Welcome to the last in the current series about the life and music of Bruce Springsteen and thank you for your great support and comments. Now over to William Price King who will bring us right up to date with the music and events in Bruce Springsteen’s 50 year career.
We are now in the year 2007 and Bruce releases his fifteenth studio album Magic in the September by Columbia Records. This was the first album with the E Street Band since The Rising in 2002. The album ranked #2 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of the year.
The track Long Walk Home was #8 on Rolling Stones 100 Best Songs of 2007 and Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. This mid-tempo rocker was recorded with the E Street Band and is a metaphor describing a turbulent time in America, marked by economic decline, foreign wars and the feeling that the U.S. had abandoned its ideals of freedom, decency, and civil liberties.
Bruce Springsteen was a keep supporter of Barack Obama and appeared at a number of rallies as well as performing solo acoustic gigs at various 2008 campaign events.
2008 was also notable for the nomination and subsequent Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler. Apparently Bruce Springsteen was a friend of Rourke and provided the song for no fee. It failed to receive an Oscar nod but was nominated for a Grammy for best song written for film, television or other visual media.
In January 2009 Columbia released Bruce Springsteen’s sixteenth studio album Working on a Dream. It has currently sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Writing happy-relationship songs was not what Springsteen was known for. However, this driving number, My Lucky Day, is a wonderful celebration of one of the simplest joys in life – discovering love and the fulfillment true love brings. Springsteen is riding high in this song and invites us to share his optimism for a better tomorrow. This song was the second single from from the album and reached #18 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs.
Springsteen was among the recipients of the “Kennedy Center Honors,” an annual award 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.”
This was not to be Bruce Springsteen’s only honour during the rest of the decade and he was named as one of only eight Artists of the Decade by Rolling Stone with his tours ranking him fourth amongst artists in total concert grosses for the decade.
The seventeenth studio ablum Wrecking Ball was released in March 2012 and became Springsteen’s tenth #1 album in the US. This was followed in mid 2013 with the Ridley Scott documentary, directed by Baillie Walsh Springsteen & I which was released in over 2000 cinemas in 50 countries.
In January 2014 Bruce Springsteen released the eighteenth studio album High Hope and was the first that featured all cover songs or newly recorded versions of songs previously released. It went to #1 in the US and was his tenth album to reach #1 in the UK. The album featured the E Street Band and guitarist Tom Morello with contributions on the previously released tracks from the late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Fedirici.
Immediately following the album’s released a music video for Just Like Fire Would was released as was one for The Wall. In the July Bruce Springsteen released his directorial debut with the short film. Hunter of Invisible Game which he also starred in. Springsteen plays a post-apocalyptic survivor, haunted by his past who sets out on his own, recalling times of togetherness with his family as he forages his memories alone
2015 marked the 35th Anniversary of The River and the commemorative box set was released The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set and the record breaking The River 2016 Tour became the highest grossing worldwide tour with over a million tickets sold and over $135 million in box office revenue. This was followed in September 2016 with Chapter and Verse a compilation of memorable tracks spanning the 50 years career of this superstar.
On September 27, 2016 Simon & Schuster published his autobiography, Born to Run. The book rose quickly to the top of the NY Time Best Sellers List.
‘Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.’ —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run
Here is one of the most recent reviews for the autobiography.
In this, my favourite autobiography by a musician,The Boss comes across as something of an amalgam of the characters that populate his songs; macho, conflicted, isolated, controlling, vulnerable and above of all reflective of his personal history (you suspect this is due to extensive therapy). He is also incredibly driven (no surprise there really) and it seems to me that this drive is at the heart of how he has become one of rocks greatest American song writers AND managed to heal himself from some of the emotional problems that he has struggled with all his life, of which he is very open and honest about here.
Despite the magnitude of some of Springsteen’s troubles I suspect his experiences will resonate with a lot of readers to some degree and through this I think his book connects strongly.The book is populated with family and fellow musicians, many of whom come across as larger than life and may have come straight out of a Steinbeck novel. You rather wonder how everyone manages to survive as long as they do.A fantastic book for any and every music fan interested in the redemptive power of rock and roll.
You can read over 300 reviews and buy the autobiography: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Run-Bruce-Springsteen/dp/1471157792
On November 22, 2016, Springsteen was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom award by Barack Obama. The award is the highest honor for a civilian to receive and is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
On January 12, 2017, Springsteen along with Patti Scialfa, performed a special 15-song acoustic set for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the White House’s East Room two days before the president gave his farewell address to the nation.
On January 22, 2017, Springsteen and the E Street Band headed back out on the road for the “Summer ’17 tour.
And to end this series about this music legend; a song that is probably appropriate. Tougher than all the Rest, from the album Tunnel of Love, was recorded in the Boss’s home studio, Thrill Hill East, in 1987 with members of the E Street Band and with Springsteen playing several instruments. The Boss originally wrote this song as a rockabilly piece but the final version is much slower, with country inflections. This song expresses a weary but dignified look at the reality of love.
Tougher than all the Rest was not released as a single in the United States, but reached #3 on the Swiss charts, and made the top 20 in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Austria.
Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Springsteen
For concert schedules and news: http://brucespringsteen.net/
Buy Bruce Springsteen’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Springsteen/e/B000AQ2ZLQ
The previous Bruce Springsteen posts: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.
William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
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William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.
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You will find the previous artists.. Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.
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