Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
When was the last time you were at the concert that ran three hours (plus) and felt more exhausted than the guy on stage? If you answered “recently,” you’ve probably just taken in a show by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
Springsteen has, by all means, carved a path on his latest Australian Wrecking Ball tour. When everything was said and done, the numbers were impressive. Ten shows, 78 songs and over 30 hours of ‘The Boss’ on stage.
As the Wrecking Ball swings on, there were dates scheduled all the way into September 2013. There are stops planned in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Wales and Brazil. That final date will take Springsteen and the E Street Band to the Rock in Rio festival on and mark his first appearance in that country in 25 years.
The continued success comes just months after in February 2013 Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The award came in recognition of Springsteen’s creative achievements, charity and philanthropic efforts.
Five months before, an emotional Springsteen dedicated his show at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Also he took part in the one-hour telethon known as “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” in which all the raised money were donated to the American Red Cross.
What can be said about the incomparable Bruce Springsteen that has not already been put into words? A singer, songwriter and instrumentalist known and adored for his working-class brand of Heartland rock, Springsteen is in a class as a lyricist and expressionist of American sentiment.
Springsteen’s true breakthrough came with the record of ‘Born to Run’ in August 1975. The album has made it to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, with five singles finding the great rotation on many rock stations around the country. The moderate success allowed Springsteen to launch his first national tour, bringing with it a wave of publicity and presenting him as a dynamic rock’n’roll personality.
All things considered, Springsteen is best recognized for his album ‘Born in the USA’ from 1984. The record sold 15 million copies across the United States, saw seven singles soar into the Top 10 and allowed Springsteen and his E Street Band to ascend to an unrivaled height of popularity. The title track, a commentary on the Vietnam veterans treatment, caused debate among everyone from the politicians to the average person as to its meaning. Though many would interpret it as a patriotic anthem, the song highlighted the troubles of American GI’s of that time.
Controversy reared its head again when Springsteen chose to address the 9/11 attacks on “The Rising” (2002). As his first album with the new material in seven years, it was hailed by critics and fans alike as a return to prominence, moving 520,000 copies in its first week. But behind a mix of songs about loss and confusion, hope and faith, fear and longing was an artist who would eventually endorse a presidential candidate, then use a Grammy appearance as a platform to reference the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Never outspoken and always passionate, Springsteen’s 17th album, “Wrecking Ball” was released on March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Supporting the project he just wrapped an 11-week trip through Europe, performing some of his longest sets ever. Bruce and the band will also played an additional 16 dates in the USA and Canada for the ‘Wrecking Ball’ World Tour, beginning October in Ottawa, Ontario and continuing through December in Glendale, Arizona.”