Yahoo News reports that Bruce Sprinsteen will headline the NCAA March Madness Festival next month in Dallas:
He may have just come off an exhaustive tour in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, but Bruce Springsteen isn’t quite ready for a break. The music icon just announced that he and the E Street Band will roll back into the states with a 15-stop nationwide tour that kicks off on April 8 in Cincinnati.
Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten working lyrics to “Born to Run” — composed in 1974 — are on sale today. Scrawled in blue ink on a 8.5/11 piece of paper, here’s the chorus:
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Billboard reports: “Bruce Springsteen has announced he’ll release a new single on Nov. 25. Titled ‘High Hopes,’ the vibrant song is actually a cover of a track by short-lived Los Angeles band The Havalinas, and fans will note that Springsteen included an earlier version on the 1996 documentary, ‘Blood Brothers.’”
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Someday, historians will look back on this heated exchange as the Lexington and Concord of the 2016 presidential race. Yesterday at a forum in Colorado, Chris Christie called Rand Paul and his fellow libertarians “dangerous” for criticizing the Obama administration’s domestic surveillance programs. Rand, flashing his trademark aqua buddha mischievousness, responded by pulling the trump card on Christie. “In the words of the governor’s favorite lyricist, ‘You know that flag flying over the courthouse, Means certain things are set in stone. Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t,” one of his senior advisers said.
Quoting Springsteen to defend the constitution? Not bad. Quoting, “Long Walk Home” off Magic? Eh.
Jimmy Gandolfini was close with the E Street Band. Little Steven Van Zandt played a key role on “The Sopranos.” But the link between Tony Soprano and Bruce Springsteen is stronger than that. More than any other fictional character, Tony embodied the restless New Jersey desperation Springsteen chronicled in his early period. He was a Jersey boy, stuck in the provinces, torn between reckless escapism and lord-of-the-manor patriarchy. Born to Run. Hungry Heart. Racing in the Street. Those songs get to the big, complicated heart of Tony Soprano.
It’s more than fitting then, that last night in Coventry, England, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played Born to Run in its entirety, dedicating the performance to Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at 51.