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Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Pop Live: Tricky Junction, Cambridge

For every action there is an equal and opposite over-reaction. Given the virtual unanimity of critical accord that greeted Tricky's sulphurously intense 1994 debut Maxinquaye, its even more sulphurously intense successor Pre-Millenium Tension was guaranteed a mixed reception. To those who sought to bury his darkly enthralling second album in an avalanche of ill-founded condescension, the message of Tricky's current live show (by some distance his most convincing and committed onstage arrangement to date) is "Would you like cream with your humble pie, sir?"

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Sir: As Bruce Springsteen once sang, "57 channels and nothing on". ("But who really wants all this new technology?" 29 October). Who wants Nicam Digital Stereo, widescreen or cinema-quality pictures when the quality of programming is so low? I would not mind having the old bleary black-and-white set if there was something worthwhile to watch. Two hundred channels of low-grade television cannot be described as consumer choice. Who needs new technology? Not me. Who needs more than two channels? Not me.

It's not cool to like Bruce. People feel embarrassed about seeing a macho man show emotion

Anything bad that happens to me is, I'm certain, a result of not touching Bruce Springsteen's hand. It was months ago, but I still feel angry because practically everyone else in the whole of the Brixton Academy got to press flesh with The Boss. It reminded me of all the times I didn't get a going-home bag at a party because the taller kids got in the way and took them all.

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The Boss restrains himself

IT'S a special kind of rock star who spends 20 years at the top before issuing his Greatest Hits. Say what you like about Bruce Springsteen, he does it his way.

Record pledge

The rock star Bruce Springsteen won a High Court pledge from a Hertford-based record company, Dare International, that it would not release a double album of his songs recorded in 1971 while the copyright remained in dispute. A full hearing of the case is not expected until early next year.

Stage under construction for rock concert by the American singer known simply as The Boss

Workmen preparing the stage at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, for a concert on Saturday week by the American singer Bruce Springsteen.

ARTS / Everywhere and nowhere, baby: Rock Band of the Year

WHAT SORT of a year could it have been whose most important band didn't release a new record? A pretty good one as it turned out. The impact of Nirvana's astonishing rags-to-rags ascent at the end of 1991 resounded throughout 1992. Not just in clueless and sinister 'grunge fashion' supplements, but because everything else - from Bruce Springsteen's return, to the absurd antics of Axl Rose - had to be considered in the light of it.

ROCK / The highway man: Giles Smith goes the distance with Bruce Springsteen at Wembley and finds life in the old engine yet. Plus the hottest hip-hop

AT FIRST it sounds like booing, but it's not. It's the call of the Springsteen fan, a slow drone with ape-whoop undercurrents which builds until the entire arena throbs with it - 'Brooooooooce'. The fans do the call after songs and whenever Springsteen says anything. 'I always saw my job as a long distance drive,' croaked Springsteen near the end. 'I'm still driving, and I'm glad you're still along for the ride.' 'Brooooooooce,' said the fans.
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