Posted: November 26, 2011 in Editorials, News Updates

No one can top Bruce's energy on the stage--he knows he's at home in front of hundreds of thousands screaming fans.

After the recent death of one Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, the former Saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, many fans thought the words “you’ve just seen the earthshaking, ground quaking, record breaking E Street Band!” would never again be chanted at the end of a show.  After murmurs of another tour slinked their haunches around the tunnels and paths of the World Wide Web for several days,, the performer’s official site, released the following statement:

“Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street.  A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour in 2012. That is absolutely correct. The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week. Info on the US dates and the World tour dates will coming up shortly.  In addition, we want you to know that the music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012. That’s all the info we have for right now, but we’ll get back to you–real soon.”

There you have it.  The return of “The Boss” is upon us.  And I cannot remember anything that made me smile a wider, longer-lasting smile in the longest time.  But after having lost two founding E Streeters to various ailments in the past several years, will the new material be as good and will the band be able to recreate the monstrous power of the previous three-year trek across the globe?

"Magic," Springsteen's 2007 smash record

I was lucky enough to catch Springsteen and the band twice on the Magic tour, once with former organ player Danny Federici, who was claimed by cancer towards the end of the Magic tour.  Working on a Dream, E Street’s last album, was the first to lack Federici on organ.  The songs lacked some energy and originality and the overall album paled in comparison to its gigantic predecessor, Magic, which Rolling Stone Magazine awarded 5 stars.

"Working on a Dream," Springsteen's most recent studio release, which was mostly recorded during breaks on the "Magic" tour.

Thus, keeping the loss of another, and even more renowned member, Clarence Clemons, in mind, I cannot see how this new record will blow anyone away.  Springsteen always names Clemons as one of his closest friends, and one of the most important contributors to his music and overall image.  Admittedly, I enjoyed Working on a Dream but see it as a weaker Springsteen album.  The saxophone is almost completely missing on Working on a Dream and that extra “umph” that we all get from the Big Man’s solos on classic albums like Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born in the U.S.A.  I imagine fans will notice upcoming performances’ and releases’ song’s Big Man-deficiency.  Furthermore, his last album just wasn’t fantastic.  Nothing else can be said.  Artists often release a lame album, but even Magic wasn’t as good as any of his classics.

Do I want to hear Bruce’s new music?  Of course: it’s always good, but not always as good as some of his older work.  I believe this upcoming release will follow this pattern.  Nonetheless, I am excited and hopeful.  Like any religious Bruce fan, every time I hear anything about The Boss, I get goosebumps and butterflies.  No one can compare.

  1. Evan says:

    nice stuff

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