Bruce Springsteen: Everything You Need To Know About ‘The Boss’
Bruce Springsteen kicks off his 2014 U.S. tour on April 8 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the U.S. Bank Arena. His trek spans 16 concerts in 15 cities. Uncasville, Connecticut hosts two shows—the last two—on May 17 and May 18 at the world famous Mohegan Sun.
For the pending spring, Springsteen has routed a tour of the Eastern part of the United States that includes several locales missed during the final leg of his epic “Wrecking Ball Tour.” That odyssey ended in September of 2013.
Look for Springsteen in Pittsburgh on April 22, Tampa on May 1, and Houston on May 6. Bruce and the E Street Band are also slated to perform at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans on May 3.
Judging from comments made by E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Springsteen may add additional North American dates later in the year. Perhaps a slew of stadium concerts in July and August.
To get you ready for The Boss’ upcoming U.S. concert circuit, Musicology-101 has compiled a list of interesting and amusing Bruce Springsteen facts. Even if you’re one of those hardcore Springsteen fans—you know, one of those guys who actually shelled out $40 for a USB wrist band containing a recording of one of his 2014 concerts—keep reading. You’re bound to learn a few new things about rock’s greatest poet.
>>The Boss’ full name is “Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen.” I can’t see “The Boss” being as big as he is if he went by his first middle name. “I’ve seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Fred Springsteen” just doesn’t sound right.
>>In the late 1960s, Springsteen was drafted to fight in Vietnam. Thanks to a concussion he suffered when he was 17, he was declared 4F.
>>Before hitting it big, Springsteen played in, or fronted, a number of groups: The Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom, Sundance Blues Band, and The Bruce Springsteen Band.
>>Springsteen’s seminal Born to Run album took 14 months to record. The title track alone took half a year to complete.
>>During the same week in October of 1975, Springsteen appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek.
>>“Hungry Heart” is Springsteen’s first top ten hit. He’s never had a number one single.
>>In 1982, Springsteen recorded a bunch of acoustic tracks on a low-tech machine. These demos were later released as Nebraska. The idea was to have the E Street Band record them but Springsteen and producer Jon Landau eventually realized the demo tracks were special enough to be released on their own.
>>Born in the U.S.A sold more than 30 million copies and placed seven singles inside the Top Ten.
>>The video to “Dancing in the Dark” starred Courteney Cox.
>>Springsteen sang on “We Are the World.”
>>Springsteen’s Live/1975-85 is the first box set to ever debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Demand for the box set was huge. A record store in New York City sold the album right out of the delivery truck.
>>In 1988, Springsteen played for 300,000 fans in East Germany. Some believe Springsteen’s concert hastened the fall of the Berlin Wall.
>>In 1992, Springsteen and new wife, Patti Scialfa, moved to Los Angeles. This outraged some fans who felt Springsteen was going “Hollywood.”
>>In the video to the song “Streets of Philadelphia,” Springsteen isn’t lip-syncing. He’s singing into a hidden microphone along to an instrumental track. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
>>During the “Ghost of Tom Joad Tour,” Bruce Springsteen had to remind the audience to be quiet and refrain from clapping.
>>The Rising dropped in 2002 and was mainly about the attacks of September 11. Springsteen had called families of victims whose obituaries mentioned that they were fans of “The Boss.”
>>At the 2003 Grammy Awards, Springsteen paid tribute to Joe Strummer by performing The Clash’s “London Calling.” He was joined by Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl.
>>Springsteen wanted to join forces with Starbucks to sell his 2005 album Devils & Dust, but the coffee retailer rejected the idea because of Springsteen’s anti-corporate stance.
>>In 2005, Sirius Satellite Radio premiered “E Street Radio.” It became a permanent station, playing Springsteen’s music 24-7, in 2008.
>>In February of 2009, Springsteen served as the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLIII. He performed “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Born to Run,” “Working on a Dream,” and “Glory Days.”
>>On Twitter, Springsteen is following Hoda Kotb.
>>On July 31, 2012, in Helsinki, Bruce Springsteen played for four hours and six minutes. It’s considered the longest concert of his career. In addition to the four-plus hours, Springsteen performed a 30-minute acoustic set a couple of hours prior to the show.
>>Springsteen is a member of three different Halls of Fame.
>>Springsteen has won 20 Grammy Awards.