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    'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Springsteen North American Tour Starts In April

    January 27, 2009 10:13 AM ET

    Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
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    As expected, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will tour North America this spring in support of their new album, "Working on a Dream," out today (Jan. 27) on Columbia. The trek begins April in San Jose, Calif.

    North American dates are set through May 23 in East Rutherford, N.J. A European tour then begins a week later at Holland's Pink Pop festival and concludes June 10 in Bergen, Norway.

    That timing would line up with a long-rumored Springsteen appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., that weekend. After a break, the European leg resumes July 2 in Munich.

    Springsteen's 2007-2008 tour in support of the album "Magic" was the most successful of his career, grossing about $232 million worldwide, according to Billboard Boxscore.

    The tour unofficially begins this Sunday (Feb. 1) when Springsteen and company will headline the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show in Tampa, Fla.


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    Springsteen North American Tour Starts In April
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Ah, there you are!!
    LA TImes gave it 2.5 stars. Now that Hilburn doesn't work there anymore, there's no more blindly lavishing praise going on.
    Have to decide now whether to go to Jersey or go to a watered-down LA show.
    LA's got the "too cool to stand the whole time" Celebrity Section. Which is where I've ended up, in the seats of people to cool even to attend. So, that's a nice plus. The downside is there is always someone behind you who wants you to sit down.

    Jersey would be the ultimate: ending (so far) the US leg, right before the band goes to Europe. Should be really good shows.
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

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    Should be really good shows.
    They always are. The E Street Band does not add water or underhydrate, as insulting as an insinuation as it is. They play flat out every night no matter where the stage.
    There are no bad shows, only some greater shows.

    Hope you can try to enjoy 'em.

    BTW he managed to eek out 5 stars from RS:

    Working on a Dream is the richest of the three great rock albums Springsteen has made this decade with the E Street Band — and moment for moment, song for song, there are more musical surprises than on any Bruce album you could name, from the Chess Records vocal distortion on the bluesy "Good Eye" to the joyous British Invasion pep of "Surprise, Surprise." Producer Brendan O'Brien seems to have shaken something loose in Springsteen, who by the Nineties was so focused on his ever-more-novelistic lyrics that melodies and chord changes could feel like an afterthought. On their last collaboration, 2007's Magic, Springsteen suddenly started writing lush, retro-pop tunes with inventive arrangements ("Girls in Their Summer Clothes" and "Your Own Worst Enemy") — and singing out in an unexpectedly rich, open voice, one that for the first time in decades owed more to Orbison than latter-day influences Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.

    Working picks up where those Magic tunes left off, and then goes further. As much as anyone, Springsteen has mastered the key sounds of rock's golden age, and he deploys them at will on this album, diving deep into influences that he's only hinted at before on record. At least two tracks lean hard on the Byrds — the jagged, sitarlike guitars on "Life Itself" are pure "Eight Miles High," as are the close vocal harmonies on the tough little rocker "What Love Can Do." The twisted pop fantasia "Queen of the Supermarket" — the lonely narrator has an overblown obsession with a checkout girl — has a Sixties AM-radio vibe reminiscent of Manfred Mann's "Pretty Flamingo." And the dreamy, stacked backing vocals on the celestial love tune "This Life" owe as much to the Turtles as they do to Spector.
    full review at:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/...ing_on_a_dream
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Did you buy the album yet? I think my wife has it.
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    They always are. The E Street Band does not add water or underhydrate, as insulting as an insinuation as it is. They play flat out every night no matter where the stage.
    There are no bad shows, only some greater shows.

    Hope you can try to enjoy 'em.
    I got spoiled last year at Meadowlands. Pretty Flamingo, Jersey Girl, Incident....
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    I remember when "Pretty Flamingo" was on the setlist...alot.

    Pre-purchased 2 weeks ago, lovin' it needless to say.

    And still can't believe he missed a nomination for "The Wrestler', another Oscar probably would have looked nice in his writing room. The Golden Globe and future Grammy will have to suffice.
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    I am seriously considering skipping the LA date. My wife will go, but I need to decide on the $100.
    I was hoping for a Vegas show.

    Pre-purchase = received today in mail, or allowed to download today, or what? Wife is going to BestBuy.
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    iTunes automatically loaded on Monday, CD will arrive tomorrow from my pal Gregg at Sony. Enjoy!

