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Thursday
Dec132012

"12-12-12" Concert: Music Superstars Rock Out for Sandy Relief

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel(NEW YORK) -- It was a night of music, comedy and celebrities at 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night.

While several top artists in the rock and pop genres performed for the MSG crowd, actors such as James Gandolfini, Jimmy Fallon and Jack McBrayer manned a phone bank where they accepted donations from viewers.

Forty cable networks televised and numerous websites streamed the event, the proceeds of which benefited The Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Fittingly, the concert began at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with a "local" artist -- New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss and his E Street Band kicked off his half-hour set with a performance of "Land of Hope & Dreams."

As he introduced "My City of Ruins," Springsteen noted that he wrote the song about Asbury Park, N.J.  He described the Jersey Shore as an area for both the rich and poor, adding, "I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore because that's what makes it special."

Springsteen mixed "My City of Ruins" with a bit of "Jersey Girl," a favorite of Springsteen fans that was originally recorded by Tom Waits.

Springsteen was joined by another Jersey rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, for his final song, "Born to Run."  Springsteen returned the favor during Bon Jovi's set, teaming with the band on their hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Springsteen and Bon Jovi were far from the only legendary rockers to take the stage over the course of the night.

Paul McCartney, the closing act, provided a special moment when he brought the former members of Nirvana on stage -- minus the late Kurt Cobain, of course, but including drummer-turned-Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl -- for a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack."  Sir Paul also sprinkled in some crowd-pleasers like "Helter Skelter" and "Live and Let Die."

The Rolling Stones, in the middle of a 50th anniversary tour, played just two songs, including "Jumpin' Jack Flash."  Mick Jagger joked at one point, "This has to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden."

That "collection" also included The Who, which saluted their late drummer, Keith Moon, by screening footage of him singing during their performance of "Bell Boy."  And as he took over vocals on "Baba O'Riley," Pete Townshend changed the lyrics "It's only teenage wasteland" to "It’s only Sandy wasteland."

The other artists on the bill were Long Island native Billy Joel; Manhattan's own Alicia Keys; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who was joined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Eric Clapton; rapper Kanye West; and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who duetted with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

The telecast featured celebrity appearances by Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Diddy, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Brian Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The marathon concert ended with Alicia Keys returning to the stage to perform “Empire State of Mind” as McCartney, firefighters, members of various public works departments and individuals personally affected by the superstorm gathered on stage.

An album of select performances from 12.12.12 will be sold on iTunes beginning on Dec. 18.

Here are the set lists from 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, in chronological order:

Bruce Springsteen
"Land Of Hope And Dreams"
"Wrecking Ball"
"My City Of Ruins/Jersey Girl"
"Born To Run" (with Jon Bon Jovi)

Roger Waters
"In the Flesh?"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
"Money"
"Us And Them"
"Comfortably Numb" (with Eddie Vedder)

Bon Jovi

"It's My Life"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Livin' on a Prayer"

Eric Clapton
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Got To Get Better In A Little While"
"Crossroads"

The Rolling Stones
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Alicia Keys
"Brand New Me"
"No One"

The Who
"Who Are You"
"Bell Boy"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Tea and Theatre"

Kanye West
"Clique"
"Power"
"Jesus Walks"
"All Of The Lights"/"Run This Town"
"Diamonds" remix (featuring recorded Rihanna vocals)
"Touch the Sky"
"Gold Digger"
"Good Life"
"Runaway"
"Stronger"

Billy Joel
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"New York State of Mind"
"The River of Dreams"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"

Chris Martin
"Viva La Vida"
"Losing My Religion" (R.E.M. song; with Michael Stipe)
"Us Against The World"

Paul McCartney
"Helter Skelter"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"My Valentine" (with Diana Krall)
"Blackbird"
"Cut Me Some Slack" (with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear)
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Live and Let Die"

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Sunday
Jul152012

Springsteen’s Guitarist Calls England ‘Police State’ After The Boss and McCartney Silenced

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(LONDON) — A Bruce Springsteen concert in London’s Hyde Park ended in controversy on Saturday night after The Boss’ microphone was cut off when the show ran over its allotted time.

Springsteen performed 29 songs, playing for more than three hours with several special guests as part of the Hard Rock Calling concert series. The set was already 30 minutes past its 10:30 p.m. curfew when Springsteen began the Beatles hit “Twist and Shout” with Paul McCartney. Before the song ended, the microphones had already been turned off.

