Feb 18 2012

Rolling Stone Magazin: Interview mit Bruce Springsteen

“Wrecking Ball” ist eine vernichtende Anklage gegen die Gier der Wall Street Broker. Produzent Ron Aniello hat mir die Möglichkeit gegeben, mit verschiedenen Sounds zu experimentieren.

So wird Bruce Springsteen in einem Interview mit dem amerikanischen Rolling Stone Magazin zitiert. Weiter erklärte der Künstler, dass “Rocky Ground” von Hip Hop Einflüssen geprägt ist. Ausserdem ist “Death to my Hometown” ein Song, der an irischen Folk erinnert. Darüber hinaus ist Clarence Clemons Saxophonspiel bei “Land of Hope and Dreams” zu hören.

Das Rolling Stone Magazin berichtet:

Exclusive: Bruce Springsteen Explains His Experimental New Album
The result was Wrecking Ball, a scathing indictment of Wall Street greed and corruption and a look into the devastation it has wrought. “This is as direct a record as I ever made,” Springsteen tells Rolling Stone. “That’s with the possible exception of Nebraska, which this record has a lot in common with.”
The stark subject matter is paired with an experimental sonic palette that Springsteen created with producer Ron Aniello. “The record basically started out as folk music – just me and a guitar singing these songs,” says Springsteen. “Then Ron brought a large library of sound that allowed me to explore – like  maybe a hip-hop drum loop or country-blues stomp loop. The actual drums came later. There was no preconceived set of instruments that needed to be used, I could go anywhere, do anything, use anything. It was very wide open.”
Album opener “We Take Care of Our Own” poses a question: Do Americans take care of their own? The songs that follow make the answer clear: The narrator of the slow waltz “Jack of All Trades” struggles to find work, while the anti-hero of the country-folk stomper “Easy Money” decides to imitate “all them fat cats” on Wall Street by turning to crime. The similarly uptempo “Shackled and Drawn,” meanwhile, offers a political analysis worthy of Woody Guthrie: “Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill/ It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill/ Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong/ Down here below we’re shackled and drawn.”

Bruce Springsteens siebzehntes Studioalbum “Wrecking Ball” wird am 2. März in Deutschland erscheinen. Das Werk kann auf Amazon.de bzw. im Stonepony Fanshop vorbestellt werden. In Deutschland wird es das Standard-Album (ohne Bonus Tracks), eine Special Edition (mit Bonus Tracks) sowie eine Doppel-Vinyl-LP geben.

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Feb 15 2012

Rolling Stone Interview mit Steven van Zandt

Das “Rolling Stone Magazin” hat Little Steven van Zandt interviewt. Unter anderem spricht der E Street Band Gitarrist über die Grammy Show und die anstehende “Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012”.

Das “Rolling Stone Magazin” berichtet:

Exclusive Q&A: Steve Van Zandt on New Show, Life Without Clarence Clemons
Did you enjoy The Grammys last night?
It was fun, actually. There was a bit of sadness hanging over the whole proceedings, but they turned it into more of a celebration of life rather than focusing on the sad parts.

Are you doing rehearsal shows before the tour begins?
I don’t know yet. At the moment, our rehearsal show would be The Apollo, which is only the most important venue of all time. So, we gotta make sure we don’t get the hook. What usually happens is we open up rehearsals near the end and bring people in. That’s probably will be the same thing that’ll happen here. We’ll do something before The Apollo, I’m sure. You don’t want to start with a live broadcast never having made it through the set. Even for us, that’s a bit much – although we do like challenges. Like what we did last night. That was fun.

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Feb 15 2012

Rolling Stone Magazin: “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”

Das amerikanische Rolling Stone Magazin hat die 100 grössten Gitarristen aller Zeiten gekürt.
Auf Platz 96 findet man Bruce Springsteen.

