Sunday, December 2, 2012
Three of Palmyra resident Franks Stefanko's photos of Bruce Springsteen appear in a revealing new biography about the Boss.
Getting at what drives Bruce Springsteen has never been easy. But, a new biography by author Peter Ames Carlin digs as deep into the Boss’ psyche as any previous book has. Bruce, published Oct. 30 by Simon & Schuster, is already on The New York Times bestseller list. The 494-page book, written with Springsteen’s cooperation, has a South Jersey connection. Palmyra resident Frank Stefanko shot three of the photos used in the book. Two of the pictures were shot at the former Shellow’s Luncheonette in East Camden in 1978. One shows Springsteen playing pinball as members of the E Street Band watch. The other is a group shot, with the entire band jammed around a booth. The third photo, shot in 1982, depicts pre-superstardom Springsteen sitting…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
From Bruce Springsteen to the Episcopal Church, who decides how to use the tens of millions of dollars being collected to help Sandy's victims?
First there was New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen headlining a star-studded telethon to benefit the American Red Cross. Then there was Oscar de la Hoya and his Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Productions donating the proceeds from a night of boxing to the decimated Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. Now, National Hockey League all-stars Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell have announced Operation Hat Trick, a charitable professional hockey game to be played Saturday night at A.C.’s Boardwalk Hall to raise money for the Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF), and the Empire State Relief Fund. Next in the lineup, a Dave Matthews Band benefit concert November 30 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford for a relief fund set …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Wrecking Ball Tour’s last Jersey dates are this weekend. Share your favorite memories of the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will make their last Wrecking Ball Tour stop in New Jersey this weekend with performances at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Monmouth County knows Bruce better than most, and we bet you’ve got some great stories to share. Let us know about your favorite Springsteen concert. What was happening in your life at the time? What made it so special? And if you have any photos of you and your family and friends at the Wrecking Ball Tour, upload them to this article.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Boss frequents the fairgrounds during the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair, just like any other townie
It's pretty common knowledge in the Rumson-Fair Haven area that The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, has a home in Rumson. It's also a given that, like any other resident of the area, the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair is likely a staple in his summer's end routine. Yes, just like any other Rumsonite, Springsteen has been known to frequent the fair. And, just like any other townie, he roams the grounds, barely noticeable, casually clad and entourage-free. People, accustomed to routine Bruce sightings around town, usually just smile, say "Hi" and let him go about his fair business, which has mirrored that of the typical fairgoer — hanging with family and friends, getting kids on rides, grabbing a bite to eat, winning a prize or two and just plain …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Legendary venues hosting acts for all tastes this summer
Asbury Park is the undisputed music capitol of New Jersey, and not just because it was ground zero for the start of Bruce Springsteen’s career in the early Seventies. Asbury has gone through some rough patches over the past four decades, but it has never rested on its lofty laurels as the place to rock out in the Garden State. Now, with the city undergoing a revitalization in the past few years, there’s never been a better time to experience everything from classic and modern rock to jam bands and rockabilly at Asbury’s five main venues along Ocean Avenue: the iconic Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Convention Hall, the Paramount Theater and the Summer Stage in the Stone Pony parking lot. With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The governor apparently nodded off during a Bruce Springsteen concert in New York City.
Bruce Springsteen's high-energy shows are known to inspire fervor in his audiences. But, apparenty Gov. Christopher J. Christie was running a little low on energy at a recent concert by The Boss at Madison Square Garden in New York City, according to a report on The Huffington Post. A fan sent in a photo of Christie resting his head in his hand, apparently napping during the show, the New York Post reports. The governor is a longtime fan of The Boss. Last month Christie attended what he said was his 127th Springsteen concert, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Christie's name has been tossed around as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney in next year's presidential election. Last year, Christie mulled his own presidential …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Photos of Bruce Springsteen taken by Palmyra resident Frank Stefanko are part of a new exhibit about the singer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Frank Stefanko and The Boss are meeting across the river. Stefanko, a Palmyra resident, shot the covers for Bruce Springsteen's albums Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. Both cover photos were taken in Haddonfield in the late 1970s. A handful of the pictures Stefanko shot of Springsteen during that period are part of a major new exhibit opening Friday, Feb. 17 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The exhibit, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, was previously on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 3 at the Constitution Center, contains more than 150 pieces from Springsteen's career. The items on …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Boss pays tribute to the Big Man
On June 21, Bruce Springsteen spoke at the funeral of his friend, confidant and E Street Band comrade Clarence Clemons in Palm Beach, Fla. Earlier today, Springsteen released the following on his website: This is a slightly revised version of the eulogy I delivered for Clarence at his memorial. I'd like to thank all our fans and friends who have comforted us over the past difficult weeks. FOR THE BIG MAN I've been sitting here listening to everyone talk about Clarence and staring at that photo of the two of us right there. It's a picture of Scooter and The Big Man, people who we were sometimes. As you can see in this particular photo, Clarence is admiring his muscles and I'm pretending to be nonchalant while leaning upon him. I leaned on …
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Memorial placed at legendary intersection
As the Jersey Shore community mourns the loss of Clarence Clemons, a memorial has been placed at a very famous Belmar intersection. At 10th Avenue and E Street, flowers, candles and photos have been placed in remembrance of the legendary saxophonist who rose to fame as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Clemons died Saturday evening of complications from a stroke suffered last week. While the band is known for cutting their teeth in the music scene of Asbury Park, fans and local residents most likely know that the E Street in the band's name was inspired by the street in Belmar. Original band keyboardist David Sancious' mother lived on E Street and allowed the band to rehearse in her home during the early years. Sancious, …
Commemorating the loss of the legendary "Big Man"
The Jersey Shore is mourning the loss of E Street Band saxophonist and resident Big Man, Clarence Clemons. Clemons died Saturday evening of complications from a stroke suffered earlier this week. Earlier this year, Patch.com was there as Clemons debuted a biographical documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park.