Working On A Dream" [2008]

working-on-a-dreamBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band released a brand new single today—the title track the from upcoming album, Working on a Dream. The song was offered as a free download on iTunes and brucesprinsteen.net today only, but you can still purchase this single, from tomorrow through Dec. 9 as well.

“Working on a Dream” begins with the signature Springsteen acoustic guitars, mellow drums, and a tight bass line that truly runs the intro—so far, an improvement from “Radio Nowhere,” the first single from Magic. However, the lyrics throughout the verses and choruses, as well as the melodies become highly redundant rather quickly. Clocking in at a short 3:24,  the track seems to end before it can roar into a rocking stadium anthem. The guitar solo [1:47] seems a bit lazy as it simply repeats the melody to the chorus, before transitioning the listener right back to the repetitive chorus of the song. Die-hard fanatics will dig this tune as they are amongst the most loyal in the world, while the occasional fans will not jump for this material like they did for The Rising. But the fact of the matter is Springsteen has absolutely nothing to prove these days—he is an amazing stage performer that does not have to push the envelope on new recordings. Unless of course, he feels compelled to once again rock the world like its 1978! 7/10

According to the press release, the 12-track album, Working on a Dream, is scheduled for release on Jan. 27 on Columbia records and is produced by Brendan O’Brien [Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC].

You can currently pre-order this album at amazon.com

Review: Bruce Springsteen "A Night With The Jersey Devil" [2008]

Fans of Bruce Springsteen should check out the unreleased track, “A Night With The Jersey Devil,” at brucespringsteen.net. You can download it for free and stream the video until Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

“A Night With The Jersey Devil” is fully equipped with a dirty southern blues tone and spooky musical repetition worthy of an evil cult gathering. Springsteen sounds like he is screaming into a microphone 666 feet away creating a creepshow feel, making this a perfect Halloween tune. However, fans will probably use this purely for their Halloween playlists due to the old time muffled production, which was probably The Boss’s intent. 7/10

Download for free until Nov.2

Hear are the lyrics from the press release:

Hear me now!

I was born 13th child, ‘neath the 13th moon

Spit out all hungry and born anew

Daddy drag me to the river tie me in rocks

Throw me in where it’s deep and wide

I go down, I don’t die

Hole in the river bottom, I crawl through

Come back kill six brothers and sisters, kill papa too

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Into my bed with her kerosene my mama creep

Set my flesh to burning, whilst I sleep

I burn, burn, burn, till my soul burn black

Black rains fall, I come back, I come back

Get down Mama, get down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

16 witches, cast 16 spells

Make me a guitar outta skin and human skull

Sing you a song like the wind in the sandy loam

Bring you baby out your happy home

Ram’s head, forked tail, clove hoof, love’s my trail

I sup on your body, sip on your blood like wine

Out world theirs, this world mine

So kiss me baby till it hurts

God lost in heaven, we lost on earth

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Wherever I go, wherever I go

Well I got a brand new lover

I love her yes I do,

She’s my one and only and her name is Baby Blue…

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Rock Show Countdown: #8 Bruce Springsteen

#8 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, July 27, 2008

This concert was only 2 weeks ago but I must include it in the Top 10. Even if you disapprove of this guy, you have to admit, he is a legendary performer. Rather than write another reflection of this show, I’ll link to the one from last week.

By the way, the Boss can still nail a sweet powerslide at 59 years old (see 1:00-1:08).

Bruce Springsteen live at Giants Stadium 7/27

My 99th concert happened last Sunday at Giants Stadium, featuring New Jersey rock legends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This was actually only the first time I caught the boss live; I came close in 2003 but had a conflict with work.

The parking lot before the show was intense. People of all ages were partying from early morning until the show began. Apparently the New Jersey police don’t mind alcohol being consumed by everybody (all ages) in the parking lot when Springsteen is in town. As oppose to Jones Beach, where everything must be hidden in a cup, and if one looks questionably underage, are harassed by park police, followed by a beer ticket.

Bruce played for over 3 hours which is one of the longest performances I have witnessed. The longest I have seen was Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at Madison Square Garden; They played for close to 4 hours, I wanted to hang myself. Bruce was different though. I didn’t want the concert to end. I wanted to see what he would have played next.

The highlights of the show were “Atlantic City,” “Growin Up,” “The Promised Land,” “The Rising,” and the opener, “10 Avenue Freeze Out.”


I am happy to have finally checked this rock legend off my list.