Monday, October 26, 2009

The Boss cancels Sprint Center gig

I was all prepared to file a report tomorrow on tonight's scheduled performance--the second within the year at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO--by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Unfortunately, Springsteen had a death in the "immediate family," as stated in the press release from the band and AEG, and cancelled tonight's performance. Sadly, those who journeyed into Kansas City for the performance as well as local ticketholders will have to wait, and hope, for a return visit by The Boss.

In the meantime, here's a little bit of Springsteen trivia to fill the gap of no post-concert report.

The manager for Springsteen is Jon Landau. What makes the relationship unique is that Landau started in the music business as a rock critic, writing for Rolling Stone. Among Landau's more famous writing was the one accusing then Cream guitarist Eric Clapton of being "a master of blues cliches." Landau's criticism of Clapton, who notoriously did not deal well with such feedback, was cited as leading to the demise of Cream.

In 1974, Landau, writing for a different publication, said, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau's line was credited by some for being the impetus behind Springsteen's sudden rise in popularity. Landau was then hired by Springsteen and received co-producer credit on The Boss' studio records from Born to Run (1975) to Human Touch and Lucky Town (1991.)

Springsteen is not the only major artist managed by Landau. In an interesting twist, his other highly visible star is country and crossover star Shania Twain--Landau was instrumental in guiding Twain's rise to fame in the late 1990's.

Landau's involvement in rock-and-roll now extends beyond artist management--he is the head of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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