I know a ton of people said they wanted to hear the lost and forgotten song, "I'll Stand By You Always," that Bruce Springsteen wrote for a Harry Potter film and then got turned down. Well, now is your chance. Thanks to an article published on Rolling Stone, the track has become available. It has been said/thought that Springsteen wrote this song originally for his son and then thought it could fit the film to Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. You can listen to the song on soundcloud or I found a YouTube video, both options are below. Enjoy, Bruce fans.
UPDATE (02/11/17): Links are being taken down and even the soundcloud link from Rolling Stone was removed. Updated to have YouTube video that works.
We learned more from Steve Van Zandt, than we ever learned in school. That's what the class of 2017 from Rutgers University will be preaching in their upcoming job interviews, as Steve Van Zandt will reportedly be giving the commencement speech this Spring at the New Jersey based University. Congratulations to both the University and Little Steven! Click to read more on NJ.com.
Last night, Monmouth University announced that it will be the official archival center for Bruce Springsteen's works and memorabilia. Springsteen also did an in conversation interview last night at the University. Official press release is below for the new partnership:
Monmouth University today announced a new collaborative partnership to establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Through the collaboration, Monmouth University becomes the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The announcement was made during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held this evening at the University’s Pollak Theatre.
The new collaboration broadens an existing relationship between Springsteen and Monmouth University, which has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others. The expanded partnership will help to more deeply integrate the history and inspiration of American music into the curriculum and research experience at Monmouth. It will also serve to bolster an already highly successful music industry program at the university, one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum.
“Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “Our partnership has been a natural one -- just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the site where Born to Run was written, Monmouth University’s location brilliantly captures the essence of Springsteen’s music while providing the academic heft of one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum. The establishment of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music, while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”
Bruce Springsteen in conversation with Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum at Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre. (Photo: Danny Clinch)
Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, Bruce Springsteen, and Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown at the announcement of the collaborative partnership to establish the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. (Photo: Danny Clinch)
The first post of 2017 for the blog is here and it's a good one (if you live in New Jersey or close by). It was just announced that Bruce Springsteen will be interviewed in person one week from today at Monmouth University in New Jersey. A limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, January 4, and will cost you $75 each. There is a ticket limit of 2 per order and you must pick up the tickets the day of the show and have a government idea with you to gain access, no ticket transfers will be allowed. Best of luck to those trying to snag a pair! Press release below:
Monmouth University welcomes Bruce Springsteen to its Pollak Theatre on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate conversation on his career, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum, and former Monmouth University professor. All tickets are $75 each and will be sold online only starting at noon on Jan. 4 by visiting tickets.com/se/monmoutharts.
Monmouth University, one of just nine university affiliates in the world of The GRAMMY Museum, has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. Monmouth's Jersey Shore location, just steps from Springsteen's birthplace and the place where "Born to Run" was written, make it a natural home for the collection, which comprises nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries that range from books and concert memorabilia to articles and promotional materials. It serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors, and others with a serious interest in Bruce Springsteen's life and career.
Tickets for the Jan. 10 event are limited to two (2) tickets per household and will be available for pick-up when the doors open for the event only, no exceptions. Patrons must present their government-issued identification along with the credit card used to purchase the tickets at the time of pick-up. Tickets are non-transferable and will not be sold at the venue box office or by phone. Visit tickets.com/se/monmoutharts for event details and to purchase tickets.
It seems every year around Christmas, Springsteen gives us a little treat from the archives. This time, it is the final Working On A Dream tour show that took place in Buffalo, NY. This is also the only show to ever get the full "Greetings From Asbury Park" album from start to finish, so for sure a good choice as an archive release. In the meantime, I'll still be sitting here waiting for a Rising/Magic tour show...Merry Christmas everyone!
Fittingly enough, it is absolutely freezing here in the swamps of Jersey today. Springsteen showed up last night at Sting's hosted "Baby It's Cold Outside" benefit show. Springsteen played three songs: Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town, Merry Christmas Baby, and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out. Springsteen was loose and having a great time with the crowd as he joined those on the orchestra floor several times. Check out the videos below of his performances.
It has been a little slow in terms of Springsteen news recently. So writer, Marcus Williams, reached out to me and asked if he could write something up for the blog. I figured why not, as it gives our readers something new to read and from a different perspective. Thanks Marcus for writing up this piece below, very well done.
Bruce Springsteen, one of the world's premier rock icons, has had a very productive 2016. He released his autobiography, "Born To Run", in September to widespread acclaim, along with a retrospective album, Chapter and Verse as a companion piece, and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Most recently, he has embarked on a short book tour to promote "Born To Run" that has brought him all over the country.
