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 8 2012

Clarence Clemons Tribute in Norfolk, VA

Am Freitag und Samstag – 6. und 7. Januar 2012 – fanden zwei Clarence Clemons Tribute Konzerte in Norfolk, VA statt.
Diverse Musiker und Bands, wie die Nick Clemons Band, Gary US Bonds, Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Vini Lopez und der E Street Band Bassist Garry Tallent sorgten im ”Attucks Theatre” und im “Norva” für beste Stimmung und erinnerten an den im Juni 2011 verstorbenen Saxophonisten Clarence Clemons (wir berichteten hier).
Bruce Springsteen war wider Erwarten nicht mit von der Partie.


Backstreets.com berichtet:

The evening opened with the Nick Clemons Band, being seen and heard for the first time by many of his relatives in the theatre. Said Nick, “Dad broke a lot of hearts in this town.” Nick was followed by Jake Clemons, with Nick in background], who did an acoustic set and spoke tenderly of his late uncle and how there wasn’t one person in the room Clarence didn’t touch. Jake showed off his Clarence-owned boots that had traveled for ten years, all over the world. “Clarence is in the garden now,” he said as he sang “A Fool in Love” with assistance on the sax from Michael “Tunes” Antunes of the Beaver Brown Band.
Denise Christison of the Attucks Theatre did the official welcome and revealed that Clarence had seen James Brown in the theatre as a teenager. She then introduced Gary U.S. Bonds, who was the master of ceremonies for the rest of the night. Gary’s band was a who’s who of Asbury Park musicians, a supergroup consisiting of Vini Lopez on drums, Garry W. Tallent on bass, Bobby Bandiera on lead guitar, with the horn section including members of Nick’s band, Jake, and Antunes.
Gary opened with “New Orleans” followed by “This Little Girl,” Southside Johnny popping on stage to sing backing vocals with Bobby. Bonds sang the song Little Steven wrote for him, “Daddy’s Coming Home,” and shared his feelings about Clarence when the song was first recorded and how haunting his sax solo was. “Quarter to Three” got the joint jumpin’ and shook the theatre so hard pieces of the old rafters fell like snow.
Vini Lopez took two solo spots, “Going Down to Georgia” and “Crown Liquor,” with assistance from Nick and Jake.
John Cafferty took the stage next, telling of his last time with Clarence at a fundraiser in Rhode Island and of how C treated everyone on the crew like family. But the emotional highlight of his set was during “Tender Years,” when Antunes took the spotlight and spoke from his heart about how Clarence’s talent has clearly passed on to his family; he then played the most emotional sax solo that drew a spiritual response from members of the Clemons family in the audience, plus cheers and tears and a standing ovation from the crowd.
The evening continued with sets from Southside Johnny (including “The Fever” and “I Don’t Want to Go Home”) and Bobby Bandiera, closing out with Garry Tallent anchoring a set of E Street specials. Jobonanno took lead vocals here for “Spirit in the Night,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” and a full-band, trainwreck-fun version of “Rosalita” immediately going into Jake doing the “Jungleland” solo to cap the night.

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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.”

Die Termine:

Die offizielle Pressemeldung vom 7. Dezember 2011:


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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Jan 5 2012

“Light of Day” 2011 / 2012 – Termine und Künstler stehen fest

Auch in diesem Jahr gibt es wieder diverse “Light of Day” Benefizveranstaltungen.

Der Startschuss fiel bereits am 10. November 2011 in Hamilton, ONT (Kanada). Im “This Ain’t Hollywood” spielten John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan. Tags darauf machten die Musiker in “Greg Frewin Theatre” in Niagara Falls, ONT Station, um Spendengelder für die gemeinnützige “Light of Day” Organisation einzusammeln.

Der eigentliche Höhepunkt der Konzertserie findet zwischen dem 11. und 15. Januar 2012 statt. An diesen Tagen werden Künstler im “Cutting Room” (New York City, NY), im “Stone Pony”, im “Asbury Lanes”, im “Paramount Theater” und im “Tim McLoone’s Supper Club” (Asbury Park, NJ) auftreten.

