Bruce Springsteen -Please make this sad old man go away already
I've been seeing him a lot lately and he's performing live at the Apollo Theater tonight as part of a concert celebrating Sirius Satellite Radio.
He was once so talented and a lot of his music was the soundtrack of my college years, but now all he seems capable of doing is yelling, at the very top of his lungs. Yelling and violently strumming a guitar. It's just such a tired shtick.
Can't he just quiet down and release a CD every 10 years or so if he needs a little cash?
I've heard bi rumors about Bruce for years.
Somewhere around 1995, all of our popular and beloved rock people underwent a strange change. Bruce, REM, Pearl Jam -- all diverted into strange directions and began releasing albums of interest only to their most rabid fans.
You can't expect them to just produce more of the same, R2. It's boring to them and ultimately useless to us. With the exception of a mega-genius like Bob Dylan, few artists can keep returning to the same well and come up with something fresh.
I think he's one of the best songwriters alive, but I agree his voice isn't anywhere near what it used to be.
He and Madonna and Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand should form a quartet and redo some 80's songs like Rock Me Amadeus.
You are an asshat, OP.
OP finds Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan fascinating.
apparently he likes what he does, OP, unlike you
Actually like bruce a lot. Dont think he is overexposed. He is really raw, has rock cred and really down to earth.
No, the definition of a sad old musician would be Madonna, who is 53 pretending she's still 25 desperate to be loved by people young enough to be her grandchildren. She's also a cold bitch in interviews.
Bruce on the other hand is a nice, humble guy and doesn't care about current trends - he just does his own thing.
R10, I agree with everything you said except the part where you called Madonna a musician.
R11 Well, you're right, but you know what I meant ;)
I should have said entertainer.
[quote]I've heard bi rumors about Bruce for years.
That's funny, because I haven't heard of any. Are you sure this isn't just your imagination running wild? I know he's gay-friendly and supports gay marriage, but that's it.
I still enjoy his music. The new cd is good.
R1 is the old "epitome of bi" troll. Pay no attention to him.
He is hot.
[quote]He is really raw, has rock cred
I hate it when people make these ridiculous distinctions about "credibility." It's mostly about image and people looking for an excuse to trash others and pretend their music preferences are better - kinda like those people who think rooting for a winning football team elevates them above someone who roots for a team with a worse record.
I've heard idiot rumors about r15 for years.
I see the rabid anti-Madonna troll has found and is shitting up yet another thread.
He now looks as pathetic as Mick Jagger.
These 2 old men just need to leave the big stage.
I think Springsteen has been unlistenable for YEARS. It sounds like wailing to me, not singing. I have no idea why people still buy his music, it's awful.
Anyone got pics of his bulge? Or any reports on seeing his bulge in concert or the flesh? God I love bulges.
I used to be a huge fan, but I find his music dull now. I don't know if that's because I've moved on or his lost whatever he had that made him interesting. Now, he just seems to write songs from the heart, but via his head. No real, honest emotion; it seems to be well-intentioned posturing. No matter how hard he tries to act like just a regular guy, the fact is his world is very different than the average man's world, and it's through no fault of his own: money and success will isolate, no matter what. His posturing that it didn't is tiresome and seems insincere.
He finally got a good toupee / weave. It looks better than Brad Pitt's weave/toupee/rug.
His last great song was probably "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" from The Rising.
That brown leather jacket looks absolutely ridiculous on him.
R17 Relax bitch its just an observation.
Bruce was sexy in his day.
But I have no use for straight white rock music. Never have, never will. When I hear someone sounding like they're putting their vocal chords through a sausage grinder, I'm out. Born in the USA makes me want to hurt someone. Like R17, I think people who buy into the 'rock cred' thing are ridiculous.
I know this will incite angry retorts and insults, but no put downs or hype can (or should, anyway) alter our individual musical preferences. Carry on.
I wish sad old fucks like the OP would go away already.
R27 How the fuck does that jacket look ridiculous on him? What the hell do you want him to wear? Those grandpa sweaters that Bill Cosby wore back on The Cosby Show?
If Cher can still wear her leather biker jacket and her fishnet stockings with her ass hanging out, Bruce is allowed to wear a simple leather jacket.
It looks ridiculous on him!!
And, I don't recall sticking up for Cher's wardrobe malfunctions.
He looks great and sounds great. Aging to perfection, as someone else noted. Folks, it is YOU who have grown away from The Boss, not the opposite.
R33 Well Miss Fashion Queen, why don't you show us a picture of you so we can see what "proper" fashion taste is?
Love this guy. Nebraska is one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time.