Springsteen, who is no stranger to touring, having been a fixture at arenas around the world for decades now, has amassed a massive devoted fanbase. His turnouts on the book tour is definitely evident of that. When he appeared at the Grove in Los Angeles earlier this year, around 1,100 people were in line, some of whom waited overnight for a chance to meet their icon.
Bruce’s massively devoted fan base can be often credited to the listeners ability to relate to him through his music. In Born To Run, Springsteen shed even more light on his troubled childhood, battles with mental illness, and the transformative power of rock’n’roll. As someone who has released their fair share of albums centered around controversial issues (Born in the USA, The Ghost of Tom Joad, and Devils and Dust for instance), Springsteen has been never shied away from expressing his personal views in his music.
The latest run of Springsteen dates has been five consecutive appearances, starting at Books-A-Million in Chicago on November 28 and ending at 2nd & Charles in Kennesaw, Georgia. In January and February of 2017, Springsteen will be off to Australia New Zealand for a tour with the E Street Band.
Bruce might be pushing 70, but given the size of the crowds he continues to draw, he's still one of the biggest rock stars around. Not only is he one of the busiest men in music, he is also without a doubt one of the most hard working.
Writer: Marcus Williams
Looking to increase your live download collection? Monday would be the day to do it. Nugs has announced that all live downloads will be 50% off if you buy them online and 25% off CD's. These will include the Bruce Springsteen recordings from the recent 2016 River Tour. You may also be able to pre-order some of the upcoming Australia shows for 50% off as well so be sure to check on that if that interests you. So on Monday, November 28, at 12PM (EST) be sure to visit live.brucespringsteen.net to build up your collection.
We want to congratulate Bruce Springsteen on being awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Earlier today, President Barack Obama awarded Springsteen the medal for his work through his songwriting and what Bruce stands for personally. The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is given to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Before handing out the medals to the 21 recipients, President Obama gave a brief introduction of each recipient. Here is what the President had to say about Bruce:
He was sprung from a cage out on Highway 9. Quiet kid from Jersey, just trying to make sense of the temples of dreams and the mystery that dotted his hometown: poolhalls, bars, girls and cars, altars and assembly lines. And for decades, Bruce Springsteen has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargains between ambition and injustice, and pleasure and pain, the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America.
To create one of his biggest hits, he once said, "I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth. The last one you'd ever need to hear. One glorious noise. Then the Apocalypse." Every restless kid in America was given a story, "Born to Run."
He didn't stop there — once he told us about himself, he told us about everybody else: the steelworker in "Youngstown," the Vietnam vet in "Born in the U.S.A.," the sick and marginalized on the "Streets of Philadelphia," the firefighter carrying the weight of a reeling but resilient nation on "The Rising," the young soldier reckoning with "Devils & Dust" in Iraq, the communities knocked down by recklessness and greed and the "Wrecking Ball." All of us with our faults and our failings, every color and class and creed, bound together by one defiant, restless train rolling toward the "Land of Hope and Dreams." These are all anthems of our America, the reality of who we are and the reverie of who we want to be.
"The hallmark of a rock 'n' roll band," Bruce Springsteen once said, "is that the narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on your own." And for decades— alongside the Big Man, Little Steven, a Jersey girl named Patti, and all the men and women of the E Street Band — Bruce Springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his journey, asking us all, What is the work for us to do in our short time here?
I am the President, he is the Boss. And pushing 70, he is still laying down four-hour live sets — if you have not been at them, he is working. Firebreathing rock 'n' roll. So I thought twice about giving him a medal for freedom, because we hope he remains, in his words, a "prisoner of rock 'n' roll" for years to come.
Some pretty nice words from the sitting United States President. As President Obama handed out the medals, there would be a brief summary of accomplishments from each of the recipients and this quick summarization also offered up why each recipient was selected. Here was Bruce's introduction right before he was awarded his medal:
Bruce F. Springsteen. As a songwriter, a humanitarian, America's rock 'n' roll laureate, and New Jersey's greatest ambassador, Bruce Springsteen is, quite simply, The Boss. Through stories about about ordinary people, from Vietnam veterans to steelworkers, his songs capture the pain and the promise of the American experience. With his legendary E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen leaves everything on stage in epic, communal live performances that have rocked audiences for decades. With empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are as Americans chasing our dreams and as human beings trying to do the right thing. There's a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen's America.
Once again, congratulations Bruce on a very well deserved honor. You can watch the full event by clicking here.
The Boss will be hitting your local bookstores again starting next week in Chicago. All of the dates below will go on sale tomorrow, November 22, so be sure to sign up and get ready as they will likely sell out instantly. Click here to go to Springsteen's Facebook Events page to get specific ticket information for each location. Best of luck!