Given his history of both actual and fabled club appearances, it’s not inconceivable that Bruce Springsteen will one day grace the stage of Music City’s Mercy Lounge for a holy-shit night of spontaneous, intimate heartland rock. That night, however, will not be July 28, 2012. But don’t tell that the to Pollstar’s data scraper and/or entry clerk. As seen in the screen cap above, Pollstar currently lists Bruce Springsteen as playing Mercy Lounge on the date aforementioned. The site also lists Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as playing Goteborg, Sweden’s more-appropriately 75,000-capacity Ullevi Stadium on the same day.
Now, I’m personally of the belief that Bruce “Only Boss I Listen To” Springsteen can be in two places at once; he lives in New Jersey, travels the world, yet exists in my heart, always. Nevertheless, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet — The Boss will not appear at Mercy Lounge a week from Saturday.
So, why the error? Much like this item from last April, which had prog-rockers Rush erroneously listed as making a Music City Roots appearance, it’s apparent that web bot probably had a little misadventure in data scraping. As it turns out, E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent co-founded, album-oriented local cover band The Long Players will take on Springsteen’s 1984 blockbuster LP Born in the USA. Considering the LPs' unquestionable ability to note-perfectly re-create the album’s timeless hits like “Dancing in the Dark” and “Glory Days” alongside choice album cuts like “Darlington County” and “Downbound Train,” Springsteen fans still have more of an incentive to hit up Mercy in favor of any other Nashville destination that night.
At the very least, said Tramps can rest assured in the knowledge that if The Long Players show goes long, as in past 10:30 p.m., Live Nation won’t step in to shut the extravaganza down. That’s what happened at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, where the promoter pulled the plug on Bruce and the Band when they went over a curfew during an extended encore. The kicker: The band had finished jamming with surprise special guest Sir Paul McCartney on covers of “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” Rock fans the world over are rightly offended, because that’s some bullshit.
The other Pollstar listing you see in the image for Atlas Sound at The High Watt is also bullshit. According to the club’s site, Josh Rouse will make an “intimate solo appearance” that night.