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Celebrity Telethon Helps Raise $23 Million For Hurricane Sandy Victims

11/4/2012 10:54am EST
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting were among those who performed at a concert on Friday to raise money for those suffering after Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast.

Aguilera kicked off the telethon saying, "I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago Hurricane Sandy came through and devastated it, as it did most of the eastern seaboard. We've come together tonight to tell every single person who's suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters."

Billy Joel, Mary J. Bli...
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Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel To Rock Hurricane Sandy Benefit

11/1/2012 3:07pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey-born rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and New Yorker Billy Joel will be performing Friday night on NBC to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air on the network as a live telethon and will feature the musicians rocking out. Sting, Christina Aguilera, and Brian Williams are set to appear, and Matt Lauer will host. The telethon is set to begin at 8 p.m. EST.

The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross, and NBC has offered other networks the option to carry the feed. To donate to the Red Cross in the meantime, visit ...
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Bruce Springsteen To Perform Free Concert In Support Of President Obama

10/22/2012 9:33am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is ramping up his support for Barack Obama by offering to play a free concert on Tuesday to help the President's re-election bid.

The Boss will take to the stage in Charlottesville, Virginia, to back Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before voters head to the polling stations next month .

Tickets to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion performance were made available on a first-come, first-served basis from the President's Charlottesville headquarters on Sunday.

Last week, Springsteen outlined his reasons for endorsing Obama on his website, writing, "We're still living thro...
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Bruce Springsteen Honors Steven Van Zandt At NYC Benefit Show

10/17/2012 8:50am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen stepped up to present his E Street Band co-star Steven Van Zandt with a special award during a charity concert in New York City on Tuesday night.

The Boss took to the stage at the Right 2 Rock Celebration in aid of the Little Kids Rock organization at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, where the musician was honored with a prize in recognition of his charity work.

Springsteen handed his friend the Big Man Award, which was named after the pair's late bandmate, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, prior to his death in 2011, and during his speech, he poked fun at his former...
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Celebrity Birthdays - September 23, 2012

9/23/2012 3:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to:

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Actress Anneliese Van der Pol (1984)

Actress Kate French (1984)

Singer Matt White (1980)

Actor Anthony Mackie (1979)

Actress Keri Lynn Pratt (1978)

Model Kip Pardue (1976)

Actress Jaime Bergman (1975)

Rapper Jermaine Dupri (1972)

Folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970)

Actress LisaRaye (1966)

Actor Chi McBride (1961)

Actress Elizabeth Pena (1959)

Actor Jason Alexander (1959)

Actress Rosalind Chao (1957)

Actress Mary Kay Place (1947)

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943)

Actress Romy Schneider (1938; d. 1982)

Pianist Ray Charl...
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Bruce Springsteen Reunites With Original Drummer At New Jersey Show

9/21/2012 11:01pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen reunited with his original drummer in New Jersey on Wednesday night when Vini Lopez briefly replaced Max Weinberg for The Boss' run through band anthem "E Street Shuffle".

Springsteen and his bandmates were in the middle of the tune at MetLife Stadium when Weinberg stepped down from his kit and appeared to walk off stage, prompting the bandleader to ask, "What happened to the drummer?"

After a short delay, Lopez took over and performed the track he originally recorded with Springsteen in the early 1970s.

Lopez, who quit the E Street Band in 1974, returned to the stage f...
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Bruce Springsteen And E Street Band Perform Record-Breaking Four Hour Concert

8/1/2012 11:29am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen wrapped up his European tour with a bang on Tuesday by playing the longest concert of his career.

The Boss is known for his lengthy shows, but he set a new record onstage at Finland's Helsinki Olympic Stadium with a set clocking in at four hours and six minutes.

Springsteen performed 33 songs, including covers of John Fogerty's Rockin' All Over The World and Jackie Wilson's (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.

Towards the end of the gig, guitarist Steven Van Zandt held up a cardboard sign which read, "Over 4 hrs (hours) now!" to mark the rocker's feat.

P...
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Bruce Springsteen Says He's Battled Depression For Over 20 Years

7/25/2012 10:37am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has revealed a long battle with depression in a recent interview with The New Yorker. Springsteen says he has been seeing a psychiatrist since 1982 to battle the self-loathing and suicidal thoughts he felt when he was just becoming a huge star.

Springsteen says his late father also had a form of isolating depression. "My dad was very nonverbal — you couldn’t really have a conversation with him.

"My parents’ struggles, it’s the subject of my life. It’s the thing that eats at me and always will. My life took a very different course, but my life is an anomaly. Those wounds ...
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Festival Organizers Defend Bruce Springsteen Cut Off

7/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Organizers of a London music festival have defended their decision to shut down Bruce Springsteen's set after he broke a curfew, blaming the move on health and safety rules.

The Boss took to the stage to headline the Hard Rock Calling event in London's Hyde Park on Saturday night and at the end of his three-hour show, he brought out Paul McCartney for an encore.

The pair played two songs, but they were cut off when festival bosses turned off their microphones in a bid to stop the gig from over- running.

