Well, 2012 flew by faster than a souped-up Curly Wurly (which it turns out is a candy bar, but whatever). And what a year it was for Bruce Springsteen — a new album, a massive (and not yet over) world tour, a Philly run for his museum exhibit, and high-profile TV appearances from Jimmy Fallon to the Grammys to the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief.
While a good number of our most popular posts from the last year were of the setlist variety — MetLife, Fenway and Philly roundups were not surprisingly the most popular — we had plenty of others that fired up the click-o-meter in 2012. Here then are the top 10 non-setlist Blogness posts from the last year:
1) “Morello tweet spurs Springsteen new album rumors,” July 2. I have to say I feel a little guilty about this being our most popular post, considering that we basically pulled it out of our, er, hat. So far nothing’s come of it, of course, but we did already get one new album this year — how much do you people want from this poor man?
2) “Jessica Springsteen dances with Dad, breaks the Internet,” July 10. Interest in the Springsteen family continues, we’re hoping in an “aw, isn’t that cute” and not a “time for a restraining order” kind of way. Here we reported on the phenomenal reaction to Springsteen’s on-stage antics with his clearly tickled daughter.
3) “Grammy disappointment: Tribute to Clarence Clemons was scrapped, says report,” Feb. 13. Our visitors were not happy that a salute to Clarence was apparently sheared from the Grammy ceremony to make room for the Whitney Houston tribute. Commenters agreed that cutting Chris Brown would have been more appropriate, and who are we to argue?
4) “Three-Sentence Review: Bruce Springsteen, ‘Rocky Ground’,” Feb. 29. Interest in the then-upcoming release of Wrecking Ball was obviously at a fever pitch among Bruce fans, and interest ran especially high in this song, at least partially out of fear of the rap segment. Luckily it all worked out OK, and Springsteen did not transform overnight into Brooce Dogg.
5) “First Listen: ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’,” Jan. 19. The 25 comments on Anne’s trenchant analysis of the first Wrecking Ball single shows just how eager Bruce fans were to weigh in on some new music. Not everybody loved it, but we were all pretty excited to hear it. (And did he say “cavalry” or “Calvary”? Only his diction coach knows for sure.)
6) “QUICK HIT: Springsteen release & tour rumor roundup,” Jan. 6. For once we were pretty much on target with these, thanks to reliable source @GreasyLake. At least someone around here knows what’s going on.
7) “PHOTO GALLERY: Bruce Springsteen’s Jersey Birthday Bash,” Sept. 23. Friend of Blogness Eason Jordan got such great shots of Springsteen’s rain-delayed Jersey show — complete with cake, candles and his mom — that they definitely deserved their own post. And that Adele can sure stay up late!
8) “Springsteen North America tour dates announced (finally!),” Jan. 24. You know it, I know it, the American people know it: Weeks after the EU tour dates were released, we were jonesing to find out when Bruce would hit the road in the States. The best part: These were just the first of many more to come (and still going and going and going ….)
9) “PHOTO GALLERY: Rocco captures Springsteen in Boston,” March 28. If there was a better collection of photos from a single Springsteen show this year, I didn’t see them: Rocco Coviello’s set had some absolute stunners, including one (pictured above) that even made it into Peter Ames Carlin’s bestselling Springsteen bio, Bruce. (Visit Rocco at roccosphototavern.com, why don’t ya?)
10) “Hate won’t do it, Bruce bashers: Making the case for Springsteen,” April 3. I have to admit I’m happy to see this one in the top 10 — after seeing a string of particularly nasty (and often nonsensical) responses to Wrecking Ball and Springsteen in general, I felt a need to weigh in on why, for most of us, those negative arguments just don’t carry water. Here’s how I wrapped it up:
Maybe what it comes down to … is that for whatever reason, these critics are irrevocably put off by the way this man’s music actually helps people better understand the world, or carries them through some of life’s toughest moments. Or by how his concerts – those legendary three-hour celebrations of life and love and rising up from the depths – send them out into the night, exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.
They just can’t grasp it, so instead they pile on, and try to poke holes in his image, and make fun of his earring and the fact he’s from Jersey – and for that I feel sorry for them. I hope someday they find something that means to them what Bruce Springsteen’s music means to us.
But until then, guys … Leave us out of it.
And I have a feeling that Springsteen will continue to exhaust and exhilarate us in 2013, from Europe to Australia to right here on the Eastern seaboard. Make sure to continue checking in here as he does for all the latest news, reviews and (as Peter Ames Carlin described our oeuvre) “wise-assery.” And thanks for stopping by in 2012!