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#201 Rob Gordon

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:45 AM

Didn't want to start a new Bruce thread nor bump a very old one. So, this seems like the best spot to post this news.

Bruce Springsteen exhibit set to open April 1 at Rock Hall, complete with car and a famous guitar

Even casual fans of his music know that Bruce Springsteen has a soft spot for cars. So it comes as no surprise to learn that when his 1975 breakthrough album "Born to Run" took off, the Boss celebrated by buying himself -- what else? -- a new set of wheels. Specifically, a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette.

It recently arrived in Cleveland, where the sporty convertible will be parked inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of a major new Springsteen exhibition.

"From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" opens Wednesday, April 1, amid the festivities leading up to the Rock Hall induction ceremony Saturday, April 4, at Cleveland's Public Hall. The exhibit will be on view through the spring of 2010.

"Of all the exhibits we've done focused on one artist, this is by far the most in-depth," said Jim Henke, the Rock Hall's vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs.

The career-spanning Springsteen retrospective will fill the top two floors of the museum, although the Corvette will be in the lower lobby.

Among the big-ticket items on loan from Springsteen are his well-worn Fender Esquire guitar from the cover of "Born to Run."

"It was Bruce's idea to let us have that," Henke said. "He still plays it. When he brings it onstage, people applaud. So to see it up close is pretty cool."

Springsteen's guitar tech, Kevin Buell, personally escorted the guitar -- one of several in the exhibit -- on its flight to Cleveland and hand-delivered it to Henke.

In addition to musical gear, songwriting notebooks and other artifacts from Springsteen's work with the E Street Band and his solo pursuits, the Rock Hall also will display memorabilia from his pre-superstardom stints in New Jersey bands such as the Castiles and Steel Mill.

Other exhibit highlights include:

The saxophone on which the E Street Band's Clarence "Big Man" Clemons played his immortal "Jungleland" solo;

The four-track tape recorder on which Springsteen laid down songs for his 1982 lo-fi album "Nebraska";

The white T-shirt and torn blue jeans Springsteen wore on the iconic album cover of his 1984 smash "Born in the U.S.A.";

An accordion that belonged to the E Street Band's Danny Federici, who died of melanoma last year.

Rounding out the installation will be a video highlight reel featuring rare Springsteen performance footage, as well as listening stations where you'll be able to hear Springsteen's first professional recordings.

His latest release, "Working on a Dream," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart in January. Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off the first North American leg of a world tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.

No word yet on if Springsteen will drop by the Rock Hall at some point.

Special programming tied into the exhibit is still in the planning stage, Henke said.
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