BRUCE to Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – but first, a benefit for Sandy-battered Brooklyn

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played in Portland the other night, and I got to take my family to the soundcheck, which was a show unto itself. Starting with an attempt to master Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Hungry,” (“What other bands are from Portland?” Bruce called out over the p.a.) the front line players stood in a circle near Weinberg’s drums. At one point they debated taking on “Louie, Louie,” (another Revere song, though the Kingsmen, who recorded the tune a few days after the Raiders had the hit), but then rejected both of them. More songs, and when the crowd waiting outside started to roar Bruce called out through the microphone — “I can hear you, but I can’t see you! Where are you?” Which only incited more roars, of course. “You sound like a great crowd!” Even more roars. Even from halfway down the floor you could see his eyes sparkling.

Meanwhile. The BRUCE publicity junket moves to Cleveland on Tuesday, December 4, where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame will host an onstage interview, conducted by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president for the hall’s education and public programs. Tickets are free but limited, and all facts and info can be found right here on the Hall of Fame’s website. I’m super-psyched about this one, so if you’re in the area come on out and say hi.

But first, in Portland, Ore. I’m doing a non-BRUCE reading set in my former home borough of Brooklyn, NY for. . .

Sunday, December 2:  Defiance: A Benefit to Restore Red Hook, Brooklyn at Disjecta (8371 N Interstate) at 5 pm. It’ll be a huge honor to read along with Karen Karbo, Nancy Rommelmann, Jon Raymond and Courtenay Hameister, and take in musical sets by my good pal Casey Neill and Tim DuRoche & the Kin Trio, who will surely become good pals, too. But wait, there’s more: a raffle for airplane tix to and from NYC, gift certificates to fine local restaurants & pubs; cool prizes (including a signed ‘BRUCE,’ which comes with my hand-picked, very unofficial soundtrack CD) a silent auction and more, more, more.

So that’s that, and there’s more to come so stay tuned.

A Springsteen Plea, Oregon's Live Wire, and More

First things: I’m appearing on OPB’s “Live Wire” show, taping at the Aladdin Theater this Saturday (the 7th), at 8 pm. Other guests include: “Daily Show” writer turned bestselling author David Javerbaum (who is also freakishly ubiquitous, a random friend of mine from NYC said, pursuant of something else altogether, “oh hey, I’m appearing on a panel with David Javerbaum,” and I said, “oh, me too!” and we live 3,000 miles apart!!!!) , the Helio Sequence, and more. I’m reading a new, original essay about the Beatles Rock Band video game, and why the Beatles have a lot in common with my bratty little kids and their screwball father. Whee! Tix are at Ticketmaster.

Speaking of tickets: Does anyone out there either live in Cleveland, or else know someone who does, and if so do either of you have an extra (good) ticket to the Springsteen show on November 10, and if so, would you sell it to me for some reasonable sum of money? That’d be so cool, if you (or you) did. Really

If you’re in Seattle I’ll be at Barnes & Noble in the U-Village on Saturday, the 14th, at 2 pm.

Also look for me on “KCTS Connects on Friday afternoon, and the local Fox morning show (I don’t have the digits in front of me right now) on Friday morning.

More radio tk, here and nationwide: CNN; and on and on.