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This is the tension that Western Stars explores. Unlike the epic, muscular rock he plays with his E Street Band, for Western Stars Springsteen dived into a lost strand of Sixties pop, combining lavish orchestrations with electric guitars on melodies that evoke the country baroque of Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell , and the Californian dreams of Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson.
The show itself is a tour de force from one of the greatest performers in rock history.
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But the doubt, loneliness and regret in the other songs suggest the dark consequences of cutting loose. Western Stars, the title song, pictures a washed-up cowboy actor reduced to advertising Viagra and cadging drinks in exchange for telling stories of his glory days with John Wayne.
- Wolfs Prey (Werewolf Erotica).
- Peacefully Poetic.
Turning 70 has, inevitably, brought Springsteen thoughts of mortality. Your family thins out a little bit. And we carry on. Many shots in Western Stars depict Springsteen as the last man standing. Between songs, there are vivid American vignettes, nostalgic old footage filled with huge skies, wild horses, distant mountains and long straight roads. Dressed in black, carrying a stetson, Springsteen walks beneath giant ancient cacti, an old cowboy haunting the plains.
It continues to be a mythic landscape. In his book, Springsteen revealed that he had been in therapy for decades. That was when I really started the analysis.
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Springsteen split from first wife, Julianne Phillips, in , after just three years. 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.
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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. 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. 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. 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.
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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. Citing irreconcilable differences , Julianne filed for divorce in Los Angeles on August 30, ;  a settlement was reached in December and it was finalized on March 1, Springsteen received press criticism for the hastiness in which he and Scialfa took up their relationship.
In a interview with The Advocate , Springsteen told Judy Wieder about the negative publicity the couple subsequently received. But the truth is, I basically ignored the entire thing as much as I could. I said, 'Well, all I know is, this feels real, and maybe I have got a mess going here in some fashion, but that's life. So part of me said, 'Hey, what does it matter?
Springsteen responded with this cowboy ballad about a town where Jesus is the sheriff and the Virgin Mary runs the Holy Grail Saloon. Few songs give a better sense of what the earliest incarnations of the group sounded like live. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery and additional Obituaries of The River , The documentary Blood Brothers shows Springsteen and a reunited E Street Band painstakingly working on this song. After it finally ended up on Tracks , fans fell in love with its sad, organ-fueled recollection of a past love.
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That is an ugly feeling. The Rising , With this driving E Street showcase, Springsteen found a way to combine his more personal Nineties songwriting with a broader outlook and to replace his overused synths with violin. I switched out of this personal thing to this sort of overall emotional mood and the feelings that were in the air in the States. Born to Run , Although Springsteen is a meticulous record-maker, this song was cut fast, in a day, to retain its freshness. I thought it was too specific. Springsteen was nearly done with Wrecking Ball when he realized it could use one song to wrap it up.