Feb 15 2012

E Street Band in New Jersey Hall of Fame aufgenommen

Bruce Springsteen wurde im Jahre 2008 gemeinsam mit Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep und Buzz Alrich in die “New Jersey Hall of Fame” aufgenommen (wir berichteten hier).

Im Jahre 2012 wird diese Ehre der E Street Band zuteil. Die Präsident der “New Jersey Hall of Fame” teilte in diesem Zusammenhang mit, dass Steven Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, die verstorbenen Mitglieder Danny Federici und Clarence Clemons sowie die Ex-Musiker Vini Lopez, David Sancious und Ernest Carter am 9. Juni 2012 geehrt werden.

Die Zeremonie findet im “New Jersey Performing Arts Center” in Newark, NJ statt. Da Bruce Springsteen zu diesem Zeitpunkt auf Europatour ist, wird der Festakt zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nachgeholt.

Die offizielle Pressemeldung:

New Jersey Hall Of Fame Announces 50 Nominees For Class Of 2012
NEWARK, NJ (October 11, 2011) – Entertainment legends, inventors, sports heroes, artists, a Vice President and a President comprise some of the 50 great New Jerseyans nominated for the fifth class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame which was made public on Tuesday.

The Arts & Entertainment Category is filled with household names including actors Alan Alda, Christopher Reeve and Michael Douglas. The E Street Band marks the first group to be nominated to the Hall along with legendary musical stars Celia Cruz, Connie Francis, Dionne Warwick, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn. Multi-talented Mr. New Jersey Joe Piscopo rounds out the list … weiterlesen

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Feb 3 2012

Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012: Die Rehearshals beginnen …

Little Steven van Zandt bestätigte in einem Gespräch mit einem “New York Post” Journalisten, dass die E Street Band sehr hart proben müsse. “Wir haben in der Regel nur für ein oder zwei Wochen Zeit, um neue Songs einzustudieren” sagte Van Zandt am Rande der “Lilyhammer Premiere” im New Yorker “Crosby Street Hotel” (wir berichteten hier).
Ausserdem fügte der Musiker und Radio DJ an, dass die Songs des Wrecking Ball Albums sehr interessant und schwierig sind, weil viele neue Einflüsse wie Loops, elektronische Percussions und Rhythmen aus dem Hip Hop und Irish Folk Genre einflossen”.

Unbestätigten Gerüchten zufolge sollen sich die Mitglieder der E Street Band morgen in Asbury Park, NJ treffen, um mit den Rehearshals zu beginnen. Bereits am Samstag – den 12. Februar 2012 – werden die Musiker auf der Bühne stehen und Live bei der “Grammy Verleihung” (wir berichteten hier) in Los Angeles, CA performen.

Die “New York Post” berichtet:

Where’s the Boss
Steven Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are having to do more rehearsing than normal for their upcoming world tour because of the band’s unusual new album. “We usually only rehearse for a week or two,” Van Zandt told us at a premiere of his Netflix series, “Lilyhammer,” Wednesday. “But the music is . . . interesting, and more difficult. And we have other things to figure out because of [the absence of the late] Clarence [Clemons].” Advanced reports on the album, “Wrecking Ball,” say it’s rife with “new textures,” “loops, electronic percussion” and “rhythms from hip-hop to Irish folk.”
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Jan 15 2012

Light of Day 2012: Joe Grushecky feat. Bruce Springsteen

Am Samstag Abend stieg das Abschlusskonzert der “Light of Day” Konzertserie im “Paramount Theatre” in Asbury Park, NJ (wir berichteten hier und hier).

Wie bereits vermutet, kam Bruce Springsteen gegen Mitternacht als Stargast auf die Bühne und spielte mit seinem Freund Joe Grushecky ein zweistündiges Konzert. Zuvor performte der “Boss” mit Garland Jeffreys “Wild in the Street” und mit Willie Nile “One Guitar”.

Setlist mit Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers:

Incident on 57th Street (Acoustic)
East Carson Street (nur Joe Grushecky)
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Never be Enough Time
Adam Raised a Cain
Save my Love
Talk To the King
Atlantic City
Johnny 99
I’m not Sleeping
Because the Night (mit John Eddie, Garland Jeffreys & Willie Nile)
Waiting on a Sunny Day
Pumping Iron (mit Max Weinberg)
Light of Day
The Promised Land
Twist and Shout
Thunder Road (Acoustic)

Videos und Bilder:

Viele Bilder findet man hier: http://rring.shutterfly.com/514

NJ.com berichtet:

Bruce Springsteen plays fun, loose 2-hour set at Light of Day in Asbury Park on Saturday night
It’s a show fans lucky to be at the sold-out Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Saturday night will not soon forget.
Bruce Springsteen played for close to two hours with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers at part of Light of Day 12 to benefit Parkinson’s Disease. Springsteen also played with two other artists and played a magical acoustic “Incdent on 57th Street” before joining Joe Grushecky and his band.
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Jan 14 2012

Videodreh und “Light of Day” Abschlusskonzert in Asbury Park, NJ

Bruce Springsteen war gestern – 13. Januar 2012 – in Asbury Park, NJ zu Gast, um mit einer Filmcrew ein Video zu drehen. Der Ort der Aufnahmen ist leider nicht bekannt.

