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May 11, 1985 | ROBERT HILBURN
. . . a time comes when two people should think of these things. Having a home and a family Facing up to their responsibilities. --Bruce Springsteen's "I Wanna Marry You," 1980. Bruce Springsteen's wedding plans gave the rock 'n' roll world this week one of its hottest pieces of gossip since the "Paul Is Dead" rumors in the '60s. Only this time, the reports turned out to be true. The uproar began Thursday when a Portland, Ore.
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March 1, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It looks (and sounds) like something conceived by the jokers at Funny or Die. But evidently Bruce Springsteen wasn't kidding when he performed a rather growly cover of Lorde's "Royals" during his concert Saturday in that young pop star's hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. Strumming an acoustic guitar in the mournful-folky manner to which his fans are accustomed, Springsteen chews through Lorde's lyrics about never having seen a diamond in the flesh in a video clip posted on YouTube (and brought to the attention of Pop & Hiss by the devoted Springsteen enthusiasts at Rolling Stone)
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October 18, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
To the surprise of approximately no one, rocker Bruce Springsteen has formalized his endorsement of President Obama in the 2012 election by way of a statement posted today on his website . Springsteen already had committed to campaigning in Ohio in support for the president, which he'll be doing Thursday with former President Bill Clinton and on his own, so he decided to explain his thinking: “The election is coming up on all of...
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February 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Having recently completed a first-ever tour of South Africa along with dates in Australia and New Zealand, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have come home. The group will get back out on the road in the U.S. with a run of shows in the South, Midwest and Northeast beginning April 8 in Cincinnati. The band's 15 shows will take it through 10 states, including a May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other tour stops include Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Connecticut.
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February 17, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Hitching The Boss to a Philadelphia institution that normally plumbs the deepest meanings of the Constitution and displays busts of the original signers might seem a stretch. But, yo, this is Philly. Bruce is the city's adopted son. (OK, so he's technically from across the Delaware in Jersey.) Yet it only seems natural that the Constitution Center would eventually honor a sort-of-local boy who made good as America's troubadour. Friday, the center opened a seven-month exhibit, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.
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June 28, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Listen quietly. That soft hum heard in the distance isn't your television set or your tinnitus. It's a medley, one slammed together by an all-star cast of pop stars and a reminder that the 2013 Grammy Awards are not all that far away. OK, so we don't actually know what the medley is yet, but the Recording Academy, the music industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, is already making noise regarding next year's ceremony. This morning, the academy revealed that Bruce Springsteen will be feted as the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year.
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June 22, 2011
Bruce Springsteen eloquently eulogized his friend of more than four decades and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons Tuesday at a private funeral at a small church in Palm Beach, Fla. The roughly two-hour service for the 69-year-old Clemons, known as the Big Man and Springsteen's main foil onstage over their long careers, was at the Royal Poinciana Chapel on this manicured island of the rich and famous. Faint strains of music could be heard outside the small gray church. Springsteen, among those delivering eulogies, spoke of his long kinship with Clemons, according to those leaving the church.
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December 5, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
One of the aspects of a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band show that's become ritualized over the years is when he reaches into the audience to pull a fan onstage to reprise a moment in the music video for "Dancing in the Dark,” which originally was handled by then little-known actress Courteney Cox. On Tuesday in Anaheim, that moment took a whimsical turn when Springsteen hoisted up a young girl of maybe 12 to join him near the...
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March 1, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It looks (and sounds) like something conceived by the jokers at Funny or Die. But evidently Bruce Springsteen wasn't kidding when he performed a rather growly cover of Lorde's "Royals" during his concert Saturday in that young pop star's hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. Strumming an acoustic guitar in the mournful-folky manner to which his fans are accustomed, Springsteen chews through Lorde's lyrics about never having seen a diamond in the flesh in a video clip posted on YouTube (and brought to the attention of Pop & Hiss by the devoted Springsteen enthusiasts at Rolling Stone)
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September 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It appears Bruce Springsteen's daughter is looking for some glory days of her own. Jessica Springsteen bought a gold medal-winning horse from the London Olympics with hopes of competing for the United States in showjumping at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Charles, who rode Murka's Vindicat W in a jump-off to clinch the Olympic team title for Britain during this year's Olympics, sold the 10-year-old gelding to her for an undisclosed price. She can only hope that the horse was born to jump.
