New MOJO Magazine Issue #346

8 August 2022

New MOJO magazine Issue #346 (September 2022) out now.

COVER STORY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN‘s 50 greatest songs. Entrapment and escape, love and betrayal, murder and mayhem, cars and girls: all human life encapsulated by a force of nature and his Swiss Army band. Plus: Springsteen AloneNebraska at 40 by David Fricke.

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: It’s 40 years since Too-Rye-Ay, the Celtic soul-pop milestone that was a double-edged sword for mainman Kevin Rowland. But have the wounds finally healed?

ELVIS PRESLEY: As Panto Presley hits the screens, the King comes to life in the jaw-dropping photographs of Alfred Wertheimer. MOJO gets first dibs from a new book.

DANNY THOMPSON: Punch-ups with John Martyn. Pub sessions with Nick Drake. On the bus with Roy Orbison. Sixty-odd years of low-end high jinks with the British bass master.

BURNING SPEAR: Last standing of the roots originals, reggae’s wise one grants a rare audience. “I don’t deal with colourism, nationality, or religion,” he reminds David Katz.

JOAN JETT: The Runaways derailed at their peak, but their ever-stubborn guitarist has forged on – to the delight of Riot Grrrls, Nirvana and The Goddess Of Rock.

DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT: The über-producer with feet in the Black Keys and Kiwanuka camps gets down with the Roots’ revered rapper. Voilà! Hip hop like mutha used to make.

PROCOL HARUM: How Guy Stevens, J.S. Bach and a drug dealer’s cat paved the way for A Whiter Shade Of Pale. And how angst over attributions drove them apart.

REVIEWED: Cass McCombs / Blondie / Elvis Costello / Little Feat / Jamie T / Ben Harper / Julia Jacklin / Lou Reed / Muse / Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera / George Scott / Loudon Wainwright III / Hot Chip / Rich Ruth / Osees / She & Him / Chris Forsyth / Porcupine Tree / Josh Rouse / Earl McGrath’s horde / and much more!

PLUS Iggy Pop Unseen! / Dr John’s last album / Tom Paxton reveals himself / Amanda Shires and Thee Sacred Souls are Rising / Augie Meyers’s mighty organ / Wattstax / The Pistols and Grundy / Farewell Julee Cruise / Galaxie 500 / How To Buy Steve Albini / And All Back To… Bret’s from Flight Of The Conchords!

You can purchase a copy and let it sendt to your home. Info HERE.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Singing To An Empty Sky 20 Years Ago

20 years ago last weekend BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN released his 12th LP,
named THE RISING following the deadly terrorist attacks in the US on
9 September 2001, whereby the Twin Towers of The World Center in NYC
were entirely destroyed.

The legend goes that a few days after 9/11, Springsteen had driven to
the beach in Asbury Park where a man rolled down his car window and
screamed, “we need you now.”

The immense drama had proven galvanizing for The Boss. While The Rising still featured several songs that pre-dated 9/11, almost all of them were completely recontextualized.

One of the most gripping songs on the longplayer is EMPTY SKY.

I woke up this morning
I could barely breathe
Just an empty impression
In the bed there you used to be
I want a kiss from your lips
I want an eye for an eye
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Blood on the streets
Blood flowin’ down
I hear the blood of my blood
Cryin’ from the ground

Album version

Acoustic live version
Goosebumps

BRUCE SPINGTSEEN: Facebook

Big Star Concerts Are For The Big Rich – TICKETMASTER Charges Astronomic Ticket Prices For SPRINGSTEEN (And Many Others)

26 July 2022

A couple of weeks ago, Bruce Springsteen revealed
tour dates for a new 2023 North America stadium tour.

When fans searched for tickets – that went on sale last week – on the Ticketmaster website they ascertain varied income prices, but some of the “platinum” tickets cost as much as $5,000 .

Ticketmaster calls this a dynamic pricing model.

Dynamic pricing is Ticketmaster’s way of squeezing out scalpers and sites like StubHub and SeatGeek. The idea is that Ticketmaster can charge a ton for tickets when they first go on sale, and if the tickets are still available a while later, the prices might drop. This basically means that Ticketmaster is scalping its own tickets. Greedy bastards.

Variety reported that Ticketmaster defended its strategy with a statement that revealed statistics about costs and percentages for the dates that went on sale last week.

