Springsteen on CBS’ “The Good Wife”? Well, sort of. Read on.

bruce-largeYeah, I did a double-take when I heard this too. One of my fave artists on of my fave prime-time dramas? Here’s the scoop from CBS:

Bruce Springsteen’s latest full-length album, High Hopes, will be available exclusively on CBS.com for streaming prior to its release date, marking the first time that the Network website has been the host for an album debut. Following the Sunday, Jan. 5 broadcast of THE GOOD WIFE (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), a special preview for the following week’s episode will feature music from the forthcoming album and will prompt viewers to visit CBS.com to listen to the new album in its entirety on the site. The album will be available on CBS.com after the broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 5 through Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 PM, ET.

In addition, three songs from the album, the title track “High Hopes,” “Hunter of Invisible Game” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” will be featured in THE GOOD WIFE  on Sunday, Jan. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the episode, “We, the Juries,” Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) each represent one-half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs, but the courtroom becomes mired in confusion and legal technicalities when they insist on separate juries for each client.

“We love using music in THE GOOD WIFE, and we always have the music inform the action and the cutting,” said Robert King and Michelle King, executive producers and creators of THE GOOD WIFE. “So when the Bruce Springsteen songs became available, we couldn’t believe our luck. We wished we could use the whole album.”

High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album, is set for a Jan. 14, 2014 release on Columbia Records. The album, which was recorded in multiple settings in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City, features Springsteen with members of the E Street Band and guitarist Tom Morello, among others. “This is music I always felt needed to be released,” writes Springsteen about High Hopes. “From the gangsters of ‘Harry’s Place,’ the ill-prepared roomies on ‘Frankie Fell In Love’ (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment), the travelers in the wasteland of ‘Hunter Of Invisible Game,’ to the soldier and his visiting friend in ‘The Wall,’ I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing.”

If you haven’t heard the title track yet, check it out:


Calling Dr. Love! 2014 RNRHOF Inductees Announced

2014-Inductees-Rotator_1Yep, so KISS finally made it. And the E Street Band! Should make for one helluva ceremony.  Read all about the inductees here.

From USA Today:

The 29th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, and will be open to the public (as it has for recent ceremonies in Los Angeles and Cleveland). The event will air as an HBO special in May.

“We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity,” says Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.”

Chosen by more than 700 voters (artists, historians and music industry professionals) of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the 2014 honorees will also receive an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in conjunction with the ceremony. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.

For a second year, the Rock Hall implemented fan voting in choosing this year’s inductees, which was available on its official site, Rolling Stone and USA TODAY, and generated nearly 1.4 million votes this year. The five artists with the highest number of votes (three of whom will be inducted) made up a fans’ ballot, which counted as a single vote in choosing this year’s honorees.

Among fans, Kiss (239,000 votes) and Nirvana (218,000) enjoyed easy victories. Two artists that failed to receive induction despite swells of public support were Yes (151,000) and Deep Purple (166,000), beaten out in the overall balloting by Hall & Oates (113,000), Peter Gabriel (111,000), Linda Ronstadt (85,000) and Cat Stevens (75,000).

Aside from Kiss and Stevens — who received Rock Hall nominations in 2010 and 2006, respectively — the Class of 2014 is made up of first-time nominees. And although fans may believe that many of the 16 artists put to the vote are long overdue for induction, Peresman assures that no artist is ever considered a “natural,” shoo-in choice.

“All of the 2014 inductees introduced us to something new,” Peresman says. “They might have drawn from their predecessors or built on what came before them, but they all took something from their roots, transformed it, made it their own and brought it to the world at the right time.”

Additional honors will be given to late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, who picked up Ahmet Ertegun lifetime achievement awards for their work behind the scenes in the music industry. The award for musical excellence (formerly known as the sidemen category) was given to Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backing group, the E Street Band.

Tickets go on sale in January, with an exact date to be announced.

CONFIRMED: New Bruce Springsteen album out Jan 14th.

