Hate It or Love It? Springsteen In Philly. The Boss is back in Philadelphia, at least for two nights. The singer-songwriter-performer is playing the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia both tonight and tomorrow, and both shows are sold out (unless you turn to Stubhub, where tickets start at $115). Everyone most certainly knows someone going to the shows, and if you don’t, there are plenty of folks around town talking about it.

Interestingly, Springsteen’s return to Philadelphia was met with two separate “Bruce Springsteen sucks” arguments, one from The20’s @VictorFiorillo at Philadelphia Magazine called “Why I Hate Bruce Springsteen,” and the other from John Sharkey at Philadelphia Weekly, titled “A Dissenting View on the Mythicization of Bruce Springsteen.”

In Fiorillo’s piece, he lists ten reasons, along with videos, describing why he hates Springsteen. Among them, Bruce’s earring, Max Weinberg, the fans and more.

“My friends, knowing I’m a music lover, keep asking me if I’m going. No. I’m not. I’d rather watch the entire first season of Cupcake Wars while being trapped on an elevator with a diarrhetic mule. (No offense to diarrhetic mules.) Yes, I am one of those (apparently few) Bruce Springsteen haters.”

Sharkey’s cover story is very clearly a dig at Springsteen’s working class mystique. In it, he compares Springsteen to Tim Tebow and says:

“Springsteen isn’t terrible enough to demonize, but he isn’t great enough to canonize, either. He’s the Tim Tebow of music: not very good, but different enough from the rest to stand out. He’s a piece of toilet paper clinging to the bottom of American culture’s shoe. And because he’s remained stuck there so long, we’ve attached undeserved meaning to him. He’s a rock musician, not The Boss.”

These opinions both appear to be unpopular, as there are plenty of Springsteen lovers in our area. So hate it or love: Bruce Springsteen?


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Study: Wilmington, Atlantic City More Dangerous Than Philadelphia. Think Philadelphia is unsafe?  Apparently it is not as bad as a few other local cities. NeighborhoodScout.com crunched crime numbers for their recent study and based results on population, area and incidents of all property and violent crime, not just murder. Philadelphia came in 52nd on the list. East St. Louis, Missouri is number one overall, but the Delaware Valley has a lot of representation. Some of the other local towns ahead of Philly on the list, along with their rank: 

  • Chester, Pa. (No. 2)
  • Camden, NJ (No. 5)
  • Wilmington, Del. (No. 8)
  • Atlantic City, NJ (No. 9)
  • Harrisburg, Pa. (No. 20)
  • Trenton, NJ (No. 31)


[NeighborhoodScout.com, h/t The20’s @victorfiorillo]

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Paying Tribute to Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin. Saturday was the final night for dinner at the famed Philadelphia eatery Le Bec-Fin, at least under founder and famed owner Georges Perrier. And a sellout of 132 people (including food-and-beverage intelligentsia, as The20’s @victorfiorillo calls it) paid tribute to the legendary chef and his eatery. Fiorillo, who recapped the final dinner at Foobooz, said of Perrier’s speeches on Saturday:

“I’m not exactly sure how many speeches he made during this final night of service, but there were at least four during my time there and all of them contained the perfect amount of passion, sadness, reflection, and humor and elicited much applause and raised glasses. He shook lots of hands, gave lots of hugs, and embraced my dining companion (a former Le Bec waiter he hadn’t seen in 12 years) three times. And I never once heard him use the name “Craig LaBan” and a profanity in the same sentence.”

More from Philly.com Insider Michael Klein:

“The chef (Perrier) was ebullient, calling on people to give toasts in his honor while a New York Times photog snapped away. The Veuve flowed, and bottles of whiskey were passed around. Robert Bennett of Classic Cake Co., who was Perrier’s pastry chef for 14 years, called him "my father” and disclosed to Perrier that his famous marmalade recipe was actually Perrier’s mother’s. Shola Olunloyo recalled how Perrier would visit chefs’ stations. “Everyone had a moment when Chef came to you and said, ‘This is wrong, wrong, wrong,’ but would show you why it was wrong and how it could be made better." Pastry chef Rocco Lugrine, who started with Perrier as a 17-year-old and worked for him for 10 years, said, "This is kind of where I grew up. Le Bec-Fin made me a better chef.”

New owner Nicolas Fanucci, who takes over the restaurant after six years as general manager at famed Napa Valley eatery “The French Laundry” was also in attendance, and he maintains that he’ll keep the name after renovations are completed this May. Regardless of how well the new Le Bec-Fin does, it will never be the same as Perrier’s institution that stood for just over 41 years.

VIDEO: Watch Perrier’s 2010 visit to The 10! Show

Did you have a memorable experience at Le Bec-Fin? What made it so special? Let us know in the comments below.


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The Guide to Modern Elevator Etiquette. Can you imagine the skyline of Philadelphia or any other modern city if elevators did not exist? The Comcast Center, our city’s tallest structure, has 58 floors. Would you walk up 58 flights of steps to get to your office? Unlikely.

But as much as we all ride elevators, we rarely see a standard behavioral code around the trip. That’s where The20’s @VictorFiorillo, a writer for Philadelphia Magazine and The Philly Post, comes in. What if there were behavioral rules around riding the elevator? With brief detail, here are the six rules Fiorillo lists for being in and around elevators:

  1. Just Shut Up. “No one wants to hear your stupid conversations.”
  2. Chivalry Is Not Allowed. “I’m a big fan of chivalry and gentlemanly behavior, but generally speaking, an elevator is not the place for this, save for escapes from trapped elevators, for which the old ‘women and children first’ protocol is still applicable.”
  3. Don’t Talk on Your Cell Phone.  "I am, of course, talking about the basic tenet of elevator cell phone etiquette, which is, quite simply, that your cell phone should not be in use on an elevator, other than for silent purposes, like texting or browsing.  "
  4. It’s OK to Say Hello. “ It seems that when someone we don’t know makes eye contact with us or greets us on an elevator, even if they’re a comely California girl like Susie, we treat them like a serial killer or at least a potential leftover Occupy Philly member. If you see Susie on your elevator and she says “hello,” it’s perfectly OK (and proper) to say “hello” in return. Anything else would be rude. ”
  5. No Eating. “Again, we’re talking about maybe 45 seconds of your life here.”
  6. Beware the DOOR CLOSE Button. “Elevator riders, you have the choice of using the DOOR OPEN button or not when you see a body moving toward the closing door, though if you are on the elevator with others, it’s important to take their feelings into account as well. Sure, you may get a “thank you” out of the person for whom you pressed DOOR OPEN, but the other passengers will secretly hate you.

So that’s it. Any other rules to riding the elevator that you would add? To read Fiorillo’s full post, click here.


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