Stars pay tribute to Clarence Clemons
June 20th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Stars pay tribute to Clarence Clemons

Tributes have flowed following the death of legendary rock saxophonist and E Street Band member, Clarence Clemons.

Bon Jovi performed "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" as a tribute to Clemons during a concert in Denmark Sunday night. The site NME.com reports that U2 frontman Bono honored the "Big Man" Saturday during U2's concert at Anaheim's Angel Stadium.

"I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band," Bono told the crowd. "I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man has carried music, and music carried him until this day." FULL POST

'Glee' star pulled and producer wants 'The Boss'
June 14th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

'Glee' star pulled and producer wants 'The Boss'

Note to Gleeks: please handle the stars gently.

During a performance of the "Glee Live! In Concert" tour stop in Washington, D.C., co-star Darren Criss took to Twitter after he was yanked off stage following a rousing rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love."

"To the lady who pulled me off the stage and into the pit tonight: if I ever see you on a stage... keep your wits about ya. Love, Darren!" he tweeted.

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October 30th, 2009
08:36 AM ET

Rock and Roll wrap up


Producer Doug Ganley blogging from backstage at Madison Square Garden where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert took place Thursday night.

A long night at Madison Square Garden wrapped up close to 1:30 on Friday morning with Bruce Springsteen belting out "Born to Run" with Billy Joel.

The concert started late and the sets were pretty long.

Take Stevie Wonder who was on stage for more than an hour and told the crowd that he was there to “turn this mother out!”

There were some moments that definitely stood out for me at the end of the night.
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon arm in arm performing some of their biggest hits. Garfunkel said backstage that he and Simon had “a lovely falling back together again,” after their long feud.
Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and BB King singing “The Thrill is Gone” definitely riled up the audience as well.
But Bruce Springsteen took the cake. He came out on stage just before midnight and played until well after 1 am.

This is not a young crowd, and I’m sure at least some of them had to be at work in the morning, but it looked like they kept the place pretty full through Bruce’s set.

They were flying when Bruce brought out Sam Moore to sing “Hold On I'm Coming.” You may not recognize Moore’s name (he's from the duo Sam & Dave) but you’ve heard his voice, which Bruce called “one of the best voices of all time.”

The crowd  got louder when the Boss was joined by John Fogerty for “Fortunate Son” and “Proud Mary.”

But the favorite moment for the New York audience came when Bruce discussed his theory of continental drift and how that separated Long Island and New Jersey.

To reunite the two, he held a “Bridge and Tunnel Summit,” with Long Island’s own Billy Joel. The term comes from how people, who live in New York City, disdainfully refer to their suburban neighbors. Everyone loved the pair singing Joel’s hit “New York State of Mind.”

As the concert wrapped up,  even the celebrities discovered that it can be tough to get out of the Garden. As I walked out I saw Shania Twain trying to get past some determined autograph seekers and into her car.

The concert will air on HBO November 29th, after it’s edited down and combined with another show starring Metallica and U2 scheduled for Friday night.

One of the persistent topics backstage was what bands will eventually wind up in the Rock Hall of Fame. So I’ll put it out to you, what acts do you think should be enshrined in the Cleveland museum?

October 29th, 2009
08:18 PM ET

Tom Hanks is rocking tonight

Tom Hanks is pumped! He's producing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden tonight. While backstage, he offered up more of the  "Bachelor Party" Tom than Academy Award winner Tom, jokingly calling the press "jaded sons of a b-tch" and making reference to a movie title that I cannot repeat on a family blog.

He struck a more serious note when talking about the line-up which includes Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and Sting to name just a few. The concert is being filmed for a HBO special that will air Thanksgiving weekend. "I just did it for the all access pass," he joked. "I'm a fan, but I don't know what to say to these guys," he admitted.

The funniest moment of his quick press conference came when a reporter asked him about his favorite song of the year. He had to think about it for a second, but after his wife Rita Wilson helped him he said "ohhh Beyonce."  He couldn't remember the title, so he started flapping his hand and singing "Da da da da duh da da da" until someone helped him out by shouting "Put a Ring on It?" That was it, "and Kanye West had nothing to do with me picking that song," he concluded.

August 3rd, 2009
06:35 PM ET

The Boss: retirement age, but not retiring

Is that really Bruce Springsteen on the cover of "AARP: The Magazine?!" 

Clad in jeans, a black button-down and wielding his signature Telecaster guitar, The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer looks fit and fierce as he graces the September/October issue of the publication for the American Association of Retired Persons.  To the left of his head reads the headline: "The Boss turns 60."  Inside the magazine, friends like Bonnie Raitt, bandmate Nils Lofgren and Tim Russert's son, Luke, offer first-person insights about the man, the myth, the legend.  There's even a bit written by Jon Landau, Springsteen's longtime manager - which means the cover story probably got The Boss' blessing. 

Was it a "senior moment" - or was it just smart marketing? AARP claims it's the "world"s largest circulation magazine," reaching a potential readership of 35 million people.  Besides auto insurance ads and articles about surviving prostate cancer, the mag also name checks such over-40 celebs as Olivia Newton-John, Montel Williams and Faith Hill

Oh, by the way - if you're itching to see Springsteen's October 3rd concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, visit www.aarpmagazine.org/entertainment/springsteen_sweepstakes .  The winner gets a free pair of tix, plus VIP passes to the E Street Lounge, where the band's friends and families gather before the show.  If you're retired, you'll have plenty of time to sign up for the sweepstakes.

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