A Christmas present from Backstreets.com:The Darkness tour was a watershed moment for Springsteen in many ways, among them, granting his first real television interviews on the road. Notably, in New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, Bruce invited cameras backstage and spoke with local TV news journalists about his audience and his shows. These interviews wound up as feature segments on local news, which paired the backstage chat with live performance footage.
Our gift to you this year are these three feature interview segments just as they aired in 1978. The video offers the broadcast news appearances in best-ever quality (though still showing some ill effects of being 33-year-old footage as expected). The 16-minute compilation features:
- WABC New York with Joel Siegel (Madison Square Garden, August 21, 1978)
- WDVM Washington, DC “The 9 Muses” segment with Henry Tenenbaum (interview from Richfield, OH, August 30, 1978; footage from Largo, MD, August 15, 1978)
- KABC Los Angeles with JJ Jackson, Bruce’s first-ever televised interview (The Forum, July 7, 1978)
17 Things I Did in 2011
What an awesome year.
1. Ran two marathons — my two fastest to date. Set my PR at 3:15:52 and nearly broke it on a tough New York City course. Also ran a personal best half marathon (1:34).
2. Jumped into the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1.
3. Planked on a lot of things. Tebowed even more than that.
4. Five bar crawls.
5. Celebrated Halloween. Four times.
6. Attended seven Yankee games (including Opening Day & a Playoff game), a Knicks game, four Ranger games, a Met game, a Phillies game (woof), a Giants game and two Notre Dame football games.
7. Saw the Foo Fighters, the Roots, B.o.B., Naughty by Nature, Mike Posner and Penguin Prison.
8. Saw the Irish Tenors live at O’Neill’s (by accident).
9. Incorporated “bro” into nearly every facet of my vernacular.
10. Watched my THREE best college friends get engaged!
11. Attended the sickest Indian wedding. EVER.
12. Visited Chicago, Philly and Orlando.
13. Acquired 31 Brother Jimmy’s alligators without actually ever purchasing swamp water.
14. Watched my lil sis graduate high school!
15. Went to my first Bachelorette Party.
16. Sang karaoke on a Brooklyn rooftop.
17. Whatever unfolds tonight…
.@TheNYRangers had an ugly sweater party which featured @bdubi17 as Santa and skinny jeans one could only acquire in Brooklyn. #blueshirts #skinnyjeans
Will: remember how you said you dont think anyone will marry you?
Will: problem solved
An extremely deep & ridiculous assessment of Dashboard Confessional’s “Vindicated”
Actual comment on SongMeanings.net re: the song “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional:
yup. my ex should be singin this to me right about now, cause I had to break up with him over someum [sic] stupid (apparently he stopped liking me, but it was most likely cause we were on spring break, and we couldn’t see each other, or talk to each other much.
An extremely deep & ridiculous assessment of Coldplay’s ‘Swallowed in the Sea’
This is an actual comment left on SongMeanings.net by the user ‘killah.’
it’s rare that song lyrics stand out to me, but this song immediately grabbed my attention. This “person A” was feeling lost and confused, for whatever reason, and is singing about “person B”, who saved them from heading down a dangerous path. I think there is something keeping them from being together - whether it be distance, etc. This had caused Person B to give up hope of ever being happy and just wanted to settle for less (“swallowed in the sea” of fish), but Person A had completely selfless feelings for them and knew that they deserved better. . I’m not sure if I believe in the idea of soulmates, but I think this song pretty accurately describes it. Two people who are meant to be together in the end, no matter what. Fate only takes you so far, the rest is up to you.
I’m dealing with something like this right now, it’s tough and it hurts - but I have faith. complete faith. it seems ridiculously naive but I can’t change the way I feel. I refuse to settle for less. I kind of feel like a tool for writing this, I just felt like letting it out.