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Choosing Bruce Springsteen’s 100 finest songs, plus DMX concert

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Bruce Springsteen His 100 Finest Songs is a book written by a fan and for all the fans of Bruce Springsteen.
But author Jim Beviglia has created so much more than a list in this collection. It is a well-researched, labor of love.
If you have ever seen Springsteen perform live in concert, those musical memories will all come rushing back as your turn the pages of Counting Down,  published by Rowman & Littlefield. Likewise, longtime Springsteen fans will immediately recall the first time the needle hit the vinyl playing his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, reading through this detailed list. Each song in the list tells a story.
And this is a list in every sense of the word. I really don’t care that Beviglia has the quintessential Springsteen song “Born to Run” No. 1 on the list and “The E Street Shuffle” at No. 100. What really matters is all of the background information that is included with each song on the list. It is just one of those books meant to thumb through. It makes no difference whether you are at No. 53 “Johnny 99,” or No. 30, “My City of Ruins.”
There is a lot to be learned here. Diehard Springsteen fans will rejoice, while it is an entertaining educational experience for all the rest.
Take for example, the just mentioned “My City of Ruins” (from The Rising, 2002). The album and song was released in the months following the 9/11 attacks, and Springsteen opened America: A Tribute to Heroes, the telethon held just ten days after the attack on the United States. The song appears to be a perfect statement, but it was, in fact, written  months earlier, and performed live as early as December 2000, in honor of his former hometown of Asbury Park, N.J.
If you remember all the controversy that occurred back in 1984, when “Born in the U.S.A” (No. 9) was a hit and Ronald Reagan tried using it in his reelection campaign and Springsteen “rebuffed with extreme prejudice,” as Beviglia notes. You have to wonder just what it was Reagan’s campaign people were listening to. This is an anthem, as Beviglia said, but it is more about broken promises than saluting the flag.
With so many songs to choose from, it is really hard to single out just a few for this review, so Beviglia’s task of picking 100 songs and then ranking them, must have been truly Herculean.
It certainly is interesting that both Beviglia’s No. 1 and No. 2 songs are both from the 1975 Born to Run album, with “Jungleland” coming in at No. 2.
And it is hard to argue with that selection, because as Beviglia says, the song is truly epic with all of those characters (the barefoot girl, the Magic Rat) in a rock and roll fantasy.
If 100 songs is not enough, Beviglia also lists the next 100 songs as well, as a sort of bonus, but they are placed without any comment.
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the second book in the author’s series (Counting Down Bob Dylan is the first) and is available via all online book sellers, including http://www.amazon.com/Counting-Down-Bruce-Springsteen-Finest/dp/1442230657 and lists for $35.
Grease
Go  back to Rydell high with Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton John) in Grease (1978) at The Abbey in downtown Orlando, Wednesday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.
This is actually an encore showing because of demand. So if you missed this karaoke/Rocky Horror Picture Show type screening, this is your big moment to sing-a-long.
Costumes are encouraged and interactive bags of goodies are provided for the the show.
From the theater release: The rules are “there are no rules,” so break out those leather jackets, embrace your inner T-Bird or Pink Lady and have a blast.
Tickets for the Grease Sing-a-long are $20 and can be purchased at www.TicketWeb.com or by calling 866-468-7630.
DMX
Osceola Heritage Park has just announced that rapper DMX will come to the event complex as part of the Hip Hop Legends Summer Tour, Saturday, Aug. 9. Ticket information was not available at press time, but should be available soon.  Call the OHP office at 321-697-3333 for more information.
DMX (Earl Simmons) is both rapper and actor. He released his best selling album And Then There Was Z in 1999, which featured the hit single Party Up (Up in Here). He also has acted in the films  Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and Cradle 2 the Grave.
Hot Chelle Rae
Pop-rock band, Hot Chelle Rae will perform today at Busch Gardens Tampa to kick off the new Saturday Summer Nights concerts. The band appears on  Gwazi Park stage with fan-favorite hits like “Tonight, Tonight” and “Don’t Say Goodnight.” Concerts will take place at 8:30 p.m., immediately followed by a grand fireworks finale. Barbeque, craft beers, specialty merchandise and strolling entertainment will line the Gwazi Park field and pathways on Saturday nights, creating a festival atmosphere.
In addition to the headlining concerts, guests at Summer Nights will enjoy extended park hours, special entertainment, high-energy DJs and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark.
The Summer Nights Concerts will continue throughout the season with more pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists.
Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m. from June 28 through Aug. 17. Summer Nights, including concerts, is included with daily admission or any annual pass.
For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com, or call 1-888-800-5447.
Fitz & the Tantrums

Los Angeles-based sextet Fitz & The Tantrums are coming to CFE Arena on Thursday, September 11 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets  are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Visit www.CFEArena.com for information on student discounts.

From the press release, Fitz & Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, modern pop combo unlike any other.  A longtime studio engineer and aspiring musician, Fitz founded Fitz & The Tantrums in 2008, with an “amazing set of people” – including Noelle Scaggs, James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass) and John Wicks (drums, percussion) – and quickly recorded the band’s debut EP, Songs From A Breakup, Vol. 1. Soon after, Fitz & The Tantrums were regarded as one of the most exciting and energetic live acts in the country.

