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Born to Run was released on August 25, It proved to be a breakthrough album [37] [38] [39] that catapulted Springsteen to worldwide fame. Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week, on October 27 of that year. So great did the wave of publicity become that he eventually rebelled against it during his first venture overseas, tearing down promotional posters before a concert appearance in London.

A legal battle with former manager Mike Appel kept Springsteen out of the studio for nearly a year, during which time he kept the E Street Band together through extensive touring across the U. Despite the optimistic fervor with which he often performed, Springsteen's new songs sounded more somber than much of his previous work. Reaching settlement with Appel in , Springsteen returned to the studio, and the subsequent sessions produced Darkness on the Edge of Town Musically, this album was a turning point in Springsteen's career. Gone were the raw, rapid-fire lyrics, outsized characters, and long, multi-part musical compositions of the first three albums; the songs were leaner and more carefully drawn and began to reflect Springsteen's growing intellectual and political awareness.

The cross-country tour to promote the album would become legendary for the intensity and length of its shows. By the late s, Springsteen had earned a reputation in the pop world as a songwriter whose material could provide hits for other bands. Patti Smith reached No. Although not a critical success, long time friend Southside Johnny recorded Springsteen's " The Fever " in early and " Talk to Me " in In September , Springsteen and the E Street Band joined the Musicians United for Safe Energy anti-nuclear power collective at Madison Square Garden for two nights, playing an abbreviated set while premiering two songs from his upcoming album.

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The subsequent No Nukes live album, as well as the following summer's No Nukes documentary film, represented the first official recordings and footage of Springsteen's fabled live act, as well as Springsteen's first tentative dip into political involvement. Springsteen continued to focus on working-class life with the song double album The River in , which included an intentionally paradoxical range of material from good-time party rockers to emotionally intense ballads, and finally yielded his first hit Top Ten single as a performer, " Hungry Heart ".

Like the previous two albums, musical styles on The River were derived largely from rock 'n' roll music of the 50s and 60s, but with a more explicit pop-rock sound than earlier albums. The title song pointed to Springsteen's intellectual direction, while a couple of the lesser-known tracks presaged his musical direction. The album sold well, becoming his first No. The River was followed in by the stark solo acoustic Nebraska. Recording sessions had been held to expand on a demo tape Springsteen had made at his home on a simple, low-tech four-track tape deck.

However, during the recording process Springsteen and producer Jon Landau realized the songs worked better as solo acoustic numbers than full band renditions and the original demo tape was released as the album. Although the recordings of the E Street Band were shelved, other songs from these sessions would later be released, including " Born in the U. A " and " Glory Days ". According to the Marsh biographies, Springsteen was depressed when he wrote this material, and the result is a brutal depiction of American life. While Nebraska did not sell as well as Springsteen's three previous albums, it garnered widespread critical praise including being named "Album of the Year" by Rolling Stone magazine's critics and influenced later works by other major artists, including U2 's album The Joshua Tree.

Springsteen did not tour in conjunction with Nebraska' s release. Springsteen is probably best known for his album Born in the U. The title track was a bitter commentary on the treatment of Vietnam veterans , some of whom were Springsteen's friends. The lyrics in the verses were entirely unambiguous when listened to, but the anthemic music and the title of the song made it hard for many, from politicians to the common person, to get the lyrics—except those in the chorus, which could be read many ways.

The song was widely misinterpreted as jingoistic , and in connection with the presidential campaign became the subject of considerable folklore.

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In , conservative columnist George Will attended a Springsteen concert and then wrote a column praising Springsteen's work ethic. Six days after the column was printed, in a campaign rally in Hammonton, New Jersey , Reagan said, "America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts. It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire—New Jersey's own, Bruce Springsteen. I don't think it was the Nebraska album. I don't think he's been listening to this one.

Springsteen also turned down several million dollars offered by the Chrysler Corporation to use "Born in the U. In later years, to eliminate the bombast and make the song's original meaning more explicitly clear, Springsteen performed the song accompanied only by acoustic guitar, thus returning to how the song was originally conceived.

