I get a fair amount of hate mail here at Philadelphia magazine, especially when it comes to my opinions of American disgrace Bruce Springsteen, which I have shared in the form of two articles: 2012’s “Why I Hate Bruce Springsteen” and a version of that piece that I repackaged for Springsteen’s unfortunate 2014 tour, “Bruce Springsteen Sucks.”
But no pro-Springsteen, anti-Philly Mag hate mail approaches that which I received the other day from New Jersey’s David Meyers. He took the time to write more than 2,300 words in response — more than double the word count of the original piece, nailing me with things like:
Now allow me to tell you why you are not only wrong on the Boss, but a terrible human being in general.
Maybe to someone who does no research on Bruce before he writes an article on him Ms. Patti is solely in the band because of nepotism, but to someone who recognizes the true nature of the situation, she was in fact a part of the band well before she married Dr. Zoom (Bruce’s original nick name that he actually prefers to the Boss. I assume you knew this since you wrote an article on him published in a major magazine).
Now you attack “Streets of Philadelphia” as if that is a legitimate argument. I recognize that you have your own opinion regarding the song and I can’t change that. However, a song that wins a Grammy is certainly not a bad song. If you look at the lyrics you will see just how descriptive and poetic Bruce can be.
Did you ever think maybe there is a reason that his fans are so in love with him? Have you considered that maybe his talent and his heart are so extraordinarily huge that people can’t help but be passionate about him, his band, and their music?
So maintain your stuck up, arrogant, uninformed opinion about Bruce Springsteen. Because while you sulk in the corner at what he does, millions of us around the world will rejoice that God has blessed our lives with someone as giving and as talented as Bruce.
I found it quite, err, moving in parts and thought I should share. Check out the entire letter below:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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 »
Philly fave Bruce Springsteen, and MontCo native Pink (aka Alecia Beth Moore Hart) will be pitted against each other at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Nominations were just announced, and the pair are up for one award each: Top Touring Artist. They’re competing against Bon Jovi, Rihanna, and, the one to beat, Beyoncé.