It’s a tried but true statement that there are certain artists who create solid gold from everything they touch. It is undeniable that this is the case with country legend Willie Nelson, as we’ve seen from his six-decade-plus career and, most recently, his unexpected take on Coldplay’s “The Scientist” for a Chipotle ad.
It was early 1986 when Pegi Young told her husband Neil Young that they would need to build a school to suit the special needs of their son, Ben. She then suggested that in order to pay for it, that Neil call his friend Bruce Springsteen and put together a concert to fund it. 25 years later, the Bridge School Benefit concert has become an annual tradition where superstars from all genres of music come to share the gift of music to support this amazing school. The Bridge shows are all acoustic and offer a unique setting where artists can experiment with their material and get the chance to sit in and play with friends and heroes alike.
As film buffs will surely know, this past weekend was the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. A lot of highbrow movie stuff happened, none of which has anything to do with us. What does interest us, though, is this cover Eddie Vedder, Régine Chassagne, and Owen Pallett did of Bruce Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” up there. The performance occurred at a $1250-a-ticket fundraiser for Haiti relief organization Artists for Peace and Justice.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
Some time ago, a rugged, righteous man made his presence known to the world. He had a great respect for certain past traditions, but also some funny ideas about how to move forward. And let’s not forget his wicked beard. He’s influenced western culture more than anyone would’ve first imagined, and people now worship him as an icon and maybe even a savior. His name is revered far and wide: Eddie Vedder.
Yes, the celebrated grunge/alt. rock trailblazer and Pearl Jam founder, born Edward Louis Severson III, turns 46 today, and we thought we’d celebrate with some pretty great covers that span his entire body of work.
Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
Bruce Springsteen released Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, three years after the commercially and critically successful juggernaut that was Born to Run. Although Darkness didn’t reach the commercial heights of its predecessor (due largely to the lack of any huge singles), many critics and fans took to the album, which cemented Bruce’s artistic path of writing songs about the common man. If Born to Run focused on the magic of youth, Darkness found Bruce growing up and not always liking what he found.
Decades later, Darkness has solidified itself as a core album in the Springsteen canon. Yesterday it got the deluxe treatment with a grand re-release including a remastered version of the album, a reproduction of Bruce’s recording notes, two live concert DVDs, two discs of unreleased music from the Darkness sessions, and, last night, Bruce Springsteen covering Will Smith’s daughter with Jimmy Fallon. What better time for Cover Me to pay homage to this rock masterpiece?
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Envy anyone who was in Torino, Italy the night of September 19, 2006. Given how thrilling today’s song is to watch, it must have been ten times more exciting live. On Pearl Jam’s Italian tour with My Morning Jacket, Eddie Vedder came out to close the opener’s set with a cover of the Who’s “A Quick One, While He’s Away.” It’s nine of the most hard-rocking minutes on the Internet.
In the Who’s early years, a song that reached the three-minute mark was damn near epic. So saying “A Quick One, While He’s Away” stands out compared the rest of those first songs is like saying Keith Moon was a pretty good drummer compared to Ringo Starr. “A Quick One” runs for over nine minutes. The second-longest song on the same album (“So Sad About Us”) wraps up around 3:04.