Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Honor ‘Ambassador’ Kerry Layton at Stone Pony Memorial (Photos)

By Michele Amabile | June 21, 2019

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa paid their respects at a memorial to the late Kerry Layton, an ambassador of the Asbury Park music scene, Thursday night (June 20) at The Stone Pony. Layton, 70, was known as the Ambassador of Asbury Park, and a friendly face often holding court in the back bar of the Asbury Park venue.  A lifelong…

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Jon Bon Jovi Surprises Pizza Shop in Dublin

By Michele Amabile | June 19, 2019

Jon Bon Jovi gave fans at a Dublin pizza parlor a big thrill when he took them up on an invite for free pizza. Bon Jovi–who had just wrapped up a show at Dublin’s R.D.S. Arena on a tour stop–was invited by a store owner at Base Wood Fired Pizza for a free meal at its Ballsbridge location. Jon gave…

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Bruce Springsteen Drops New Video for ‘Western Stars’ in Celebration of Album Release (Video)

By Michele Amabile | June 14, 2019

Bruce Springsteen is celebrating the release of his new album, Western Stars, with a treat for fans: a freshly released video of the title track. Directed by Grammy and Emmy  Award winning Thom Zimny, the video opens with gorgeous images of Springsteen alone in a hotel, car and at the bar as he sings the opening lines, ” I wake…

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The Smithereens, Southside Johnny, Martha Stewart and Tim McLoone Announces as NJ Hall of Fame Inductees

By Michele Amabile | June 10, 2019

Southside Johnny and The Smithereens are set to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame at the 11th annual ceremony to be held  at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park Oct. 27. Oher inductees including author and television personality Martha Stewart, “Game of Thrones” novelist George R.R. Martin, former Giants linebacker Harry Carson, “Seinfeld” co-star Jason Alexander and…

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Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross and More to Salute The Beatles at The Basie

By Michele Amabile | June 10, 2019

The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles classic album, The White Album, continues to be celebrated deep into the fall of 2019 with an epic tribute show coming to The Count Basie Center for the Arts October 17. The “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today” tour-which launches Sept. 21 at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City–features Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Micky…

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Bruce Springsteen Releasing MetLife Stadium Birthday Show on CD (Video)

By Michele Amabile | June 8, 2019

Bruce Springsteen will release the Sept. 22, 2012 show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford as part of his series of live release CDs. The show—which was began the night before his 63rd birthday–was delayed by rain, prompting Springsteen to celebrate his big day with over 50,000 of his closest friends. “I think I just invited 55,000 people to my…

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Bruce Springsteen Drops Video for New Song, “Tuscon Train” (Video)

By Michele Amabile | May 30, 2019

Bruce Springsteen has dropped a video for the third single from his forthcoming album, Western Stars, due June 14. The track, “Tuscon Train,” features a lonely violin, and tells the tale of a man waiting for a lover to return. The song is follows “Hello Sunshine,” and “There Goes My Miracle,” following a theme Springsteen describes as little stories about…

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals ‘Western Stars’ Documentary and E Street News in Rome

By Michele Amabile | May 26, 2019

Bruce Springsteen is spending the holiday weekend in Rome, Italy and he took the time to speak to the Italian newspaper Repubblica to share a little news about his forthcoming album as well as future touring plans. When asked about the soon-to-be released, Western Stars, Springsteen revealed that there is more in store for fans. “We also filmed a documentary…

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‘For Music’s Sake’ Author Carrie Potter Talks New Film, ‘Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock and Roll’ (Listen to Interview)

By Michele Amabile | May 20, 2019

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock and Roll,”  a new documentary exploring the roots of the New Jersey sound, is hitting theaters worldwide  on May 22 and May 29, featuring rare photos, archival footage, and interviews with rock luminaries Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Southside Johnny. The film also features photos and content courtesy of Carrie Potter-Devening, the granddaughter of Upstage…

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Watch the Count Basie Center’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music String Section Honor’Game of Thrones’ Finale (Video)

By Michele Amabile | May 19, 2019

With the Game of Thrones series finale about to unfold, the strings students at the Count Basie Center’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music gathered last weekend to pay a final farewell to Westeros for an enthralling  student and instructor performance of the theme song from HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.” The classically-inspired piece–composed by Ramin Djawadi–was performed by Monmouth Conservatory of Music faculty…

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