SPRINGSTEEN_HIGH_HOPES_cover-700x700From rollingstone.com

Bruce Springsteen will release High Hopes, an eclectic album that combines covers, re-recordings of old songs and studio outtakes from the past decade, on January 14th. “This is music I always felt needed to be released,” Springsteen said in a statement. A video for the debut single “High Hopes” was posted this morning.  (NOTE: Scroll to the bottom for the video)

The album was originally going to focus entirely on unreleased material from the past decade. Plans changed during rehearsals for Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Australian tour this past March, which featured Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello subbing in for Steve Van Zandt. Morello suggested they perform “High Hopes,” a Tim Scott McConnell song that Springsteen originally recorded with the E Street Band in 1995. 

“We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it,” Springsteen said in a statement.  “We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with ‘Just Like Fire Would,’ a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, the Saints (check out ‘I’m Stranded’). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.”

High Hopes also has a cover of Dream Baby Dream, originally recorded in 1979 by the New York punk band Suicide. Springsteen regularly played the song on his 2005 solo acoustic tour and he revived it earlier this month at a benefit at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Three of the other songs – “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “The Wall” – have either appeared in concert or on previous Springsteen albums. “I felt they were among the best of my writing,” Springsteen said in a statement. “And deserved a proper studio recording.”

The remaining tracks are outtakes from the albums that Springsteen recorded after reuniting with the E Street Band in 1999. The late E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici and the late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons appear on several songs on High Hopes, though it’s unclear exactly which ones. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, though Brendan O’Brien has production credit on four of the tracks. It was recorded in New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Australia.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with guest Tom Morello are playing shows in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in early 2014, but there is no word on whether they plan on coming back to North America later in the year.

Here is a complete track listing for High Hopes as well as Bruce Springsteen’s extensive notes about the album.

“High Hopes” (Tim Scott McConnell) – featuring Tom Morello
“Harry’s Place” * – featuring Tom Morello
“American Skin (41 Shots)” – featuring Tom Morello
“Just Like Fire Would” (Chris J. Bailey) – featuring Tom Morello
“Down in the Hole” *
“Heaven’s Wall” ** – featuring Tom Morello
“Frankie Fell in Love”
“This Is Your Sword”
“Hunter of Invisible Game” * – featuring Tom Morello
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” – duet with Tom Morello
“The Wall”
“Dream Baby Dream” (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – featuring Tom Morello

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted

Produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

*Produced by Brendan O’Brien

**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’ Liner Notes

 I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add “High Hopes” to our live set. I had cut “High Hopes,” a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the L.A. based Havalinas, in the Nineties. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with “Just Like Fire Would,” a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, the Saints (check out “I’m Stranded”). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.

Some of these songs, “American Skin” and “Ghost of Tom Joad,” you’ll be familiar with from our live versions. I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording. “The Wall” is something I’d played on stage a few times and remains very close to my heart. The title and idea were Joe Grushecky’s, then the song appeared after Patti and I made a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. It was inspired by my memories of Walter Cichon. Walter was one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers, who along with his brother Ray (one of my early guitar mentors) led the “Motifs.” The Motifs were a local rock band who were always a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the heroes you aspired to be. But these were heroes you could touch, speak to, and go to with your musical inquiries. Cool, but always accessible, they were an inspiration to me, and many young working musicians in 1960s central New Jersey. Though my character in “The Wall” is a Marine, Walter was actually in the Army, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry. He was the first person I ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star. Walter went missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness. The man who by his attitude, his walk said “you can defy all this, all of what’s here, all of what you’ve been taught, taught to fear, to love and you’ll still be alright.” His was a terrible loss to us, his loved ones and the local music scene. I still miss him. 

This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of “Harry’s Place,” the ill-prepared roomies on “Frankie Fell in Love” (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of “Hunter of Invisible Game,” to the soldier and his visiting friend in “The Wall”, I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing. Hope you enjoy it, 

Bruce Springsteen

New Bruce Springsteen single, “High Hopes” out Nov. 25th. And it’s goood.


Earlier this year, when Springsteen and the E Street Band (with Tom Morello subbing for Steve Van Zandt) were in Australia on the Wrecking Ball tour, they decided to take a detour into the studio. “We’ve never had a recording session during a tour in our lives,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone. “We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting. The band – Steven, Nils, all those guys – continues to be a source of inspiration for me.”

