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Courtney Love: 'Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band isn't rock'

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
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Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum.

The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.

Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo...
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Bruce Springsteen to help Steven Spielberg's foundation celebrate 20-year anniversary

April 15th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Rocker Bruce Springsteen will help to mark the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's university foundation by performing at a special benefit gala.

The Born in the U.S.A. hitmaker will be joined by host Conan O'Brien and special guest Liam Neeson at the Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles on 7 May (14).

The event will benefit the filmmaker's University of Southern California Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, which was established in 1994 with the aim of overcoming prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry through education.

Spielberg says, "I am perso...
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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribute, Hall & Oates, KISS & More

April 11th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribut
The surviving members of Nirvana paid tribute to late singer Kurt Cobain at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday by inviting several women of rock on stage to perform the band's classic songs.

Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon belted out "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde closed out the set with "All Apologies."

Cobain's mother, sister and his widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, joined drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on the podium at the Barclays Center to honor the grunge singer.
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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Neil Young calls on big name pals to help him launch Pono campaign

March 12th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Neil Young
Rock legend Neil Young has teamed up with Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Tom Petty to launch a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for his new digital music service and player Pono.

Springsteen, Vedder, Petty, David Crosby, James Taylor and Sting are among the stars who have provided testimonials to support Young's new invention, which recreates the purest sound of the music - as heard in the studio during the recording process.

Launching the new campaign with a video message to music fans, Young says, "It’s about the people who make the music and the way it sounds to us when we’...
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Bruce Springsteen reunites with director for new documentary

March 10th, 2014 4:10am EDT
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Bruce Springsteen is re-teaming with documentary director Thom Zimny for a new behind-the-scenes film about the making of the rocker's most recent record, High Hopes.

Earlier this year (Jan14), the music icon proved he hasn't lost his star power when his 18th studio album debuted at number one in 20 countries.

Prior to its release, Springsteen teamed up with his old pal Zimny for the fourth time, allowing cameras to follow the singer during his studio sessions and rehearsals.

Zimny also sits down with Springsteen for an in-depth interview, and the director talks to the rocker's High Hope...
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Lorde 'Honored' That Bruce Springsteen Covered Her Hit Single 'Royals' At New Zealand Gig

March 7th, 2014 12:08pm EST
Lorde
Bruce Springsteen opened up his concert at Auckland, New Zealand's Mount Smart Stadium with a solo acoustic version of native singer Lorde's smash hit "Royals."

The Boss took the stage with just his guitar and a harmonica and belted out a crowd-pleasing rendition of the Grammy Award-winning single.

Lorde was stunned when she heard the news via twitter, as she was touring the U.S. at the time.

"My Twitter went mental," the 17-year-old singer explained to Australia's News.com.au. "Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!' It was so exciting. It was the highes...
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Lorde welled up after hearing Bruce Springsteen's Royals cover

March 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
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Lorde was overcome with emotion after watching rock icon Bruce Springsteen cover her hit song Royals during a recent concert in her New Zealand hometown.

The Born to Run hitmaker delighted the audience at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland last Saturday (01Mar14), when he played an acoustic version of her Grammy-winning song.

And the 17-year-old singer, who is in the middle of her North American tour, tells News.com.au that she was stunned to learn of the rock legend 's tribute.

She explains, "My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!' I...
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Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde's Royals Down Under

March 3rd, 2014 3:10am EST
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Rock legend Bruce Springsteen gave teen pop newcomer Lorde his official seal of approval on Saturday (01Mar14) by covering her hit song Royals during a concert in her New Zealand hometown.

The music veteran was performing at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, where he decided to treat fans to an acoustic guitar version of Royals, complete with additional notes on harmonica.

Springsteen also tweaked the lyrics to the Grammy-winning track, referring to himself as "King Bee" instead of the 17 year old's original "Queen Bee" in the chorus.

Royals is the latest cover song Springsteen has performe...
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Frozen soundtrack slides back to the top of U.S. charts, Katy Perry makes history

January 29th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Frozen
The Frozen soundtrack has returned to the top of the U.S. album chart for a third week at number one.

It becomes the first film album to spend at least three weeks on top since the soundtrack to High School Musical 2 spent four weeks at number one in 2007.

The 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation is this week's highest debut on the Billboard 200 at number two, while Beyonce's self-titled album rises a spot to three, and A Great Big World's first album, Is There Anybody Out There?, enters the chart at number four.

Last week's number one album, High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen, drops to eight o...
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Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to pal Seeger onstage in South Africa

January 28th, 2014 8:40pm EST
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Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the stage of a gig in South Africa on Tuesday night (28Jan14) after learning of the folk music icon's passing.

Telling fans "I lost a great friend and a hero last night" at the show in Cape Town, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed protest song We Shall Overcome, which became Seeger's signature tune.

He then called the 94 year old environmental campaigner and singer/songwriter "a very courageous freedom fighter" and added his We Shall Overcome was a song that made you "prepared to march into hell's f...
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Bruce Springsteen kicks off first South Africa gig with Mandela tribute

January 27th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Bruce Springsteen kicked off his first-ever show in South Africa at the weekend (25Jan14) by performing The Special A.k.a's Free Nelson Mandela.

