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SANDY HOOK: SPRINGSTEEN BUSTED FOR DWI

Bruce Springsteen outside the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njCould Bruce Springsteen be in need of a presidential pardon soon?

The rock star was arrested for DWI and other charges at Sandy Hook in November, federal officials confirmed Wednesday.

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RUMSON: SPRINGSTEEN SELLING MANSION

springsteen rumson carriage house 051116.The carriage house at the Ridge Road entrance to Bruce Springsteen’s Rumson estate. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Rock star Bruce Springsteen is selling his little-used mansion on the hill in Rumson, redbankgreen has learned.

A notice of contract filed with the Monmouth County Clerk identifies the prospective buyers as Peter and Meghann Marturano, who other records show own a home just two doors away.

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RUMSON: SPRINGSTEEN TOSSING KEYS TO FOYE

SPRINGSTEEN signsBruce Springsteen signs autographs outside the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank in 2009. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE: Monmouth County records show the deed to the property described in this article was transferred on March 2, when Foye paid the Springsteen trust $1.737 million.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Bruce Springsteen is selling one of two neighboring homes in Rumson, and the buyer is a pro basketball player with New Jersey roots, redbankgreen has learned.

According to a contract filed with the Monmouth County Clerk, Springsteen has agreed to sell a Bellevue Avenue property he owns through a trust to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Randy Foye.

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS II FOR BRUCE BUFFS

The trailer for THE PROMISE. Below, the E Street Shuffle, which pays sonic homage to Springsteen as Jack’s Music hosts a midnight release event for the new Springsteen box based on the classic LP DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

By TOM CHESEK

estreetshuffleThey came to Red Bank from every cul-de-sac and corner of suburbia, word of mouth spreading like wildfire (this in an era way before the whole Twitter thing) as they negotiated the dark and unfamiliar streets of what was then called New Jersey’s Hippest Town. Sleepy-eyed grownups in jammies and hastily-grabbed jackets filling the aisles of Jack’s Music Shoppe and straining for a look at the man in the Seattle Mariners cap.

The year was 2001, the event a midnight release of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City — and the special surprise guest was none other than the Boss himself, marking his official reunion with the E team at the record store which, more than any other, served as a career-spanning touchstone for the local boy made god.

Pictures from that memorable midnight, once commonly found online, have apparently disappeared from general circulation — eaten away, perhaps, by litigious bacteria. But on Monday night, the edge of downtown will sport a little less darkness, as Jack Anderson’s duplex diskerie hosts a special late-nite release event in honor of The Promise, the all-new/ all-old expansion of the 1978 Springsteen landmark Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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SPRINGSTEEN NAMED IN DIVORCE CASE

SpringsteensBruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa outside the Count Basie Theatre last May.

Almost three years after Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa went shopping at the Antique Center of Red Bank to help dispel rumors of a split, a West Long Branch man claims in divorce papers that his wife committed adultery with Springsteen "at various times and places too numerous to mention," according to a report in Star Magazine.

Star cites divorce papers filed March 27 in Monmouth County Superior Court by Arthur Kelly against his wife, Ann.

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COMING SOON: BRUCE FOR EGGHEADS II

SpringsteencapHow about a paper explaining that thing on His head?

Download that dictionary app into your iPods, Brucies. The second installment of "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium" is coming to Monmouth University in September.

If it's anything like the first one, held at the college in 2006, expect 300 or more academics and swooning fans, often in the same person, from around the world reading papers on topics such as "Three Chords Against Oppression: A Critical Inquiry into the Didactics of Springsteen." 

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SLEDGER GRABS A RED BANK BRUCEKIE


Ledger Live, the Star-Ledger’s charmingly slapdash video newscast, was in Red Bank last night to see if there was any hint of Springsteen fever on the debut of the rocker’s new album, ‘Working on a Dream.’

Show host Brian Donohue popped in at Jack’s Music Shoppe at midnight, and found a good-sized line of customers picking up the record.

But Springsteen, the Rumsonite-slash-Colts-Necker who has crashed these record launch events at Jack’s before, was a no-show.

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BRUCE, BOJO & MORE ROCK THE BASIE

Bruce Springsteen returned to the Count Basie Theatre last night for an unbilled appearance at the venue he helped refurbish last year.

That presumably multiplied the local-boy-makes-superstardom megawattage already on the stage in the t-shirted form of Jon Bon Jovi, the top name on the storied Red Bank stage for Hope Concert IV.

The holiday season fundraiser — which also featured Southside Johnny Lyon, Bobby Bandiera, Nicole Atkins and Gary U.S. Bonds — raised more than $250,000 for Red Bank’s Parker Family Health Center, the free clinic that BoJo has long championed. Concertgoers also brought more than 10,000 pounds of food donations for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, according to the Asbury Park Press.

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SPRINGSTEENS HORSING AROUND IN FLA.