The original acoustic version of the song, recorded in during the Nebraska sessions, appeared on the archival release Tracks. The video for the song showed a young Courteney Cox dancing on stage with Springsteen, which helped start the actress's career. The song " Cover Me " was written by Springsteen for Donna Summer , but his record company persuaded him to keep it for the new album.

A big fan of Summer's work, Springsteen wrote another song for her, " Protection ". Springsteen played on the " We Are the World " song and album in His live single "Trapped" from that album received moderate airplay on US Top 40 stations as well as reaching No. During the Born in the U. Tour , Springsteen met actress Julianne Phillips , whom he would marry in He later stated that he "simply did not realise how big the whole thing was going to be". He has since expressed regret at turning down Bob Geldof 's invitation, stating that he could have played a couple of acoustic songs had there been no slot available for a full band performance.

The Born in the U. From June 15 to August 10, , all seven of his albums appeared on the UK Albums Chart : the first time an artist had charted their entire back catalogue simultaneously. It is one of the most commercially successful live albums of all time, ultimately selling 13 million units in the U. Despite its popularity, some fans and critics felt the album's song selection could have been better. Springsteen concerts are the subjects of frequent bootleg recording and trading among fans.

During the s, several Springsteen fanzines were launched, including Backstreets magazine, which started in Seattle and continues today as a glossy publication, now in communication with Springsteen's management and official website. After this commercial peak, Springsteen released the much more sedate and contemplative Tunnel of Love album , a mature reflection on the many faces of love found, lost and squandered, which only selectively used the E Street Band.

It presaged the breakup of his marriage to Julianne Phillips and described some of his unhappiness in the relationship. Reflecting the challenges of love in " Brilliant Disguise ", Springsteen sang:. The subsequent Tunnel of Love Express Tour shook up fans with changes to the stage layout, favorites dropped from the set list, and horn-based arrangements. During the European leg in , Springsteen's relationship with backup singer Patti Scialfa became public. Phillips and Springsteen filed for divorce in On July 19, , Springsteen held a concert in East Germany that attracted , spectators.

Journalist Erik Kirschbaum has called the concert "the most important rock concert ever, anywhere", in his book Rocking the Wall. It had been conceived by the Socialist Unity Party 's youth wing in an attempt to placate the youth of East Germany, who were hungry for more freedom and the popular music of the West. However, it is Kirschbaum's opinion that the success of the concert catalyzed opposition to the regime in the DDR, and helped contribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall the following year.

Later in , Springsteen headlined the worldwide Human Rights Now!


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In late he dissolved the E Street Band, and he and Scialfa relocated to California, marrying in In , after risking fan accusations of "going Hollywood" by moving to Los Angeles and working with session musicians , Springsteen released two albums at once. Human Touch and Lucky Town were even more introspective than any of his previous work and displayed a newly revealed confidence. As opposed to his first two albums, which dreamed of happiness, and his next four, which showed him growing to fear it, at points during the Lucky Town album, Springsteen actually claims happiness for himself.

Springsteen seemed to realize this a few years hence when he spoke humorously of his late father during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech:. I've gotta thank him because—what would I conceivably have written about without him? I mean, you can imagine that if everything had gone great between us, we would have had disaster. I would have written just happy songs—and I tried it in the early '90s and it didn't work; the public didn't like it. A multiple Grammy Award winner, Springsteen also won an Academy Award in for his song " Streets of Philadelphia ", which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Philadelphia.

The video for the song shows Springsteen's actual vocal performance, recorded using a hidden microphone, to a prerecorded instrumental track. This technique was developed on the " Brilliant Disguise " video. This was generally less well-received than the similar Nebraska , due to the minimal melody , twangy vocals, and political nature of most of the songs, although some praised it for giving voice to immigrants and others who rarely have one in American culture.

The lengthy, worldwide, small-venue solo acoustic Ghost of Tom Joad Tour that followed successfully presented many of his older songs in drastically reshaped acoustic form, although Springsteen had to explicitly remind his audiences to be quiet and not to clap during the performances. It's part of your place in society, and in some way part of society's acceptance of you. Following the tour, Springsteen moved back to New Jersey with his family. Later, he would acknowledge that the s were a "lost period" for him: "I didn't do a lot of work. Some people would say I didn't do my best work.

Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in by Bono the lead singer of U2 , a favor he returned in A new song, " American Skin 41 Shots ", about the police shooting of Amadou Diallo , which was played at these shows proved controversial. In , Springsteen released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, The Rising , produced by Brendan O'Brien.

The album, mostly a reflection on the September 11 attacks , was a critical and popular success.


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  • Many of the songs were influenced by phone conversations Springsteen had with family members of victims of the attacks who in their obituaries had mentioned how his music touched their lives. The title track gained airplay in several radio formats, and the record became Springsteen's best-selling album of new material in 15 years.

    Kicked off by an early-morning Asbury Park appearance on The Today Show , The Rising Tour commenced, barnstorming through a series of single-night arena stands in the U. Springsteen maintained a loyal hardcore fan base particularly in Europe and along the U. He played an unprecedented 10 nights in Giants Stadium in New Jersey, a ticket-selling feat to which no other musical act has come close. The Rising Tour concluded with three nights in Shea Stadium , highlighted by renewed controversy over "American Skin" and a guest appearance by Bob Dylan.

    During the early s, Springsteen became a visible advocate for the revitalization of Asbury Park, and played an annual series of winter holiday concerts there to benefit various local businesses, organizations, and causes. These shows were explicitly intended for the devoted fans, including numbers such as the E Street Shuffle outtake "Thundercrack", a rollicking group-participation song that would mystify casual Springsteen fans. He also frequently rehearses for tours in Asbury Park; some of his most devoted followers even stand outside the building to hear what fragments they can of the upcoming shows.

    The song " My City of Ruins " was originally written about Asbury Park, in honor of the attempts to revitalize the city. Looking for an appropriate song for the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon broadcast, he selected "My City of Ruins", which was immediately recognized as an emotional highlight of the broadcast, with its gospel themes and its heartfelt exhortations to "Rise up! All concerts were to be held in swing states , to benefit the progressive political organization group America Coming Together and to encourage people to register and vote.

    A finale was held in Washington, D. Several days later, Springsteen held one more such concert in New Jersey, when polls showed that state surprisingly close. This new stance led to criticism and praise from the expected partisan sources. Springsteen's "No Surrender" became the main campaign theme song for John Kerry 's unsuccessful presidential campaign ; in the last days of the campaign, he performed acoustic versions of the song and some of his other old songs at Kerry rallies.

    It is a low-key, mostly acoustic album, in the same vein as Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad although with a little more instrumentation. Some of the material was written almost 10 years earlier during, or shortly after, the Ghost of Tom Joad Tour, with a few having been performed then but not released. Starbucks rejected a co-branding deal for the album, due in part to some sexually explicit content but also because of Springsteen's anti-corporate politics. The album entered the album charts at No. Attendance was disappointing in a few regions, and everywhere other than in Europe tickets were easier to get than in the past.

    Unlike his mids solo tour, he performed on piano, electric piano , pump organ , autoharp , ukulele , banjo , electric guitar, and stomping board, as well as acoustic guitar and harmonica, adding variety to the solo sound. Offstage synthesizer, guitar, and percussion were also used for some songs. In April , Springsteen released We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions , an American roots music project focused around a big folk sound treatment of 15 songs popularized by the radical musical activism of Pete Seeger. In contrast to previous albums, this was recorded in only three one-day sessions, and frequently one can hear Springsteen calling out key changes live as the band explores its way through the tracks.

    A tour began the same month, with the strong ensemble of musicians dubbed The Seeger Sessions Band and later shortened to The Sessions Band. Seeger Sessions material was emphasized, as well as a handful of usually drastically rearranged Springsteen numbers. The tour proved very popular in Europe, selling out everywhere and receiving some excellent reviews, [57] but newspapers reported that a number of U. Springsteen's next album, titled Magic , was released on October 2, Recorded with the E Street Band, it had 10 new Springsteen songs plus " Long Walk Home ", performed once with the Sessions band, and a hidden track the first included on a Springsteen studio release , " Terry's Song ", a tribute to Springsteen's long-time assistant Terry Magovern, who died on July 30, Greatest Hits reentered the Irish charts at No.

