“Waiting on a Friend” will be the theme of Bruce Springsteen’s 21th DJ show on SiriusXM satellite radio, debuting at 10 a.m. April 28 on the network’s E Street Radio channel (channel 20). On his E Street Radio show “The Wild and the Innocent,” April 26, DJ Jim Rotolo said the show will feature songs by The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Springsteen himself and others.
“Waiting on a Friend,” of course, was a 1981 hit by The Rolling Stones.
(Update: On its blog, SiriusXM says the show is about “special rock ‘n’ roll friendships” and will also include a Clarence Clemons song, presumably “You’re a Friend of Mine.” The blog post also include a Springsteen quote from the show: “When you find that soulmate who understands every note, every syllable of every lyric of every song that ripped a hole in your heart, you know you’ve found a friend for life.”)
The show will be part of The Boss’ “From My Home to Yours” series, which Springsteen has been doing since April of 2020. You can read transcripts of what he has said on the previous 20 shows, and see YouTube videos of all the songs he has played, via these links:
APRIL 8 (a tribute to the late John Prine and more)
APRIL 24 (thoughts on life during pandemic, New York songs and more)
MAY 6 (when the pandemic is over, he promises, “50,000 people will once again scream their heads off somewhere in New Jersey”)
MAY 20 (a tribute to the late Little Richard and more)
JUNE 3 (protest songs and more)
JUNE 17 (a “rock ‘n’ roll requiem” for those who have died from coronavirus)
JULY 1 (discussion with and songs by Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt)
JULY 15 (summertime songs and memories)
JULY 29 (discussion with and songs by Patti Scialfa).
AUG. 14 (“In Dreams,” nocturnally themes songs and memories)
SEPT. 2 (songs about work, in honor of Labor Day)
SEPT. 16 (end of summer)
OCT. 7 (songs about cars)
OCT. 28 (Election Day- and Halloween-oriented songs)
NOV. 25 (Election Day victory, “music about music”)
DEC. 16 (“Hits of the Week”: music that he has been listening to lately)
JAN. 20 (“Lawyers, Guns & Money: An Inaugural Special”)
FEB. 24 (“New Born Soul”: songs of rebirth)
MARCH 10 (“Fans and Bands”: Songs about bands, their muses, and their fans).
MARCH 31 (“Here Comes the Weekend”)
The shows have lasted between one and two hours each, with repeats and on-demand availability following the initial broadcast. “Waiting on a Friend” also will air April 28 at 6 p.m.; April 29 at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.; April 30 at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and midnight; May 1 at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; May 2 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 3 at 7 a.m., 4 p.m. and midnight; and May 4 at 8 p.m.
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