R&B crooner John Legend was among a handful of musicians who appeared last night on A&E’s “Shining a Light Concert,” a special about race in America.
To promote the program, he gave an interview to USA Today in which he recalls being a victim of racial profiling when he attending the University of Pennsylvania. When asked if he’d experienced racism on a personal level, he answered:
Donald Trump may have given Saturday Night Liveits highest ratings in a long time when he was on a few weeks ago, but something tells me the media-proclaimed carnival barker may get a run for his money when Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and comedian Amy Poehler return to host in December.
NBC announced today that the duo will take over hosting duties on December 19th. If that’s not enough, another local hero (unless you ask this guy), Bruce Springsteen, will serve as musical guest.
Here’s where the magic of ‘Born to Run’ happened. | Photo via Zillow
Whether you’re a Bruce Springsteenfanatic or not, there’s no question The Boss is an icon.
His 1975 album “Born to Run” is an all-time classic, featuring hits like the title track and “Thunder Road.” Springsteen wrote the entire album 40 years ago inside this cozy beach home at 7 1/2 West End Court in Long Branch, New Jersey.
A visit would be enough for some Springsteen fans, but now, you can actually own it.
Bruce Springsteen’s third album, his career-making Born to Run, turns 40 today. Naturally, Twitter has been buzzing all day with 140-character reflections, reactions and praise for the work that spawned hits like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and helped the New Jersey-born singer break into the mainstream.
The occasion even seems to have Chris Christie back on the Springsteen side of his ongoing “Who do I like better, Springsteen or Bon Jovi?” battle. He released a whole statement on Twitter, calling the album “my desert island disc. … It is the most powerful rock album of my lifetime.” (See the rest of his statement below.)
Here’s who else decided to chime in today, and what they had to say:
Chris Christie is a Bruce Springsteen fan. This has been one of the more charming parts of the Jersey governor’s prickly personality for the last few years, even if it sometimes seemed to discomfit The Boss himself.
“In an interview with Lifezette, right-wing radio darling Laura Ingraham’s website, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, confessed they now favor Bon Jovi. ‘This is a hard one,’ Mary Pat said when the interviewer asked her to choose. She ultimately decided ‘Bon Jovi.’ Christie, sitting next to Mary Pat, paused and smirked. ‘Bon Jovi,’ he answered.”
Lifezette nabbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat to play a game of “This or That.” The two are asked a series of questions, like “Bradley Cooper or Anderson Cooper?” and “Kim Kardashian or Snooki?,” and they have to choose which one they like best. It’s a fun little no-nonsense game until Governor Christie baffles by choosing Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen. Huh?! Christie’s supposed to be a huge Springsteen fan! What gives?!
On Saturday at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were nearly 20 minutes into their set when they baffled guests by bringing on stage Bruce Springsteen to finish out their nearly two-hour set. More from NJ.com:
British electro rock group HotChip are touring the States in support of their latest album, Why Make Sense. According to Pitchfork, they’ve added a hat-tip-to-America tune to their setlist that they’ve been performing at each stop: “Dancing in the Dark,” from BruceSpringsteen‘s 1984 classic Born in the U.S.A.
Check them out performing the song at Boston’s House of Blues above.
We’ve heard it—and likely said it—a million times: Meryl Streep can do anything. But did we take into account that she might be taking on Springsteen?
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Queen of All Things Acting will sing tunes from The Boss, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty and more in Ricki and The Flash, a film in which she portrays the lead singer in a covers band called The Flash.