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Rick Shea
Marketing effectiveness consultant, photographer and part-time Springsteenologist.
Interests: music, travel, wine, golf, cooking, photography, playing piano, oh yeah, and ummm, that springsteen guy.
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After five years, more than 260 Friday Bruce Fixes and more than 600 videos, today is the end of Your Friday Bruce Fix. It has been a lot of fun and I hope you've enjoyed it, too. I hope you'll understand and I hope you'll find a way to get your Bruce Fix when you need it. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
With Christmas just around the corner, choosing this week's songs was pretty easy. Bruce Springsteen has recorded quite a few Christmas songs and I thought I'd try to gather a bunch of them right here in one big Christmas edition of Your Friday Bruce Fix. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
In each of the last two week's Friday Bruce Fixes, I featured songs that were making their debut after five years of fixes. Still, not quite ready to give up, I've unearthed a few more fine tunes from Bruce Springsteen that I've yet to play here on Your Friday Bruce Fix. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
This week, I'll continue with a theme from last week by featuring five Bruce Springsteen songs that I've managed to ignore for these past five years. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
This week's Friday Bruce Fix resulted from a browse through the archives that uncovered three great songs that I had inexplicably not yet featured, not even once, in nearly five years of fixes. I apologize profusely for such an embarrassing oversight, which I can only explain as being the result of the embarrassment of riches that is the Bruce Springsteen songbook. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
One of my favourite things to do is sift through Bruce Springsteen's garbage can to dig out some of the great songs he threw away. To be fair, he didn't really throw them away, he just didn't feel they fit the concept of the album he was creating. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
'Candy's Boy' is an early, work-in-progress version of what would eventually become 'Candy's Room', one of the 10 songs that made the final cut, out of the 70 or so songs that Bruce Springsteen recorded for 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'. As always, it's interesting to see how the song evolved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
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More than a week has passed since Sandy came ashore and I find myself still thinking of Asbury Park, The Stone Pony, and the Jersey Shore. So, today's Friday Bruce Fix will feature a few videos that draw on the sights and sounds of the scene that we know from the songs of Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
The focus of this week's Friday Bruce Fix must seem an obvious choice, perhaps even too obvious, but I felt it would have been wrong to go in any other direction this week. Many people have lost and suffered so much this week, and the end of that suffering must seem a very long way off. Our hearts go out to you. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
With Halloween lurking around the corner, this week's Friday Bruce Fix features a couple of Bruce Springsteen's nods to the scariest of all holidays, that is unless your holiday family gatherings with your mother-in-law are even more frightening. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
This week I thought I'd feature a couple of my favourite solo piano arrangements of two early Bruce Springsteen songs, one from each of his first two albums. Both live performances come from 1975, as the world was starting to take notice of the skinny kid from New Jersey. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
I remember studying, or at least trying to convince myself I was studying, in my dorm room at McGill University in the fall of 1978. While I was "studying", I was listening to an FM radio rebroadcast of Bruce Springsteen's famous 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' tour stop that summer in Cleveland at the Agora Ballroom. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
After featuring Bruce Springsteen's debut recordings with his first band, The Castiles, in last week's Friday Bruce Fix, I thought I'd continue this week with more from The Castiles. Today's recordings come from a gig a year or so after their one and only recording session, and feature covers of Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze' and The Yardbirds' 'Jeff's Boogie'. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
In recent weeks, an earlier post of Your Friday Bruce Fix received a couple of comments from Lisa Manniello, the daughter of Vinny Manniello who played drums for Bruce Springsteen's first band, The Castiles. It was great to hear from Lisa and her comments inspired me to dig into the archives and feature the first two songs Bruce ever recorded while with The Castiles. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
With Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in the middle of a three-night stand at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, speculation is building about night three on Saturday night. Sunday, September 23rd is Bruce's 63rd birthday, and the speculation is around whether Bruce will push the proceedings past midnight to reach his birthday, and whether doing so will break the four-hour barrier and perhaps break his record by going past the 4:05 mark. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
For today's Friday Bruce Fix I thought I'd drift back 32 years to the tour in support of 'The River'. I loved that tour and I'd be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to plug the idea of a special box set treatment with the usual outtakes, full concert video and making of documentary. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
After taking last week off, I thought I'd pick up where I left off on the subject of sign requests for Bruce Springsteen's August 24th Toronto performance . No, Bruce did not play any of my requests from my last Friday Bruce Fix, but I have to admit he did deliver three pretty stellar tunes in response to requests. All three songs were written in 1972-73 and were recorded for Bruce's second album. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
It's Friday, and tonight's the night for a big-time Friday Bruce Fix in Toronto! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band roll into town today with their Wrecking Ball to tear down Toronto's Rogers Centre. It's a pretty big stadium with lots of concrete and steel, so it may take them a while, maybe 3 1/2 hours or so, but I'm sure they'll get the job done! Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
Well, just one week or seven sleeps to go before Bruce Springsteen hits town, but who's counting. To continue Your Friday Bruce Fix's welcoming of Bruce to Toronto, I thought I'd dig back through the archives to find some great performances from his previous Toronto appearances. I expect we'll hear more fine performances next week! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
With Bruce Springsteen coming to Toronto in a mere two weeks, I thought I'd give him a bit of a Toronto welcome, and will probably do so in different ways over the next two Fridays. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
Well, he did it. He finally did it. After years of having a reputation for doing four hour long shows without ever having done so, 62 year old Bruce Springsteen finally cracked the four hour barrier, at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
I just finished reading David Remnick's profile of Bruce Springsteen in The New Yorker, dated July 30, 2012. It's quite a long piece but I highly recommend taking the time to read it. Whether you're a long-time fan or have discovered Bruce more recently, there's something in there for everyone. In fact, I have a suggestion. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
n Saturday, July 14th, Bruce Springsteen wrapped up his performance at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park by having Sir Paul McCartney join him on stage for the finale of his concert. Together they tore through 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist and Shout'. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
Warning: This Friday Bruce Fix contains more than the usual number of Springsteens. Proceed with caution. The inspiration for my Friday Bruce Fix most weeks comes to me from a single source, a news item I saw, a video clip I stumbled upon or as was the case last week, a suggestion from a friend. This week, my inspiration comes from two friends who independently of each other and for quite different reasons each pointed me to 'Dancing In The Dark'. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix
This week's Friday Bruce Fix was inspired by my friend Sunny who alerted me to Bruce Springsteen's fine solo piano performance of his 'Independence Day', filmed earlier this week on the 4th of July during his 'Wrecking Ball' tour's stop in Paris, France. For all the joyous rock and roll that Bruce and his band are delivering on this tour, I think the most gripping and memorable moments come during ballads like this, perhaps accentuated by the contrast to the rock and roll. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Your Friday Bruce Fix