One of the results of that recording session is the single “High Hopes”, out November 25th. But it’s not a Springsteen original, nor is it the first time he’s recorded it. It was first released by Australian Tim Scott McConnell in 1987 and again three years later with his band The Havalinas.  Springsteen recorded and released it in 1995, but the only way to purchase it was with the special edition VHS copy of his Blood Brothers documentary.

Rolling Stone describes the single this way: 

“The song begins with a New Orleans carnival beat and a squall of feedback before a chunky acoustic guitar and Springsteen’s teeth-gritted vocals kick in, followed by horns, accordions and an army of backing vocals on the chorus. The finished product sounds like an unexpected mix of the Seeger Sessions Band, Rage, the E Street Band and the Meters. Judging by this track, Springsteen isn’t done with the musical boundary-pushing that characterized 2012’s Wrecking Ball.”

Rumours are circulating wildly that “High Hopes” is the first single from a new album that could be out by the end of January, and that it’s either a brand new studio album or something akin to Tracks 2.

Either way, I can’t wait.

Want a sneak peek of the new single? Check out the live performance below from March 18th in Sydney.

Check out this list of artists that never had a No. 1 hit

This comes from vh1.com:

What do Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who and James Brown have in common? Well besides being music legends, none of them ever topped the Billboard Top 40,  which factors in both sales and airplay and is viewed as the official ranking system in the US (as opposed to the genre charts). But still, it’s pretty insane that these musical monsters haven’t scaled this mountain and tasted Billboard glory.

Below are the first ten on the list. For the complete list, click here.

Artist: Bob Marley Close Call: “Roots, Rock, Reggae” hit #51 in 1976, “Exodus” hit #19 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1977

Artist: Bruce Springsteen Close Call: “Dancing In The Dark” hit #2 on May 26th 1984

Artist: Bob Dylan Close Call: “Like A Rolling Stone” hit #2 on August 14th 1965, “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” hit #2 on April 23rd 1966

Artist: James Brown Close Call: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” hit #3 on November 20th 1965

Artist: KISS Close Call: “Beth” hit #7 on September 25th 1976

Artist: Beastie Boys Close Call: “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Fight (To Party!)” hit #7 on January 24th 1987

Artist: Led Zeppelin Close Call: “Whole Lotta Love” hit #4 on December 6th 1969

Artist: Green Day Close Call: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” hit #2 on December 25 2005

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Close Call: “Under The Bridge” hit #2 on April 18th 1992

Artist: R.E.M.Close Call: “Losing My Religion” hit #4 on April 20th 1991

Coming to stores November 5th: The Human Rights Concerts

This sounds like an awesome set. Great for the music lover on your holiday shopping list.


The following comes from humanrightsconcerts.com:

The “Human Rights Concerts” is the collective name of the series of concerts presented by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization Amnesty International in the years 1986-1998. 2013 is the 25th anniversary of the most high-profile of all the concerts in the series – the “Human Rights Now!” world tour. A six-week, five-continent, fifteen-nation, twenty-concert tour of the world in 1988 raising awareness of the human rights cause – headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour.

In celebration of this anniversary – and to raise further funds for – and consciousness of – Amnesty, the films of all the “Human Rights Concerts” have been digitally restored and are to be released in 2013 in DVD, audio and digital formats. Three of the four films have never been available in any format since their one-time-only airing on TV – making the upcoming release all the more exciting.

The complete concert set will be released on a 6-disc DVD box-set in the Fall of 2013. The title of the box-set is “¡RELEASED!”

In addition to the DVD set, the audio release in the USA & Canada will be a 2-disc set containing 30 songs drawn from the four concerts. There will also be a digital release of all 120 songs from the four concerts. (Fans outside of North America will see the release of four individual CD sets – one set for each of the four concerts.)

Check out this clip from the 1988 tour featuring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour performing Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom”:

Happy Birthday, Bruce Springsteen. The energy, man. The energy….

BruceBased on the recent South American shows, news of some new music in the can, and more dates scheduled Down Under in February, the 64-years-young Mr. Springsteen ain’t slowing down any time soon.

Need more proof? Check out the video below from this weekend’s Rock In Rio festival. Any one know where he keeps that fountain of youth?

(photo: Jo Lopez)