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Entertainment Outtakes: Springsteen on 1st guitar, touring and Twitter

17:40  26 october  2020
17:40  26 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen — who released his 20th album “Letter to You” last week — discusses trending on Twitter, his first guitar, his first concert and the pain of the pandemic in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here.

FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs during the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2017.  Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs during the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2017. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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HOUSE OF BLUES

Bruce Springsteen had plans to tour his new album next year, but he knows that may not happen because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“At 70 you realize there are X amount of shows left. There are X amount of years where you are going to be at your peak and vital which is where I feel like I’m at now," the 71-year-old star, known for playing four-hour concerts, said. “My band is at its very best. I can go out and perform at my very best. New generations of fans can come and say that they saw us when we were at our peak and to have to give up a year, and hopefully not more, but to give up time on that right now is painful."

FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 15, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 15, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

He's hoping his “Letter to You" album can hold fans over in the meantime — especially during the wild year of 2020.

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“I would hope that it works as a balm for my fans as far as contextualizing and perhaps bringing a little light into what was pretty dark times. I’d be glad if the album provided a service like that," he said.

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BABY BRUCE

Bruce Springsteen's new album includes three songs the singer wrote in his early twenties.

FILE - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform in Barcelona, Spain, on May 14, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform in Barcelona, Spain, on May 14, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

The tracks “Janey Needs a Shooter,”“If I Was the Priest” and “Song for Orphans" are all six minutes long and were never recorded for an album. Springsteen said he didn't change any of the lyrics when recording them in November for his new album.

FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, and Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band perform during their concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Oct. 29, 2007. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, and Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band perform during their concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Oct. 29, 2007. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

“(It was) a lot of fun because I don’t write like that anymore. It was great to go back to that wild writing style that I had at 22 and be able to put life into those lyrics and those songs again and relive that a little bit with my current group. They were a lot of fun to record," he said.

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FIRST THINGS FIRST

Earning 50 cents an hour, Bruce Springsteen worked for a summer painting houses and tarring roofs to save enough money to buy his very first guitar.

“I saved up $18 and I went to the Western Auto store in Freehold. There was a junky guitar in the window and I said, ‘Give me that one.' It was the cheapest one they had. I brought it home. That was my first guitar."

This cover image released by Columbia Records shows © Provided by Associated Press This cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Letter To You" by Bruce Springsteen. The album will be released on Oct. 23. (Columbia Records via AP)

His second guitar cost him three times as much: “An electric guitar that cost me $60 with a little amp and it was a Kent guitar that I still have."

Springsteen also recalled his very first concert — which featured him playing guitar onstage.

“My first concert was at the Elks club in Freehold, New Jersey, on a Sunday afternoon. It costs 35 cents to get in. Your audience was a group of local teenagers. There were about five or six bands who played about a five- or six-song set, one after another. That was the first time I strapped on my guitar in front of a crowd."

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 Bruce Springsteen recorded In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Bruce Springsteen talked about the surprisingly uncomplicated recordings for his new album and his favorite songs by Bob Dylan. © Provided by www.rollingstone.de Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen in Studio In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Bruce Springsteen talked about the surprisingly uncomplicated recordings for his new album and his favorite songs by Bob Dylan.

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GUITAR HERO

Bruce Springsteen wrote the songs for his new album using a guitar a fan gifted to him after a performance of “Springsteen on Broadway," which earned the Grammy and Oscar winner a special Tony Award.

Springsteen says he hasn't been in touch with the fan since.

“I have no idea who he is. I believe he’s from Italy. I had no contact information or anything. He just handed me the guitar, said he made it for me, wanted me to have it. I jumped in the car with it.”

This image released by Apple shows key art for the documentary “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You, © Provided by Associated Press This image released by Apple shows key art for the documentary “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You," premiering on Oct. 23, the same day the album "Letter To You" releases. (Apple via AP)

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TRENDING TOPIC

Bruce Springsteen is an emoji.

