×

New Jersey Stage menu
New Jersey Stage home
New Jersey Stage search button

Search website


 

NEWS | FEATURES | PREVIEWS | EVENTS

#2 Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

By Gary Wien


originally published: 01/26/2012
Hailing from Freehold, Bruce Springsteen is without doubt one of the most popular musicians to ever come from New Jersey.  Among his many great albums are three masterpieces that all originated from being immersed in extremely difficult situations.  When he was caught in the middle of a legal matter following the release of Born To Run, he returned with the brilliantly stark Darkness  On The Edge Of Town; troubles within his first marriage led to the amazing and brutally honest Tunnel Of Love; and when our world was turned upside down on

September 11, 2001, he responded with The Rising, a remarkable album that, in my opinion, is Springsteen’s last great recording.

It’s difficult for an artist to take an introspective look at a national tragedy, but even more difficult to craft wonderful hit songs from it.  On The Rising, Springsteen manages to do both.  Reuniting with the E Street Band for their first true studio release in nearly 20 years, The Rising contains several songs that would compete for places on Springsteen’s all-time greatest hits collection. 

This was the album that America sorely needed.  We were looking for someone to have the courage to dig within the tragedy and help us understand what was nearly impossible to comprehend.  Springsteen helped us remember the valour of the firefighters, the pain of families torn apart when one never returned home from work that day, the fear that lingered in the air, and the sense of community brought on by the tragedy. 

If anyone ever debates Springsteen’s place among great American artists, I’ll just point to this album and say, “He was there when we needed him... just as all great artists are.”

Highlights include “Lonesome Day,” “Into The Fire,” “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day,” “Countin’ On A Miracle,” “Mary’s Place,” “You’re Missing,” “My City Of Ruins,” and the brilliant title track.

Photo by Danny Clinch


From the book Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists by Gary Wien


Gary Wien has been covering the arts since 2001 and has had work published with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist and the author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. In addition, he runs New Jersey Stage and the online radio station The Penguin Rocks. He can be contacted at gary@newjerseystage.com.



 
Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info





Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info










EVENT CALENDAR

ART | COMEDY | DANCE | MUSIC | THEATRE | COMMUNITY

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

Click here for full description

GPAA Freshman & Sophomore Vocal Showcase

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music

Click here for full description

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

Click here for full description

George Street Playhouse presents "A Walk on the Moon"

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre

Click here for full description

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON AND PUDDLES PITY PARTY: MISERY LOVES COMPANY TOUR

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: music

Click here for full description

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

Click here for full description

An Evening with Philippe Cousteau

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: community

Click here for full description



For more event listings, click here



 




 

more in music




 

 

New Jersey Stage © 2022 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our RSS feed



Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows