If you're going to go to the trouble of covering someone else's hit song, you should bring something new to the table. It helps, however, if it's also something worthwhile.
At a legendary concert at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Penn., on Feb. 5, 1975, Bruce Springsteen covered Chuck Berry's 'Back in the U.S.A.,' emphasizing the original rock poet's line about being "where them hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day." Nearly 40 years later, Springsteen went into greater detail about the classic American food with a fan.
There have been a host of strong rock documentaries making their way into theaters recently. This past summer has seen the release of '20 Feet From Stardom,' about professional backup singers, and 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,' about the cult power-pop band of the early-'70s. And now we can add 'Springsteen & I' to the list.
In addition to barbecues, vacations and oppressive humidity, July always brings with it a spell of best-of-the-year-so-far lists. The newest one of interest to classic rock fans reveals that Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have taken win, place and show in the list of the Top Grossing Concert Acts for the first half of 2013.
After two acclaimed but commercially under-appreciated albums, Bruce Springsteen finally got the mainstream success he wanted with 1975's 'Born to Run.' However, he learned about the darker side of his dreams when it came time to record the follow-up, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' which was released on June 2, 1978.