Betty Boyfriend of the Week: Bruce Springsteen is Still the Boss
And the financial crook / death-faker in the dog house!
So many rock stars age badly. There’s Bret Michaels and his wig cavorting with drunken strippers on TV. Ron Wood running off with a girl young enough to be his great-great-great granddaughter. Bo-Derek-headed Axl Rose refusing to release the latest Guns & Roses CD until ten years after the last fan had stopped giving a crap and let’s not even discuss GnR drummer Steven Adler’s horrifying turn on Celebrity Rehab.
Then there’s Bruce Springsteen. The Boss. Thirty-five years after his first album was released, Springsteen has maintained his dignity (you won’t see him flashing photographers as he drunkenly careens out of a limo), has what looks like a stable marriage with a talented and age-appropriate woman, a couple kids and still lives in his extremely unglamorous motherland of New Jersey. He’s also been releasing a steady stream of brilliant music that’s seemingly matured along with him, while holding onto the low-key, down-to-earth, working-dude perspective that made him so successful in the first place.
The next month is a big one even for a guy as famous as Bruce. He just released a greatest hits packages, he’s performing a free concert on the mall as part of the Obama inauguration festivities and will be giving millions of women a reason to watch football when he provides halftime entertainment at the Superbowl. Oh, and he won a GoldenGlobe for the song he wrote for The Wrestler.
For all these reasons – and the fact that he still rocks a pair of Levis better than most men half his age – we pick Bruce Springsteen as our Boyfriend of the Week.
In the Doghouse:
Crooked financial adviser Marcus Schrenker is in the doghouse for not only ripping off investors, defrauding an insurance company, cheating on his wife, but then crashing his plane to fake his death. Schrenker bailed out via parachute and left his small plane to crash into the Florida swamps. Luckily, the area where the plane crashed was unpopulated so tragedy was averted. When cops finally caught up with Schrenker, he made a half-hearted attempt at actual suicide (or, more likely, a bid for sympathy) by slashing his wrist.
As the wise Tony Baretta used to say, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”