Bruce Springsteen Part Five
I’m on Bruce Springsteen Part Four, and I don’t want to be political, but this time, I wish I could avoid, this part of his life story. I’m here for the performers and singers, who I like, so please bare with me, on this one.
2008— 2011: Transitions
Springsteen at a Barack Obama campaign rally
Cleveland, Ohio, on November 2, 2008
Federici returned to the stage on March 20, 2008, when he appeared for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Less than one month later, on
April 17, 2008, Federici died at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NewYork City, having suffered for three years from melanoma. On January 11, 2009, Springsteen won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song for“ The Wrestler“,from the Darren Aronofsky film by the same name. After receiving a heartfelt letter from lead actor Mickey Rourke, Springsteen supplied the song for the film for free.
Super Bowl XLIII halftime show
Springsteen performed at the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009, agreeing to do it after many previous offers. A few days before the game, Springsteen gave a rare press conference at which he promised a“ twelve-minute party. ” It has been reported that this press conference was Springsteen‘s first press conference in more than 25 years. His 12-minute 45-second set, with the E Street Band and the Miami Horns, included abbreviated renditions of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out“, “Born to Run“, “Working on a Dream“, and “Glory Days“, the latter complete with football references in place of the original baseball-themed lyrics. The set of appearances and promotional activities led Springsteen to say, “This has probably been the busiest month of my life.“
Springsteen supported Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign. He gave solo acoustic performances in support of Obama‘s campaign throughout 2008, culminating with a November 2 rally at which he debuted the song “Working on a Dream“ in a duet with Scialfa.
Following Obama‘s electoral victory on November 4, Springsteen‘s song “The Rising” was the first song played over the loudspeakers after Obama‘s victory speech in Chicago‘s Grant Park. Springsteen was the musical opener for the Obama Inaugural Celebration on January 18, 2009, which was attended by over 400,000 people. He performed “The Rising“ with an all-female choir. Later he performed Woody Guthrie‘s “This Land Is Your Land“ with Pete Seeger.
Springsteen‘s Working on a Dream album, dedicated to the memory of Danny Federici, was released in late January 2009 and the supporting Working on a Dream Tour ran from April 2009 until November 2009. The tour presented few songs from the new album, with set lists dominated instead by classics and selections reflecting the ongoing late-2000s recession. Springsteen also played songs requested by audience members holding up signs, a practice begun during the final stages of the Magic Tour. Drummer Max Weinberg was replaced for some shows by his 18-year-old son Jay Weinberg, so that the former could serve his role as bandleader on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. During this tour, Springsteen and the band made their first real foray in the world of music festivals, headlining nights at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands, Festival des Vieilles Charrues in France, the Bonnaroo Music Festival in the United States and the Glastonbury Festival and Hard Rock Calling in the UK. Several shows on the tour presented Born toRun, Darkness on the Edge of Town, or Born in the U.S.A. in its entirety. The band performed five final shows at Giants Stadium, opening with a new song highlighting the historic stadium, and Springsteen‘s Jersey roots, named “Wrecking Ball“. A DVD from the Working on a Dream Tour entitled London Calling: Livein Hyde Park was released in 2010.
Fireworks go off at the conclusion of the “E! Street! Band!“ exhortationduring the final shows at Giants Stadium.
Springsteen was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual a ward to figures from the world of arts for their contribution to American culture, on December 6, 2009. President Obama gave a speech in which he talked about how Springsteen had incorporated the life of regular Americans in his expansive palette of songs and how his concerts were beyond typical rock-and-roll concerts, how, apart from being high-energy concerts, they were “communions“. He ended the remark “while I am the president, he is the Boss“. Tributes were paid by several celebrities including Jon Stewart (who described Springsteen‘s “unprecedented combination of lyrical eloquence, musical mastery and sheer unbridled, unadulterated joy“). A musical tribute included John Mellencamp, Ben Harper,Jennifer Nettles, Melissa Etheridge, Eddie Vedder, and Sting.
Springsteen was among a host of musicians who voiced extensive criticism regarding the merging of Ticketmaster with Live Nation, saying “the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing.“
The 2000s ended with Springsteen named one of eight Artists of the Decade by Rolling Stone magazine and with Springsteen‘s tours ranking him fourth among artists in total concert grosses for the decade. His 2010 tour included venues in the UK and Ireland.
In September 2010, a documentary about the making of Springsteen‘s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, was included in a box set reissue of the album, entitled The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, released in November 2010. Also airing on HBO, the documentary explored Springsteen‘s making of the album and his role in the production and development of the tracks.
Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band‘s saxophonist and founding member, died on June 18, 2011, of complications from a stroke. “Clarence lived a wonderful life“, Springsteen said. “He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage.“