Amid all the mourning and controversy surrounding Michael Jackson‘s untimely death, the Glastonbury festival rocked on, celebrating his life with a series of impromptu tributes. The annual music and mayhem four days — which featured headline acts from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Ting Tings and the Black Eyed Peas among hundreds of others — also attracted the usual celebrity suspects. Freebie-loving Peaches Geldof sported her latest look (stolen from Madonna around 1985) and Lily Allen still hasn’t taken off that peroxide wig (and it’s starting to look a little ragged now). Thank heavens for Lady Gaga and her reliably insane on-stage outfit and blistering set. In these sad times, who’d have thunk that the Haus of Gaga would provide us with a source of comfort? [Photos: , Getty Images Entertainment]
We’ve always envisioned Bruce Springsteen as the ideal husband, even if he did allegedly cheat on his first wife, actress Julianne Phillips, with his current wife, backup singer Patti Scialfa. The pair’s been married for 17 years, and have three kids together. But now the Boss is being accused of breaking up a marriage – and it’s not his own.
New Jersey resident Arthur Kelly has named the singer as the man his wife Ann’s been cheating with secretly, effectively ending their marriage. The divorce papers, filed on March 27, allege that Ann “committed adultery with one Bruce Springsteen, who resides in Rumson, N.J., and Colts Neck, N.J., at various times and places too numerous to mention.”
A source close to the drama surrounding Ann and Bruce says that, “there have been rumors going around the area for more than a year that they had gotten way too close after meeting at a local gym.”
Say it ain’t so, Bruce! We thought you were maybe a little better than that. [Photo: WireImage]
To state the obvious, Bruce Springsteen must work out. The 59-year-old and his equally aged E Street Band blew more than a couple minds last night with their dexterous Super Bowl Half Time show. Dude humped the mic stand, humped his guitar—he even slid across the stage and humped a camera!
Bruce is lucky he didn’t sing in falsetto for the rest of the set. Check out more shots from the show in the gallery.
When he said he was born to run, he meant it. Bruce Springsteen has been creating rock ‘n’ roll for four decades, and he doesn’t show any sign of stopping. In the last few years toured the globe with the reunited E Street Band, updated Pete Seeger‘s music with a bunch of roots musicians, and bounced around the country barnstorming for Obama. His new Working On a Dream comes out this week, and we’re showing a documentary about the making of the album this Saturday night at 11 pm ET. There’s nary a secret in his closet, but we wondered if you knew about these 20 tidbits about the Boss’s life.
1. In the third grade, a nun stuffed Springsteen into a garbage can she kept under her desk, claiming that’s where he “belonged.”
2. Bruce’s family home in Freehold, New Jersey was downwind from a Nestle’s factory. During rainstorms, the singer says he smelled chocolate “all day long.”
3. Higher education wasn’t primary in the singer’s life. He attended Jersey’s Ocean County Community College for just one semester in 1968.
6. Violinist Soozie Tyrell isn’t the first fiddler to share the stage with Springsteen. Suki Lahav, wife of engineer/studio-owner Louis Lahav, toured with the E Street Band in 1974 and ’75.
7. After a show in Memphis in 1976, Bruce went to Graceland at 3 a.m., jumped the wall, and ran to the front door, hoping to meet his idol, Elvis Presley. But security guards grabbed him before he could knock on the door. “Is Elvis home?” he asked. The King was in Lake Tahoe.
America’s in for a big change on Tuesday, when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President Of The United States. In honor of this momentous occasion, here are five songs about Obama, America and hope.
Will.I.Am – Yes We Can