Joe Grushecky Bruce Springsteen Wonder Bar

It was a sultry summer day at the Jesey shore — like so many others. People flocked to Asbury Park to help escape the heat and humidity of their homes.  The beaches and boardwalk were packed — like way back in the days of old! There were those who had also come to see Joe Grushecky And The Houserockers with special guest Eddie Manion on saxophone at the Wonder Bar. Though Grushecky and crew hail from Pittsburgh, PA, they have become sanctified by Asbury Park fans and…Continue Reading “Joe Grushecky & Bruce Springsteen @ Wonder Bar – Asbury Park NJ – 7.18.2015”

Kickin It Old School 02

Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend the magnitude of time. Put simply—time’s a fatherfucker! And he’s sure having his way with me! Boom! I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I started back to college—the second time aound—Spring session of 1978 at the CW Post campus of Long Island University, at the tender age ot twenty-one. Twenty one??!! WTF!!!??? How can that be? I’m hearing the voice of Vin Scelsa, warm, low, and bassy, pumping musical goodness into my brain. Making me…Continue Reading “Kickin’ It Old School”

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! Just got 3 copies of the new book— “Rock & Roll Tour Of The Jersey Shore Volume 4” by Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle. I didn’t buy these shiny new copies. Stan Goldstein a fellow Jersey Shore resident and co-creator of the book series, dropped them off personally. Why? Because I have several color photos of the Clash and Billy Idol in “Rock & Roll Tour Of The Jersey Shore Volume 4”! As the cover copy proclaims:…Continue Reading “Rock & Roll Tour Of The Jersey Shore Volume 4”

Springsteen

Update: I added a link at the bottom of the page to download the entire show as mp3 audio. And the faithful gathered that night, on the mount of the about to be christened mega-church—The Prudential Center. This was a night of firsts. Bruce Springsteen never played the Prudential Center before. But it was a mighty arena. And christened it was. It was my first time in the city of Newark, and I lived my first thirty-eight years in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. I…Continue Reading “Bruce Springsteen @ Prudential Center Newark NJ 5.2.2012”

Good-bye Big Man

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Rest in peace Clarence. Rest in peace Big Man. Last week we all found out that Clarence Clemons had a stroke in his home in Florida. It took us all by surprise. We all thought he was invincible. Indestructible. Super-human. He’s the BIG MAN! Then comes that moment of terrified realization. Our heroes are only flesh and blood. They are susceptible. They are fallible. In a word. Human….Continue Reading “Good-night, sweet prince … RIP Clarence Clemons”

Springsteen @ Kean

Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin’ hands ‘long came Wild Billy with his friend G-man all duded up for Saturday night Well Billy slammed on his coaster brakes and said anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake It’s about a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight I got a bottle of rose so let’s try it We’ll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I’ll take you all out to where the gypsy angels…Continue Reading “Bruce Springsteen @ Kean University 1974”

The Clash @ The Paladium

In 1980 I was attending school at  CW Post Center of Long Island University. I was also sharing an apartment in Oyster Bay Long Island with 3 women: Cande Roth, Ellyn Solis, and Dorothy (Orant) Morrison. The night I moved into this insane asylum I ended three years of being a non-smoker. I purchased that pack of Newports … and torched up the first smoke, and didn’t quit again until the early 90’s. In my years at Post I was a communications major and later…Continue Reading “The Clash @ The Palladium NYC 1980”

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band NYC

I’ve been a busy man these past few days. I’ve been scanning a lot of slides. As you can see in my previous few posts. It’s funny, I almost forgot I had these photos. When I dug out my slide pages from my closet, there they were. It seems there’s been a lot going on in my head since I saw Springsteen at Key Arena last week. Like I mentioned in my previous posts about my friend Gary Crosslin aka Junior Smoots. In trying to…Continue Reading “Bruce Springsteen @ The Palladium 1978”

I remember being there. I was high up almost touching the sky. Nothing could bring me down short of a bullet to the brain or some other grand misstep. I’d never been this high. Not to see a show at least. Not to see HIM. It was like an out of body experience. I’m here and I’m somewhere else …     It was a beautiful sunny post-summer Sunday. September 22, 1974 to be exact. Having just finished my senior year at Linden High School,…Continue Reading “Ghosts In The Eyes …”