When posting #Springsteen on Twitter, a popular pose of The Boss about to strum his guitar appears. The rocker began to trend on the social media platform once his fans caught wind of it.

“I did see it," he says, laughing. “I know nothing about Twitter. Somebody sent a message to me saying, ‘Hey man, you’re trending on Twitter.’ I have no idea what that even means, because of this little emoji. I said, ‘Well gee, that’s great.’”

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FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs during the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2017. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs during the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2017. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

SPRINGSTEEN SONG SELECTIONS

Bruce Springsteen: the return of the American friend

 Bruce Springsteen: the return of the American friend © Supplied by Le Point It really is the epitome of the good type. The kind who talks, who has loved the same woman for thirty-two years, who works tirelessly but does not neglect her family, who treats his colleagues well and campaigns for just causes. All his life, he avoided excesses as much as questionable political opinions. At 71, he is slim, muscular, with regularly implanted capillary action, barely graying above the ears.

FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs with sax player Clarence Clemons in Los Angeles Sept 28, 1985. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen performs with sax player Clarence Clemons in Los Angeles Sept 28, 1985. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon, File)

Need some new music recommendations? Just listen to Bruce.

“I like Kendrick Lamar. I like H.E.R., who made that song ‘I Can’t Breathe' over the summer. I like Jay-Z. There’s a group called Larkin Poe who are sort of a bluesy, rock band. There’s a guy called Mondo Cozmo who has a single out called ‘Black Cadillac’ that I like. There’s groups from the 80’s. I’ve been listening to The Screaming Blue Messiahs — kind of a punk, blues group from London in the early 80’s. They had three records out but didn’t do that well. They were an excellent band. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Of course, I listen to my old soul music and Motown and all of the rock music that I grew up with."

FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, performs with E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons during their show in Boston on Oct. 4, 2002. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, performs with E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons during their show in Boston on Oct. 4, 2002. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

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BORN TO ... DIRECT?

Co-directing “Western Stars" — released last year — “kind of happened by accident," Bruce Springsteen admits.

“I just worked with Thom Zimny, the real director. At the end of the day, he felt like I did enough to get some director’s credit. It was his generousness that gave me that title," Springsteen said of the film companion to his album of the same name.

The best songs of all time: Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The U.S.A."

 The best songs of all time: Bruce Springsteen - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band only needed two takes in the studio for their biggest hit. © Provided by www.rollingstone.de Cover of the single "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band only needed two takes in the studio for their biggest hit. Actually, "U.S.A." was a guitar-and-singing protest song that Springsteen had planned for his acoustic album "Nebraska".

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Nils Lofgren, left, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band during their concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Nils Lofgren, left, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band during their concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

“I enjoy making the films. I do enjoy taking part in the making of the film and scoring them and creating with Thom the whole overall picture of the film. I’d like to continue to do that if the ideas keep coming.”

FILE - Bruce Springsteen, center, Stevie Van Zandt, left, and Patti Scialfa perform with the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 27, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen, center, Stevie Van Zandt, left, and Patti Scialfa perform with the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 27, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (Photo by Robert Altman /Invision/AP, File) FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, performs with Nils Lofgren of The E Street Band in Cleveland on Feb. 23, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Bruce Springsteen, right, performs with Nils Lofgren of The E Street Band in Cleveland on Feb. 23, 2016. Springsteen's latest album, "Letter To You" will be released on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Springsteen is first to have top 5 albums in each of last six decades .
The Boss first charted with the E Street Band in 1975 with Born To Run that made it to number 3 and has had top-selling albums, often several, in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. © Provided by Daily Mail Bruce Springsteen has made history as the first recording artist to have top 5 albums in the Billboard 200 in each of the last six decades. He's pictured on stage in LA in 1985 Letter To You was the top-selling album in its first week of release on the Billboard Album Sales, Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts.

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