The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 11, 2001 · Page 29
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 29

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
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MAtednesday, April 11,2001 PR. SRT. STD. U.S. Postage Rate Sallna, KS Permit No. 147 Reborn intlieU.S.A. Springsteen is back with a live CD and an HBO special mmm '0 By LARRY McSHANE The Associated Press NEW YORK — It was last June when Bruce Springsteen walked into a rehearsal with his reunited E Street Band. Guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt was sitting with the newspapers. Springsteen was front-page news. "American Skin," a new Springsteen song inspired by the police shooting of Amadou Diallo, had inspired insults from New York police officials and a caU for cops to boycott the Boss' Madison Square Garden concerts. "The commentary seemed ... well, it wasn't particularly thought out, •' Springsteen reflects now. "I was surprised at the pushbutton demagoguery which immediately pops up. You become the ride for a few days. "I wasn't expecting it," he continues. "For me, it was a continuation of my work for the last 20-25 years. I think race is the central issue facing this country in the new century, and I wanted to write about it." Springsteen performed the song each night of the 10-night Garden stand — most often to loud cheers from his loyal audience. He also met backstage with Diallo's parents — "very, very gracious people," he says. "Very lovely." Diallo died in a hail of 41 police bullets, a number that provides the song's haunting introduction. The performance is one of the centerpieces of the New Jersey rocker's latest projects, the double CD "Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band: Live in New York City" and an accompanying HBO special. The cable show, the first-ever Springsteen/E Street concert to hit telfevision, was a bit of a happy accident. Springsteen says he had long Intended to videotape his live performances, but never got around to it. Finally, for the last two shows at the Garden, the tape started rolling. "It was done almost as kind of an afterthought, you know?" Springsteen says. The resulting, footage allowed him to finally witness what millions of fans worldwide had seen over,the past iJS years — the E Street Band in full roar, flrom Max Weinberg's pounding drums to GlarenceClemons' wailing sax. "When you're in the.-band, you don't see the bandy'' Springsteen explains. "Getting a,'chance to see it, iike,>watching ;iMax or seeing how the band was working as a unit 25 years down the road — that's the thing that excited me the most. "The band was playing at its best. To sit back and watch it, it ' was fUn." The live album's fun runs the gamut of Springsteen's acclaimed career, including' "Lost in the Flood" from his 1973 debut album; "Youngstown" from his last studio album; and new material like "American Skin" and "Land of Hope and Dreauns." It's Springsteen's first live album with the E Streeters since 1986. The decision to air it on HBO, where bandmate Van Zandt portrays mobster Silvio Dante on "The< Sopranos," was in part in^- spired by the network's commercial-free programminig. Springsteen has never included The Associated Press Bruce Springsteen said one of the best thlnas about his new HBO special, which cap. tured him and The E Street Band live, was that It allowed him to see what his fans have seen for the past 28 years - Springsteen and his band In concert. corporate sponsors on his tours and has turned down lucrative offers to use his songs in commercials. "It was never for me," he says of mingling music and commerce. ?!For me, it?s not the w^ also the relationship I'had with my audience — it's;very direct. That just diiih't seem to be part of it." • ; Springsteen had ,more good news, for his audience: The tour markfed a new beginning in his collaboration with the band. They have already enjoyed "a good weekend" in the studio working on new material, he says. "I'm looking forward to more of that," he says. "It's an ongoing, creative unit." / : ; Unlike Springsteen's previous forays into the studio, he's hoping this one doesn't take as long. His last studio album was 1995's ^ "Ghost of Tom Joad"; his previous records, "Human Touch" and 'JLucky Town/' weressimultaner ously released three years earlier. "I would like to get more music but — I know, I say that every time,'' Springsteen says with a laughs "It's not going to be our usual amount of time to make a record we don't have the time to waste anymore." It's the only age reference made by^the 51-year-old Springsteen, who showed few signs of aging on the reunion tour. "That was our concern when, we began the tour, to come out arid do justice and service to what we!d done previously — and then some. And then some," he says, repeating himself for emphasis. He. mentioned some projects that are about "half-finished, sitting around" as likely candidates for such a release. As for unreleased material from the Garden shows, Springsteen says it could tm-n up in a future DVD release. He cited an absolutely stunning version of "Blood Brothers," the band-as- brothers song that closed out the final Garden show. The cat's meow Ashley Judd goes batty LOS ANGELES — Ashley Judd has snagged a purr-fect new role as Batman's nemesis in the new movie "Catwoman." The Caped Crusader will play a supporting role to the "felonious feline" in the new Warner Bros, filih, Variety reported. Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns." "Catwoman" is the third film in the comic-book franchise in development at Warner Bros. JUDD Board, not bored Jordan a director CARLSBAD, Calif. — Michael Jordan will be lending more than his name and autograph to the sports trading card and memorabilia industry The Upper Deck Co. announced that the former Chicago Bulls star is joining the company as a member of its board of directors. Upper Deck, which produces and markets trading cards and memorabilia, also gave Jordan an undisclosed stake in the company, based in Carlsbad. Reticently rich Money doesn't matter NEW YORK — Nelly Furtado can't get used to all the fancy trappings that her newfound fame has brought her. "It is weird. I felt really guilty about it," the 22- year-old Canadian singer said. HTBTADO Furtado, whose debut album, "Whoa, Nelly," has been certified gold, grew up in a working-class family in Victoria. Her parents were Portuguese immigrants; her mother, a hotel worker, and her father, a mason. "I associate myself so much with working- class people that I feel weird staying at fancy hotels, and I still don't feel comfortable buying nice things," she said. Furtado said she recently bought her par-- ents a VCR, but they were upset because they felt she had wasted her money of being like all the oitikr singles? your FREE ad in ^antly mth ar^a singles, essful singles... nal. 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