    It was announced on November 21, , that Springsteen's longtime friend and founding E Street Band member, Danny Federici , would be taking a leave of absence from the Magic Tour to pursue treatment for melanoma. Charles Giordano filled in as Federici's replacement. Federici returned to the stage on March 20, , when he appeared for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The set of appearances and promotional activities led Springsteen to say, "This has probably been the busiest month of my life. Springsteen supported Barack Obama's presidential campaign , announcing his endorsement in April [74] and going on to appear at several Obama rallies as well as performing several solo acoustic performances in support of Obama's campaign throughout , [75] culminating with a November 2 rally at which he debuted the song " Working on a Dream " in a duet with Scialfa.

    Following Obama's electoral victory on November 4, Springsteen's song "The Rising" was the first song played over the loudspeakers after Obama's victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. Springsteen was the musical opener for the Obama Inaugural Celebration on January 18, , which was attended by over , people. Springsteen's Working on a Dream album, dedicated to the memory of Danny Federici, was released in late January [70] and the supporting Working on a Dream Tour ran from April until November The tour presented few songs from the new album, with set lists dominated instead by classics and selections reflecting the ongoing lates recession.

    Springsteen was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual award to figures from the world of arts for their contribution to American culture, on December 6, He ended the remark "while I am the president, he is the Boss". Tributes were paid by several celebrities including Jon Stewart who described Springsteen's "unprecedented combination of lyrical eloquence, musical mastery and sheer unbridled, unadulterated joy".

    Springsteen was among a host of musicians who voiced extensive criticism regarding the merging of Ticketmaster with Live Nation , saying "the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing. The s ended with Springsteen named one of eight Artists of the Decade by Rolling Stone magazine [86] and with Springsteen's tours ranking him fourth among artists in total concert grosses for the decade.

    Also airing on HBO, the documentary explored Springsteen's making of the album and his role in the production and development of the tracks. Clarence Clemons , the E Street Band's saxophonist and founding member, died on June 18, , of complications from a stroke. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage.

    Springsteen's 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball , was released on March 6, The album consists of eleven tracks plus two bonus tracks. Three songs previously only available as live versions—"Wrecking Ball", " Land of Hope and Dreams ", and "American Land"—appear on the album. As tickets for the first U. Shows sold out within minutes and many tickets appeared, at much higher prices, on resale websites such as StubHub less than an hour after the onsale time.

    Ticketmaster said web traffic was 2. On July 31, , in Helsinki , Finland, Springsteen performed his longest concert ever at 4 hours and 6 minutes and 33 songs. Not included in this total time is a thirty-minute, five-song, solo acoustical set he did about two hours before the show. Springsteen was honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award in recognition of his creative accomplishments as well as his charitable work and philanthropic activities. Despite saying he would sit out the presidential election , Springsteen campaigned for President Barack Obama's re-election in Ohio , Iowa , Virginia , Pittsburgh , and Wisconsin.

    At the rallies, he briefly spoke to the audience and performed a short acoustic set that included a newly written song titled "Forward". Two days later, Springsteen dedicated his performance at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York , to those affected by the storm and those helping to recover. All money was donated to the American Red Cross. The tour finished second to Roger Waters , who had the top-grossing tour of In March , and for the first time since re-uniting with Springsteen in , Steven Van Zandt was forced to miss the Australian leg of the band's tour due to acting commitments on his television show Lilyhammer.

    He was replaced by guitarist Tom Morello for the leg. The Wrecking Ball Tour , which came to an end in September , was one of Springsteen's most successful. A week after it ended, Springsteen announced a tour that would include dates in Australia and New Zealand.

