This year’s Special Tony Award will be for Bruce Springsteen and “Springsteen on Broadway”, as it was announced on May 1st. The Tony Awards ceremony will be held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 10th and will be broadscast on CBS.
Bruce has celebrated it with a video and a special cake:
David Gahr was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated rock photographers. Born in 1922, he witnessed the rock’n’roll explosion since the 50s, and photographed Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Buddy Guy, Odetta, Phil Spector and many more, including, of course, Bruce Springsteen.
Gahr started following the New Jersey singer in 1973, and is the author of the cover photo of the album The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle. His black and white photos occupied innumerable pages in magazines and books (including Dave Marsh’s acclaimed biography Born to Run).
When Mr. Gahr died in 2008, he left a legacy of thousands of photographs. This month Rizzoli has published the book Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park, to Born To Run, to Born In The USA, featuring a huge selection of color and black and white photos taken between 1973 and 1986, thus covering the artist’s career from his early days in Asbury Park until the worldwide succes of Born in the USA.
For the first time ever, we get to see a video of John Wesley and Bruce Springsteen performing “Wreck on the Highway” in June 1994 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.
The song had been previously been published as a bonus track on harding’s CD Awake, back in 1998, and this week will be part of the Record Store Day vinyl Greatest Other People’s Hits.
Omnivore Recordings has published today a video of that great performance, the first time Wes and Bruce played together. A year later Harding hand the rare honor of opening two of Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 solo shows in Berkeley, California, when he was touring to promote The Ghost of Tom Joad.