Feb 6 2009

War Springsteen Superbowl Auftritt Playback?

Die Chicago Tribune berichtet gestern auf ihrer Internetpräsenz, dass die auftretenden Künstler beim SuperBowl Finale in Tampa, FL nicht Live gespielt hätten. Der Musikbeitrag der E Street Band soll während der Generalprobe am Tag vor dem Finale aufgezeichnet worden sein.

Auszug:
… Neuberger said not only Hudson and Hill recorded their performances in advance, but so did halftime performers Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Only Springsteen’s vocals were live, he said.
“There is no way you can set up a full band in five minutes with microphones, get all the settings right, and expect to get quality sound,” Neuberger said. “The Super Bowl has been doing that for years with virtually all the bands.” …
Quelle

In der Los Angeles Times war ausserdem folgendes zu lesen:

Auszug:
… But what about the Boss? A legendarily exciting live performer, should he have made it clear ahead of time that his band wasn’t actually performing live at a mammoth media event like the Super Bowl, where everything is bound to go under the microscope? It wasn’t like everyone was just miming to a record — the band rehearsed and then recorded the new versions of the songs Springsteen performed on Sunday … weiterlesen

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Feb 5 2009

Zwei offizielle Pressemeldungen

Bruce Springsteen zum Ticketverkauf:

A LETTER TO OUR FANS:
We know there was much confusion regarding Ticketmaster and TicketsNow during last Monday’s on-sale dates. We were as confused as you were, as we were given no advance notice of the major changes in the Ticketmaster-TicketsNow world. (Bear in mind that we are not clients of any ticketing company, and that all those arrangements are between venues and ticketing companies.)

Last Monday, we were informed that Ticketmaster was redirecting your log-in requests for tickets at face value, to their secondary site TicketsNow, which specializes in up-selling tickets at above face value. They did this even when other seats remained available at face value. We condemn this practice.

We perceive this as a pure conflict of interest. Ticketmaster is there to ensure that we have a good, fair sale of our tickets at their face value plus normal ticketing charges. TicketsNow is supposed to be a secondary site where people who already have tickets may exchange, trade, and, unfortunately, speculate with them. We have asked this redirection from Ticketmaster to TicketsNow cease and desist immediately and Ticketmaster has agreed to do so in the future and has removed its unwanted material from their and our site.

We know the many cynical arguments some make in favor of the Ticketmaster system: There are rumors that some artists or managers participate in Ticketmaster charges–we do not. There are rumors that some artists or managers are receiving a percentage of the amount above face value at secondary outlets like TicketsNow–we do not. Some artists or managers may not perceive there to be a conflict between having the distributor of their tickets in effect “scalping” those same tickets through a secondary company like TicketsNow–we do.

While many of you have sent notes to us and your local promoters, you may also send accurate informational letters to Albert Lopez of Ticketmaster and he will try to address your questions.

A final point for now: the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing. Several newspapers are reporting on this story right now. If you, like us, oppose that idea, you should make it known to your representatives.

The abuse of our fans and our trust by Ticketmaster has made us as furious as it has made many of you. We will continue to do our utmost now and in the future to make sure that these practices are permanently curtailed on our tours.

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and the entire Springsteen Tour Team
(Veröffentlicht am 05. Februar 2009 auf BruceSpringsteen.net)

Offizielle ShorefireMedia Pressemeldung vom 04. Februar 2009:

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Working On A Dream’ (Columbia Records) Debuts At #1 In 16 Countries Including U.S.

Album Certified Platinum In Four Countries And Gold In Nine

Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Working on a Dream’ has debuted at #1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand. ‘Working on a Dream’ will also debut at #1 on the Pan European Billboard Chart.

The album has been certified Platinum in Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Sweden and has been certified Gold in U.K., Canada, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Holland, Germany, and Switzerland.

In Ireland, five Springsteen albums are on the Top 100 chart, the others being ‘Greatest Hits,’ ‘The Rising,’ ‘Magic,’ and ‘The Essential Bruce Springsteen.’

For Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s tour itinerary, please click here: http://www.brucespringsteen.net/live/index.html

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Feb 4 2009

Update: Platz 1 für Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen ist mit seinem neuen Album “Working on a Dream” nicht nur in Deutschland auf Platz 1 der Album-Charts gestürmt. Auch in England findet sich der “Boss” auf Platz 1 wieder:

Billboard.com schreibt:
Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen were the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (Feb. 1). Allen’s “The Fear” (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream” (Columbia/Sony BMG) entered the album survey at No. 1.
Quelle

Nummer 1 in den USA:

NYDailyNews:
Industry sources say the new CD will open at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album list when it’s published tomorrow.
It will be The Boss’ ninth No.1 album. The Hitsdailydouble.com Web site pegs “Dream” sales between 225,000 and 250,000 units – strong for an older artist in a depressed market, though below opening week sales of his previous CD, “Magic.” … weiterlesen

Weitere Nummer 1 Chartplatzierungen in Irland, Spanien, Italien, Niederlande, Norwegen, Österreich, Finnland, Israel, Schweden.

Der Titelsong “Working on a Dream” kletterte in Kroatien auf Platz 1.

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Feb 3 2009

Neue Tourtermine – Bruce auf dem Bonnaroo Festival

Das Bruce Springsteen Management veröffentlichte neue Tourtermine.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band werden in diesem Jahr als Headliner auf dem “Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival” in Manchester, Tennessee auftreten.

Die offizielle Pressemeldung:
Springsteen, Phish head lineup for Bonnaroo

Bruce Springsteen, fresh off his Super Bowl halftime performance, has been announced as a headliner at this year’s Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, along with the recently reunited Phish.
It is scheduled to be the only performance by Springsteen and his E Street Band at a festival in North America this year.
Other performers scheduled to perform from June 11-14 include Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, Elvis Costello, TV on the Radio, Al Green, Merle Haggard, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Animal Collective, the Decemberists and Lucinda Williams.
The annual event, which is held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., 60 miles south of Nashville, draws about 80,000 fans each year.
Springsteen, who released the CD “Working on a Dream” last week, is making the Bonnaroo pit stop during a nationwide tour; Phish is also launching a tour later this year, and Bonnaroo is also slated to be its only festival performance in North America.
More acts will be announced later. More than 120 bands and 20 comedians are expected to perform on 13 stages.
Quelle

Ferner ist am 16. April 2009 ein zweiter Auftritt in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena) geplant.

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Feb 2 2009

Halbzeitshow SuperBowl

Während der SuperBowl Halbzeitshow lieferte Bruce Springsteen eine grandiose Show ab.

Springsteen hatte sich in den letzten Jahren immer wieder geweigert, während der Halbzeitshow aufzutreten. Erst nachdem sich auch namhafte Bands wie U2, Prince, die Rolling Stones und Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers entschlossen hatten, Songs zu performen, zog letztendlich auch Springsteen mit seiner E Street Band nach.

Setlist:

10th Avenue Freeze Out
Born to Run
Working on a Dream
Glory Days

Bruce Springsteen dichtete die erste Zeile von “Glory Days” um. Anstatt “I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school…” sang er “I had a friend was a big football player back in high school…”
Als die zwölfminütige Show zu Ende ging, feixte er mit Little Steven und stellte klar, dass er bald nach Disney World umziehen werden.

Touchdown für Bruce Springsteen. Die “Working on a Dream Tour” kann beginnen !!!

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