New Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band album?
"Rumors are growing stronger of a new Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band album and a tour to follow, but don't expect huge price leaps. "That's just not Bruce's style," Bongiovanni says."
- Quote of the Rocky Mountain News.
Bruce Springsteen nominated for a Grammy Award: Bruce Springsteen has been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for his recording of "Code of Silence," released on "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" (see here).
In 2002, Springsteen released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, "The Rising" (see here). The album, mostly a reflection on the September 11 attacks, was a critical and popular success, and hailed the return of "The Boss". A massive tour was made to promote the album "The Rising". It would come to a final conclusion with 3 nights in Shea Stadium. Bruce Springsteen lost his police escort for the second night after performing "American Skin (41 shots)" a song about the police shooting of Amadou Diallo. Bob Dylan was a surprise guest on the last night, the two performed Highway 61 Revisited together.
In 2004, Springsteen announced that he and the E Street Band would participate in a politically motivated "Vote for Change" tour, in conjunction with John Fogerty, the Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., Jurassic Five and other musicians. All were be held in swing states, to benefit MoveOn.org and encourage people to vote against George W. Bush. A finale was held in Washington D.C., bringing many of the artists together. Several days later, Springsteen had one more concert in New Jersey for Moveon.org. This led to both criticism and praise from the expected partisan sources. Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender" became the main campaign theme song for John Kerry's unsuccessful Presidential campaign. In the last days of John Kerry's campaign, he preformed acoustic versions of his songs at John Kerry rallies, mainly "No Surrender," "Thunder Road" and "The Promised Land".
Despite his overt partisanship, however, Bruce Springsteen was forgiven by many of his Republican fans, many of whom said they found Bruce Springsteen's passion for America and personal struggle consistent with their own ideology. Bruce Springsteen thus represented one of only a few modern performers whose music was viewed as widely relevant to the politics and culture of the day.
Current members of the E Street Band:
Roy Bittan - piano (replaced David Sancious in 1975),
Clarence Clemons - saxophone,
Danny Federici - organ, glockenspiel, keyboard,
Nils Lofgren - guitar (replaced Steven van Zandt in 1984; remained in group after van Zandt returned),
Patti Scialfa - guitar (Springsteen's wife - added in 1984),
Gary W. Tallent - bass guitar,
Soozie Tyrell - violin (recorded with Springsteen in 1995, joined the band in 2002 with "The Rising" album and tour),
Steven van Zandt - guitar, mandolin (replaced Sukia Levy [violin] in 1975; left in 1984 to go solo as Little Steven; rejoined in 1995),
Max Weinberg - drums (replaced Ernest "Boom" Carter in 1975, who replaced Vinnie "Mad Dog" Lopez in 1974 or 1975).
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