Springsteen's E Street Band bandmate Steven Van Zandt criticised the move on Twitt...
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Bruce Springsteen London Concert Cut Short By Officials

7/15/2012 8:16am EDT
Bruce Springsteen London Concert Cut Short By Officials
Bruce Springsteen hit the stage in London over the weekend to headline the finale at the Hard Rock Calling festival held at Hyde Park in London Saturday. Taking the stage with him for the finale was none other than the knighted Beatle himself, Sir Paul McCartney.

Apparently the status of the two rock legends wasn't enough to extend the concert being held in one of London's largest outdoor parks.

Springsteen is known for his marathon sets and in the climax of the three hour show McCartney and Springsteen were playing an old Beatles favorite “Twist and Shout” when the plug was pulled on th...
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Bruce Springsteen Named MusiCares Person Of The Year

6/28/2012 1:10pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is to be named Person of the Year by officials at the MusiCares Foundation for his glittering career and tireless charity work.

The Born to Run hit-maker will be the guest of honor at the charitable organization's annual gala in Los Angeles next February, where he will receive the award.

MusiCares President Neil Portnow says, "Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian. His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tena...
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Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

4/9/2012 6:30pm EDT
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A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...
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Bruce Springsteen Jumps Into Crowd During Concert & Drinks Fan's Beer (Video)

4/1/2012 10:11am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen toasted his audience during a gig in Pennsylvania earlier this week when he downed a fan's beer.

The Born in the USA rocker was playing a show in Philadelphia on Wednesday and thrilled fans by leaving the stage during a rendition of Raise Your Hand.

As he mingled with the crowd, he stopped and sat next to one fan - before grabbing the man's beer and gulping it down.

He then toasted the audience as he made his way back to the stage.
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Bruce Springsteen Offers Songwriting Secrets At SXSW

3/15/2012 9:12pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen volunteered a few songwriting secrets during his keynote speech at the South By Southwest festival on Thursday, joking his successes are based on other people's tunes.

The Boss turned professor for the afternoon as he talked about his career and the longevity of rock 'n' roll and picked up a guitar to strum through some of his fan favorites.

The highlight of his speech came when he played The Animals' Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and followed up with his own Badlands, revealing, "It's the same f**king riff, man."

He later performed a rendition of another Animals hit, W...
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Bruce Springsteen Ends Adele's Reign At The Top Of The Billboard 200

3/14/2012 9:12pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has landed his 10th number one album in the U.S. after ending Adele's run at the top of the charts.

The rocker's "Wrecking Ball" only just beat the British singer's "21" to the top of the Billboard 200 countdown - sales for the two albums were close for much of the past week, but Springsteen's new release edged ahead of Adele's just in time for Wednesday's official chart announcement.

Springsteen's album sold 196,000 copies in its first week - just one thousand more than Adele's.

The rocker now ties Elvis Presley for the third-most number ones in history. Only the Beatl...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

2/21/2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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Steven Van Zandt Psyched About His New Show's Success In Norway

2/18/2012 11:30am EST
Steven Van Zandt
Rocker Steven Van Zandt has been left shocked and stunned by his new TV success in Norway - almost half the country is watching his new show "Lilyhammer."

More than one million locals tuned in to watch the debut of the drama, about an FBI informer hiding from the Mafia in Scandinavia, last month, and the ratings keep going up, making the series the biggest ever for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK1.

And Bruce Springsteen's sidekick, who starred in "The Sopranos," can't quite wrap his head around the success.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "The first week, it blew everybody's mind - big...
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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit To Open In Philadelphia

2/16/2012 2:37pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
A museum exhibit dedicated to rocker Bruce Springsteen is set to open in Pennsylvania on Friday.

The Born in the U.S.A. singer has long been referred to as one of America's most iconic and patriotic stars and now he's set to be honored with a display at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen will celebrate the musician's long career and feature a variety of memorabilia including hand-written set lists and clothing.

An executive at the center, David Eisner, tells the Wall Street Journal, "No other...
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Defends Whitney Houston Flag Tribute

2/16/2012 8:13am EST
Chris Christie
The governor of New Jersey has defended his decision to lower flags to half-mast on Saturday to mark state native Whitney Houston's funeral, following a backlash from residents.

Governor Chris Christie ordered flags on state government buildings to be lowered when the singing legend is laid to rest at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where she sang as a child.

Several residents have gone online to complain about Governor Christie's decision, insisting a star with Houston's past drug problems should not warrant such a mark of respect.

However, the politician is adaman...
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Pearl Jam To Join Tom Petty & Bruce Springsteen At Isle Of Wight Festival

12/8/2011 11:44pm EST
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam have completed the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival headliner line-up by confirming they'll close the Saturday night of the event in June.

The appearance will be the second of eight shows the rockers will perform in Europe next summer.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline the first night of the festival on June 22 and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will close the three-day affair on June 24.

