Bruce Springsteen performs “Chinatown” with bleachers at Radio City Music Hall
Jack Antonoff features artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Lorde and Lana Del Rey on his original music with Bleachers. For Take out the saturday night sadness, Bruce Springsteen appeared on “Chinatown,” performing it live with the band at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Jack Antonoff is a New York/New Jersey resident – and a fan of Bruce Springsteen
Antonoff is not trying to break free from New Jersey. In the 90s, the leader of the Bleachers started listening to artists like Fiona Apple and Nirvana. This “trip”, of course, included music by Springsteen.
“It was the first time I heard feelings very close to home — all the deeper and all the more literal, you know, landmark names,” Antonoff said in an interview with NPR. . “But then all the really deep, weird sandpaper feelings of this place and what it means and why it’s so weird and why it’s so glorious and why it’s so dark.”
“And that led me on this journey,” he continued. “There’s this amazing local scene in New Jersey at the time…I always say: New York music is like reporting from the center of the world, and New Jersey music is reporting from the window at the exterior of the party. Totally couldn’t be more opposite vibes.
In conjunction with the “How Dare You Want” tour, Bleachers appeared at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, selling out the venue and giving New Jersey natives a big surprise.
Bruce Springsteen brought New Jersey to New York with a surprise performance of “Chinatown”
Antonoff performed an acoustic cover of “Jersey Girl” and mixed up some lyrics after getting bad information from the band. (Only he was singing “take away the sadness of a Wednesday night” on a Tuesday).
Then, the Bleachers member introduced Springsteen to a surprised audience at Radio City Music Hall. The crowd erupted into a low “Bruce” hum and cheered just before the Boss played guitar and sang “Chinatown.”
What is “Taking Out the Sadness of Saturday Night” about?
As a New Jersey native himself, Antonoff often celebrates the Garden State with the symbolism surrounding the bleachers — the most obvious being the overt use of the tomato emoji.
For a YouTube video, Antonoff appeared in the Holland Tunnel, performing a live version of “Chinatown” on the New York/New Jersey border. For the official “Stop Making This Hurt” music video, Bleachers appeared inside the Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights. The band even performed a cover of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” on a bus from New York to New Jersey.
The “device” of Eliminate Saturday Night Sadness, as a whole, runs from New York over the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. Antonoff reflects the sounds of New Jersey in songs like “How Dare You Want More”, recalling his upbringing in New Jersey with his lyrics.
Even before releasing the 2021 album, Antonoff hosted the Shadow of the City music festival at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony – bringing some of his favorite artists to the Jersey Shore.
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