Sunday, January 29, 2012

"We Take Care of Our Own" - Bruce the Boss Sets New Tour Dates


The Boss is back and better than ever.

Bruce fans get ready for Springsteen’s 17th studio album in March, one of the most anticipated releases of 2012.

Calling it his "angriest" recordings as of yet, his feature single, “We take care of our own”, sounds anything but mad, yet reflective of the issues of our hard economic times.

According to, a source who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, "He gets into economic justice quite a bit. It's very rock'n'roll. He feels it's the angriest album he's ever made."

The insider added, "The Boss" wrote and recorded the majority of the album before the Occupy movements started around the world "so he's not just setting headlines to music."

The album is entitled, “Wrecking Ball,” dedicated to the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford inside the Meadowlands Sports Complex that was demolished in 2010. The site is now called MetLife Stadium, which lies adjacent to the former sports arena.

The album is politically charged and acknowledges the current state of America. Springsteen’s Manager Jon Landau tells Rolling Stone the disc has "social overtones" and a "very pronounced spiritual dimension. It extends and deepens the vision that has animated all of Bruce's work.”
Music enthusiasts are calling his latest work “vintage” Springsteen, which includes unexpected textures, loops and electronic percussion with influences ranging from hip-hop to Irish folk rhythms.

First listeners are already labeling it 'terrific', according to

No release date has been officially set yet, but Springsteen is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the South by Southwest music conference on March 15 in Texas. Critics are hoping the album will be released to coincide with that appearance.

But according to iTunes, fans won't have to wait that long, Wrecking Ball will be out in England on March 5 and in the United States on March 6.

Rolling Stone says the album was produced by Ron Aniello, who has worked with Bruce’s wife, Patti Scialfa, and Candlebox, and features guest appearances from Tom Morello and drummer Matt Chamberlain.

Springsteen's last album, 'The Promise', was released in November 2010, and was a double CD compilation of previously unreleased songs drawing from the “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” early sessions of the late 1970's.

It was just last year the E Street Band lost their beloved saxophone player, Clarence Clemons, who died from complications after a stroke at age 69.

The band has announced UK tour dates for June and July.

You can listen to "We Take Care Of Our Own" on Springsteen's official

The single is now available for digital purchase through Amazon.

Consequence of Sound provided Wrecking Ball’s track-list:
01. We Take Care of Our Own
02. Easy Money
03. Shackled and Down
04. Jack of All Trades
05. Death to My Hometown
06. The Depression
07. Wrecking Ball
08. You’ve Got It
09. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Live
12. Swallowed Up (iTunes Bonus Track)
13. American Land (iTunes Bonus Track)

Bruce Springsteen's new album, tour will be first without Clarence Clemons
Clemons, fondly referred to as "The Big Man", played a central part in Springsteen’s music, complementing the group’s electric guitar and brass rhythms in songs like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, that echo doo-wop, soul and early rock ’n’ roll.

Bruce Springsteen gave his fans some good news Sunday night: Springsteen and the E-Street Band will be going on tour in 2012.

According to, European dates will run from the middle of May until the end of July, and information on United States dates will be coming soon. The site also writes that the music is almost done for the upcoming new album, which is yet untitled and without a confirmed release date.

This marks the first tour for Springsteen and the E-Street Band since 2009 and also since saxophonist Clarence Clemons died this summer. reports that Ron Aniello produced the album. He has worked with Gavin DeGraw and Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa in the past.

Many people have been wondering who will be playing saxophone in the future for Springsteen. The Linn County Leader points out that the name of Clemons’ nephew Jake has turned up in its share of rumors about the E-Street Band’s future.

Springsteen posted a revised edition of the eulogy he delivered for Clemons: “Clarence was big, and he made me feel, think, and love, and dream big. How big was the Big Man? Too f***ing big to die. You can put it on his gravestone, you can tattoo it over your heart. Accept it... it's the New World.Clarence doesn't leave the E-Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.”

Information on the upcoming album have been kept relatively quiet. Early reports had it being low-key, and having a political edge. Andy Greene of Rolling Stone posted on Twitter Sunday: “They've done a remarkable job keeping the lid on details of this new Springsteen album. Does anyone know one single thing about it?”

Here is We Take Care Of Our Own Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen @

i’ve been knockin’ on the door, there’s ... of throne
i’ve been lookin’ for the map that leads me home
i’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone
those good intentions have gone dry as bone
we take care of our own
we take care of our own
wherever this flag’s flown
we take care of our own

from chicago to new orleans
from the muscle to the bone
from the shotgun shack to the superdome
we needed help but the cavalry stayed home,
there ain’t no-one hearing the bugle blown
we take care of our own
we take care of our own
wherever this flag’s flown
we take care of our own

where’s the eyes, the eyes with the will to see
where’s the hearts, they run over with mercy
where’s the love that has not forsaken me
where’s the work that set my hands, my soul free
where’s the spirit to reign, reign over me
where’s the promise, from sea to shining sea
where’s the promise, from sea to shining sea
wherever this flag is flown
wherever this flag is flown
wherever this flag is flown

we take care of our own
we take care of our own
wherever this flag’s flown
we take care of our own
we take care of our own
we take care of our own
wherever this flag’s flown
we take care of our own

Tickets to Bruce Springsteen shows in East Rutherford and Newark went on sale Friday morning (Jan. 28). Tickets for Philadelphia shows went on sale Saturday.

Springsteen announced the April 3 and 4 shows at the Izod Center in East Rutherford and the May 2 show at Newark's Prudential Center as he released the schedule of the first leg of his upcoming "Wrecking Ball" world tour Tuesday. An album of the same name is set for release on March 6. The tour begins March 18 in Atlanta with U.S. portion concluding with the Newark show. It also includes shows on March 28 and 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Tickets to those shows go on sale Saturday.

Tickets for the New Jersey shows are available The Philadelphia tickets are available through

This will be the E Street Band's first performances since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemmons. The band's current lineup includes: Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren - guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa - guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent - bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt - guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg - drums; with Soozie Tyrell - violin, guitar, vocals and Charlie Giordano - keyboards.


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How come there are no Atlantic City Dates at Boardwalk Hall?

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