Entertainment mogul David Geffen has a fascinating interior life. As an old billionaire, he has constantly afforded himself the best young, muscular ass money can buy, and that has tended to get him wrapped up in the juiciest of tabloid dramas. For instance, in 2014 he had to file a restraining order against his 20-year-old football-playing ex-boyfriend, and last year a porn star testified that he would “fear for his safety” if he revealed to the FBI that Geffen had paid for some dental work.
Since North Carolina is now a haven for legally sanctioned LGBT discrimination, it’s about to become a living hell for anyone who doesn’t fit the bill. Which is why Bruce Springsteen just announced that he’s canceling this Sunday’s concert in Greensboro, saying that he wants to “show solidarity for those freedom fighters [working against the bill].”
Like the narrator of the Bruce Springsteen classic “I’m Goin’ Down,” Chris Christie just can’t stop lovin’ somebody who doesn’t seem to love him back. Except in Christie’s case, it’s not the dying flame of an old relationship he wants, but the love of Bruce Springsteen himself. Recently unearthed emails show that the New Jersey governor’s adoration has gone unrequited since long before Bruce Springsteen or anyone else even knew who Chris Christie was.
Bruce Springsteen was in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday, which is also the home definitely-a-teen-and-not-secretly-much-older idol Lorde. In her honor, the Boss performed a growling cover of her Grammy-winning single "Royals." If you pay too close of attention he kinda sounds like an SNL parody of Bruce Springsteen covering modern pop songs.
A dumb new poll proves that 38% of Americans still believe Ronald Reagan was a "great" president—so great, in fact, that his dyed hair and rouged cheeks should be on American money! Of the last six presidents, Reagan's the clear winner in this hypothetical contest. Maybe because he's the only dead one?
Peter Ames Carlin, the former television critic for the Portland Oregonian, has made something of a second career out of detailed, carefully crafted, empathetic narratives of the lives of songwriting titans: First 2006's Catch a Wave, a gorgeous and thoroughly researched recounting of the strange tale of Brian Wilson, then 2009's Paul McCartney: A Life.
These days, Bruce Springsteen fandom is like a rite of passage for middle-aged politicians/political pundits. But no one, not even David Brooks in Europe, comes close to Hurricane Sandy breakout star Chris Christie's obsession. Dude has reportedly seen Springsteen live over 130 times and is known to enter a prayer-like trance/fall asleep during the Boss's concerts.
This week has been tough on obviousness. There are the subtle implications of the Supreme Court's Arizona rulings and the murmurs of its coming Affordable Care Act rulings. Both make Mitt Romney and the Romney campaign mention words until reporters disperse in frustration. "WE SAID WORDS THAT ARE SYNONYMS WITH POLITICS. PLEASE GO AWAY."
Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising has become, as the tenth anniversary of the attacks that inspired it approaches, the closest thing we have to an official soundtrack to 9/11. It is the “soaring musical statement” of that day’s impact on our national psyche, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s music critic. New Yorkers selected it in a poll conducted by WNYC as one of the top three records they want to hear on the radio on the anniversary. High school teachers are using it to evoke the visceral pain and confusion of that day for their clueless students. The problem with this is that The Rising is a terrible, bad, no-good record that cheapens us all.
If there's one thing we can agree on, it's that Bruce Springsteen is a national treasure and all-around awesome human being who everyone loves, except maybe Michele and Marcus Bachmann, because she's an awful person and Marcus is also an awful person who prefers Pet Shop Boys and maybe some early Erasure. Sweet. Glad that's all settled. So here's some video of Bruce just hanging out on Thursday in the Boston Public Gardens, strumming on a guitar he'd borrowed from a local busker. The Boston Herald hypothesizes that Springsteen was in town to drop his son Evan off at Boston College. To which I say "Cool! Bruce! You're the best!" And also: "Hey, guy who keeps talking? Shut the hell up! We're trying to hear Bruce Springsteen play the guitar over here." [bostonherald.com]
Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, the "Big Man" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died on Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this month.