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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Pal Seeger Onstage In South Africa

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paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the stage of a gig in South Africa on Tuesday night after learning of the folk music icon’s passing.
Telling fans “I lost a great friend and a hero last night” at the show in Cape Town, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed protest song We Shall Overcome, which became Seeger’s signature tune.
He then called the 94 year old environmental campaigner and singer/songwriter “a very courageous freedom fighter” and added his We Shall Overcome was a song that made you “prepared to march into hell’s fire”.
Springsteen has been a longtime Seeger collaborator and performed at the folk hero’s 90th birthday celebration in 2009. He also won a Grammy Award for his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. And The Boss and Seeger performed together at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Obama released a statement earlier in the day, as did guitarist Tom Morello, who is currently on tour with Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Also offering up his respects on Tuesday afternoon was another superfan, Dave Matthews, who issued a touching statement, in which he revealed the first concert he ever went to was headlined by Seeger.
He wrote, “My parents took my brother, my sisters and me. I will never forget it. I was little. Dancing in a field in upstate New York while the grown-ups sat on the grass. My parents and family raised me on music of all sorts and Pete Seeger was a big part.”
Matthews added, “I met Pete Seeger more than 30 years after I first saw him play and having listened to his music over those years it was somewhat awe inspiring. We had lunch. He was so funny and charming, humble and brilliant, all at once. Full of hope but disappointed in our wasteful ways.
“He made me want to be a better person. Why don’t we lend our ears to the greatest among us? Pete Seeger fought for the working people and he fought against greed, and corruption, and war, and pollution, until the end of his life. Even though he was frail he came and performed at FarmAid just a few months ago. Thank goodness for Pete Seeger.”


Legendary Folk Singer, Pete Seeger Dead At 94

For more than 70 years, there were few other musicians who stumped as tirelessly for folk music as Pete Seeger. The reed-thin singer and songwriter best known for songs like “If I Had A Hammer” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” died on Monday at 94 of natural causes, leaving behind a legacy of activism, charity and community that will be hard to match.

Seeger, who influenced several generations of activist singers — from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello — not only played folk music, but served as a kind of living museum of the genre, enthusiastically performing and promoting activist music until shortly before his death.

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Bruce Springsteen Gives Fans Online Access to Concerts

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is giving fans the chance to enjoy his shows from the comfort of their own homes by selling instant downloads of his gigs.

Fans of The Boss can buy special USB wristbands on the Internet or at one of his concerts, allowing them to download a concert of their choice hours after the event and watch online.

It will begin with his first ever show in South Africa, which is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on Jan. 28.

Springsteen revealed in a recent interview with National Public Radio that he would like to use the web for greater interaction with his fans.

He said, “I’d like to make things more available through the Internet. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we’re starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a band, you can get a copy of the night’s show. So hopefully we’re gonna do that at a really nice-quality level.”

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Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run Manuscript Sells For Almost Double

A handwritten manuscript of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 classic Born To Run has smashed auction estimates after going under the hammer for $197,000.
Many of the lyrics featured in the early draft of the Boss’ signature song never made it into the finished track, although the piece of rock ‘n’ roll history included a “nearly perfected chorus”, according to officials at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
The 1974 document was valued at up to $100,000, but it was snapped up by a mystery buyer on Thursday for almost double the estimate.
The lyric sheet was discovered in a collection of memorabilia previously owned by the rocker’s former manager, Mike Appel.

Bruce Springsteen Still Haunted By Embarrassing Paris Gig

Bruce Springsteen has been forced to relive his most embarrassing onstage moment for a new DVD box set of Amnesty International concert movies.

The Boss agreed to sit down and talk about his experiences with the human rights organisation for a new DVD box set product, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and he reveals he was left cringing after agreeing to be part of a star-studded 1998 Paris gig at the last minute.

Springsteen recalls, “We were in Europe somewhere and they (Amnesty bosses) got in touch and said, ‘Hey, they’re doing the anniversary show, do you wanna do it?’ and I said, ‘I don’t have my band together at the moment but I’ll come over with my guitar’.

“They said, ‘We’d like you to go on after Led Zeppelin!’ I said, ‘I’m playing by myself. I don’t think I wanna go on right after Led Zeppelin. How about I go on before Led Zeppelin?’

“So we gave the guitar to one of the road  guys… and I went out and he came and he handed it to me and I went to the mic and it was completely out of tune, like, horrendously, unbelievably, horrifically, embarrassingly, you’re-finished-go-home out of tune.

“There was an enormous commotion. I handed it back and I think I sat down on the stage for a while. The difficulty was it was a French audience, so I had nothing to say. Peter Gabriel comes out, who speaks French pretty well, and launches into obviously some excuse for me; what that was I don’t know, and I’m sitting on a speaker watching him.