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    The induction ceremony was held at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October In October , Springsteen posted a letter on his website thanking fans of all ages for their support throughout the Wrecking Ball World Tour. A highlight video of the tour was also released showing a new studio recording of the Suicide song, "Dream Baby Dream". Springsteen released his eighteenth studio album, High Hopes , on January 14, The first single and video were of a newly recorded version of the song " High Hopes ", which Springsteen had previously recorded in The album was the first by Springsteen in which all songs are either cover songs, newly recorded outtakes from previous records, or newly recorded versions of songs previously released.

    It was announced on January 15, that Springsteen would start making professional recordings of all of his live shows available following each performance on his upcoming tour via download to a special USB wristband. The tour was considered to be a continuation of the Wrecking Ball Tour. High Hopes became Springsteen's eleventh No.

    American Beauty , a limited edition four-song EP on inch vinyl released exclusively for Record Store Day on April 18, contains four unreleased songs from the High Hopes sessions. After 34 shows and songs performed, the High Hopes Tour came to an end on May 18, Springsteen released a short film for the song " Hunter of Invisible Game " on July 9, through his website. It marked Springsteen's directorial debut. Springsteen made his acting debut in the final episode of Season 3 of Van Zandt's show Lilyhammer , which was named "Loose Ends", after a Springsteen song on his album Tracks.

    Giuseppe is an undertaker and owner of a funeral parlor who occasionally works as a hitman for a mafia family with which Frank is associated. In November , Springsteen announced that he would release live concert recordings from throughout his career including many shows which were only previously available through bootlegs. Each show will be restored, remixed and remastered.

    Released on December 4, it contains four CDs including many previously unreleased songs and three DVDs or Blu-ray along with a page coffee table book. Springsteen said "the project I've been working on is more of a solo project. It wasn't a project I was going to probably take the band out on.

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    So I said, 'Gee, that's going to push the band playing again until a ways in the future. It'll be nice to get some playing in so you don't wind up being two or three years between E Street tours. All first-leg shows in North America included an in-sequence performance of the entire The River album along with other songs from Springsteen's catalog, and all dates were recorded and made available for purchase.

    In July , Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau, discussed Springsteen's upcoming solo album, which is expected for release in , saying "All I can say is that there is a solo record — and when I say solo record, I'm not talking about an acoustic record. It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It's one of Bruce's very creative efforts. Stay tuned, and we'll see exactly how that shapes up next year. On September 23, , Chapter and Verse , a compilation from throughout Springsteen's career dating back to , was released. Five of the album's eighteen tracks had not been previously released; they include Springsteen's earliest recording from , songs from his tenure in early s bands such as the Castiles, Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band, along with a track from each studio album of his career.

    Springsteen began the final leg of The River Tour on August 23, , at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey where he performed for 3 hours and 52 minutes making it at the time the longest show he had ever performed in the United States. That record again was topped on September 7, , at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , where Springsteen performed for 4 hours and 4 minutes, which now stands as his longest show in the United States and second-longest ever next to a show in Helsinki which lasted two minutes longer. Springsteen supported Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign by performing an acoustic set of "Thunder Road", "Long Walk Home" and "Dancing in the Dark" at a rally in Philadelphia on November 7, On November 22, , Springsteen was presented—along with twenty other recipients—the Presidential Medal of Freedom award by Barack Obama.

    We're a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America, and in Melbourne We stand with you. We are the new American resistance. Springsteen on Broadway , an eight-week run at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in New York City in fall , was announced in June [] and in addition to his music, includes Springsteen reading excerpts from his autobiography Born to Run and performing other spoken reminiscences written for the show.

    With rumors swirling that Springsteen's solo shows on Broadway could continue well past their current June end date, on January 18, , Nils Lofgren was asked on Twitter if the E Street Band will ever tour with Bruce again. Lofgren responded saying "I sure hope so" however Gary Tallent responded saying that it was "looking unlikely though" fueling rumors of the end of the E Street Band. I like Nils' answer better". The E Street Band will be back out on the road.