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January 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Pete Seeger's death at 94 leaves a huge hole in America's moral conscience. The folk singer was a fixture in music, politics and American life for the latter half of the 20th century, and he continued performing and speaking in public -- including at President Obama's 2009 inauguration and during the Occupy Wall Street protests -- until his death on Monday. The outpouring from fellow musicians, writers and activists was immediate. The White House released a statement describing Seeger as "America's tuning fork," and said that "[o]
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January 27, 2014 | By Claudia Luther, This article has been corrected, as indicated below.
Pete Seeger was a teenager in the 1930s when he heard an Appalachian balladeer perform on an old-fashioned, five-string banjo and fell in love with the instrument, the timeless melodies and, most of all, the words. "Compared to the trivialities of most popular songs," he said later, "the words of these songs had all the meat of human life in them.... They seemed frank, straightforward, honest. " In time, Seeger would arm himself with a banjo, a guitar and the transformative power of music to battle injustice in America and become the folk legend behind numbers such as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn!
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January 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band , but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many others for Amnesty International's  Bringing Human Rights Home event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 5. "We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said in a statement.
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January 19, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It really is happening. If there was ever any doubt that NBC would actually go through with the restructuring of its late-night block, let this stand as hard proof: While promoting his new position as "Tonight Show" host Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jimmy Fallon revealed the first guests of his Feb, 17 debut. Drum roll, please.... It's Will Smith and musical guest U2. On the flip side, Jay Leno will once more wrap his run as late-night king pin - a gig that has totaled more than two decades - on Feb. 6 with first-ever guest Billy Crystal returning to send out Leno, along with musical guest Garth Brooks.
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January 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
How dire has the Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam scandal known as "BridgeGate" gotten for Gov. Chris Christie? So bad that even Jersey's golden child, Bruce Springsteen, is mocking it. Springsteen appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to sing a parody of his anthemic hit "Born to Run" alongside Fallon. The new song, "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam," took dead aim at the governor's current headache. Fallon appeared first, dressed in his best early '80s "Born in the U.S.A.
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December 6, 2013 | By Reed Johnson and Randall Roberts
On “Graceland,” his 1986 Grammy Award-winning album, Paul Simon sang a secular lullaby that could've been addressed to the oppressed black multitudes of apartheid South Africa and their moral leader, Nelson Mandela. “These are the days of lasers in the jungle,” Simon intoned on the album's lead-off track, “The Boy in the Bubble.” “These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don't cry baby, don't cry.” Although the ambiguous lyrics seem to refer to a broader human condition, they also evoke the aspirations that were roiling South Africa in the mid-1980s and that Mandela embodied, both within his country and to the outside world.  FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
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November 6, 2012 | By August Brown
Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finally have made small steps toward reconciling their long-simmering standoff. Springsteen, a lifelong liberal, has for years given the outspoken Republican governor (and huge Bruce fan) the silent treatment, but he has unqualified praise for Christie's work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and said so at several concerts. At a news conference Monday, Christie hinted that they made the making-up official during a recent call he made to President Obama, when the president passed the phone to Springsteen, who was traveling with him on Air Force One.  PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy benefit concert "It was great to talk to the president, and even better to talk to Bruce," Christie joked.
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June 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Actor James Gandolfini had long been a big fan of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the feeling was mutual, in particular for guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who worked closely with Gandolfini on “The Sopranos” in his role as mob lieutenant Silvio Dante. So it was no surprise when Springsteen, Van Zandt and company played “Born to Run” Thursday night at their concert in Coventry, England, and dedicated it to Gandolfini, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 51 while vacationing in Rome.
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November 28, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Bruce Springsteen fans may think they know the lyrics of "Born to Run" backward and forward. The title track of Springsteen's 1975 album is not only one of Springsteen's most recognizable songs, but also arguably one of the defining moments of '70s rock.  "At a time when rock 'n' roll had lost much of its heroic lure," the Los Angeles Times once wrote of the album, "Springsteen gave us reason to believe again in the music and ourselves -...
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November 25, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Bruce Springsteen has set Jan. 14 for the release of "High Hopes," a new studio album with some old familiar tunes. The 12 tracks of "High Hopes" will consist of covers of other artists, studio outtakes and new recordings of songs that have morphed during their live presentations. A video of the title track (watch below) was made available on Springsteen's official website.  Springsteen's 18th studio album overall, the Columbia Records effort will be the artist's first since 2012's "Wrecking Ball.
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