“The guitar comes back, it’s still pretty badly in shape, but I manage to get it somewhat in tune and if you ever see all the footage… it was hilarious.”

The footage exists but it won’t feature among the 12-hours of Amnesty concert footage in the six-DVD box set, released next week.

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Official Apologises Over Bruce Springsteen’s Parking Fines

Council bosses in Leeds, England have apologized after Bruce Springsteen’s tour trucks were given parking tickets.

The Boss headed to the city to play for thousands of fans at Leeds Arena on Wednesday night, but drivers of his stage equipment landed in hot water with traffic wardens, who issued fines for parking their vehicles on a side street near the venue.

Council leader Keith Wakefield has now apologized for the move and has revoked the tickets.

He says, “It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous. It is an awareness thing. The lorries are supposed to park off-site and then be called into the arena.”

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Bruce Springsteen Recognized at Pre-Grammy Gala

Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year as stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry and Sting paid tribute to “The Boss” before Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The rocker was the toast of the event in Los Angeles, where top acts including Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes took the stage to cover Springsteen’s greatest hits.

Sir Elton sang a rendition of his track Streets of Philadelphia, while John Legend put a jazz spin on Dancing In The Dark on the piano, and Tim McGraw belted outTougher than the Rest with Faith Hill singing harmony.

Funnyman Jon Stewart, the evening’s host, credited Springsteen with giving a good name to their home state of New Jersey.

He joked, “We don’t have much. We are known mostly as the chief exporter in this country of carcinogens. Bruce Springsteen is all we have.”

The dinner also featured an auction, which Springsteen contributed to by offering a signed Telecaster guitar – and he got into the giving spirit by adding a few bonuses to the package.

He told the crowd, “With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson from me. That’s right. One free lesson. One hour. And a ride in the sidecar of my Harley Davidson. So dig in!”

The instrument sold to an unidentified woman for $250,000, reports the New York Times.

MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.

Rolling Stones Wrap Up Tour

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their 50th anniversary tour on Saturday night with a star-studded set featuring Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Black Keys and Bruce Springsteen.

Frontman Mick Jagger introduced a jumpsuit-clad Gaga to join him on Gimme Shelter at their fifth and final official 50 and Counting show at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, and the duo shared verses and danced together.

Mayer and fellow guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. also joined the Stones for Going Down, while The Black Keys followed with the Bo Diddley classic Who Do You Love?,and former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor also made an appearance.

Springsteen then thrilled the crowd with a version of Tumbling Dice, with Jagger joking that the New Jersey native had “walked to the show”.

The most emotional moment of the night came when Jagger dedicated Wild Horses to the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, telling fans, “I just wanted to take a minute and send our love and condolences to those who lost their loved ones yesterday.”

Wrapping up their mini-trek, Jagger told the crowd, “This is our last show… of the 50th anniversary tour. Hope to see you again soon.”

The band’s comeback is set to stretch into next year. The rockers are playing California’s Coachella festival in April.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi Kick Off Sandy Benefit Concert

Beloved New Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at New York’s Madison Square Garden off to a rocking start on Wednesday by teaming up for a rousing rendition of Born To Run.

The Boss and The E Street Band kicked off proceedings with their hits Land of Hope and Dreams and Wrecking Ball, before taking a moment to send a special prayer for the victims of the natural disaster that devastated the East Coast in late October.

Springsteen recalled how devastated he was to see the Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey battered in the former hurricane, telling the sold-out crowd: “It was painful to see it (the Boardwalk) damaged after all that time from the recent storm and to see the Jersey Shore damaged, because the Jersey Shore has always been a special place, it’s been inclusive… and that’s been a principle part of the characteristic of Jersey and that’s what’s made it special…

“I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore, it’s what makes it special. So tonight, this is a prayer for all our struggling brothers and sisters in New York and all along New Jersey.”

He performed the fitting My City of Ruins, and then had the audience on its feet as he invited his pal and neighbor Jon Bon Jovi to join him onstage for Born to Run.

Comedian Billy Crystal became the first celebrity of the night to share his story of his hard-hit hometown of Long Beach in Long Island, New York as he urged fans and viewers tuning in online and on TV around the world to give generously to aid the ongoing relief efforts.

He said, “It was the perfect place to grow up – the motto of our town is, ‘I have Long Beach sand in my shoes’ and now that sand is still in their kitchens, and their living rooms, and still in their streets. The ocean I used to dream about became their worst nightmare.

“No one could have anticipated the level of devastation Sandy would bring, or just how many lives it would affect. Over 100 people died, over 600,000 homes and 500,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged, entire neighborhoods were wiped out…

“(But) not only did Sandy not put us down, we stayed on our feet and tonight, with your help, we will emerge stronger and better than before.”

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief is also set to feature performances from fellow rock icons Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and The Who, as well as rapper Kanye West and R&B superstar Alicia Keys.