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Audio: Bruce Springsteen Live in Cape Town, South Africa 2014 – Full Show

Bruce Springsteen in Australia, 2014, via his Facebook page. Photo by Jo Lopez.

Here’s a full show from Bruce Springsteen, live at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town, South Africa, January 29, 2014.


1. We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Night
3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4. High Hopes
5. Adam Raised A Cain
6. Something In The Night
7. Wrecking Ball
8. Death To My Hometown
9. Hungry Heart
10. Tougher Than The Rest
11. Jack Of All trades
12. Heaven´s Wall
13. This Is Your Sword (World Premiére)
14. Because The Night
15. She’s The One
16. Working On The Highway
17. Shackled & Drawn
18. Waitin’ On A Suny Day
19. The Rising
20. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
21. Badlands
22. Sun City (World Premiére)
23. Rocky Ground
24. BTR
25. Glory Days
26. Seven NIghts To Rock
27. Dancing In The Dark
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
29. Twist & Shout
30. Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

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Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises Over $900,000 on Day One

Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign went live today and as of this evening 2,798 people had contributed over $900,000, more than $100,00 over Young’s goal of $800,000.

Way to go Neil!

There’s a promotional video below that includes testimonials from Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, David Crosby, Rick Rubin, Mike, D., Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and many many more.

You can check PonoMusic out and get a PonoMusic player for $300 (the $200 discount players sold out fast) right here.

Or watch the video below:

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Video: Bruce Springsteen Sings ‘The Times They Are A-Changing’ – Finding Hope Where I Can

Today I was thinking about the huge gap that now exists in the U.S. between the very very rich, the .01 percent, and everyone else, when I came across the beautiful rendition of “The Times They Are A-Changing” that Bruce Springsteen performed on December 7, 1997 when Bob Dylan was honored by President Bill Clinton at the Kennedy Center.

The last election in the U.S. was between a .01-percenter, Mitt Romney, and a man of the people, President Barack Obama.

The majority of Americans who voted, voted for President Obama despite attempts by Republicans to limit voting, in particular, to make it more difficult for people of color to vote. We’ve all seen the video of the long, long lines at the polls. Old people waiting for many hours to exercise their right.

And yet nothing really has changed since President Obama was reelected. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has stopped pretty much any meaningful legislation from getting passed.

The gap between the super rich and everyone else has only widened.

It is with the heavy weight of that knowledge upon us, that I listened to this song of hope and change today.

Sometimes it seems that the “darkness at the edge of town” that Springsteen sings about is covering everything.

Music is such a powerful force. We all know how one song can completely change our mood, turn a bad day to good. The corporate world we now live in wants to co-opt everything. They take music that meant something and turn it into a soundtrack for selling yogurt, or cars. It’s like they want to drain the meaning from the songs.

Yet songs remain powerful.

“The Times They Are A-Changing” is a song that gives us hope. Perhaps it’s a fool’s hope, but I’ll take it where I can get it.

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Video: Neil Young’s Many Versions of ‘All Along the Watchtower ‘

Neil Young has long been a fan of Bob Dylan. More than a fan. Neil’s whole trip is inspired by Bob Dylan.

Don’t misunderstand. Young has taken that inspiration and created his own art that is unique.

Young has performed a number of Dylan songs over the years, most recently “Blowin’ in the Wind” at Farm Aid last year and during his recent acoustic shows.

Below are a number of totally rockin’ versions of “All Along the Watchtower.”

Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert, Oct 16, 1992:

Neil Young – All Along the Watchtower by LeBalayeur

Tanzbrunnen, Köln, Germany, July 19, 1993 w/ Booker T And The MGs:

Neil Young, Torhout Festival, Belgium, 1993:

Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse at Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994:

Neil Young with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro and Booker T & the MGs in Nürburg, Germany, on May 18, 2002.

Rock in the Ring, Germany with Poncho, Booker T. & The MGs, 2002:

Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young. Minneapolis, 2004:

Neil Young & Pearl Jam from the Vote for Change Tour 2004:

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The Modernization of Bruce Springsteen

An artist who was once at one with the times tries (again) to reinvent himself

By Michael Goldberg.

Bruce Springsteen was once a myth, a myth we all could pretend was real. He was a myth the way Bob Dylan was a myth, is a myth.

During the Sixties it stopped being OK to be an entertainer. Musicians got onstage wearing the same jeans and t-shirts they wore around the house. It was cool to keep it real. But it turned out that the jeans and t-shirts were as much a costume as Elvis’ crazy stage garb.

So when Bruce Springsteen showed up in the early ‘70s with his leather jacket, his jeans and his motorcycle boots singing about the Jersey shore – one of the ‘New Dylan’s’ that were appearing with frequency — we wanted to believe it was real.

And I did believe it.

I didn’t think of Springsteen as a writer creating a persona, a cast of characters and a story that was ultimately spread across seven albums. I thought he was the guy singing stories from his crazy youth: ‘Rosalita’ and ‘Mary Queen of Arkansas’ and ‘Blinded By The Light’ and ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Born To Run’ and all the others. Sure he was writing in an almost embarrassingly derivative style that owed everything to Dylan’s mid-60s surrealistic word games, but Springsteen pulled it off. And by 1973 the real Dylan seemed to be losing his luster anyway. (And soon enough Springsteen settled into his own voice and sound.)