Video shot by one of the 76,000 concertgoers, who braved rainy conditions, and posted on YouTube, showed the singers attempting to thank the crowd at the end of the show, but they could not be heard. Several in the crowd booed.

Steven Van Zandt, the lead guitarist for Springsteen’s E Street Band, vented on Twitter after the concert ended.

“One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?” he tweeted.

“Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” he added, suggesting that the police focus on fighting crime instead of cracking down on noise violations.

In a statement posted on the Hard Rock Calling website, a spokesman for concert promoter Live Nation apologized to fans.

“It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by authorities in the interest of the public’s health and safety,” the company said.

Meanwhile London Mayor Boris Johnson distanced himself from the decision to end the concert, saying the musicians should have been allowed to “jam in the name of the Lord.”

Ultimately Van Zandt lay blame with city officials and not the concert’s organizers.

“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!” he wrote.

Later on Sunday, Van Zandt backed off his criticism slightly, tweeting “Nobody’s blaming England!”

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Thursday
Jun282012

Bruce Springsteen Named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- If there was ever any doubt that Bruce Springsteen is a swell guy in addition to being a boss rocker, the Recording Academy has just put it to rest, announcing that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has been selected as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Springsteen will be presented with the honor on Friday, Feb. 8, two days before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.

In a statement Thursday morning, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow called Springsteen, "a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian.  His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit.  We are privileged and honored to pay tribute to Bruce this year as our MusiCares Person of the Year."

Springsteen is being honored for his charitable work, as well as for his social activism and storied musical career.

The MusiCares Foundation provides financial and other assistance for musicians in need.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Bruce Springsteen Gets Political with New Song

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A new song from “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen has hit the Internet. Titled, “We Take Care of Our Own,” the song is one of the tracks on his new album, Wrecking Ball, set for release March 6.

Judging from the names of the other tracks listed on the singer's website -- “This Depression,” “Easy Money,” and “Death to My Hometown” -- Springsteen is once again wading in political waters and returning his focus to working-class issues.

The singer’s manager, Jon Landau, told Rolling Stone that the record contains “social overtones,” though it was mostly written before Occupy Wall Street and doesn’t address the movement directly. Springsteen does address economic issues, however. A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the singer, “feels it’s the angriest album he’s ever made.”

A longtime icon of liberal causes, Springsteen has been an outspoken supporter of President Obama, as well as Sen. John Kerry during his failed bid for president. He also famously criticized President Ronald Reagan for using his name and song “Born in the U.S.A.” to rally Republican voters in 1980.

Springsteen begins touring with the E Street Band May 13 in Seville, Spain. The first leg of the tour was recently announced and includes 31 shows in 26 European cities. Dates in the U.S. have not yet been solidified. This is the singer’s first tour since the death of saxophonist Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, who died last June from a massive stroke.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun232011

New Jersey Flying Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Clarence Clemons

Harry Scott/Redferns(TRENTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey is paying tribute to late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons on Thursday by having flags flown at half-staff throughout the state "in special recognition of his contributions to the state, people, and culture of New Jersey," according to the governor's website.

Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement praising the beloved Bruce Springsteen sideman, who passed away Saturday from complications of a stroke.

"Clarence Clemons represented the soul and spirit of New Jersey," said Christie. "His partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world."

The governor, a die-hard Springsteen fan, added, "On a personal note, when I heard about the Big Man's passing on Saturday night, I was struck with an overwhelming feeling that the days of my youth were now finally over.  My condolences to Clarence's family and all the members of the E Street Band."

On another note, new details have emerged about the private memorial service held for Clemons on Tuesday in Palm Beach, Florida, including specifics about the previously-reported eulogy delivered by Springsteen.

"Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions," the Boss said, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. "He was a complex guy...an ongoing project.  But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation."

The newspaper also reported that Springsteen performed a solo version of his classic "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" during the service, while he, the E Street Band and Jackson Browne played a rendition of Browne and Clemons' 1985 duet "You're a Friend of Mine" to close out the proceedings.

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Springsteen Delivers Eulogy at Clarence Clemons' Memorial Service

Harry Scott/Redferns(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Bruce Springsteen delivered the eulogy at a Tuesday memorial service for his late saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Clemons, who lived in Palm Beach County, Florida, died Sunday due to complications from a stroke.

The 69-year-old horn player was remembered at a private service attended by 200 family members and close friends, including members of Springsteen's E Street Band and Jackson Browne.  Browne and Clemons teamed up in 1985 for a hit duet, "You're a Friend of Mine."