Downplaying the number of controversial “platinum” tickets with variable prices that reached as high as $5,000 apiece on the first day of on-sales, Ticketmaster says those represent only 11.2% of the overall tickets sold. By the ticketing service’s calculations, that left the other 88.2% of tickets sold at fixed prices that ranged from $59.50 to $399 before added service fees. Ticketmaster further says that the average price of all tickets sold so far is $262, with 56% being sold for under $200 face value.

Although the service does not dispute reports of tickets being priced through the platinum program for high as $4-5K, Ticketmaster is claiming that only 1.3% of total tickets so far have gone for more than $1,000.

Full Variety report here.

When the not-rich among us want to see big names play live these days, they need to rob a bank first. Over the years big rock concerts have become a privilege for the rich. It starts of course with the money-greedy artists.

It’s not only Springsteen. Check the ticket prices for Bob Dylan, Rafe Against The Machine, Kiss, Green Day, Nick Cave and so many more billionaire stars who became capitalist sharks over the years and just don’t care who can see them perform or not, as long as they pay.

The irony of it all is that many of those stars still claim to be for real and stand against all injustices in the world, except for the injustice of the fact that so many fans can’t afford a decadent concert ticket to see their idols play live. Fakers!

BORN TO BE RICH!

Born In The USA – Touring In Europe In 2023

There goes The Boss

04-28 Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olímpic
05-05 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
05-07 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
05-13 Paris, France – La Défense Arena
05-18 Ferrara, Italy – Parco Urbano G. Bassani
05-21 Rome, Italy – Circo Massimo
05-25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff ArenA
06-11 Landgraaf, Netherlands – Megaland
06-13 Zurich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund
06-21 Düsseldorf, Germany – Merkur Spiel Arena
06-24 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi
06-26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi
06-30 Oslo, Norway – Voldsløkka
07-11 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken
07-13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken
07-15 Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion
07-18 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion
07-23 Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion
07-25 Monza, Italy – Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza

BRUCE SPRINGTSEEN: Website

Night Lullaby… THE BOSS With A Melancholic Pearl

Time to go to bed

19 April 2022

The Boss is an expert in writing lullabies for the midnight hours,
for heart and soul. Like this melancholic pearl called One Minute
You’re Here
from his latest album Letter To You (2020).

Big black train comin’ down the track
Blow your whistle long and long
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone

I lay my penny down on the rails
As the summer wind sings its last song
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone

Baby baby baby
I’m so alone
Baby baby baby
I’m coming home

Goodnight, folks…

THE BOSS: Facebook – Letter To You

JOHN MELLENCAMP And BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The First Duet Of The Two Giant American Rockers

New sonic strokes

30 September 2021

The two legendary giant rockers JOHN MELLENCAMP and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
shared the same stage a couple of times, as mutual guests or for a benefit, but
never recorded together.

But lately, they have been spotted a few times, hanging out together. And yesterday
we heard what the duo was actually doing. They dropped a characteristically Americana ballad called WASTED DAYS, written by Mellencamp, sing by himself and The Boss who
also plays acoustic guitar.

A melancholic beauty…

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Facebook
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Facebook

TOM MORELLO & EDDIE VEDDER & THE BOSS Take The ‘HIGHWAY TO HELL’

4 August 2021

Rage Against The Machine guitarist TOM MORELLO just announced
his new album, titled THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE, out on
15 October via Mom + Pop Music.

Morello invited some guests such as Bring Me the Horizon,
phem, Damian Marley, Sama’ Abdulhadi and Mike Posner
.

Also big shots Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man
Eddie Vedder join the party. With Morello, they cover AC/DC‘s
classic 1979 blockbuster HIGHWAY TO HELL.

Morello: “One of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of all time sung
by two of the greatest rock ’n’ roll singers of all time. And then I
drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”

I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me

The original (smoking live version)…

TOM MORELLO: Facebook

New Morello album THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE out 15th October 2021

(image: press pic via Tom Morello)

A Moody Beauty – WAXAHATCHEE Covers BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

31 March 2021

One of the most praised albums of 2020 was WAXAHATCHEE‘s
– born Katie Crutchfield – fifth longplayer SAINT CLOUD.

A deluxe edition of Saint Cloud is out now, including three covers. Lucinda Williams’
Fruits Of My Labor, Dolly Parton’s Light Of A Clear Blue Morning, and my favorite
(although I still like the original more), Bruce Springsteen’s Streets Of Philadelphia.
A song The Boss wrote for the 1993 movie Philadelphia. A moody beauty.

Listen here…

The Bruce original

WAXAHATCHEE: Facebook