Personally, I dig the way he is aging. I saw him last a couple of years ago and the whole show was like a big ol bar jam writ large. Yeah, they can't shy away from their age but they all still put on a hell of performance. And man can they play their instruments. Consummate, awesome musicians each and every one of them.
I don't understand how a totally normal, understated leather bomber, which millions of people wear every day, looks "ridiculous" on Bruce, who does look pretty good for his age.
Old people don't belong on a rock and roll stage. It looks pathetic.
Grace Slick, gracefully retired
r21 would stick his grandmother in a home and forget about her because she grosses him out.
[quote]but now all he seems capable of doing is yelling, at the very top of his lungs. Yelling and violently strumming a guitar. It's just such a tired shtick.
I agree. Jagger ad Bruce need to retire already. Saw Jagger perform in a White House special on blues. Good lord, he was embarassing.
I refuse to see Bruce in concert until he starts performing "Born in the USA" and "Dancing in the Dark" again.
His fans are freaks. White trash freaks.
Anyone see the clip of him on Late Night? Jimmy Fallon was doing his Neil Young impression and singing "Sexy and I Know It". Bruce came out dressed as his circa-1984 self and then started shaking like he had Parkinson's. I don't think he quite got the joke (or, if you prefer, "joke") he was supposed to be in on.
R1, with an ass like this, it'd be nice to think that someone has tapped it.
I'm not a fan of his music but he looks great. Hot Italian-German-Irish American daddy.
He's a pro-gay straight rock legend.
Leave him alone.
charlie has said that Springsteen cruised at some function or another back in the day.
"Faggots are worse than women about their age. They think life is over after they turn 30."
Michael, "Boys in the Band"
What the OP really dislikes is the fact that he has gone sour on what inspired him in his youth. Cynical middle-aged queen who thinks "voting is irrelevant" and who is positive that the Boss is posturing since, hey, Obama betrayed us, right?
He's a drunk and needs to get off the stage.
I heard he lost a ton of money and needs to keep touring. Not sure how that is possible, though. Does he have a record deal? I know he hasn't had anything remotely successful since the 80s, but surely he's made more money than Houston?
Fuck off and die OP, Bruce is the hottest 62 year old on earth!
I would so tap that hot daddy ass in a New York minute!
Doesn't he have a one-sided open relationship with his groupie-wife? He can fuck around, they no longer live together and she can't?
Speaking of his wife Patty, it was fucked up the way she weaseled her way into his and Julianne Phillips's marriage.
That is a fucking fine ass, R44
r52 - it's the same groupie stalker method that Yoko used, apparently it works on dumb druggie musicians.
A while back, Bruce got into trouble and was called into court as the reason behind someone's divorce. This was after he decided to service some 9/11 widows and maybe around the same time he moved out of his house and into an adjoining barn.
What was interesting about the thread -- besides the gossip -- was how the thread was invaded by a bot, and was the reason only paid members could start threads after all that.
His sister Pamela was the nutcase serial killer "Angela" in the "Sleepaway Camp" movies.
Yeah, Patty was a cunt and very ugly. She played on Bruce's insecurity about 'marrying up' and told him his fans would abandon him for marrying someone not 'working class'.
Last I checked, Billy Joel worked that Uptown Girl shtick into a multi-million dollar gig.
Bruce is still the Boss, and if the tweens aren't into him, their loss.
I don't understand some of you? If Bruce, Madonna and Mick still enjoy making music and people still want to listen to them, then why should they go away? Maybe the don't want to go into assisted living yet and play bridge.
And as a rocker, what would you have Bruce wear? A fucking track suit?
And what about Madonna--she's in great shape. Should she put on a show like Glady Knight and wear some mother- of- the- bride dress.
People on here are always saying life is short and go and live your life how you want because you only have one.
These people are doing just that.
Who the hell said anything about her, R63? Why must that woman always be dragged into every conversation in every thread? We could be talking about Pluto and someone would find a way to drag Madonna into it. Blech.
Patty has always been an extreme fug.
what do you suppose these pits smelled like when he raised his arms?
I disagree OP. Bruce is great. His worst material is better than 90% of the crap that they call music today. Make that 95%!
I remember the song "Reno" from his 2005 album "Devils & Dust". It was a graphic tale about a man's tryst with a prostitute. Here are the lyrics...
[italic]She took off her stockings
I held 'em to my face
She had your ankles
I felt filled with grace
"Two hundred dollars straight in
Two-fifty up the ass" she smiled and said
She unbuckled my belt, pulled back her hair
And sat in front of me on the bed
She said, "Honey, how's that feel
Do you want me to go slow?"
