January 16, 1973 ~ Bruce performs at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. His concert had not been advertised due to a strike by Villanova’s school newspaper The Villanovan.
October 27, 1975 ~
I had just graduated from high school, trying to figure out what the hell do with my life when, on October 27, 1975, this guy appeared on both covers of the leading weekly print news outlets. I decided I needed to find out what this was all about. Couple years later, I was working in rock n’ roll radio.
Legendary singer and songwriter says he isn’t surprised the president is trash-talking him …
It’s no great newsflash that The Boss is a master raconteur, but if you need further proof, just watch the way Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd and Sienna Miller hang on his every word during a particularly Elvis-themed story.
October 2, 1975.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are scheduled for the Uptown Theatre in Milwaukee but a bomb scare delays the deed. The Boss retires to The Pfister bar to wait out the bomb sniffers. He settles in, performs a couple songs for the crowd and upon getting the “all clear” for the Uptown, proclaims “I’m a little loose” and catches a ride to the theatre atop a record promoter’s car. The set at the Uptown is epic. And, if you’ve caught Springsteen in Milwaukee since, you’ve probably heard him ask, “Are we loose?” … a hat-tip to that night when he was too loose to fake.
The Boss releases “Nebraska” on September 30, 1082. It’s #224 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Bruce Springsteen is not just rock ‘n’ rolling anymore.