WATCH: Bruce Springsteen Stands In For Bono at U2 Concert

Last night in New York City U2 took to Times Square for a surprise concert performance in honor of World AIDS Day. As we reported, a recent bike accident kept Bono from performing, so Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin stood in as lead singers for the band.

Springsteen proved a worthy replacement for Bono, taking on “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Check out the full, 11-minute performance below:

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Bruce Springsteen Standing In for Bono at U2 Performance Tonight in Times Square

U2 has announced it will perform a surprise show tonight in Times Square to commemorate World AIDS Day. Well, most of U2. Due to a recent motorcycle accident, Bono won’t be able to perform, so the band has enlisted the help of Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who will take turns standing in as lead vocalist.

The performance, presented by Bono’s (RED) organization, will also feature solo performances by Kanye West and country queen Carrie Underwood.

The show takes place tonight, Monday, December 1st, at 7:30 p.m. in Duffy Square in Times Square. That’s on Broadway between 46th and 47th streets. There’s still time to hop the Amtrak or a Bolt Bus, but if you’re not feeling spontaneous, the show will be streamed live on YouTube here:

(h/t Pitchfork)

Bruce Springsteen Performing in Free Veterans Day Concert in DC, Will Be Televised

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Bruce Springsteen is joining other A-list music stars, like Rihanna, The Black Keys, Eminem, and Jennifer Hudson, for the first-ever Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. this evening. The show is a Veterans Day affair, meant to bring people together on the National Mall and on TVs and computer screens across the country to pay homage to veterans and active duty service members.

The Washington Times expects 800,000 people at the event, which takes place tonight, November 11th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s still plenty of time to drive down if you want to brave the crowd, but there are other ways to see the show. HBO, a partner of the event, will televise the concert live, and it will be available for non-subscribers. For subscribers, Concert for Valor will be aired on HBO and HBO GO throughout the month of November.

Folks can also live-stream the show as it happens at theconcertforvalor.com, and iHeartRadio will provide a live audio simulcast during the show. Find more information and to find all the right links, go here.

Just Whom Is Bruce Springsteen Trying to Impress?

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I had the unusual experience this week of feeling sorry for a very chic, very thin Frenchwoman. That would be Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture, who was asked in a television interview to name her favorite book by Patrick Modiano, the Frenchman who just won the Nobel Prize for literature. This put the French minister of culture in a highly awkward position, as she was unable to name any of the works of the highly celebrated M. Modiano, seeing as she’s never read anything he’s written. (She had, however, she noted, much enjoyed a recent luncheon with him.)

Mme. Minister then compounded her sin by admitting that she hadn’t read a book of fiction in years: “I read a lot of notes, a lot of legal texts, the news, A.F.P. stories, but I read very little,” she said in the interview, according to the New York Times.

Whereupon French social media exploded, and writer Claude Askolovitch promptly called Mme. Minister “barbaric” on the French site of the Huffington Post, demanding that she resign.

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Newsflash: Bruce Springsteen Sucks

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Right at this very moment, throngs of Coors Light guzzlers are preparing to tailgate for the big Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band show at Hersheypark Stadium. Hopefully, some alien civilization has a big interstellar laser pointed at Hershey right now, because it’s time that we rid the world of Bruce Springsteen and all of his terrible fans once and for all. Bruce Springsteen sucks. And here’s why. Read more »

Study Up on the Boss with New Springsteen Academic Journal

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I am personally and regrettably familiar with the phenomenon of Cultural Studies students being the butt of jokes. The silver lining is that our curricula, bully ammunition though it may be, is really, really fun. Classes on Buffy and Queen B.? Check. Politics of representation in Good TimesYou betcha. Now, unemployable undergrads everywhere can rethink their thesis topics: Bruce Springsteen comes to academia! BOSS (The Biannual Online-Journal for Springsteen Studies), the first academic journal devoted to all things Springsteen, will feature scholarly writings on the Boss himself, expanding the field of “is this actual learning?” academics into new territory. Its first edition is slated to be released in June of this year.

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