My eyes drifted out the window
And down to the road below
I felt my stomach tighten
As the sun bloodied the sky
And sliced through hotel blinds
I closed my eyes
Sunlight on the Amatitlan
Sunlight streaming through your hair
In the Valle de dos Rios
The smell of mock orange filled the air
We rode with the vaqueros
Down into cool rivers of green
I was sure the work and the smile coming out 'neath your hat
Was all I'll ever need
Somehow all you ever need's
Never quite enough you know
You and I, Maria, we learned it's so
She slipped me out of her mouth
"You're ready," she said
She took off her bra and panties
Wet her fingers, slipped it inside her
And crawled over me on the bed
She bought me another whisky
Said "here's to the best you ever had"
We laughed and made a toast
It wasn't the best I ever had
Not even close[/italic]
It's a shame that Katy Perry is about to tie three of the greatest albums ever with her 7 top 10 singles off one album. Bruce's "Born in the USA" is one of those three albums. The other two are MJ's "Thriller" and Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814". It just shows you the state that music is in nowadays.
[quote]It's a shame that Katy Perry is about to tie three of the greatest albums ever with her 7 top 10 singles off one album.
Blame the stupid gays with no taste that buy that shit.
I used to jack off to a photo of him in his underware. Anyone have it?
R70 Do you think he's ever indulged in anal?
"Backstreets": gay or not? I have always pictured Terry as a man, and I think that will always be true for me, no matter what, which makes it one of my top three favorite songs, ever.
Oh, I'm sure he has, R75. I'm sure he's well- seasoned on a myriad of sex acts.
I remember when Bruce appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek the same week when that meant something.
Do we even have a mass media anymore?
@R80 Well, he's a super-famous, legendary rock star who could have his pick of any woman (or man) he wanted. He's been married twice, I'm sure had many girlfriends, and has lived that rock star existence for well over 30 years. Plus, if you listen to songs like "Fire", "I'm on Fire", "Reno", etc., they tell a story...
sidenote: Bruce used to date Joyce Hyser of "Just One of the Guys" fame
R10 did, R66--along with a few other older singers.
Wow, R76. Just read the lyrics to "Backstreets" and yeah, the "Terry" in the song could totally be interpreted as a guy.
I thought Bruce always ran with upper crust gals? He would have laughed if Patti had tried the "working class" warning on him.
This is not to say that issue wasn't involved -- it was many of his fans that started the "working class" schtick after the divorce from Julianne.
It's a shame that Bruce was never caught naked by a camera when he was in his prime. Goddamn was he hot.
R85, Annie Liebowitz's pic of Bruce @R58 is close.
Was a huge fan of his until Born In the USA - commercialized crap. He lost a lot of die hard fans with that album but gained much more mainstream fans. At the same time, as much as he tries to do different things with his music it just all sounds the same. After 40 years the basic sound is the same, which is sad. I expected more from someone who was supposed to be "the future of rock and roll".
Why didn't they marry? What was the attraction there and why so secret?
Can't have it both ways, R87--if his stuff all sounds the same, how is the "commercialized crap" of Born in the USA different? The mass audience caught up with him, is what happened.
r87 here. He commercialized his sound which sent him mainstream.
No one puts on a show like The Boss. What does he do, 2 hrs plus. It's not like there are amazing new rock stars being born right now. You probably think Maroon 5 is rock.
Patty made sure the paps saw them on the balcony and photographed them. That was the end of his marriage to Julianne.
The 9/11 widows and the chick he had to go to court with are upper crust. He married a working class groupie.
Not sure why he didn't marry Joyce, R89. In her day, she was hotter than Julianne and certainly hotter in all aspects that Patti. What's funny is, in "Just One of The Guys", her character (coincidentally named "Terry") has a couple of Springsteen posters on her wall.
R10 / R12 keeps digging himself deeper into that hole...
I'm not the biggest fan of Bruce's music (although I do like a few of his songs) but I've always liked him for his liberal politics.
Back in 1984 when Reagan was running for re-election his campaign used "Born In the USA" until Bruce told them to stop. Bruce's comment as the time was something like "have they even listened to the lyrics?"
[quote]His sister Pamela was the nutcase serial killer "Angela" in the "Sleepaway Camp" movies.
Not to mention she was also a member of Tootie's bizarro Jermaine Jackson Fan Club!