According to the Post, Clemons' widow, Victoria, also spoke at the memorial, and Springsteen, Browne and the band members performed.  The service was followed by a private reception.

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Sunday
Jun192011

Music Fans Remember 'The Big Man'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Music fans are remembering Clarence Clemons, the powerhouse who helped catapult Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to the rock and roll Hall of Fame.

The saxophonist died Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12. He was age 69.

Known to his fans as "The Big Man" for his towering 6-foot-5 frame and his mighty tenor sax riffs, Clemons was the rhythm and soul of the E Street Band and a fixture in Springsteen's legendary live concerts and the signature sound of so many of the band's songs.

He grew up in Norfolk, Va., and attended Maryland State College on both a football and music scholarship but music quickly won out.

Before graduating he moved to Newark, N.J., where the myth that became the premiere American rock band of the 1970s began.

"Bruce and Clarence had this special bond, anyone in the E Street Band would tell you that, but really it was onstage where it really turned to magic," said Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

The importance of Clemons' role in the band was underscored by Springsteen himself in the song "10th Avenue Freeze Out," in which the lyrics explain how the E Street Band found success when "the big man joined the band; from the coastline to the city, all the little critters raised their hand."

Clemons had played with Springsteen since 1972. His stage presence with Springsteen had been a central feature of their concerts; his saxophone a defining element on such mega hits as "Thunder Road," "Badlands" and "Jungleland."

Although Clemons was best known for his work with the E Street Band, as recently as last month he performed on the American Idol finale episode with Lady Gaga.

Clemons also released several solo albums, and collaborated with other stars, including the hit single with Jackson Browne in the 1980s "You're a Friend of Mine" and Aretha Franklin's hit "Freeway of Love."

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Sunday
Jun192011

Bruce Springsteen: 'Clarence Lived a Wonderful Life'

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- A “great friend” and “partner” are the words used by Bruce Springsteen to describe band-mate Clarence Clemons, who passed away Saturday night at the age of 69.

Clemons, who played alongside Springsteen as part of the E Street Band, died as a result of complications resulting from a stroke he suffered on June 12.

Springsteen released the following statement on the passing of Clemons:

Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.

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Saturday
Jun182011

Clarence Clemons, E Street Band Saxophonist, Dead at 69

Harry Scott/Redferns(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- E Street Band saxophone player Clarence "Big Man" Clemons has died from complications stemming from a stroke he suffered last week, a spokeswoman has confirmed to The New York Times.  He was 69 years old and had suffered numerous health problems in recent years. Clemons died in a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida.

Since the early 1970s, Clemons' saxophone had been an integral part of Bruce Springsteen's music, and the onstage camaraderie between the two men was a key element to the E Street Band's marathon live shows.  It is Clemons who appears with Springsteen on the cover of his seminal 1975 album Born to Run -- one of rock's most iconic images.  Clemons' solo on that album's closing track "Jungleland" is generally considered one of his finest recorded moments.

Clemons' last appearance onstage with Springsteen was in December, when he and the original members of the E Street Band played a special show in Asbury Park, N.J., highlighting songs from the album The Promise.

In addition to his work with Springsteen, Clemons also played and recorded with artists ranging from Aretha Franklin, Jackson Browne and Roy Orbison, to Ringo Starr, the Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker and, most recently, Lady Gaga.  Clemons played on two tracks from her #1 album, Born This Way, including the current top 10 hit "The Edge of Glory."  He can also be seen in that song's video, which just debuted this past week.

A larger-than-life figure, Clemons also appeared in the movie New York, New York, as well as other films, and in the TV show Diff'rent Strokes.  In 2009, he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales.  He was married five times, and is survived by his fifth wife, Victoria, as well as by four sons.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Springsteen Statement on Clarence Clemons: 'Initial Signs Are Encouraging'

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Springsteen has issued a statement regarding the health of E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke this past Sunday.  In the statement, Springsteen confirms the stroke and adds, "While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again.  He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family."

Springsteen adds, "I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern.  This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights."

Fans who want to send a get-well message to Clarence Clemons can use the email address notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com.

Meanwhile, a source close to the Big Man tells Backstreets.com, "It's sort of status quo right now, but the status quo is good. We're amazed -- the doctors are amazed at the advances he's made. Bear in mind, he's still machine-assisted. But his vital signs continue to improve, and the goal is to wean him off each machine as he gets stronger."

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