Columnist CJ LaCava
(Born in NJ and now in the UK)

NY & NJ Governors Love Bruce
Posted on July 28, 1999 @ 10:00AM GMT

It has been reported that on July 27 show Governors Whitman of New Jersey and Patacki of New York were sharing the suite under section 122 at the Continental Arena.

Patacki was about the most enthusiastic person at the concert. He was jumping up and down, clapping and weaving and raising his hands. The man was into it big time.

A successful Republican governor going crazy at a Springsteen concert. How ironic.

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MP3 Shoutcasts! Check them Out!
Posted on June 18, 1999 @ 12:00AM GMT

I've been experimenting with an MP3 radio broadcast on the Internet. It is really amazing how one can now just throw together their own Internet radio station in maybe 15 minutes.

Want to see what I mean? You'll need two quick downloads in order to get started with MP3 broadcasts: You'll need MP3Spy and you'll need the newest version of WinAMP. I've used them both only with a PC.

MP3Spy is a rather clever invention. Using a plug-in for WinAMP, all of the MP3/WinAMP broadcasts are cataloged in real-time on a MP3Spy server. The MP3Spy client connects to the server and gives you a list of currently available MP3 radio stations to choose from. Join one that's playing your music - WinAMP is launched and you're listening in. You can even chat with the other people who are also listening to the station.

I highly recommend you check this out. Be sure to look for my MP3 Shoutcast server - Of course, I'm playing all Bruce Springsteen boots (N.B. this server is no longer on-line - CJ)!

Setting up your own server is so easy. Check out what you need to do at the MP3Spy Server Setup pages. You can even speak to your listeners via your PC's microphone.

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MP3 - Freeing the Music?
Posted on June 16, 1999 @ 9:00AM GMT

My Bruce Boot MP3 site is rather popular now. I get over a thousand hits per day and a ton of e-mail requests and questions. I'm glad people are using it.

I change contracts at the end of the month and I will no longer have access of the FTP server (I work at an ISP now). So, the party will be over July 1.

The server is not as robust as I'd like it to be. Right now if I allow more than 12 users, there is a memory leak that crashes the server. The software developers are on the case right now. I hope to up the user limit to 30 once they figure out where the bug is.

I'd like to shout out to the user from CyberCable UK who keeps pounding the server - CUT IT OUT, DICK. You are blowing the whole thing for everyone else. I don't appreciate your DoS attack.

Anyway, I have some space on my WWW server. After I lose the 2GB I have now, I'll rotate the best boots around on a weekly basis.

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The Meeting at the Dorchester Hotel
Posted on May 24, 1999 @ 6:00PM GMT

I spent some time at the Dorchester Hotel in London this weekend. I found out Bruce and the band were staying there. One night I have a very close encounter with Bruce and Patti. Read all about it here.

The next day, I went back before the last Earl's Court show and I was able to meet most of the E Street Band. Read all about my afternoon with the fans here. We had a good time waiting around and swapping stories. I met some top fans from Germany, Holland, and the UK there.

These posts are very long, but I hope worth reading and enjoyable.

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Hello World!
Posted on May 11, 1999 @ 4:00PM GMT

Here we are, on the eve of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band US tour. An exciting time for fans. . . and a great priveledge for Europeans who get to see the tour first! Don't fret, America, July is right around the corner. I can tell you all first hand that it will be worth the wait.

I hope this site grows and matures as The Boss makes his way through the EU and the USA. Hopefully many fans will visit and contribute to these pages. I'm looking for concert reviews, experiences, opinions, CD reviews, etc. I want to make this site a serious resource for fans while the tour winds its way around.

I have a copy of the speech Bono used to induct Bruce Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here. When finally getting up on the stage, Bruce commented, "Remember, you always want an Irishman to give your induction speech."

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