I found a version of myself in Springsteen’s songs. When he sang in ‘Thunder Road,’ “It’s a town full of losers, I’m pulling out of here to win,” I knew that was me. Fuck yeah, I was going to become a successful writer, write for the New York magazines, leave all the chumps I’d put up with in high school and college behind.

Sure I was working as a copy boy at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1975, but that was gonna change. That was temporary, a way to pay the bills until I broke into the writing business.

In the late fall of 1975, two months after the release of Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen toured the west coast. There were five of us loaded into Karen’s car the night of October 29, 1975, Our destination was the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in downtown Sacramento, the state capital, a two-hour drive north east of San Francisco. Two hours? We didn’t care. I mean this was our chance to see Bruce Springsteen!

In the car were me, my girlfriend Leslie, my best friend Dave, Dave’s girlfriend Karen and another friend, Dana, who co-led a band with Dave. Springsteen was also playing at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, but that show was sold out, and anyway, there was something romantic, Springsteenesque even, about driving two hours in the early evening to Sacramento, a town seeming stuck in the past. The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, after all, had been built in 1926, and it looked it. It was like time-traveling when you passed through the front doors – it’s one of those grand old theaters.

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Watch: Eddie Vedder Joins Bruce Springsteen in Melbourne for ‘Highway To Hell’

Photo via Consequence of Sound.

Eddie Vedder was onstage last night, February 14, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia with Bruce Sprinsteen for an anthemic “Highway To Hello.”

Check out the rabid solo from Tom Morello.

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In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Swans, John Lydon, Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Soul & More

Bruce Springsteen in Adelaide. Photo via Bruce Springsteen’s website by Jo Lopez.

Check out photographer Jo Lopez’s photos from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s second night in Adelaide, Australia on February 12, 2014. — Bruce Springsteen website

The Swans have completed their 13th studio album, To Be Kind, out May 13th. To Be Kind will contain 10 Swans songs and clocks in at over two hours. Guests include St. Vincent. One song, “Bring The Sun,” is 35 minutes in length. — Rolling Stone

Roland has announced that the company is producing a new 808/909 hybrid drum machine that it’s calling the TR-8. “With the TR-8, we have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines,” Roland states in its description of the TR-8. “The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here.” — Pitchfork

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon will write an autobiography with music journalist Andrew Perry as his Boswell. Simon & Schuster plans to publish the book in October. “This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.” — New Musical Express

Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline this year’s Pitchfork music festival, which takes place in Chicago July 18 – 20, 2014. There will be a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder, and performances from Grimes, Pusha T, Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin, Sun Kil Moon and Tune-Yards. — Billboard

Da La Soul, celebrating the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, have made their entire catalog—including remixes, instrumentals and rarities—available free for download on their site until noon ET tomorrow, February 15, 2014. So get on it NOW and get the music while you can. — De La Soul website

Bob Weir rebooted RatDog last August and the group is currently touring for the first time since 2009. The lineup is bassist Rob Wasserman, bassist Robin Sylvester, guitarist Steve Kimock, drummer Jay Lane and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. RatDog is mixing Grateful Dead songs, RadDog originals, other Bob Weir songs and various covers. — jambands.com

Kimono Kult is the new group that includes former Mars Volta members John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López plus Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender. Check out “La Canción De Alejandra” off their debut EP, Hiding in the Light, due out March 4, 2014.

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Video: Bruce Springsteen Rocks Perth, Australia — Part 2

Yesterday I posted some great clips from Bruce Springsteen’s three shows in Perth, Australia.

Since then more clips have gone online — some of these are incredible quality, both audio and video — and you can check them out below:

“Born To Run” & “Dancing In The Dark” – Perth Arena, Feb. 5, 2014:

“The River” – Perth Arena, Feb. 5, 2014:

“American Skin (41 Shots)” – Perth Arena, Feb. 5, 2014:

“Shout” – Perth Arena, Feb. 5, 2014:

“Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“Atlantic City” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“Thunder Road” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“Out In The Street” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“Rosalita” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“High Hopes” – Perth Arena, Feb. 7, 2014:

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” & “Land of Hope and Dreams” – Perth Arena, Feb. 8, 2014:

“Dancing In The Dark” – Perth Arena, Feb. 8, 2014:

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Video: Bruce Springsteen Does AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ in Perth, Australia

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rock Perth, Australia.

Bruce Springsteen began his final (third) show in Perth, Australia Friday night (February 8, 2014) with a tribute to AC/DC in the form of a rousing “Highway To Hell.”

And more:

“The Promise” Feb. 8, 2014:

“Terry’s Song” – Feb. 8, 2014:

“Thunder Road” – Feb. 5, 2014:

“For You” – Feb. 2, 1014:

“I’ll Work For Your Love” – Feb. 7, 2014:

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Video: Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Pete Seeger, Sings ‘We Shall Overcome’

Photo via Bruce Springsteen’s Facebook page.

“I lost a great friend and a great hero last night,” Bruce Springsteen said yesterday night, onstage at the Bellville Velodrome in South Africa. “Pete back home was a very courageous freedom fighter. This is a song he adopted and helped popularize… Once you heard this song, you were prepared to march into hell’s fire.”

Then he sang “We Shall Overcome.”

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