Jun 9 2011

Elvis Costello – Spectacle (Season 2) mit Bruce Springsteen

Am Dienstag (7. Juni 2011) wurde in Amerika und England die Blu-Ray „Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … (Season 2)“ veröffentlicht. Auf der Blu Ray findet man sieben Folgen der TV-Show, die in Amerika auf dem „Sundance Channel“ ausgestrahlt wurden.


Folge 1. Bono, The Edge (U2)
Folge 2. Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, Jesse Winchester
Folge 3. Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, John Prine
Folge 4. Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint
Folge 5. Bruce Springsteen #1
Folge 6. Bruce Springsteen #2
Folge 7. Elvis Costello

RollingStone.com veröffentlichte aus diesem Anlass ein Video. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Nils Lofgren und Roy Bittan spielten im „Apollo Theatre“, New York City unter andrem „Seeds“ (wir berichteten hier):

Die Blu-Ray „Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … (Season 2)“ wird in Deutschland leider nicht angeboten. Die Blu Ray ist auf Amazon.co.uk als US-Import zu haben.

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Jun 9 2011

Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen

Der amerikanische Verlag „Insight Edition“ veröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 2011 die zweite (und überarbeitete) Auflage des Frank Stefanko Bestsellers „Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen“. Das Vorwort wurde von Springsteen selbst verfasst.

„Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen“ kann schon jetzt über Amazon.de bestellt werden.


Born and bred in a working class environment in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen has, over the past 30 years, established himself as one of the most influential songwriters and performers in American popular music. Winner of three Grammy Awards for The Rising, he continues to entertain and inspire millions of fans around the world.
Also born and bred in a working-class New Jersey home was photographer Frank Stefanko, who crossed paths with Springsteen thanks to an introduction by a mutual friend, musician Patti Smith. This meeting spurred a photographic collaboration that lasted five years and produced cover photos for two of Springsteen’s most significant albums, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River.
Stefanko’s archive of several thousand Springsteen photos has never been published–that is, until now. Days of Hope and Dreams presents in an unforgettable selection of Stefanko’s most significant and most personal images from his time working with Springsteen, and Stefanko’s recollections offer behind-the-scenes stories of his work and friendship with this legendary musical talent. Featuring a fascinating introduction written by The Boss himself, this is a must-have guide for Springsteen fans and music lovers everywhere!

Über den Autor:

Frank Stefanko’s photos appear on the cover of Springsteen’s albums Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River, as well as in the packages for Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, Live 1975-1985 and Tracks. He lives in Philadelphia. Chris Murray is the founder and director of the Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Jun 4 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty – mit Bruce Springsteen

Im Herbst 2011 feiert Pearl Jam ihr 20jähriges Bestehen. Der amerikanische Drehbuchautor und Regisseur Cameron Crowe („Jerry Maguire“, „Almost Famous“ und „Elizabethtown“) hat den Geburtstag zum Anlass genommen, eine Dokumentation über Eddie Vedder und Co. zu produzieren.
Ausserdem wird zeitgleich ein Buch mit dem Titel „Pearl Jam Twenty“ erscheinen. Unter anderem werden Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young und Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Queen of the Stone Age und Foo Fighters) Interviews zur Bandchronik beitragen.

Das Buch „Twenty“ erscheint am 13. September 2011 in Deutschland und kann bereits auf Amazon.de vorbestellt werden.


In addition to Pearl Jam’s Alpine Valley Labor Day Anniversary Concert + Canadian tour, the band will release a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band’s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album this fall. Details on each follow.

Carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist, Cameron Crowe.

Columbia Records/Sony Music will release the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack in conjunction with the film’s theatrical release. Cameron Crowe selected the track listing for the soundtrack — making the album a true companion piece to the film.

Published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and Canada and Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the Pearl Jam Twentybook is an aesthetically stunning, definitive chronicle of the band’s past two decades. The book was compiled and written by veteran music journalist and current „Late Night With Jimmy Fallon“ music booker, Jonathan Cohen, with Mark Wilkerson (author of “Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend”), designed by Pearl Jam in-house designer Regan Hagar (also the drummer for Brad and Satchel), with a foreword by Cameron Crowe. – Quelle

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Published in celebration of Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary and in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s definitive documentary film and soundtrack of the same name, PEARL JAM TWENTY is an aesthetically stunning and definitive chronicle of their two decades as a band—by the band itself.
In 1991, Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten catapulted the little-known Seattle-based band into superstardom. Then, at the height of their popularity, the band shunned the spotlight, refusing to shoot videos or do interviews. Even as Pearl Jam’s studio albums continued to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful, selling over 60 million albums worldwide, the inner workings of the band—their day-to-day routines, influences, and motivations—remained unknown even to their diehard fans.
Twenty years later, this is their story. PEARL JAM TWENTY is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, rare archival memorabilia, and the band’s personal photos, tour notes, and drawings. Told with wit and insight in the band members‘ own words, and assembled by veteran music writer Jonathan Cohen with Mark Wilkerson—and including a foreword by Cameron Crowe along with original interviews with legends and contemporaries like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Dave Grohl—this intimate work provides an in-depth look at a group of musicians who through defying convention established themselves as „the greatest American rock band ever“ (USA Today Readers‘ Poll 2005). – Quelle

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Mai 27 2011

Was machen eigentlich Bruce, Clarence, Max und Nils?