The rocker and his band kicked off the 2014 High Hopes tour in front of a capacity crowd at Cape Town's Bellville Velodrome and paid an immediate tribute to South Africa's former leader, Mandela, who died last month (Dec13).

Springsteen will play three shows at the arena before moving on to Johannesburg for a concert on Saturday (01Feb14) - and then to Australia and New Zealand.

His new-look E Street Band features both Steven Van Zandt and Tom M...
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Clean Bandit top U.K. pop charts

January 26th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Pharrell Williams
Clean Bandit have ended Pharrell Williams' run at the top of the U.K. pop charts.

The quartet has debuted at number one with Rather Be.

Williams' Happy falls to two, while the Vamps' Wild Heart is a new entry at three.

Meanwhile, on the album chart, Ellie Goulding reclaims the top spot with Halcyon, a week after Bruce Springsteen ended her two-week run at the top of the countdown with High Hopes.

The Boss' new album falls to two, while Beyonce's self-titled album stays put at three, and Sophie Ellis Bextor's Wanderlust was the chart's highest new entry at four.
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Bruce Springsteen Is Tops With High Hopes

January 23rd, 2014 10:54am EST
Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’
Bruce Springsteen lands at a familiar position, no.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  High Hopes didn’t exactly deliver killer numbers, but the 99,000 copies it moved was enough to give The Boss another notch in his belt… err another no. 1 album.   Perhaps the more negative view of Springsteen’s latest number one is the likelihood of an unfavorable overall ceiling for the album.  Folks, where are 99,000 copies going? That’s rhetorical.

Other albums debut, albeit so-so.  Kidz Bop’s umpteenth album arrives at no. 3, behind the Frozen soundtrack.  The 76,000 copies are actually respectable...
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Bruce Springsteen Shows The King Who's Boss With Number-One Debut Of 'High Hopes'

January 22nd, 2014 9:11pm EST
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Bruce Springsteen's latest record, "High Hopes," has topped the charts after selling just shy of 100,000 copies during its first week of release. It's The Boss's first album to debut with under six-figures of copies sold since at least 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data.

"High Hopes" is Springsteen's 11th number-one debut, moving past Elvis Presley on the all-time list.

While Jay-Z's 13 may be attainable for the 64-year-old performer, the Beatles' record of 19 may be a bit challenging.

Coming in second is the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen, followed by "Kidz Bop 25," w...
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Bruce Springsteen scores 10th U.K. number one album

January 19th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has racked up his 10th number one on the U.K. albums chart with his new release, High Hopes.

The Boss has now surpassed the chart-topping achievements of musicians like David Bowie, Michael Jackson and ABBA, and equalled the records held by the Rolling Stones and U2.

Only four other artists boast more number one albums - The Beatles (15), Madonna (12), Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams, who each have 11 to their names.

High Hopes' high sales knocked Ellie Goulding's Halcyon to two, while Beyonce's self-titled release took third place.

Meanwhile, hip-hop sta...
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Bruce Springsteen praises 'incredible' Kanye West

January 19th, 2014 10:20am EST
Kanye West
Bruce Springsteen says Kanye West is an "incredible" artist.
The rock icon has heaped praise on the rapper for his dedication to innovation, and for putting in "a lot of hours" to make his albums to the best of his abilities.
Speaking to NPR, he said: "[He] is incredible. I mean, the record-making facility, there's a lot of hours in those records.
"And I saw him on television, he did the song called 'Blood on the Leaves' on 'Later... With Jools Holland' - it was fantastic, you know."
While the 'Born to Run' musician listens to Kanye's music because he finds it "fascinating", he admitted it'...
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Review: Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes'

January 17th, 2014 11:21am EST
Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’
When the word ‘unreleased’ gets thrown around alongside ‘new album’, often critics and fans alike find themselves prejudging the album release.  Frequently, it seems that albums featuring previously unreleased, unheard material and covers (reinterpretations) tend to be so-so or a perfect target for criticism compared to the artists best work.  On High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss” has put himself into the arduous position of releasing unreleased material.  Thankfully for The Boss, ever the consummate pro, High Hopes holds up much stronger than many albums of similar class.  Sprin...
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Bruce Springsteen Joins Jimmy Fallon For Chris Christie Song

January 15th, 2014 11:03am EST
Bruce Springsteen Jimmy Fallon
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, but he probably didn't like what the singer did last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Jersey native Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon for a song about a recent political scandal involving Christie's aides allegedly shutting down part of New Jersey's highway to get back at a mayor who did not back Christie's bid for re-election - that's the short version of it, anyway.

Fallon begins the bit by singing an altered version of Born to Run while wearing Springsteen's signature denim cut-off shirt. The song, titled ...
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Amazon Leaks Bruce Springsteen's New Album Two Weeks Early

December 29th, 2013 9:48pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen fans who were checking out Amazon.com's mobile website Saturday night were in for a treat when the online retail giant accidentally made his forthcoming album, "High Hopes," available for download two weeks ahead of its release date.

