Join our trip to New Jersey and New York – Light of Day 2016

We visited Asbury Park last January and had the time of our life. We were able to see Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen perform live, from the front rows of the small Paramount Theatre. We’ve decided to organize a trip again to attend the Light of Day festival this forthcoming January 2016.s.hq.buceGousec (Copy)

(photo: Vicente Fenellós)

So it’s all set. We’re going. After the success of our trips in 2004, 2005, 2011, 2014 and 2015, we’ll be visiting New York and New Jersey again. We usually form a small group of 20-25 people, spend three vacation days in New York City, then take a private coach to New Jersey to visit Freehold, Asbury Park and other Springsteen-related towns, and attend the Friday and Saturday night Light of Day concerts.

If you wanna join our group please email us at info @ pointblankmag.com and we’ll send you all the details.

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Our travel plan is:
· Tue Jan.12th 2016 – arrival in NYC
· Tue Jan 12th, Wed Jan 13th, Thu Jan.14th – Stay in NYC
· Fri Jan. 15th – New Jersey visit in private coach – Freehold, Asbury Park and more…
· Fri Jan 15th and Sat Jan.16th – Light of Day concerts. Stay in Asbury Park
· Sun Jan. 17th – return trip

If you’ve never been in New York or New Jersey, this is the trip you need! Time to fulfill your dreams and visit Springsteen’s land!

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center, 2008

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Darlene Love’s new album, produced by Steve Van Zandt

IntroducingDarleneLoveShe was the main voice on The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel”, produced by Phil Spector, and also sang background vocals on classics like “Be My Baby”, “Monster Smash” or “Da Doo Ron Ron”. Darlene Love, one of the greatest voices of the 60’s, is back.

Steve Van Zandt promised her in the 80’s (after attending her show in L.A.) to resurrect her career and cut a record with her. It never happened. Until now.

“I finally realized last year there’s never going to be a right time,” Steve told Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t have been busier than I was at the time, but I finally said, ‘Fuck it, I’m pushing this into my schedule.'”

So Steve asked his friends to deliver songs. Elvis Costello immediately sent four songs, and Bruce Springsteen sent two finished demos. The two unreleased songs Bruce contributed are “Night Closing In” and “Just Another Lonely Mile”.

Steve Van Zandt, Barry Man & Cynthia Weil, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry and Joan Jett also wrote some songs for Darlene. The first single, “Forbidden Nights”, was written by Elvis Costello and it’s a great pop songs that fits perfectly for Darlene’s voice and style. A video was filmed recently in Asbury Park to promote the song, and includes a cameo with the two prodigal songs from Asbury: Bruce and Stevie.

LA ConcertThe release party will be held at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on September 18th, starring Darlene Love and featuring Little Steven & friends. The album will see the light of day that same day.

Introducing Darlene Love includes the following songs:

1. Among the Believers (Stevie Van Zandt)
2. Forbidden Nights (Elvis Costello)
3. Love Kept Us Foolin’ Around (Linda Perry)
4. Little Liar (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
5. Still Too Soon to Know (Elvis Costello)
6. Who Under Heaven (Jimmy Webb)
7. Night Closing In (Bruce Springsteen)
8. Painkiller (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
9. Just Another Lonely Mile (Bruce Springsteen)
10. Last Time (Stevie Van Zandt)
11. River Deep, Mountain High (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
12. Sweet Freedom (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
13. Marvelous (Walter Hawkins)
14. Jesus is The Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin’) (Stevie Van Zandt)

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‘Born to Run’ is 40

BorntoRunLPIt’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the release of Born to Run on August 25th 1975. The album was a turning point for Springsteen, who became that year a worldwide rock star.

(See: Born to Run, live, song by song through 8 videos)

Here’s some articles published this week to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the album release:

Born to Run at 40 (Bruce Springsteen, official website)
Born to Run Turns 40 (Hits Daily Double)
Springsteen’s Rock Poetry at Its Best (The New York Times, Aug.1975)
‘Born to Run’: Forty Years of Awesomeness (National Review)
Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream (The Atlantic)
Bruce Springsteen on Making ‘Born to Run’: ‘We Went to Extremes’ (Rolling Stone)
The Streets Of A Runaway American Dream: Born To Run 40 Years Later (Stereogum)
How Bruce Springsteen Made ‘Born To Run’ an American Masterpiece (The Observer)
Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run Celebrates 40 years (CBS News)
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ Turns 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review (Billboard)
Born to Run at 40: A short history of the album that turned Bruce Springsteen into America’s biggest rock star (The Week)
The Birth of Born to Run (Slate)
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ Turns 40; Thoughts From A Tramp Like Me (Forbes)

(Photo: Eric Meola)
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Bruce Springsteen reunites the E Street Band for Jon Stewart’s farewell show

E Street Band 06 08 2015Jon Stewart has been the host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” since 1999. He said goodbye to the show on August 6th, and for his farewell he had an unannounced performance by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

Springsteen was accompanied by the whole E Street Band (sans the horns section, except Jake), and they performed “Land of Hope and Dreams” (as requested by Jon Stewart), which segued into the final verse of “Born to Run”, for an epic ending.

Foto: Patti Scialfa/Instagram @officialrumbledoll

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Double shot of Springsteen

BruceBonoJessicaAfter this summer’s appearances at shows by Brian Wilson and Joe Grushecky, Bruce Springsteen performed live twice this past weekend, in two consecutive days.

Friday July 31st, and after a week-long string of rumours, Bruce performed with U2 at their final Madison Square Garden show in New York City, and sang with them “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and the non-setlisted “Stand By Me”.

The following night was really unexpected. The small Wonder Bar in Asbury Park held a private party, organized by Patti Scialfa under the name of “First Bozo and Bolo Deal Rowdy Reunion”. Bruce joined Michael Scialfa’s band Timepiece, playing guitar on most of the set (including “You Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Oh, Pretty Woman” or “634-5789”), and taking lead vocals on Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and CCR’s “Born on the Bayou”.

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