Das Rolling Stone Magazin schreibt:

96. Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has always had a not-so-secret weapon: “I got signed in the pack of new Dylans,” he told Rolling Stone, “but I could turn around, kick-start my Telecaster and burn the house down.” Springsteen didn’t make any technical breakthroughs on guitar, but few players are better at coaxing emotion from steel and wood: witness the surf-rock recklessness of the “Born to Run” solo, the junkyard-dog bite of “Adam Raised a Cain” and the melancholy twang of “Tougher Than the Rest.”
Key Tracks: “Kitty’s Back,” “Backstreets”

Die Top 10:

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Eric Clapton
  3. Jimmy Page
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Jeff Beck
  6. B.B. King
  7. Chuck Berry
  8. Eddie Van Halen
  9. Duane Allman
  10. Pete Townshend

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Jan 20 2012

Rezensionen zu “We Take Care Of Our Own”

Das amerikanische “Rolling Stone Magazin” hat Bruce Springsteens Singleauskopplung “We Take Care Of Our Own” unter die Lupe genommen und mit vier Sternen bedacht. Im besagten Onlinebericht schreibt David Fricke, dass Bruce Springsteen eine Nation anklagt, die durch die Weltwirtschaftskrise und Kriege erschöpft ist.

Auszug aus dem Rolling Stone Artikel:

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care of Our Own
Anguish and challenge run thick and fast, at a martial-rock clip, in the first single from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming election-year address, Wrecking Ball (due March 6th). “I’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone/The road of good intentions has turned dry as a bone,” he laments in the first verse, a precise, devastating assessment of a nation exhausted by economic straits and locked in an uncivil war of values stoked by selfish Washington gridlock. It gets worse: “Where are the hearts that run over with mercy?”

Ann Powers von NPR.org schreibt, dass Bruce Springsteen mit “We Take Care Of Our Own” eine bittere Hymne geschaffen hat und nach Lösungen sucht.

‘We Take Care Of Our Own’: Springsteen’s New Wave Of Social Protest
One thing about “We Take Care of Our Own” is pure Boss, though: the lyric. This is a bitter anthem crafted for a political moment that, for progressives like Springsteen, demands cruel clarity. The way its hook — the seeming don’t-tread-on-me sentiment of the title line — plays against other lines like “I been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone/The road of good intentions has gone dry as bone” or “We yelled ‘help’ but the cavalry stayed home” is pure Boss.

Auch die LA TIMES und REUTERS haben über die Bruce Springsteen Singleveröffentlichung berichtet.

LA TIMES: Bruce Springsteen’s patriotic ‘We Take Care of Our Own’
Never one to stray too far from his core mission of crafting solidly structured rock songs built on a blueprint passed down from American generation to generation, “We Take Care of Our Own” — except for one modern wash of guitar, a few echoed drum pops, and one (big) glaring absence — sounds like a track that could have been on any his classic albums from 1975 to 1984, from “Born to Run” through “Born in the U.S.A.” (excluding his acoustic “Nebraska”). These records are undeniably rock ‘n’ roll and constructed with the help of his E Street Band.

REUTERS: Springsteen Does Another Political Fakeout With ‘We Take Care of Our Own’
It’s not just “America the Beautiful” that Bruce references here. When he sings “From the shotgun shack to the Superdome,” he’s clearly alluding to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” which was arguably the most misunderstood song of all time prior to “Born in the USA.”

Bruce Springsteens siebzehntes Studioalbum “Wrecking Ball” wird am 2. März in Deutschland erscheinen. Das Werk kann auf Amazon.de bzw. im  Stonepony Fanshop vorbestellt werden.

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Jan 18 2012

Rolling Stone Magazin: Bruce Springsteen Returns With Wild New Album

Das amerikanische “Rolling Stone Magazin” hat ein Interview mit Bruce Springsteens Manager Jon Landau geführt.
Der 65jährige erzählte, dass Bruce Springsteen auf seinem anstehenden Werk klassische Elemente (Seeger Sessions) mit moderner Musik verknüpft hat und auch elektronische Percussions, Irish Folk und Hip Hop hat einfliessen lassen.
Neben Mitgliedern der E Street Band sollen auch externe Musiker wie Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) und eventuell Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers) am neuen Album mitgewirkt haben.
Ausserdem berichtet das “Rolling Stone Magazin”, dass in Kürze Infos zum neuen Album sowie weitere Tourdaten veröffentlichen werden.

Auszug aus dem Rolling Stone Bericht:

Bruce Springsteen Returns With Wild New Album
Bruce Springsteen is close to announcing his 17th studio album and a U.S. tour with the E Street Band. Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau tells Rolling Stone that the record is an ambitious “big-picture piece of work.

According to Landau, the record has “social overtones” – although it was largely written before Occupy Wall Street began and doesn’t directly address the movement. The LP also has a “very pronounced spiritual dimension,” adds Landau.

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