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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

IT'S TOUGH BEING THE BOSS

He blocked 'em out!


Bruce Springsteen fans were prevented from hearing the E Street Band's rehearsal of his soon-to-be released album "Magic" when his people set up huge speakers tuned to a local radio station outside Asbury Park's Convention Hall.

Many had come from around the world for a chance to get a sneak "listen" of the so-called magical music The Boss has been making with the band for the first time in five years.


The album will be released Oct. 2, and Springsteen is set to start touring the same day.

Needless to say, die-hard fans were disappointed their legendary "nice guy" wasn't so accommodating. Still, 30 or 40 of them continued to hang around, hoping to get a photo of him or band members as they left the rehearsal. Talk about sheep.

Springsteen should know by now, he can't get a Slurpee here at the Jersey Shore without this newspaper covering him like a blanket.

Maybe it should be renamed "Greetings from The Asbury Park Press."

More details on the story here.

(APP file photos)

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a fan of Bruce for 30 years and I was disappointed to hear this.

In the past he's been known to allow some people who were hanging out on the boardwalk listening to come inside and hang out.

What's up with him?

But, I will always be a fan, there's no denying that. I'm still waiting for the day to meet him face to face while walking around Red Bank or something, as I've always heard, he's more than friendly.

I know from your blog, Diana, you aren't a fan. I think you are several years older than me - but I wonder why you don't like his music? His words and music meant so much to me as a girl in high school back in the late 70's early 80's - I still listen to his CD's in my car and in my yard - and always will.

Tue Sep 11, 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

just to clarify, i never said i didn't like bruce's music. i grew up listening to him in florida too, it's just that don't get all the Jersey hype that surrounds him.

Although, i do have trouble understanding the lyrics when he sings... i used to look at alblum jackets to see what the words were.

Tue Sep 11, 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

I once met some European teenagers in Oslo, Norway, who were impressed to learn that I came from Freehold, New Jersey -- because, they said, "that's where Bruce comes from."

I think that I too would like his songs, if only I could understand the lyrics he mumbles.

Tue Sep 11, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus said...

You're missing the point here. Why would Bruce, an all round nice guy, do this? There is an answer.

He was making sure that his new material doesn't turn up on the internet 3 weeks before it's official release. In these days of camera phones and recording ipods, the only way to insure the material doesn't get a pre-mature (and pirated of course) launch is to drown out all traces of it. That still might not be enough to make SURE that it doesn't get pressed into pirate copies before it even hits the streets but it does make it less likely.

Despite his continued artistic and financial success, Springsteen remains the voice of lower middle class folks everywhere. He MATTERS! I fail to see how anyone can blame the man for doing what he has to to prevent flooding of the internet with miserable quality copies of the new material before it even hits the street.

Tue Sep 11, 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Michael riley was one of those sheep standing in the rain, too!

Tue Sep 11, 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think riley admits to being a springsteen sheep. Baaaahhh

Tue Sep 11, 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point well taken Marcus, as I'm barely able to program my cell phone, I forget people can do a whole lot with theirs nowadays.

*I know every word to just about every song - I don't think he mumbles! But I guess when you play the same songs over and over again, you get the words pretty easy. And there's nothing wrong with reading with words on the covers - However, at 40+ now, I can't see them anymore! LOL

Tue Sep 11, 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous why bother said...

bruce sucks!

Tue Sep 11, 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

My Bruce story is that....He and I have the same birthday,Sept.23rd.
My best friend's late sister helped Bruce arrange his first mortgage back in the 80's. They became relatively close.Her concerts tickets would arrive the
day they would go on sale.
They even worked out at the same health club.
Sadly,she has passed on at too far an early age.
Bruce if you read this....Remember Nancy?

Tue Sep 11, 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me Pete Springsteen ain't reading this.

Tue Sep 11, 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous duh said...

which puts you in great company, anon.

Wed Sep 12, 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce is doing the right thing. He wants the tour songs to have more impact. A new album, tour and book. Isn't that enough to satisfy your Bruce appetite?

Wed Sep 12, 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus his wife Patty Scialfa is hawking her own album, too.

Wed Sep 12, 01:11:00 PM  

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