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They’ve long had dual residences just a dozen miles apart, in Rumson and Colts Neck. Now, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have added the keys to a place in Florida to their key rings.

Since June, Monmouth County’s most famous couple has spent $7.7 million on side-by-side properties in a gated community about 15 miles inland from West Palm Beach, Florida, according to a report in the Daily Business Review.

Through a trust, the couple bought the properties for $3.1 million and $4.6 million. The latter sum, dropped in late September, got them a furnished, five-bedroom house on three-quarters of an acre, according to the report.

The properties are in the Equestrian Club Estates development, home to the annual Winter Equestrian Festival.

According to the report:

The purchase will benefit Springsteen’s 15-year-old daughter, Jessica, who is an equestrian. Springsteen normally visits the area with his wife, musician Patti Scialfa, to see his daughter compete in the festival. But he usually rents a house.

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REPORT: NO BRUCE IN OBAMA’S JUICE

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Bruce Springsteen’s people are denying the Rumsonian rock star will alight on Denver’s Invesco Field before or after Sen. Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech Thursday night.

The Rocky Mountain News, which cited “multiple sources” in reporting yesterday on Springsteen’s purported plan to play the convention ender with fellow Shorebird Bon Jovi, has followed up that report with a denial from the Springsteen corner.

“He will not attend the acceptance speech in any capacity,” the Rocky says Springsteen’s camp told it.

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BRUCE AT BASIE: ALBUM-ORIENTED ROCKING

Img_6727Springsteen signs autographs before last night’s show.

Bruce Springsteen gave fans something to gush about last night, according to the accounts we’ve seen so far.

His show with the full E Street Band at the Count Basie Theatre included complete, start-to-finish renderings of two LPs from the mid-1970s: ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town‘ and (after an intermission) ‘Born to Run.’

Never before in concert had the band played even one album straight through, according to the fanzine Backstreets. In one of several rapturous reviews published this morning, Backstreets invoked a six-night run at the Red Bank venue in 1976 (then known as the Monmouth Arts Center):

An E Street Band theater show — finding them packed tighter than ever on a small stage like this, with Nils, Patti, and Soozie all added to the line-up since the theater days — would have been exceptional enough, but the four Perfect Album Sides of the setlist put this one over the top.

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BRUCEBLAB: THE WORD ON E STREET

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Gone are the days when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would do two shows a night at what was then known as the Carlton Theatre and the Monmouth Arts Center.

But word that the whole E Street Band would be joining Springsteen at what had been planned as a solo show at the renamed Count Basie Theatre on May 7 has stirred up some online chatter among fans.

Many of them see the change in plans as a sign that Springsteen & Co. plan a home-county tribute to the late keyboardist/accordionist Danny Federici, who died last month.

Here’s a sampling of the online chatter, first from a Springsteen thread on Google groups:

The only tix available now are thru Amex Gold Card events. I called
just out of curiousity. 5 grand for Row N center (pair) or 500,000
points. 7 grand for Loge Row C and up to 30 grand for a pair in the
front.

It’s going to be interesting to see what the crowd is like considering
what the tix cost. With the exception of the small allotment of $500
tickets in the balcony, everyone in the audience will have paid $1000
a ticket and in most cases much more.

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SPRINGSTEEN ON OBAMA: HE’S THE ONE

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Throwing another log on the should-entertainers-endorse fire today is Rumsonite/Colts Necker Bruce Springsteen, who’s getting behind Sen. Barrack Obama‘s presidential bid.

In a statement posted today on his website, Springsteen says Obama “speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years” and is the best candidate to lead “a great American reclamation project” necessary in the wake of the “terrible damage” of the past eight years.

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BRUCETIX: THE BASIE RESPONDS

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In response to questions posted by a redbankrgreen reader earlier this week, management at Count Basie Theatre Foundation, which is organizing Bruce Springsteen’s solo acoustic show May 7, sent us the following this morning.

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About 1,000 seats are being auctioned off by the Red Bank venue at a minimum $1,000 each. The process started last night and continues until noon, April 2.

What seat locations are being set aside for Count Basie sponsors?
Tickets for sponsors are located in the center orchestra through row R and in the first rows of the loge.

What prices are Count Basie sponsors paying for tickets?
The prices for the sponsorship tickets range from $5,000 to $15,000 per seat.

What seat locations are being set aside for Count Basie staffers?
There are no seats set aside for Count Basie Theatre staff.

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SPRINGSTEEN TO PLAY BASIE BENEFIT MAY 7

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Bruce Springsteen has scheduled a May 7 concert at the Count Basie Theatre as a fundraiser for the historic Red Bank venue and some of its programs.

The Monmouth Street theatre announced the rare headline appearance by the rocker this morning. While he’s a not-uncommon walk-on at events featuring other musicians, Springsteen has rarely booked the theater for his own shows, preferring large arenas and stadia.