    For Springsteen's production of Springsteen on Broadway , he was honored with a special award at Tony Awards. On December 2, , Springsteen announced that new music was on the way but the E Street Band would not be touring in He is taking a break after his Broadway run and various recording projects. On December 14, , the live album, Springsteen on Broadway , was released and made it into the top 10 record charts in more than 10 countries. In the United States, it reached number 11 on the Billboard On April 25, it was confirmed that Springsteen's nineteenth studio album, Western Stars , will be released on June 14, Springsteen said of the album that it's "a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements".

    The album's first single, "Hello Sunshine", was released on April 26, The album's third single, "Tucson Train", was released on May 30, and the fourth single, "Western Stars", was released on June 14, Both singles also had music videos directed by Thom Zimny. Springsteen said that writer's block caused problems for him in coming up with new music for the E Street Band and even made him doubt if he could create new music.

    And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. On May 25, , Springsteen was in Rome to support his daughter's equestrian event and was quoted by Italian newspaper la Repubblica saying that an E Street Band album and tour will happen in He also said he plans to release a documentary on the making of his Western Stars album. Springsteen draws on many musical influences from the reservoir of traditional American popular music, folk , blues and country.

    From the beginning, rock and roll has been a dominant influence and Springsteen's musical and lyrical evocations, as well as public tributes, of artists such as Dylan, Presley, The Animals , Roy Orbison , Gary "U. Springsteen songs such as "This Hard Land" demonstrate the lyrical and musical influence of Woody Guthrie. Prominent in these two records is the pianist David Sancious , who left the band shortly into the recording of Springsteen's third album, Born To Run which also emphasized the piano, played by Roy Bittan. Subsequently, Springsteen focused more on the rock elements of his music.

    He initially compressed the sound and developed Darkness on the Edge of Town just as straightforward as concise musical idiom, for the simple riffs, rock guitar solos and clearly recognizable song structures are dominant.

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    This music has a lyrical reference to the U. This development culminated with Springsteen's hit album Born in the U. These sounds fit with Springsteen's voice: it cries to the listener the unsentimental story of a disenchanted angry figure. Even songs that can be argued to be album tracks proved to be singles that enjoyed some chart success, such as " My Hometown " and " I'm on Fire ", in which the drum line is formed from subtle hi-hat and rim-clicks-shock shock at the edge of the snare drum accompanied by synthesizer and Springsteen's soft guitar line.

    The album, along with some previous records such as "Cadillac Ranch" showed clear rockabilly influences as is evident from his guitar solos, in-fills and vocal styles on these. Another clear influence of early rock n roll on Springsteen's music is evident on the song "Light of Day".

    In recent years, Springsteen has changed his music further. There are more folk elements up to the gospel to be heard. His solo album, Devils and Dust , drew rave reviews not only for Springsteen's complex songwriting, but also for his expressive and sensitive singing.

    On his ensuing tour he also interpreted some of his own rock songs in a folk style. On his album, Wrecking Ball , Springsteen incorporated a variety of styles, including folk, gospel, and even hip-hop, with a rap in the song "Rocky Ground". His studio work with producer Ron Aniello, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes , has also become more experimental, featuring loops and computerized sounds. Often described as cinematic in their scope, Springsteen's lyrics frequently explore highly personal themes such as individual commitment, dissatisfaction and dismay with life in a context of everyday situations.

    It has been recognized that there was a shift in his lyrical approach starting with the album Darkness on the Edge of Town , in which he focused on the emotional struggles of working class life. Springsteen was out riding his motorcycle on November 11, when it broke down and he was stranded alongside the road. A group of men from the Freehold American Legion in New Jersey were returning from a Veterans Day event on their motorcycles when they spotted Springsteen and stopped to help. Springsteen hitched a ride on the back of one of the men's motorcycles to a nearby restaurant where the group grabbed a round of drinks, for which Springsteen picked up the tab, while waiting for his ride.

