As 2012 comes to a close, we’re revisiting the year’s biggest stories through the lens of some of our station’s biggest artists.
Status: “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.” That’s what Bruce Springsteen said at Clarence Clemons‘ funeral in 2011 (read his entire eulogy here). And he meant it: although Springsteen’s latest album, Wrecking Ball (released in March) was a solo album, he took the E Street Band on the road, selling out arenas and stadiums as if it were 1984. And while the group no longer had Clarence, they did have a Clemons: the “Big Man’s” nephew, Jake Clemons played sax in E Street’s new horn section, which went over well with audiences, even in New Jersey. The band’s shows were epic, hitting the four-hour markfor the first time.
New Albums Released: One, Wrecking Ball: The album hit number one on Billboard‘s album charts (“For one consecutive week!” as Springsteen announced to audiences during the tour) and was named as the best album of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of the album was already familiar to fans: “Land Of Hope And Dreams” (which he performed at a telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, and later the 12.12.12. concert) has been in his setlists since 1999, the title track made its debut on his last tour in 2009, and bonus track “American Land” has been a staple of his shows since his tour for 2006’s We Shall Overcome. “We Take Care Of Our Own” is already an anthem.
Jack Of All Trades: Besides touring with the E Street Band, he made time to do some solo acoustic gigs campaigning for President Obama, another solo gig for Stand Up For Heroes (supporting wounded veterans), brought down the house with a speech about his consigliere Steven Van Zandt at a tribute to the guitarist, was the keynote speaker for the South By Southwest festival, and even jammed with The Rolling Stones.
Man At The Top: It doesn’t look like things will slow down in 2013. Wrecking Ball has three GRAMMY nominations, and Springsteen is being honored as the Grammy MusiCares Person Of The Year for 2013. And his tour will go on in 2013 as well.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local