He and his E Street Band last week resumed a world tour that began last year in support of their latest album, ‘Magic.’

Springsteen’s wife, recording artist Patti Scialfa, is on the Basie Foundation’s board of directors and serves as honorary chair of the capital campaign. Though she trouped along for the tour’s first leg, she wasn’t with the band when it hit the road again last week.

“We have three teenagers at home, so we live in constant fear of the house burning down,” he told an audience in Hartford, Conn. “It must be watched.”

Presumably, the couple will be able to either bring their kids to the Basie show or get somebody else to keep an eye on them and their home, which is in either Rumson or Colts Neck, depending on which source you use. They own estates in both towns.

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BUCKED BY SPRINGSTEENS, HORSEMAN SUES

A Florida man is suing Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, for backing out of a purported agreement to buy a horse for $850,000, according to a story in today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Springsteen and Scialfa, who have homes in Rumson and Colts Neck, haven’t commented on the suit. But the plaintiff in the suit, Olympic equestrian Todd Minikus, says they agreed in July to pay him $650,000, along with a horse they owned named Scarlett, to acquire Pavarotti, one of Minikus’ “top horses.” The horse was to be for the couple’s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, a competitor in equestrian events.

But after putting down a $25,000 deposit, the musical couple neighed at the deal, Minikus claims.

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BRUCE & BAND: REUNION IN RUMSON?

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[THIS IS AN UPDATE OF AN EARLIER POST]

Part-time Rumsonite Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band may be reuniting for a tour in support of a new album, titled ‘Magic,’ to be released in Oct. 2, the Associated Press is reporting, via the Asbury Park Press.

According to Star-Ledger blogger Stan Goldstein, the rumored show dates include Oct. 10 & 11 at the Meadowlands and Oct. 14 & 15 at Madison Square Garden.

“Springsteen fans are starving for the official word,” Goldstiein reported.

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SPRINGSTEEN PROMOTER MAGOVERN DIES

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The Asbury Park Press is reporting the death Monday of Frank ‘Terry’ Magovern of Rumson, an early friend, fan and supporter of Bruce Springsteen and other Asbury Park musicians.

From the story:

In the 1960s and ’70s, Magovern managed bars and booked bands in nearby beach towns, including D’Jai’s in Belmar, the Riptide in Point Pleasant Beach and the Captain’s Garter (later the Headliner) in Neptune. In the early ’80s, Magovern managed Big Man’s West in Red Bank, a club owned by E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

Magovern worked with Springsteen in myriad capacities, on tours and in the studio, but was most often described as a personal assistant to Springsteen. On the liner notes to Springsteen’s 1995 album, “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Magovern is credited for “research.”

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BRUCE: ‘THE BEST 18 YEARS OF MY LIFE’

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Well, Judy Barnaby and the folks at the Antique Center of Red Bank are looking like pretty good judges of character right now, contrary to the cynical intepretations by some regarding events at the store last Friday.

Judy and her colleagues were visited by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa that afternoon, something that’s happened innumerable times over the past two decades. Store employees and antiques dealers chatted with the couple, got a hug or two, and sat ‘enthralled’ with the few customers present while Bruce and Patti put on a scruffy little performance with some old string instruments they found in the stalls.

The dealers even talked with Patti and Bruce about a blind item that appeared the day before in the New York Post, which reported the couple was about to split up because of an alleged affair between Springsteen and an unnamed Sept. 11 widow. The story was ‘ridiculous,’ Scialfa and Springsteen both said.

Afterward, and with evident reluctance, Barnaby and her colleagues broke their usual omerta about their celebrity customers to tell redbankgreen, in an exclusive, that the couple looked as happy as they ever have, no matter what the Post said.

Now, either Scialfa and Springsteen are playing a masterful game of PR manipulation—and doing an impressive acting job—or Judy Barnaby & Co. have pretty good radar.

In a message posted today over his signature at his website, Springsteen writes:

I hesitate to use this website for anything personal believing it should remain a place where fans of my music can come free of the distractions that occasionally arise with the rest of my job.
However, due to the unfounded and ugly rumors that have appeared in the papers over the last few days, I felt they shouldn’t pass without comment. Patti and I have been together for 18 years- the best 18 years of my life. We have built a beautiful family we love and want to protect and our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married.

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BRUCE & PATTI: MEDIA SIEGE BEGINS

You’ve got to feel for the folks at the Antique Center of Red Bank.

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Up until now, the story that Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa were as lovey-dovey as they’ve ever been when they shopped and gave an impromptu concert Friday afternoon has been a redbankgreen exclusive. (See the two items immediately below this one, please.)

Frankly, we’d love for it to stay that way for two reasons. One is to assure a lot of hits to our infant site. The other is to spare store employees from pestering about two of their favorite customers.

But now, the national media appears about to descend, either in person or by telephone, on the West Front Street establishment. We hear that one publication is at the center at this very moment. And it seems logical to assume that others will follow.

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