He's such a created 'star' - the covers of both Newsweek and Time in the same week in 1975? What a bore - and like that stupid Katharine Hepburn, he would claim he didn't want publicity, but that's all he ever wanted. Three hours of his wailing is enough to make you want to find the nearest bridge and jump. I had a bf who loved him and I would find any and all excuses to be out of town, etc. if Springsteen was performing in our city. He's such a sell out, too. He jumped on the Michael Jackson/Prince bandwagon around the same time Rolling Stone magazine became the People magazine for music types and alleged rock stars.
P.S. I always like Julianne Phillips on Sisters.
He has a song out that drives me crazy. He means "cavalry" but he says "calvary." I'm embarrassed for him.
I've always felt a little Bruce Springsteen goes a very, very long way. I can't imagine sitting through one of his loud shrieking concerts with all the 50 year-old women swooning to "Rosalita"!
When he was young (20s, 30s), Bruce Springsteen's shows were very special. I like many of her more recent songs about the problem of the inequity of the wealth in this country. But the concerts are the same as when he started in the early 1970s...too long and over-the-top crowd.
It's sad that Springsteen is essentially doing the same things almost 40 years after he first became famous. Same with Bob Dylan, at least Springsteen has some voice left.
You are absolutely right, R72.
[quote]I like many of her more recent songs
I was never as into Springsteen in the '80s when so many of my classmates were, but respected their worship. I knew even then that "Born To Run" was probably going to be remembered as one of the greatest rock songs ever.
In 1988, as a grad student, I was lucky to see the Amnesty International/ Human Rights Now! tour in Montreal (after a four hour ride in an overcrowded car, with complicated border crossing) which was headlined by Springsteen and Peter Gabriel. Without sounding too "Mary!" about it, that was one of the great nights of my life. Tracy Chapman played a great set. I was a huge fan of historic Bob Dylan music, so when everybody came out to do Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" at the end of the show, it brought me to tears.
Thank you, Bruce.
r 102: The "Oh, dear" troll should insert a sound clip after Bruces' flub.
And despite all your bitching, WRECKING BALL is the number one album on iTunes, the UK, and a close number 2 to Adele in the US. So much for your arguments.
Bruce supports gay marriage and has been a tireless advocate for veterans. He works at a food bank near me and insists on no publicity. Ironic of course that the OP is a gay man who cannot appreciate someone's dedication to our community.
Then again, when all you are about is fluff like Adele and where you get you jeans...
I don't know what this 'sad old man' nonsense is the OP is talking about. Bruce looks absolutely awesome for 62 years old. Hell, I'm 34 and I'd let him fuck me.
[quote]I've always felt a little Bruce Springsteen goes a very, very long way. I can't imagine sitting through one of his loud shrieking concerts with all the 50 year-old women swooning to "Rosalita"!
No, you can't. It's not like that at all.
R111 Get in line!
29 year old
Thanks, R112. Each Springsteen concert that I have attended, and there have been many, has been better than the last;however, nothing beats the one in DC a few years back when he was joined onstage for the finale by Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin (SP?) and Jackson Browne for Devil With The Blue Dress on...they had been appearing the night before at Merriweather Post Pavilion, came to his concert, and helped him bring down the hows....
I just saw him this week in Albany (my first time). Fucking awesome show. My god, does this man testify. And the audience was just out of control. This immediately shot to the top of one of the best concerts I've ever seen (ive seen hundreds).
All of this nelly bleating is pathetic. The guy is a genius musician and on the right side of just about every issue out there. wtf?
The first Springsteen concert I attended was in 1979. I entered the stadium and wondered why everyone was boo-ing, but they weren't booing.
They were calling for Brooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooce...
I'm willing to bet the Bruce haters are massive Kim Kardashian fans.
Old people don't belong on a rock and roll stage. It looks pathetic.
But if not for the old folks who is going to play "Rock and Roll".
Actually, he remains fun live, despite his "age" which offends so many. He was never the rock guy who tried to chase away old people and now refuses to leave himself (I'm looking at you, Mick), but other than his 2002 album (that arose due to circumstances beyond everyone's control, he has seemed lost since Tom Joad.
We all like Woody Guthie, but Bruce pretending to be a poor dusty guy from Oklahoma is a bit odd.
I prefer his contemporary characters, when he feels the need to do characters...
I'm not the hugest Bruce fan, but I have friends who are, so I've joined them at three or four of his concerts. He's one of the best performers I've ever seen. The thing that amazes me at every show is that he comes on stage a 60-something year old guy, but he seems to actually get younger as the show goes on. By the end of the night he's the dude from "Born in the USA" running and leaping around the stage.
Shhh! He's a white male rock star, and that makes him beyond criticism. He doesn't need to actually "sing", yelling is just fine. At least he isn't some black female with a bunch of fags for fans.