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What is the story behind the name of the podcast?

One of the main questions I get is what is the story behind the name of the podcast? The answer is due to multiple factors about Springsteen shows and his fandom. 

  •  The first item you need to understand is that in most cases Bruce plays a different show every night.  While 50% to 60% of the songs might be the same night after night, they are not necessarily played in the same order each night.  Fans bring signs asking him to play certain songs and depending on the tour, he will pick a sign and play an obscure unreleased song or do a cover of someone else’s song.
  • Many Springsteen fans live tweet/post the song list as it is being performed.   They use a hashtag of the show city and will post each song as he plays it.
  • Many Springsteen fans who are not at the show, will follow the posts on social media, watch via Periscope and will see what the set list for the show as he plays it.   IF he plays a rariety or a song you especially love, you stop set listing and start set lusting because you aren’t at the show.
  • Hence Set Lusting Bruce – The Bruce Springsteen Podcast

What is the turn around on creating an episode of the podcast?

  • Even though the podcast may not sound like it always, there is a lot of work put into scheduling, recording, editing and publishing an episode. The first step is working with my guest on a convenient time for both of us to record. I try to only record one night a week to make sure that Linda (Mrs. Set Lusting Bruce) doesn’t worry about me getting overwhelmed. Currently I try to record on Monday nights but that can change depending on a guest’s schedule. If the guest is overseas, we almost always record on a weekend either my morning/their afternoon or vice versa.
  • When we have a recording time scheduled. We have a conversation normally over Skype. I have a Skype number that allows anyone in the USA to call me from any phone and I can make outbound calls to any phone. Overseas, we use our Skype accounts.
  • A normal conversation is about an hour. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. I try to use all the recording even if we go off topic, I think the conversation is normally interesting and so far no one has complained.
  • Once the recording is finished. It stays on my computer hard drive till the week or so before it is going to be published. I used to only have one or at the most two episode in the can waiting to be published. I’ve been lucky enough lately to have 4 or 5 episodes recorded waiting to be released. That is why it can be up to a month delay from when we record till it is published. I always worry that I will run out of people who want to talk to me and I’ll have a week where I have no new episode to release.
  • I do very little editing (as you can probably tell with all the “uhs” and “so” as well as “you knows.” To go through an hour podcast and clean up all the vocal tics could take 2 or more hours. I made the decision early in the life of the podcast that I would be “live to tape” as much as possible and rely on the kindness of my listeners. My guest and I usually talk before I count down to the start and often after we say good-bye, we continue talking. One of the levels of the Patreon page gets you an unedited episode at least once a month where you can hear the pre and post show conversation.
  • I then add the intro and outro music. I then pick one of my promo blurbs that different people have recorded for me to finish up the editing.
  • I save it as an mp3 and then upload it to the web service we use to distribute the podcast.
  • The current turnaround from recording to release is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Why a Bruce Springsteen Podcast?

September 8th was the 4th anniversary of the very first Set Lusting Bruce episode.   To celebrate the podcast becoming a toddler, I thought I would share the origin story for those of you who may not of heard it. 

At the time, Southgate Media Group had a show called 80’s Remix Overdrive.   The Dave White, invited me to join him to pick my top 3 albums of the 80’s.  As I was making my choices, I realized that I could have picked all Springsteen albums if I wanted to do so.  I didn’t because I gave myself the rule that you could only pick one album from one artist.    Here is that podcast. 


Then a little bit later, I got Tony Ginger and Colleen McNamara to join me to discuss all of Bruce’s albums released in the 80’s.   Here is that podcast. 


I also made one other Springsteen appearance on Dave’s channel.


The two podcasts where I talked Bruce’s music was a lot of fun.  Tony Ginger and Colleen McNamara were so full of stories and insights that I thought I might have something.  Then I saw Springsteen and I which showed me that all Springsteen fans had stories.    The last influence was Lynette Corolla.  She had started a podcast called 10th Avenue Podcast where she talked to other celebrity Springsteen fans.   She has stopped doing the podcast.   In the spirit of light a candle instead of curse the darkness, I asked Rob Southgate, my podcast leader if it was OK for me to do a Springsteen themed podcast and the rest they say is a trip down Thunder Road.   

Four years later, the show has had over 400 episodes.  We have talked from fans around the world.  We have talked to Bloggers, writers, book authors, musicians and fellow podcasters.  We have featured people who have seen Bruce 100’s of times and others who have never seen him perform live.   My hope is that each podcast offers a little bit of hope, some laughter, some insight and a lot of love. 

Remember to have a little faith, there is magic in the night, we are pulling out of here to win.

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