Am Samstag Abend – 14. Januar 2012 – findet im “Paramount Theatre” das grosse “Light of Day” Abschlusskonzert statt (wir berichteten hier). Neben David Bromberg, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan ist ausserdem Southside Johnny mit seiner Folkband “The Poor Fools” am Start. Eventuell wird Bruce Springsteen als Stargast auf die Bühne kommen.

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Jan 5 2012

Update: 6. und 7. Januar 2012: Clarence Clemons Tribute Konzerte in Norfolk, VA

Am 6. und 7. Januar 2012 finden zwei Clarence Clemons Tribute Konzerte in Norfolk, VA statt. Daily Press berichtet, dass an den beiden Events unter anderem der E Street Band Bassist Gary Tallent, der ehemalige E Street Band Drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi Gitarrist Bobby Bandiera, Gary US Bonds, Nick Clemons Band, Adam Glenn (Steel Mill) und John Cafferty teilnehmen werden. Ausserdem wird vermutet, dass Bruce Springsteen an einem der Konzerte mitwirken wird.

HamptonRoads.com schreibt:

Rumors fly that Springsteen could show at Norfolk concerts
Rumors of an appearance by Bruce Springsteen, Clemons’ superstar buddy for more than 40 years, have floated around since the holidays.
“It’s one of those kind of things where you never know,” said Bill Reid, promoter of the concerts. “It’s certainly not anything that we’re counting on.”
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Die Termine:

Die offizielle Pressemeldung vom 7. Dezember 2011:

ROCK & ROLL LEGEND and NORFOLK NATIVE
CLARENCE CLEMONS OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S E STREET BAND

Friday, January 6 at the historic Attucks Theatre
Saturday, January 7 at The Norva

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The City of Norfolk’s SevenVenues in partnership with The Norva is proud to announce Clarence Clemons tribute concerts the weekend of January 6 & 7, 2012.  Two special concert events will take place: a formal tribute concert with members of the Clemons family in attendance at the historic Attucks Theatre on Friday, January 6 at 8:00pm followed by a celebration concert at The Norva on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00pm.  Confirmed artists include Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Gary Tallent “The Thunder of the E Street Band,” Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez who is known as “The First Beat of the E Street Band” and an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, Rock legend Gary US Bonds of Norfolk, John Cafferty from the Beaver Brown Band (the musical voice of the movie Eddie and Cruisers), The Nick Clemons Band, Adam Glenn of Steel Mill and other musician friends.  Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale Thursday, December 8 at 10:00am followed by tickets for the celebration concert on sale Saturday, December 10 at 10:00am.  Proceeds will benefit the Clemmons Community Center in Chesapeake and are intended to also benefit a scholarship in Clarence Clemons’ name at Norfolk State University.

In delivering his eulogy following the sudden death of Clemons at age 69, Bruce Springsteen said “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies.  He leaves when we die.”  Rock and Roll legend Gary US Bonds notes that “in addition to being a big man, Clarence has a big heart.  I’m so glad we’re finally able to pay tribute to him in my hometown of Norfolk.  We talked about Norfolk all of the time!”  Mr. Bonds and Clemons were close friends having known each other growing up in Norfolk.  Gary US Bonds, as the architect of the “Norfolk Sound” was critically influential on Clarence’s music style, enabling him to further Norfolk’s contribution into Rock music throughout world.  Local concert promoter Bill Reid proclaims “not many Southern cities can claim being the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a helluva claim, but it’s true. It’s a sound everybody, including the Beatles, tried to copy.”

The late Clarence Clemons, affectionately known worldwide as The Big Man, captivated audiences the world over for over forty years with his distinguished ability for making his saxophone speak a universal language.  For more than three decades, Mr. Clemons lofted Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band to become, as some have deemed it, the greatest rock and roll band in the world.  His signature sound was unique to rock music and is heard at its best on hits such as “Born to Run.”  Clemons credited the following sax legends as influences: Junior Walker, King Curtis, and Gato Barbieri; however Clarence developed his own inimitable style, which has made him one of the most renowned saxophonists ever.  He has performed live with the E Street Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, the Grateful Dead, and Ringo Starr’s All Star Band.  Recordings include albums with Aretha Franklin, Paul Young, Alvin Lee and Roy Orbison.   From Dave Koz’s “Sax Man” LP to Ricky Skagg’s “Honey” and most recently on Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,” Clemons aptitude spanned a range of musical genres.  One of his own albums, Hero, includes the hit single “You’re A Friend of Mine”, recorded as a vocal duet with Jackson Browne.  Additional credits include the spiritually inspired CD Peacemaker to Live in Asbury Park Volumes I and II, featuring Bruce Springsteen and Clarence’s band, Temple of Soul.  In 1981, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band collaborated on Gary “US” Bonds comeback hit “This Little Girl” from 1981’s Dedication.

These events are produced in association with Doc Holiday/Scattered Focus LLC.  Doc Holiday was present in 1969 when Bruce Springsteen came into the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ and saw Clarence Clemons playing with Stormin’ Norman Selden’s Joyful Noise and witnessed Bruce asking Clarence to jam with him.  From that point on, the Big Man changed Rock and Roll forever. – Quelle

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