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Springsteen New Year Link Roundup, Grammy Tribute Concert Edition
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By Pete Chianca
Jan. 3, 2013 5:10 p.m.



Is anyone else a tad queasy about the just-announced Bruce Springsteen benefit tribute concert being mounted by MusiCares? I’m picturing Elton John hunched over on his piano stool skewering “Thunder Road,” and it’s not a pleasant image. For some reason I’m reminded of that time Elton sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Axy Rose, which still shows up in my nightmares from time to time.

But Neil Young and Mumford & Sons will probably do justice to Springsteen’s catalog (excuse me, “Mr. Springsteen’s catalog,” to quote the New York Times), and personally I’d love to hear Mavis Staples tear into “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” Not that I’ll necessarily get the chance; there’s no word of a broadcast, so we’ll have to count on the mucky-mucks who could afford tickets to shoot clips with their iPhones. Do mucky-mucks do that kind of thing? [UPDATE: Rolling Stone is now saying the concert will be broadcast on CBS, so set your DVR!]

Here’s the rundown, via the MusiCares release:



Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris,  Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen. The sold-out gala will take place Feb. 8, 2013, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Additional performers will be announced shortly.


Meanwhile, here are some other recent Springsteen-related developments and links to help you kick off 2013:

• How are you celebrating Clarence Clemons Day in N.J.? It’s officially Jan. 11, thanks to the Jersey legislature.

• A UK poll of 1,037 Springsteen fans rates his Top 100 all-time songs — and I happen to agree with No. 1.

• Friend of Blogness @dslifton marks the 31st anniversary of Springsteen’s “Nebraska.”

• Bruce Springsteen photobombs Usher in an NYC antique shop (right), because why wouldn’t he?

• Stevie Van Zandt and David Chase discuss the film “Not Fade Away” and its music on NPR — and in case you missed it, check out Anne’s review of the soundtrack here.

• From Ultimate Classic Rock,”Hand Fart Master Tackles Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run.’” Otherwise known as a slow news week.

• Finally, if you aren’t itching for Bruce to get back on tour yet, you will after watching this terrific concert clip compilation by @JerseyDeb. It’s feeling like an E Street 2013!

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