The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher, Noah and the Whale and Elbow have also been added to the bill.
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Madonna Confirmed As Super Bowl Halftime Act

12/5/2011 8:15am EST
Madonna
Madonna will team up with Cirque Du Soleil for her performance at the prestigious 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The pop icon will follow in the footsteps of stars including Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, The Who and Bruce Springsteen to headline the big game's mid-point spectacular.

The Material Girl's representatives have confirmed the news after months of speculation and revealed Madonna will be working with a creative team from circus group Cirque du Soleil for the performance.

A statement reads, "We are happy to confirm that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Hal...
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Bruce Springsteen To Headline 2012 Isle Of Wight Festival

11/21/2011 10:35pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is to headline the 2012 Isle of Wight festival in Britain.

The Boss and his E Street Band announced plans for a major world tour in 2012 on Monday and now date details are beginning to emerge.

Springsteen will perform at the final night of the Isle of Wight festival and he'll also hit the stage at London's Hard Rock Calling event next summer. He'll also play two UK stadium shows next June.

The concerts will coincide with promotional work surrounding the singer/songwriter's 18th studio album - his first since beloved E Street Band member Clarence Clemons died earlier thi...
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The Rolling Stones To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

11/21/2011 3:50pm EST
The Rolling Stones
Classic recordings by Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones are among the 2012 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Every year, the Recording Academy's trustees select a collection of tracks and albums considered to be of lasting significance that are at least 25 years old.

And this time around Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It will be entered alongside The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. album and Gloria Gaynor's disco classic I Will Survive.

Also set for the honor are late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,...
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Bruce Springsteen To Hit The Road Again

11/21/2011 1:40pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is set to hit the road for his first tour since beloved E Street Band member Clarence Clemons died earlier this year.

The legendary rocker was left devastated when the 69-year-old saxophonist passed away in June after suffering complications following a stroke, and he gave a moving eulogy at his pal's funeral in Florida.

He later played an emotional tribute concert in memory of his late friend, and now Springsteen and his band are preparing to release new material and take to the stage for their first tour since Clemons' death.

In a post on his website, Springsteen w...
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Nils Lofgren Opens Up About Bruce Springsteen's 'Secret Band'

11/17/2011 9:04pm EST
Nils Lofgren
Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa have formed a secret supergroup - but they only perform at home.

The Boss' longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren has revealed he often gets the call to turn up at the Springsteen family home for an all-star jam session around the kitchen table.

He tells RollingStone.com, "When I go to Patti and Bruce's we call ourselves The Wack Brothers. We laugh and come up with wacky stuff because we're very uninhibited around each other.

"Patti's singing, usually playing a guitar. Steve Jordan's on drums. I'm usually on some kind of guitar, Cliff C...
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Report: Madonna To Headline Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

10/4/2011 10:00am EDT
Madonna
SBNation.com is reporting that Madonna has been picked for the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Citing an inside source, the website says that the Material Girl will be performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the February 5 event.

After Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has been picking classic acts for their halftime shows. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who have all performed since. Last year the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash took the stage to poor re...
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Celebrity Birthdays - September 23, 2011

9/23/2011 3:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to:

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Actress Kate French (1984)

Cascada singer Natalie Horler (1981)

Singer Matt White (1980)

Son of the Beach actress Jaime Bergman (1975)

Music producer Jermaine Dupri (1972)

Prolific folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970)

Actress Michelle Thomas (1969; d.1998)

All of Us" actress LisaRaye (1966)

Actor Chi McBride (1961)

Transamerica actress Elizabeth Pena (1959)

Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander (1959)

Actress Mary Kay Place (1947)

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943)

Blues musician Roy Buchanan (1939; d. 1988)

"Green Acres" actor T...
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Sting To Celebrate His 60th Birthday With Charity Concert

8/31/2011 7:46am EDT
Sting
Sting will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in style - he's staging a charity concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

The rocker, who turns the milestone on October 2nd, is to mark the date with a charity show, and he's invited his showbiz pals to take to the stage with him in New York.

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel are also among the stars set to play the one-off concert, to raise funds for anti-poverty charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo care...
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Larry David Aggravated By 'Ridiculous' Money Gossip

8/22/2011 11:23am EDT
Larry David
Funnyman Larry David has played down his reputation as a multi-millionaire, insisting it's "ridiculous" his fans are "obsessed" with his personal wealth.

The Curb Your Enthusiasm star is rumored to have made a fortune from the rights to the hit show, which has been syndicated around the world.

Media commentators often compare him to his famously wealthy Seinfeld co-star Jerry Seinfeld, but David is frustrated with the ongoing gossip about his wealth because "half" of his earnings were handed to his ex-wife Laurie Lennard following their divorce in 2007.

He tells Britain's Observer mag...
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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Clarence Clemons

6/20/2011 10:57pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to his "great friend" Clarence Clemons after the legendary saxophonist died on Saturday at the age of 69.

The musician passed away from complications stemming from a major stroke he suffered earlier this month.

Clemons was a regular in Springsteen's E-Street Band and the rocker told fans of his "immeasurable" sadness after hearing the news.

He writes on his website, "He was my great friend, my partner. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankf...
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