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“In a world turned cyanide cynical, belief grows more precious, more powerfully colorful. Good ethics purify aesthetic perception.” That’s author and North Carolina native Allan Gurganus, writing in the April 9 edition of the New York Times. Gurganus’ editorial laments the fact that “Jesse Helms is dead, but his spirit of bigotry isn’t” within the author’s beloved state…

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“In a world turned cyanide cynical, belief grows more precious, more powerfully colorful. Good ethics purify aesthetic perception.” That’s author and North Carolina native Allan Gurganus, writing in the April 9 edition of the New York Times. Gurganus’ editorial laments the fact that “Jesse Helms is dead, but his spirit of bigotry isn’t” within the author’s beloved state…

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After an intense performance, there's nothing like a little R&R. For Bruce Springsteen, whose sold-out show Thursday night in the First Niagara Center is still ringing in music lovers' ears, it came in the form of a visit to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. One patron snapped the Boss admiring a particularly appropriate painting by Matisse, the 1939 masterpiece "La Musi…

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Before Bruce Springsteen released “The River” in 1980, he and his E Street Band were part of the underground, cult artists on the cusp of the big time. After “The River,” which formed the core of the stellar set Springsteen & E Street performed before a full house Thursday in First Niagara Center, all bets were off. Springsteen went from being the guy loved only by ra…

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It's Bruce Day. Springsteen and the E Street Band will bring The River Tour to the stage at First Niagara Center this evening. If you already have tickets to the 7:30 show, you know the drill: Get there early because security guards will be stationed at the entrance to check coats and bags. If you're starting to regret not having tickets to the officially-sold-out show,…

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play before thousands of fans tonight in First Niagara Center, continuing a string of shows in Buffalo that dates back almost 40 years. Buffalo got one of its first glimpses of The Boss on May 23, 1978, in Shea's Buffalo, as he toured in support of his album "Darkness on the Edge of Town." One of the people in the audience that…

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Nov. 19, 1999. We’re seven songs into Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s “Reunion Tour” performance in what was then Marine Midland Arena. The band had arrived loaded for bear, and burned through a quick succession of intense 1960s-soaked garage rock tunes like “The Ties That Bind,” “Adam Raised a Cain” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” Then the lights went do…

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In 1984, I was freshly dumped by my first “serious” girlfriend, and bummed out in the way only 16-year-old bleeding hearts can be bummed out. I turned to Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” for solace – in particular, the epic, heart-rending “The Price You Pay,” a song that somehow made suffering (even of the juvenile variety) seem like a noble endeavor. I’m now 48. Last week…

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You never forget your first time. Some spend the rest of their lives trying to recapture the magic. For a group of Bruce Springsteen fanatics from Buffalo, that means catching a single stop on any given Springsteen tour is not enough. Not even close. “As long as he’s out there doing it and my wife doesn’t kill me for being away living out a stupid rock fantasy that start…

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The line was long and snakelike in the First Niagara Center on Friday morning, and Twitter fans seemed a bit nervous, but Bruce Springsteen fans in Western New York expressed little frustration in acquiring tickets for The Boss's Feb. 25, 2016, show. [Update, 12:20 p.m.: LiveNation has announced that Springsteen's Buffalo show is sold out] Here's a photo of the line at t…

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The Boss is coming back to Buffalo. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will do their part to continue the stream of upper-echelon rock and pop shows we’ve been getting at First Niagara Center over the past year when they arrive at that venue on Feb. 25. Tickets ranging in price from $58.50 to $138.50 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. They can be purchased throug…

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On Dec. 4, Bruce Springsteen fans will finally be offered the opportunity to hear the wealth of material that was recorded and considered for inclusion on Springsteen & the E Street Band’s epic double album “The River.” “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection” will offer 52 tracks spread across four CDs, many of them seeing release for the first time. The box set also wi…

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We are not strangers to major rock gigs in Buffalo. But for a long time, it seemed that our glory days as a destination for stadium-filling bands and artists had gone the way of the 8-Track tape, the cassette and  finally, the CD. Huge shows that filled what was then known as Rich Stadium were commonplace in the '70s and '80s, but by the mid-'90s, had moved into the rea…

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As someone who has moved through the orbits of progressive music, jazz, jam bands, sweaty hard rock, and alternative/indie rock over the decades, I’ve routinely encountered folks who found my love for Bruce Springsteen and his music absolutely anathema. The jazz and prog-rock tribe finds it to be too simple; rockers don’t think he’s heavy enough; alternative-leaning types…