    Springsteen has spoken about struggles with depression. While rejecting religion in his earlier years, Springsteen stated in his autobiography Born To Run that he has "a personal relationship with Jesus. I believe in his power to save, love In terms of Catholic faith, he has stated that he "came to ruefully and bemusedly understand that once you're a Catholic you're always a Catholic" and "I don't participate in my religion but I know somewhere I'm still on the team.

    In an interview in with Tom Hanks , Springsteen admitted to having been a tax evader early in his career. Springsteen liked her voice and after the performance, introduced himself to her. Soon after that, they started spending time together and became friends. Meanwhile, as discussed in the biography Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin, Springsteen was in a relationship with actress Joyce Hyser for roughly four years in the early s.

    Previously he'd been in relationships with photographer Lynn Goldsmith and model Karen Darvin. According to the book Bruce Springsteen on Tour — by Dave Marsh, it looked like Springsteen and Scialfa were on the brink of becoming a couple through the first leg of the tour. His next album, Tunnel of Love , was released in the autumn of and many of its songs described his unhappiness in the relationship with Phillips. She expressed reluctance at first, since she wanted to start recording her first solo album, but after Springsteen told her that the tour would be short, she agreed to postpone her own solo record.

    Springsteen and Scialfa fell in love with each other during the Tunnel of Love Express Tour and started living together soon after his separation from Phillips. Springsteen's next album, Darkness on the Edge of Town , released in , was a more somber affair, emphasizing themes of lost love, depression and existential suffering. With success, it felt like a lot of people who'd come before me lost some essential part of themselves.


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    • My greatest fear was that success was going to change or diminish that part of myself. In order to promote the album, Springsteen and the E Street Band embarked on a cross-country tour that would make them famous for their marathon performances three or four hours per show , boisterous behavior and infectious energy, captivating audiences from California to New York. During this time, Springsteen also became famous for his integrity and pride as a performer, as stories of his exhausting performances and perfectionism in the recording studio became legend.

      Darkness at the Edge of Town marked a shift in Springsteen's musical style that he continued in his next two albums, The River and Nebraska , which both explored themes about working-class Americans. Nebraska was a raw, solo acoustic effort that has been lauded by music fans for its provocative sound. But Springsteen's explosion into rock superstardom came in when he released Born in the U.

      Deeply affected by his conflicted love life and failed marriage to actress Julianne Phillips, Springsteen wrote and released Tunnel of Love in The album examined themes of love, loss, confusion and heartbreak, tracing the extreme highs and lows of relationships. As Dave Marsh from Creem magazine prophetically wrote in , "Springsteen's music is often strange because it has an almost traditional sense of beauty, an inkling of the awe you can feel when, say, first falling in love or finally discovering that the magic in the music is also in you.

      Which may also be first falling in love. Springsteen dissolved the E Street Band in and relocated with his new wife and family to California in the early s. He was criticized by his fans for "going Hollywood" and no longer recording with the E Street Band. As happy as he may have been in his personal life, the early s were not Springsteen's glory days as an artist. In Springsteen reunited the E Street Band to tour in support of a new Greatest Hits album, selling out stadiums around the world despite his long absence from the limelight.

      It was the same year in which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In Springsteen and the E Street Band released their first studio album in 18 years, The Rising , which became both a critical and commercial success. Lyrically wrestling with the pain, anger and anguish caused by the September 11th terrorist attacks of , the album restored Springsteen's status as one of America's most iconic musicians. Later in the decade, Springsteen continued to experiment with different sounds.

      We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions was something completely different, a throwback jamboree of folksy Americana. Magic was a more traditional rock album incorporating the full E Street Band, a record viewed by many fans and critics as the true follow-up to The Rising. Just a few years later, Springsteen would mourn the death of fellow E-Street founding member and saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died of complications from a stroke. In Springsteen released High Hopes , his 18th studio album, which shot to the top of the U.

      He was unsatisfied with the results, and things stalled as he went into the studio. Everyone was devastated. Paul, Minn. Bruce fans were in for a shock: The scraggly beach rat was gone, and in his place stood a chiseled rock god dancing with a pre-fame Courteney Cox. Read Next. Can Neil Diamond break the Broadway bio-musical curse?

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