 

 

 

By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Bruce Springsteen His 100 Finest Songs is a book written by a fan and for all the fans of Bruce Springsteen.
But author Jim Beviglia has created so much more than a list in this collection. It is a well-researched, labor of love.
If you have ever seen Springsteen perform live in concert, those musical memories will all come rushing back as your turn the pages of Counting Down,  published by Rowman & Littlefield. Likewise, longtime Springsteen fans will immediately recall the first time the needle hit the vinyl playing his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, reading through this detailed list. Each song in the list tells a story.
And this is a list in every sense of the word. I really don’t care that Beviglia has the quintessential Springsteen song “Born to Run” No. 1 on the list and “The E Street Shuffle” at No. 100. What really matters is all of the background information that is included with each song on the list. It is just one of those books meant to thumb through. It makes no difference whether you are at No. 53 “Johnny 99,” or No. 30, “My City of Ruins.”
There is a lot to be learned here. Diehard Springsteen fans will rejoice, while it is an entertaining educational experience for all the rest.
Take for example, the just mentioned “My City of Ruins” (from The Rising, 2002). The album and song was released in the months following the 9/11 attacks, and Springsteen opened America: A Tribute to Heroes, the telethon held just ten days after the attack on the United States. The song appears to be a perfect statement, but it was, in fact, written  months earlier, and performed live as early as December 2000, in honor of his former hometown of Asbury Park, N.J.
If you remember all the controversy that occurred back in 1984, when “Born in the U.S.A” (No. 9) was a hit and Ronald Reagan tried using it in his reelection campaign and Springsteen “rebuffed with extreme prejudice,” as Beviglia notes. You have to wonder just what it was Reagan’s campaign people were listening to. This is an anthem, as Beviglia said, but it is more about broken promises than saluting the flag.
With so many songs to choose from, it is really hard to single out just a few for this review, so Beviglia’s task of picking 100 songs and then ranking them, must have been truly Herculean.
It certainly is interesting that both Beviglia’s No. 1 and No. 2 songs are both from the 1975 Born to Run album, with “Jungleland” coming in at No. 2.
And it is hard to argue with that selection, because as Beviglia says, the song is truly epic with all of those characters (the barefoot girl, the Magic Rat) in a rock and roll fantasy.
If 100 songs is not enough, Beviglia also lists the next 100 songs as well, as a sort of bonus, but they are placed without any comment.
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the second book in the author’s series (Counting Down Bob Dylan is the first) and is available via all online book sellers, including http://www.amazon.com/Counting-Down-Bruce-Springsteen-Finest/dp/1442230657 and lists for $35.
Grease
Go  back to Rydell high with Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton John) in Grease (1978) at The Abbey in downtown Orlando, Wednesday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.
This is actually an encore showing because of demand. So if you missed this karaoke/Rocky Horror Picture Show type screening, this is your big moment to sing-a-long.
Costumes are encouraged and interactive bags of goodies are provided for the the show.
From the theater release: The rules are “there are no rules,” so break out those leather jackets, embrace your inner T-Bird or Pink Lady and have a blast.
Tickets for the Grease Sing-a-long are $20 and can be purchased at www.TicketWeb.com or by calling 866-468-7630.
DMX
Osceola Heritage Park has just announced that rapper DMX will come to the event complex as part of the Hip Hop Legends Summer Tour, Saturday, Aug. 9. Ticket information was not available at press time, but should be available soon.  Call the OHP office at 321-697-3333 for more information.
DMX (Earl Simmons) is both rapper and actor. He released his best selling album And Then There Was Z in 1999, which featured the hit single Party Up (Up in Here). He also has acted in the films  Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and Cradle 2 the Grave.
Hot Chelle Rae
Pop-rock band, Hot Chelle Rae will perform today at Busch Gardens Tampa to kick off the new Saturday Summer Nights concerts. The band appears on  Gwazi Park stage with fan-favorite hits like “Tonight, Tonight” and “Don’t Say Goodnight.” Concerts will take place at 8:30 p.m., immediately followed by a grand fireworks finale. Barbeque, craft beers, specialty merchandise and strolling entertainment will line the Gwazi Park field and pathways on Saturday nights, creating a festival atmosphere.
In addition to the headlining concerts, guests at Summer Nights will enjoy extended park hours, special entertainment, high-energy DJs and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark.
The Summer Nights Concerts will continue throughout the season with more pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists.
Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m. from June 28 through Aug. 17. Summer Nights, including concerts, is included with daily admission or any annual pass.
For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com, or call 1-888-800-5447.
Fitz & the Tantrums

Los Angeles-based sextet Fitz & The Tantrums are coming to CFE Arena on Thursday, September 11 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets  are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Visit www.CFEArena.com for information on student discounts.

From the press release, Fitz & Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, modern pop combo unlike any other.  A longtime studio engineer and aspiring musician, Fitz founded Fitz & The Tantrums in 2008, with an “amazing set of people” – including Noelle Scaggs, James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass) and John Wicks (drums, percussion) – and quickly recorded the band’s debut EP, Songs From A Breakup, Vol. 1. Soon after, Fitz & The Tantrums were regarded as one of the most exciting and energetic live acts in the country.

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