CBS Slates Springsteen Special
CBS television will air an hour-long Bruce Springsteen concert special Feb. 28 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.CBS television will air an hour-long Bruce Springsteen concert special Feb. 28 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Although the Boss' first U.S. network broadcast coincides with kickoff of his 2003 touring schedule with the E Street Band in Duluth, Ga., the special is not a live broadcast. The footage is culled from a Barcelona show of which VH1 aired parts live in European markets last year, but has never been seen in the U.S., according to a CBS spokesperson.
Springsteen and the band will be seen performing several songs from his latest Columbia album, "The Rising," including "Lonesome Day," "You're Missing," and the title track. An assortment of hits can also be expected, according to the spokesperson, including "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Born To Run," "Born in the U.S.A.," and "Dancing in the Dark." A statement announcing the show notes that the music was recorded and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, producer of "The Rising."
In other Springsteen television news, Australia's Channel Nine will air an hour-long concert special tomorrow (Jan. 31). Local descriptions refer to his first tour in 10 years, "culminating in an emotional series of 10 concerts at New York's famed Madison Square Garden," so it is likely that it's an edited version of the 2001 HBO special that aired in the U.S.
As previously reported, Springsteen is among eight artists tied with a leading five Grammy nominations. "The Rising" is up for album of the year and best rock album, while the title track is nominated in the song of the year, best male rock performance, and best rock song categories. Springsteen and the band will be among the performers at the Feb. 23 Grammy ceremony in New York, which will also be seen on CBS.