Live: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Fenway Park, 8/15/12

August 22nd, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Fenway Park, 8/15/12

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

The signal that the show was beginning was some pink lights flashing on and off a couple of times and the start-up of the large video screens stage left and right and behind the stage. On came images of a police motorcade leading some large black SUVs through the streets outside Fenway Park. From seats you could see the lead SUV pulling into the stadium to the right back of the stage. Exiting from the SUVs were E Street Band members and Bruce Springsteen. The video coverage followed them walking up the ramp to the stage as a recording of “Take Me Out The Ballgame” played, enticing the 40,000-plus fans to sing the vocals.

It was surely a great entrance and a signal of the great, great moments to come. After some hellos, Bruce introduced the first song as one “we used to do like this back in the 1970s,” as Bruce sang “Thunder Road” with only accompaniment by E-Streeter Roy Bittan on piano. It was a rare, powerful, goose-bumpy start to what would be three and a half hours of great moments, emotion and music.

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From Nippertown to Beantown: The Boston Music Awards

November 15th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

It’s just a short ride on the Mass Pike…

The 24th annual Boston Music Awards will held this weekend at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, so it should come as no surprise that once again a couple of former Nippertown musicians have garnered nominations in some of the most prestigious categories.

John Powhida – formerly of Albany band the Staziaks – has earned another nom as Male Vocalist of the Year for his work at the microphone with his band the John Powhida International Airport.

And the Roy Sludge Trio – featuring former Capital Region bassist Jim Haggerty – has picked up a nomination in the Album of the Year category for their recent release, “Too Drunk to Truck.”

Sludge and Haggerty will also be performing at the awards ceremony on Sunday evening. And sitting in for the night for the trio’s regular guitarist Duke Levine will be none other than Troy’s own red-hot guitarslinger (and Haggerty’s former Rocky Velvet bandmate) Graham Tichy.

Good luck, guys!

And The Universe Coils In On Itself A Little More Tightly

December 2nd, 2009, 3:53 pm by Sara

It’s a wierd, Beantown kinda day here in Nippertown. We’ve got a CD review for the cruisin-for-a-lawsuit Boston Celtics. We’ve got a Neighborhoods preview.

And we’ve got a mention of Chuck Miller’s blog post about the history of Albany’s Nipper. Different guy, but Chuck Miller is also the name of the Neighborhoods longtime live sound mixing wizard. Coincidence? Oh, I don’t think so.

Parade of Shoes: Dave Minehan

August 31st, 2009, 1:44 pm by Sara
Dave Minehan's 2-tone creepers (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Dave Minehan's 2-tone creepers (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

7/21/59: It was 50 years ago today…

July 21st, 2009, 10:00 am by Greg

In the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox, Pumpsie Green was called into the game as a pinch runner for the Boston Red Sox, thus becoming the first African American to play for the Red Sox.


The Boston team was the last Major League Baseball franchise to integrate – 12 years after Jackie Robinson first broke the color barrier.

Read Pumpsie Green’s first-person account here.

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