Bruce Springsteen’s new autobiography, titled “Born to Run,” will be released on September 27th, and Bruce discusses his writing process in this new video.
You have to love it when an artist can spoof his own song, so this clip from Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon poking fun at Chris Christie with this “Born to Run” spoof is pretty hilarious.
The NFL is on a roll in terms of popularity, and that has also translated to the Super Bowl half time show. While most football fans are checking out sportsbook reviews as they prepare to wager cash on the big game, many more casual fans are waiting for the half time show each year. This coming year we’ll have Bruno Mars as the featured superstar as the organizers went for a much younger act.
Not that the older acts were busts. Madonna did an excellent job with her half time show. Bruce Springsteen was also excellent several years ago. But if you look at the performers recently since the program started focusing on one artists, it’s really been mostly a classic rock tribute show. Iconic performers like the Rolling Stones, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney and The Who have been tapped along with Bruce and Tom Petty.
Then, with Beyoncé last year and the Black Eyed Peas several years ago, we started seeing more contemporary artists getting the nod. The Beyoncé reunion with Destiny’s Child was a very big hit last year as the dancing became a huge part of the show as it did with the Madonna performance.
Now with Bruno Mars we have another young performer who can really dance, so we can expect a pretty lively show this time as well. Though you have to wonder if the cold weather in New York might affect the half time show along with the game itself. The decision to have the game in New York during February was quite controversial.
The Super Bowl has come a long way since the first game that wasn’t even a sellout, and the half time show has changed quite a bit as well. The spectacle of these performances are light years away from the marching bands that were booked in the early days. I remember when the Orange Bowl half time show was the most talked about event of its kind. Now nothing really compares to the Super Bowl show.
Here’s Bruce’s cover of When I Leave Berlin by British Folk musician Wizz Jones.
Here’s the new single and video from Bruce Springsteen, and the new album, “Wrecking Ball,” will be released on March 6th.
The song seems to be very patriotic. There are no direct military references, but the theme seems very clear. Bruce often speaks this way about his own band, so the idea of comradery always appealed to him.
Bruce kicks off a world tour this spring and then he’ll tour the US. It will be interesting to see how he and the band deal with the loss of Clarence Clemons. Perhaps they’ll avoid sax-based songs for this tour, or maybe he’ll bring on a new sax player.
I’m hoping for a new sax player. Many old songs won’t be the same without the sax.