    Springsteen's Super 'Dream'

    With a new album, "Working on a Dream," a reissue of 1978's "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and a greatest-hits release exclusive to Wal-Mart, a halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIII is the centerpiece of Bruce Springsteen's promotional campaign.


    Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven.

    By Ray Waddell
    Billboard

    It's a super time to be in the Bruce business. Springsteen and his E Street Band are coming off their highest-grossing tour, which supported the critically acclaimed album "Magic." He's planning to reissue his 1978 album "Darkness on the Edge of Town." And he is supporting his new set, "Working on a Dream," with a special greatest-hits release exclusive to Wal-Mart, a wealth of digital initiatives and performances before the presidential inauguration and at Super Bowl XLIII.

    The centerpiece of Springsteen's promotional campaign will be his Feb. 1 performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla., not so coincidentally following the Jan. 27 release of "Dream."

    The NFL's entertainment division has had its eye on Springsteen as a possible halftime performer for years, but the Super Bowl's spectacle seemed at odds with the singer's artistic aesthetic. But Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' performance at last year's game changed his mind.

    "Bruce and I both thought that Tom and the Heartbreakers and the TV production team did a great job, and there was this great balance between excitement and music that just came through so well," Springsteen's longtime manager Jon Landau says. "We talked about it, and we said, 'If it can stay that music-oriented and at the same time stay exciting—it's the Super Bowl—let's explore it.' "

    Charles Coplin, NFL VP of programming and the halftime show's co-executive producer, says Springsteen more than meets the NFL's "loose criteria" for a halftime performer. "We try and find acts that we think will resonate with large amounts of people, that have music that a large group of people can attach themselves to in a short period of time, performers who can work really well within a large stadium and at the same time feel powerful and intimate to the people watching at home," Coplin says. "I'd be lying if I didn't tell you we'd been trying to knock down Jon's door for many years."

    In addition to Coplin, the NFL Productions show is co-produced by Don Mischer, Ricky Kirschner and Glenn Weiss. Given the Super Bowl stage, this show won't showcase Springsteen's introspective side. "Bruce has a wide range of styles and approaches," Landau says. "But this is a party."

    The NFL says the Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical performance in the world, and more than 148 million U.S. viewers tuned in for last year's show. 2009's event will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 territories.
    Sounds of the Superbowl
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    "put the chicken fingers down and turn the television all the way up!"


    BRUCE ROCKS THE SUPER BOWL



    Was there any doubt that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would get the job DONE in Tampa? The band's historic halftime performance opened with "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and drove straight into "Born To Run." "Working On A Dream" followed, showing great promise as a showstopper on the 2009 tour to come. The set closed with a football-centric "Glory Days." And...what a great game! Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers on their 27-23 victory and sixth title, and the Arizona Cardinals for a superb season. Back to reality...
    Bruce Springsteen News: brucespringsteen.net
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen Crown U.K. Charts

    February 02, 2009 10:54 AM ET

    Paul Sexton, London
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    Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen were the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (Feb. 1). Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) entered the album survey at No. 1.
    Springsteen's triumphant debut is his seventh U.K. No. 1 album, a run that began with 1980's "The River." His new success upstaged Franz Ferdinand, whose album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino) opened at No. 2. Last week's No. 1 debutants White Lies fell sharply to No. 8 with "To Lose My Life" (Fiction/Polydor). The Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal) moved back into the top ten, 14-10, and easy listening singer Roger Whittaker climbed again, 13-11, with "The Golden Age of Roger Whittaker -- 50 Years of Classics" (UMTV/Universal).
    Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen Crown U.K. Charts
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM ET

    Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
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    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn.

    Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American festival of the year, as well as the only festival on the reunited Phish's 2009 itinerary. According to Jonathan Mayers, president of festival co-producer Superfly, Phish will play two distinct shows on the Bonnaroo main stage on two separate nights: a two-set performance and an additional late-evening set.
    Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM ET

    Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
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    Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo
    Flying back and forth from Europe for that? There is a big break in there. I take it he'll be playing only one of those days. I'll be in Atlanta starting June 15. Hmm... if he plays on the 14th, I can make it. 200 miles. Easy.
    OK, back from the web site: have to pay for four days. $267, including all the fees. VIP package is $1440 for two.
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Springsteen Has 'Dream' Debut Atop Album Chart

    February 04, 2009 11:27 AM ET

    Katie Hasty, N.Y.
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    As expected, Bruce Springsteen's new album, "Working on a Dream," dethrones Taylor Swift's "Fearless" after an eight-week reign. The Columbia set sold 224,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the Boss' his ninth No. 1 album on the chart.