The album's 12 tracks, eight of which feature former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, were available for individual download only, and a handful of fans were able to get copies of the new album weeks in advance of its official release.

And then someone leaked the album on illegal file sharing websites, according to Billboard.c...
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Steven Van Zandt looking forward to performing in South Africa

December 19th, 2013 3:10am EST
Steven Van Zandt
Rocker Steven Van Zandt cannot wait to perform with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in South Africa for the first time since penning a song in honour of the late Nelson Mandela and his battle to end apartheid.

The guitarist and actor added activist to his resume in 1985 when he founded a group called Artists United Against Apartheid to protest the segregation of black and white citizens in South Africa.

Comprised of about 50 musicians, including U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Keith Richards, among others, they came together to produce the song Sun City, which was named...
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5 Christmas Songs To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

November 30th, 2013 4:00pm EST
5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood
It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years sinc...
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Bruce Springsteen re-records The Ghost of Tom Joad with Morello

November 26th, 2013 3:10am EST
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Bruce Springsteen has re-recorded The Ghost Of Tom Joad with Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello for a new album of covers and revamps.

High Hopes, which will be The Boss' 18th studio album, also features eight other collaborations with Morello, who temporarily joined Springsteen's E Street Band on its 2013 Australian tour while regular guitarist Steven Van Zandt was filming his Netflix series Lilyhammer in Scandinavia.

The new album, which also features fan favourites Harry's Place, Frankie Fell In Love and Dream Baby Dream, will be released in January (14).
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Rutgers University to offer Springsteen course

November 12th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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Fans of Bruce Springsteen can now study The Boss thanks to a new course at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Deans at the New Brunswick college are planning to offer a freshman seminar examining the theology of Springsteen.

Course professor Azzan Yadin-Israel has revealed the class will cover Springsteen's entire discography from his 1973 album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. to last year's (12) Wrecking Ball, according to RollingStone.com.

The professor says, "Springsteen tries to drag the power of religious symbols that are usually relegated to some transcendent reality into our lived...
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Bruce Springsteen still haunted by embarrassing Paris gig

November 1st, 2013 4:10am EDT
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Bruce Springsteen has been forced to relive his most embarrassing onstage moment for a new DVD box set of Amnesty International concert movies.

The Boss agreed to sit down and talk about his experiences with the human rights organisation for a new DVD box set product, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and he reveals he was left cringing after agreeing to be part of a star-studded 1998 Paris gig at the last minute.

Springsteen recalls, "We were in Europe somewhere and they (Amnesty bosses) got in touch and said, 'Hey, they're doing the anniversary show, do you wanna do ...
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Artie Lange: 'Bruce Springsteen saved my life'

October 31st, 2013 4:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Troubled comedian Artie Lange has credited Bruce Springsteen with saving his life after the rocker reached out to offer his support when the funnyman hit rock bottom.

In recent years, Howard Stern's sidekick has struggled with substance abuse, multiple arrests and an alleged suicide attempt, but has since received help and is currently sober.

And during his troubled times, one of the people who helped him stay on the track to sobriety was his longtime hero, Springsteen.

He tells U.S. breakfast show Big Morning Buzz Live, "I always mentioned on the (Howard Stern) show that his music meant...
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Bruce Springsteen To Perform In South Africa For The First Time

October 29th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is set to play his first ever shows in South Africa, 29 years after his E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt launched a protest against apartheid there.

The Boss and his group will head to Cape Town on January 28th & 29th and Johannesburg on February 1st as part of his Wrecking Ball world tour.

The three concerts will mark the first time Springsteen has played in the African nation and will take place almost three decades since Van Zandt set up the Artists United Against Apartheid movement in 1985.

The organization gathered a range of artists, including Bob Dylan, R...
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David Bowie radio to launch for two weeks only

October 25th, 2013 3:00am EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie has landed his own radio network, but it will only be on the air for two weeks.

The British rocker, who is currently in the middle of a career resurgence, will join the likes of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet when he gets his own dedicated satellite station on Sirius XM Radio from 30 October (13).

The station will run until 12 November (13) and will offer fans round-the-clock hits, rarities, live performances and covers of Bowie tunes.
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Sting: 'Peter Gabriel & I stole Springsteen's clothes for prank'

October 25th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Peter Gabriel
Sting has finally revealed how he managed to prank pal Bruce Springsteen on the last night of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour back in 1988 - when he and Peter Gabriel took the stage in identical gear to The Boss and acted as his shadows.

The trio has been recalling the magical moments on the globe-trotting six-week tour for bonus footage on a new DVD package, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and Springsteen can still remember his friends joining him onstage and mirroring his every move.

He says, "They did a hilarious take-off on me on the last night w...
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Carole King Crowned Musicares Person Of The Year For 2014

September 19th, 2013 5:18pm EDT
Carole King
Renowned musician Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year.

The singer/songwriter will be the guest of honor at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles in January, two nights before the Grammy Awards.  The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of p...
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