So we closed our eyes and said goodbye

Posted by · 9:19 am · June 19th, 2011

I remember the first time I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band vividly. I was late to the party. Springsteen’s music — still one of my earliest childhood memories — had been thrilling fans for decades before I finally saddled up to what is probably the greatest live show in the business (for […]

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Springsteen and Joel open up to Fallon and Stern

Posted by · 9:31 pm · November 19th, 2010

By the way, I wanted to mention, in case there are any music lovers who missed them, this week was a strong week in music interviews solely on the basis of Jimmy Fallon’s one-hour sit-down with Bruce Springsteen and Howard Stern’s even longer chat with Billy Joel (the shock-jock’s long-time friend but first-time guest).  Both […]

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11/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Four Lions’ on tour, Thompson remembers ‘Back to the Future,’ The Boss talks ‘The Promise’

Posted by · 7:28 am · November 1st, 2010

• Devin Faraci goes on the road with Chris Morris and his film, “Four Lions.” [Badass Digest] • Brian Truitt talks “Back to the Future” with Lea Thompson, 25 years later.  I always forget it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  (AWESOME.)  [USA Today] • Bruce Springsteen talks the making of “Darkness on the Edge […]

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TIFF: Invasion of The Boss

Posted by · 12:05 pm · September 15th, 2010

How do you follow up a massively successful, iconic, generation-defining album like “Born to Run?”  How to even attempt to approach that level of stratospheric impact?  Well, Thom Zimny’s documentary “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town” made its way to Toronto last night to help answer those questions, and I […]

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Steve Pond on Oscar’s “broken” song category

Posted by · 4:42 pm · January 12th, 2010

The Best Original Song race gets an awful lot of stick for its wonky voting system and sometimes questionable musical judgment — problems that have lately converged to scupper the hopes of many well-regarded contenders, with last year’s snub of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” raising particularly widespread ire. I’ll start, however, by saying a few […]

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Grammy nods for ‘Basterds,’ Giacchino… and Steve Martin

Posted by · 6:34 am · December 3rd, 2009

I’m always interested to see what cinematic musical achievements the Grammy Awards single out for recognition each year, largely because their pop sensibilities are so different (and their eligibility criteria so much looser) from those of the Oscars that they may as well exist on different planets. Last year, for example, they selected “The Dark […]

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The Boss fights hunger

Posted by · 2:00 pm · April 23rd, 2009

You all know I’m a Bruce Springsteen fan, so no need for the background on that.  When I was at the two Los Angeles shows last week I saw that the Los Angeles Community FoodBank had a set-up with some memorabilia for sale, all proceeds going to the fight against hunger in the area.  Springsteen […]

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Boss, take two

Posted by · 5:22 pm · April 16th, 2009

Nothing else from me today.  I’m off to see The Boss one more time at the Sports Arena.  Here’s hoping Tom Morello comes back for another stab at “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” because that was friggin’ awesome.

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Off to The Boss

Posted by · 4:34 pm · April 15th, 2009

I’m catching Bruce Springsteen tonight and tomorrow night over at the Sports Arena here in Los Angeles.  He hasn’t played my favorite tune on the tour yet — “Spirit in the Night” — so here’s hoping for a pleasant surprise.  “The Wrestler” has been a regular feature, however, and I’m sure he’ll play it either […]

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Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” gets a music video

Posted by · 6:08 pm · February 18th, 2009

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THE LISTS: Top 10 pet peeves of the 2008-2009 Oscar season

Posted by · 9:41 am · February 17th, 2009

The season is winding down this week.  The slow President’s Day holiday yesterday seemed to be more of a harbinger than a lull in the excitement.  This time next week, we’ll probably be over the fallout of the circuit and on to debating the contenders we’re likely to see a year from now. It’s a […]

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Penn to Rourke: “It’s your time, brother.”

Posted by · 12:27 pm · February 13th, 2009

Not to be all Rourke all the time, but I’ve been sitting here watching/listening to the Charlie Rose interview finally and around the 35:00 mark, Rose pops the big question about the year’s Oscar season: “How does it feel to be in this competition with Sean Penn?” Rourke took it right along in stride, like […]

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Oh, one more reason the Academy missed the boat this year…

Posted by · 10:52 am · February 9th, 2009

The Grammys saw fit to give Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard the award for best score soundtrack last night. The HFPA, as you know, gave The Boss a Golden Globe earlier this year. Did the Academy distinguish itself by snubbing these two works or just further prove that music branch to be off its […]

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2/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:31 am · February 6th, 2009

• David Poland is probably wrong on two counts at the top of his recent Oscar column (certainly plkenty of us had our sites set on Davis and Shannon going into this awards season), but we’ll give him some slack. [Movie City News] • David Carr, via video, talks about Bill Condon and Larry Mark […]

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2/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:37 am · February 5th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein, in a well-reasoned piece that even I — a dedicated Boss fan — can’t disagree with, says Bruce Springsteen “had to stoop to conquer” Sunday night. [The Big Picture] • Jeffrey Wells bizarrely reviews Best Live Action Short nominee “New Boy.”  Beware careless spoilers. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Michael Cieply, reports on the […]

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Go Cards?

Posted by · 3:09 pm · February 1st, 2009

The other season comes to a close today, and I don’t know.  The Steelers are one of my favorite teams but I love the Cardinals’ story this year, so, that’s where I’m rooting.  I was going to put some money down on it but the payoff isn’t enough to reward the risk I was prepared […]

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Ways the Academy blew it, episode #4,623

Posted by · 8:56 am · January 30th, 2009

I haven’t really dug into the stinging Bruce Springsteen snub from eight days ago properly yet, but really, how off-the-mark could the Academy possibly be?  Not that the membership considers itself in the business of appearing relevant, but The Boss just played in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  He’s got a new […]

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After cooling off a bit…

Posted by · 11:22 am · January 23rd, 2009

Yesterday the Academy displayed just what a fractured organization they are, championing a small film like “Slumdog Millionaire,” for which I applaud them, but snubbing “The Dark Knight,” one of the best reviewed films of the year and a titan at the box office. All day I was asking, ‘How?’  All day I wondered just […]

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