    Springsteen is now tied with the Rolling Stones for the third most No. 1 albums. Only the Beatles (with 19), Elvis Presley (10) and Jay-Z (also 10) have more.

    The first week sales for "Dream" were off 33% compared to the opening frame of his last studio set, 2007's "Magic" (335,000), which also debuted at No. 1. Springsteen and his E Street Band performed Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show and will begin a world tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.
    Springsteen Has 'Dream' Debut Atop Album Chart
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Rock Hall of Fame puts focus on Springsteen

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    By Jeff Haynes, Reuters
    The Boss will get his own exhibit at the
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, opening on Apri 1.

    By M.R. Kropko
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    CLEVELAND — Seeking something fresh and exciting to complement its upcoming induction ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has gotten its fondest wish — the cooperation of 1999 inductee Bruce Springsteen in launching a new exhibit solely dedicated to the Boss.

    The hall on Friday announced plans to open the exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen on April 1, three days before the hall holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland. Featuring various memorabilia from Springsteen, the exhibit is expected to run through the spring of 2010.

    "He's someone we've always wanted to do a big exhibit on," said Jim Henke, the Rock Hall's curator. "So it's one of those things that I'd bring up with his manager from time to time. Last summer they said, 'Yes, it makes sense now.'"

    It's perfect timing for a year that has been pretty Springsteen packed already. He performed during festivities surrounding the inauguration of President Barack Obama, released his latest album, Working on a Dream, in January, then was the halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl last month. He's planning a major tour to kick off April 1 in San Jose, Calif., and will even make an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June.

    Henke says the Springsteen exhibit may be the most extensive exhibit on a rock star ever done at the hall. Previous exhibits have focused on the lives and careers of John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.

    Springsteen has provided various guitars, including the one he holds on the cover of Born to Run, the album that helped rocket his popularity. The exhibit also will have scrapbooks and notebooks in which Springsteen wrote many song lyrics.

    "Once (Bruce) knew this was real, that it would really happen, he wanted it to have as much depth as it could possibly have," said Jon Landau, Springsteen's manager and board member of the hall. "He is fully behind this exhibition and the effort the museum has made to really get things right."

    Henke is hopeful that eventually Springsteen will make his first visit to the Rock Hall since it opened nearly 14 years ago. Landau said he's sure that the Boss eventually will visit the exhibit.

    "I think we'll have to visit at some other time than the official opening, but Bruce is looking forward to seeing it as soon as it's possible for him," Landau said.
    Rock Hall of Fame puts focus on Springsteen - USATODAY.com
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    Re: 'Working on a Dream' 2009

    Springsteen debuts new additions to E Street Band at first 'Dream' rehearsal show

    far cry from the arenas, stadiums and festivals Springsteen and the E Street Band are gearing up to tour throughout the summer, Convention Hall is essentially the size and shape of a large high school gymnasium, which makes these rehearsal shows a unique experience for fans. Not only do they get up close and personal with the band (Springsteen leaned down to sign an autograph during the middle of one song), but they also get to witness the process of a concert being built from the ground up. Throughout the night there were reminders that this was very much still a work in progress. Springsteen needed his memory refreshed on chords and lyrics on a few occasions, and he seemed barely able to contain his laughter after Clarence Clemons’ whistling solo on “Working on a Dream.”

    “The next time you see us,” Springsteen promised, “we’ll be a well-oiled machine.”

    Set list:

    “Outlaw Pete”
    “My Lucky Day”
    “Night”
    “Out in the Street”
    “Working On a Dream”
    “Johnny 99″
    “I Ain’t Got No Home”
    “Good Eye”
    “Radio Nowhere”
    “Candy’s Room”
    “Because the Night”
    “Mary’s Place”
    “The Wrestler”
    “This Life”
    “Long Walk Home”
    “Surprise, Surprise”
    “Badlands”
    “No Surrender”

    Encore:

    “Hard Times Come Again No More”
    “Mustang Sally” (w/ John Eddie)
    “Thunder Road”
    “Born to Run”
    “American Land”
    “Seven Nights to Rock”
    Bruce Springsteen Debuts New Additions to E Street Band at First “Dream” Rehearsal Show : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily
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