SPRINGSTEEN ROCKS ASBURY PARK FOR PARKINSON'S BENEFIT
Bruce Springsteen played a dozen songs on Saturday (January 18th) at Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre at the annual Light Of Day benefit concert to raise money to fight Parkinson's Disease, according to Rolling Stone. “The Boss” has appeared at all but four of the 20 benefit shows, having missed the past four gigs. Springsteen performed two songs with Jesse Malin — “Broken Radio” and “Meet Me At The End Of The World” — and later joined old friends, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers for a nine-song set. Among the other performers taking the stage were Dramarama, the Weeklings, James Maddock, Joe D’Urso, and Willie Nile.
Springsteen interspersed his own E Street Band classics with Grushecky favorites — along with “Savin' Up” — the 1983 tune he wrote for Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers. All told Springsteen and Grushecky tackled “Talking To The King,” “The Promised Land,” “Pumping Iron,” “Atlantic City,” “Never Be Enough Time,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Pink Cadillac,” “Savin' Up,” and “Light Of Day,” featuring the evening's performers. Springsteen closed the show with an acoustic take on “Thunder Road.”
SPRINGSTEEN VINYL REISSUES COMING NEXT MONTH
On February 21st, five Bruce Springsteen albums are being reissued on vinyl. 1999's 18 Tracks, 2001's Live In New York City, 2002's The Rising, and 2005's Devils & Dust will be pressed on LP for the first time since their original releases. Additionally, 2007's Live In Dublin, recorded with the Sessions Band, will be available on vinyl for the first time ever. All albums are now available for pre-order.
Bruce Springsteen told us that following the E Street Band's 1999/2000 reunion tour, the 2002 release of The Rising helped validate and re-establish the band as being a relevant, working outfit: “I guess the nicest thing about it was we were able to reconstitute the band as this ongoing, sort of creative unit, y'know, and, and I think that that process was probably the thing that was hardest in some fashion. And the idea that we were concerned initially about, y'know, not only that the band was as good as it was — as it was in the past, but that it was as good as it was in the past — and then we had to bring other things, y'know, and more, in some fashion.”