TV tonight: 'Springsteen & I' on Showtime and 'Dracula' premieres on NBC

Fans share their stories of devotion in 'Springsteen & I' 
Photo: Wikimedia/Bruce Springsteen

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2013 —To people who have never experienced a Springsteen concert, “Springsteen & I” may reveal a fan devotion they will struggle to understand. But for the millions of Springsteen fans who have seen “The Boss” live, we get it. We’ve been there when Springsteen pulled a fan from the crowd and danced with them, or consoled them, or just made an ordinary day extraordinary by pulling us all together, if only for a short while.

“Springsteen & I” is about that devotion as seen from the eyes of the fans. It also reveals the undeniable fact that Springsteen loves his fans as much as his fans love him. Known for his marathon three-hour plus concerts, Springsteen has always made his music more about this love than anything else. It is obvious in the lyrics of his songs and it is obvious in the unabashed enthusiasm he displays night after night in concert.

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Springsteen preaches the power of music to a congregation eager to receive his message, and the enduring connection within the message. His status as the working man’s voice is just as strong today as it was 40 years ago when he appeared on the cover of “Time” as rock’s newest sensation. Springsteen’s songs have reflected our own coming of age as we questioned the direction of this country and our place in it.

In the decades-long process of giving a voice to our collective angst, Springsteen has given his fellow baby boomers a sound track for their lives. This is why fans will continue to make ridiculously long trips to catch his show, despite how many times they’ve seen him in the past. Springsteen’s songs reflect a very personal and continued evolution that mirrors our own lives.

He lets us know there are millions of us who have been on the same page over the course of his career and the four decades it encompasses. More than anything, Springsteen lets us know we are not alone. And the passion he delivers on stage tells us that growing old does not mean we have to go quietly into the night. For this baby boomer it means a chance to feel young and hopeful, if only for a night.

It is hard to write anything about Springsteen without sounding like a member of a cult. But even the most jaded of us cannot help but feel the magic when thousands of fans join Springsteen in concert as he belts out “Born To Run” like it was the first time he ever shared it with us.

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To the uninitiated, “Springsteen & I” may seem a bit obsessive, but for the millions of us who worship at the altar of Bruce, it is a love story we know well.

“Springsteen & I” airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) Mike learns that Kyle’s new-found interest in philosophy is distracting him from his work; Mike worries about Boyd attending a bilingual school.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) Menchie’s frozen yogurt franchise CEO Amit Kleinberger goes under cover at a dairy farm and a kids’ birthday party.

FOX: MasterChef: (New) The kids split into two teams and take over a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles where feedback from the diners and the head chef will decide the winning team.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) Investigative journalism: No description available.

CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) After being betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend, Carrie vows to make the most of her summer while she is living in Manhattan with Walt; Tom finds out about Dorrit’s boyfriend.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) The Weavers introduce the aliens to Halloween; Amber, Max and Abby reject Marty and Debbie’s costume idea.

9 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (New) An entrepreneur accepts an unprecedented deal; a Halloween attraction; a product to help people communicate their feelings.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) A seemingly harmless surveillance job turns deadly; in hope of saving Kono, Adam considers making a sacrifice.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) Homer wreaks havoc in Springfield; when Bart is beheaded, his body is attached to Lisa’s body; things go awry at Mr. Burns’ traveling circus.

NBC: Grimm: (New) Can Hank, Monroe, and Captain Renard track down Zombie Nick before it’s too late?

CW: The IHeartRadio Album Release Party with Katy Perry: (New) A celebration of Katy Perry’s new album includes a performance and an interview with the artist; Mario López hosts.

SHOWTIME: Springsteen & I: (New) Don’t miss this unique music documentary celebrating 40 years of icon Bruce Springsteen, including fan-submitted clips and never-before-seen footage of Bruce’s performances.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) In ancient times, Homer and Marge observe the Mayans predicting that 2012 will be the end of the world; Marge faces the consequences of an unholy pact she once made; Bart travels back in time to buy a comic book.

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) Investigative journalism: No description available

CBS: Blue Bloods: (New) Danny and Baez think a girl has been kidnapped, but her mother denies it; Frank visits a priest who was arrested for a DUI.

NBC: Dracula: (New) Hell-bent on destroying his enemies once and for all, Dracula arrives in Victorian London posing as mysterious American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson.

PBS: Craft in America: (New) Metal artists are profiled. Included: silversmith Chloe Darke of Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Mass.; Iraq War veteran Tom Pullin, who studies at Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.; and master sculptor Albert Paley.

Basic cable:

New episodes of: 

WWE SmackDown at 8 p.m. on Syfy

Gold Rush: The Dirt at 8 p.m. on DSC

Secret History of UFOs at 9 p.m. on NGC

Gold Rush at 9 p.m. on DSC

Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Say Yes to the Dress at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Comedy Bang! Bang! At 10 p.m. on IFC

Inside: Secret America at 10 p.m. on NGC

Haven at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Secret Princes at 10 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Kendra on Top at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on WE

The Birthday Boys at 10:30 p.m. on IFC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Vow on ENC

Eraserhead on FLIX

This is 40 on HBO

American Pie on IFC

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 on SHO

A Bucket of Blood on TCM

Transformers on TNT

9 p.m.

Evil Dead on STARZ

Chernobyl Diaries on HBO

2 Fast 2 Furious on BRAVO

Later tonight:

Dementia 13 at 9:15 p.m. on TCM

Brother’s Justice at 9:30 p.m. on TMC

Dead an at 9:30 p.m. on FLIX

Green Lantern at 9:33 p.m. on FX

The Banger Sisters at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

From Dusk Till Dawn at 9:50 p.m. on MOMAX

The Perks of Being a Wallflower at 10 p.m. on SHO

Brokeback Mountain at 10 p.m. on SUND

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