Carlin follows The Boss from his beginnings in Freehold, N. He captures all the passion, including Springsteen's conflicted romantic life. He married actress Julianne Phillips in , but by the end of the Tunnel of Love Express Tour, his passionate duets with bandmate Patti Scialfa were becoming a bit too realistic.
Was Bruce really messing around with his backup singer? Almost entirely sex, now that you mention it. Introducing "Glory Days," he reminisced about teenage encounters in the bedroom of his parents' house, conducted under the aural cover of balls banging around his pool table.
The occasional sweep of an arm did the trick. Various tales setting up "Pink Cadillac" made its horndog lyrics all the more vivid, while the introduction to "I'm Goin' Down" traced the arc of a relationship in terms of a couple's sexual patterns. Then you come back a little bit later, and uh-oh … it's like 'Are you gonna make love to me tonight, or are we gonna wait for the full moon again,' y'know?
It was not a coincidence. At 13, Bruce Springsteen balances on the fence outside his house. I figured she'd be right for him because she was very down to earth. And the rest is history. Bruce Springsteen in with his then-girlfriend, Diane Lozito. She was the inspiration for one of his big concert hits, "Rosalita. Born in Chicago in and raised in the waterfront suburb of Lake Oswego, Oregon, about ten minutes up the Willamette River from Portland, Julianne grew up with the tree-shaded comfort the Springsteens never enjoyed when Bruce was young.
The sixth and final child born to Bill, a prosperous insurance executive, and his homemaker wife, Ann, Julianne went through school with the casual grace of a young woman thoroughly comfortable in her own skin.
Fair skinned and blue eyed, with a lissome figure and classic schoolgirl features, Julianne floated through Lake Oswego High School, waving the pom-poms with the cheerleaders on Saturday night and cutting a fine figure in her dad's MG roadster on her way down Macadam Boulevard to downtown Portland.
A quick run through the two-year Brooks College in Long Beach, California, prefaced an early-eighties move to New York, where she joined the Elite modeling agency, soon earning top rates as a vision of fresh-scrubbed sensuality. Bruce Springsteen and the boys play pinball during the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour in Corkery, Richard All of which proved entirely beguiling to Bruce, who could also sense Julianne's warmth and lack of Hollywood pretense.
That she also knew her way around his favorite rock 'n' roll classics was another bonus. After chatting for a while backstage, Bruce asked to see Julianne again, and when that date went well, they grew closer, then inseparable. Bruce Springsteen at work on a song for the Tunnel of Love album.
Very fast, as it turned out. Bruce took his new girlfriend home to meet his family and friends in New Jersey during his winter break, followed her back to Los Angeles and then went with her to meet the Phillipses when they visited Palm Springs, California, in February Bruce went to Australia alone in March, but Julianne met him in Japan when the tour got there three weeks later.
It was true love and lollipops in the land of the rising sun, and the short holiday they spent in Hawaii on the way back to the United States seemed to seal the deal. Corkery, Richard A day or two after they got home from Hawaii, Julianne called her mother in Lake Oswego and told her they'd better plan a wedding, and soon.
Because if the word leaked to the Bruce-frenzied press, the deluge would be immediate, intense, and unyielding. The ceremony itself was miraculously untouched by the media's fanatic attention, although that feat required a level of cloak-and-daggery decoy cars, fake schedules, back alley escapes, and more unseen outside of a James Bond movie.
When it was all over, Bruce had a ring on his finger, a wife by his side, and a commitment to the domestic life he had avoided so assiduously throughout his adult life. It had taken him a long time to get there, but now he was determined to make it work. AP Temporarily relieved of the shifting burdens of art, fame, and commerce, Bruce turned his attention to the quieter challenges of domestic life.
On one level, he and Julianne were a lot like any other pair of successful young professionals, juggling their relationship with the careers, and the inner lives that had propelled them to the point where they had made themselves family. A night at the Stone Pony? She was right there at the bar, checking out the band with Bruce and then edging away subtly when a crowd of fans enveloped him. When engineer Toby Scott came out to Rumson to help build a recording studio in the guest apartment, they seemed cheerfully settled as any pair of newlyweds.
She liked to stay in, make popcorn, watch TV and have some dinner. People kept asking if they had a problem, and I always said no. I thought Bruce and Juli were doing great. I think he was trying to develop a way of being on a social level.
And Julianne wasn't anywhere on his train of thought. No press releases, no leaks to friendly reporters, no public heart-to-hearts with "People" or Barbara Walters.
Some sharp-eyed observers might have figured out that Bruce had taken off his wedding ring. Backstage crew and visitors noticed that Julianne, a fixture at earlier shows on The Tunnel of Love Express Tour in , was nowhere to be seen, even on the couple's third anniversary on May What could be seen, however, was that the duets he performed with the increasingly prominent Patti Scialfa had grown so steamy it seemed like their portrayal of romantic heat was, perhaps, something a bit too realistic to be limited to the stage.
But what might have seemed shocking to outsiders — is Bruce really fooling around with his backup singer? Advertisement Bruce Springsteen at work on a song for the Tunnel of Love album. Advertisement Even if the electricity between Bruce and Patti seemed obvious in , the in-house gossip didn't travel beyond the touring party.
But even when Julianne became a part of the scene in the fall of , the crowd on the tour always figured her for an outlier candidate for Bruce's real affections. So when the word broke that Bruce would be traveling with a serious girlfriend during the Far East swing in the spring of , some tour members assumed they could book one less hotel room for the band.
Advertisement Still, when Bruce thought about settling into a serious romance, something pushed him in a different direction. Certainly Julianne's beauty, warmth, and intelligence had magnetic properties all their own.
And the prospect of taking up with his newest band member, weaving a romance into the always-complex chemistry of the E Street Band while also stirring up a tabloid frenzy couldn't have seemed appealing. So then came Julianne, the wedding, and three years of marriage that hardly anyone had guessed might be less than the openly affectionate romance most observers believed they were witnessing.
When Julianne accompanied Bruce to the early shows on the Tunnel tour in late February and early March, they had impressed some observers with how relaxed and happy they both looked together. But something else was going on too. She was the inspiration for one of his big concert hits, 'Rosalita. Both members of the couple were, and remain, tight lipped about the inner workings, and failure, of their marriage.
When pressed now, Bruce has one question: Julianne returns the favor. And I will forever give that credit to Bruce.
Once Bruce showed up backstage without his wedding ring, he and Patti stopped hiding their affections from the rest of the touring company. They cuddled backstage and shared seats on the jet from one show to the next. Given no official declaration about his separation from Julianne, it came as a shock to Garry Tallent and his girlfriend when they stumbled across the couple smooching on the airplane.
The sun was bright, the skies deep blue, and the hotel room's balcony all but irresistible when Bruce and Patti woke up on the morning of June 15 and stepped outside to take in the view.
With the sun on their shoulders and new love in the air, they held each other as they gazed across the rooftops — not suspecting an observant photographer, a professional in the land that invented the term paparazzi, was peering at them through his viewfinder. Then they were lying together, drinks in hand, on a single patio recliner. Those photos made headlines all across Europe and then in the United States, and on June 17 Jon Landau Management released a statement acknowledging that Bruce and Julianne had separated.
A day after that, Bruce and Patti sealed the deal by strolling arm in arm through Paris, in full view of a procession of French reporters and photographers. I handled it badly, and I still feel badly about it. It was cruel for people to find out the way they did.