Am 20. Mai 2011 besuchte Bruce Springsteen gemeinsam mit Tochter Jessica und Ehefrau Patti Scialfa die „Winsor Horse Show“ (wir berichteten hier). Anschliessend flog Familie Springsteen nach Belgien, wo ein weiteres Internationales Pferderennen stattfand.
Möglicherweise wird der „Boss“ bald nach Deutschland kommen, denn vom 15. bis 18. Juni macht die „European Young Rider & Junior Rider Tour“ in 49170 Hagen (am Teutoburger Wald) Station.

Die Osnabrücker Zeitung berichtet:

Springsteens Tochter reitet in Hagen
Sechs Wochen nach Horses & Dreams gibt es möglicherweise erneut Promi-Alarm auf dem Hof Kasselmann: Vom 15. bis 18. Juni macht die „European Young Rider & Junior Rider Tour“ beim Turnier in Hagen Station: Zum fünfkopfigen US-Team zählt Jessica Springsteen, die 19-jährige Tochter des US-Rockstars Bruce Springsteen.

E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons trat am Mittwoch (25. Mai 2011) mit Lady Gaga beim Finale der Fernseh-Casting-Show „American Idol“ auf. Der „Big Man“ unterstützte Lady Gaga beim Song „Edge of Glory“.

Max Weinberg ist mit seiner „Big Band“ immer noch auf Tour. Am 3. Juni spielt der ehemalige Bandlead der Conan O’Brien Showband anlässlich des „Blues Fest“ in London (wir berichteten hier).


As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (1974-1989) Max Weinberg has performed for millions of people around the world and been featured at many prestigious events, including the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inauguration Galas, the 1995 Grammy Awards and the 1995 Gala Concert for the dedication of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he rejoined his former group. Called „the rhythmic backbone of the E Street Band,“ by Robert Palmer of The New York Times, Weinberg was invited to perform in the East Room of the White House in December 1996 and served as the music director for Comic Relief 8 starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Cited by the „Playboy“Pop and Jazz Music Poll (1985) and the „Rolling Stone“ Critics Poll (1986) as Best Drummer, Weinberg has performed or recorded with some of contemporary music’s biggest names including Sting, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Natalie Merchant, Pete Townshend of the Who and Meatloaf. Weinberg’s performances on the classic rock albums „Born in the U.S.A.“ by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and „Bat Out of Hell“ by Meatloaf earned him the distinction of having played on the first and second largest selling albums in rock history.
In 2009 Max debuted his ‘Big Band’ in the US, a bold, swinging 15 piece band that continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes, including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Buddy Rich.
We’re delighted that Max is bringing his new ‘Max Weinberg Experience’ to the first BluesFest London. It is sure to be a spectacular night from one of the greatest drummers in the world. – Quelle

Auch Nils Lofgren ist nicht untätig und tourt mit seinem Solo-Programm durch Nordamerika. Am 6. Mai 2011 spielte der E Street Band Gitarrist im legendären Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ. Natürlich gab er auch einen Springsteen Song zum Besten:


Im Juni 2011 kommt Nils Lofgren für einige Gigs nach England. Es sind Konzerte in London, Southampton, Cardiff, Liverpool und Sheffield geplant. Mehr Informationen findet man auf Nils Lofgrens offizieller Homepage: http://www.nilslofgren.com/.


Mai 20 2011

Clarence Clemons Neffe Jake veröffentlicht Studioalbum

Clarence Clemons Neffe Jake hat im April 2011 sein erstes Studioalbum (bzw. EP) veröffentlicht. „It’s On“ wurde von Brett Mayer in den MSR Studios, New York, NY produziert und umfasst 6 Songs.


Drop Down
Love’ll Never Change
All I Need
A Fool in Love
It’s On

Sämtliche Songs kann man sich bis auf weiteres auf Jake Clemons „Bandcamp“ Homepage kostenlos anhören. Alternativ kann man das komplette Album auf iTunes bzw. Amazon.de downloaden.

Über Jake Clemons:

Jake Clemons has been performing his whole life.  As a child his family would travel cross-country singing and performing musical theater. Son of a former Marine Corps band director and nephew of an international rock and roll icon, Jake was exposed to all sorts of music and entertainment from an early age.  His father, known for his tightly regimented and elaborate performances that put him before 4 presidents, and his uncle, a key element in the direction of rock music as we know it, all gave Jake a platform to grow from and to find his own personal relationship between creation and performance, one that he holds close and without compromise.

Ausserdem war Jake Clemons während der „Working on a Dream“ Tour auch mit Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band auf der Bühne. Am 11. Juli 2008 performte er mit Bruce Springsteen den Song „10th Avenue Freeze Out“ in der „RDS Arena“, Dublin.

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