Am 14. Januar 2012 geben sich im “Paramount Theatre” unter anderem David Bromberg, Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan die Ehre.
Tags zuvor steigt im Stone Pony die “Asbury Angels” Party. Ansässige Künstler und Bands (Sensational Soul Cruisers featuring J.T. Bowen, Nick Clemons Band, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, Boccigaluple & the Bad Boys und JoBonnano and the Godsons of Soul) werden an die verstorbenen Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Kevin Kavanaugh, Donnie Bertleson und John Luraschi erinnern.

Weitere Termine findet man auf der offiziellen Homepage der “Light of Day” Foundation.

Über “Light of Day”:

Bob Benjamin, ein Musiker und Manager aus New Jersey, erkrankte im Jahre 1996 an der Parkinson Krankheit. Zwei Jahre später entschloss sich Benjamin, mit Freunden eine gemeinnützige Stiftung ins Leben zu rufen und Spendengelder für Betroffene und Angehörige einzusammeln.
Im November 2000 fand im legendären “Stone Pony” in Asbury Park, NJ das erste “Light of Day Festival” statt. Unter anderem spielten ortsansässige Bands sowie Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers. Bruce Springsteen kündigte sein Kommen an und sorgte dafür, dass das Festival ein grosser Erfolg wurde.
In den Jahren 2001 und 2002 zog die Show ins inzwischen abgerissene “Tradewinds” nach Sea Bright, NJ um. Doch schon ein Jahr später siedelte das “Light of Day Festival” wieder nach Asbury Park, NJ um.

Bruce Springsteen und das “Light of Day Festival”:

Bruce Springsteen unterstützt das Festival seit dem Jahre 2000.

  • Light of Day 2000 – 3. November 2000
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Light of Day 2001 – 3. November 2001
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
  • Light of Day 2003 – 1. November 2003
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Light of Day 2004 – 6. November 2004
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Light of Day 2006 – 2. November 2006
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
    Bruce Springsteen, Marah / Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Light of Day 2010 – 16. Januar 2011
    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Willie Nile / Jesse Malin / Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers / Alejandro Escovedo

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Nov 12 2011

The Soul Of Asbury Park Comes To The Paramount Theatre

Heute Abend (12. November 2011) findet im “Paramount Theatre”, Asbury Park, NJ ein ganz besonderes Konzertereignis statt. Unter dem Motto “The Soul of Asbury Park” werden diverse Musiker wie Nicky Addeo, Billy Brown, Bobby Thomas und Lenny Welch auftreten, um feinste Soul Music zu zelebrieren.
Am 2. April 2011 gab sich Nicky Addeo bereits die Ehre und spielte ein Konzert in der “Wonder Bar” (wir berichteten hier). Damals kamen Southside Johnny, Ex E-Street-Band-Drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez und Bruce Springsteen auf die Bühne.
Ob der “Boss” am Abend persönlich am Auftritt teilnehmen wird, ist nicht bekannt.

Video – Bruce Springsteen & Nicky Addeo am 2. April 2011:

Die offizielle Ankündigung des Veranstalters:

A once-in-a-lifetime concert, featuring Asbury Park’s well-known West Side musicians, will be held at the famous Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The concert, called “The Soul of Asbury Park,” will feature Ray, Goodman and Brown, with Asbury Park native Billy Brown. Bobby Thomas, also from Asbury Park, will appear in a special tribute to the original Orioles.  A reunion of Asbury Park’s original The Broadways is slated, along with an appearance by Nicky Addeo and The Nite Owl Band. Other special guests are also expected to perform.
“Trust me, if you love Asbury Park and love this great music- then you will not want to miss this concert,” Asbury Park Historical Society President Don Stine said.
And the city’s West Side music scene has not gone unnoticed by Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon, who both agree to being strongly influenced by this music. On April 2, both Springsteen and Lyon took part in a panel discussion that included Bobby Thomas and Nicky Addeo, moderated by author Daniel Wolff.
Springsteen and Lyon, neither formally trained in music, spent countless hours listening to the many hits recorded by these West Side musicians, later incorporating some of those sounds into their own music.
Later that night, a sold-out concert was held at Asbury Park’s Wonder Bar featuring Billy Brown, Robert Coleman, Bobby Thomas, Nicky Addeo and others, who will also be featured at the Nov. 12 concert. Both Springsteen and Lyon joined the headlining musicians on stage and performed doo-wop and soul classics reminiscent of their formative years in Asbury Park … weiterlesen

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