From the Ritz to the Rubble

Dave DeFina

So far, 2009 has been a pretty good year for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

They rocked the Super Bowl Halftime Show, released “Working on a Dream” to critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot on the charts, brought home a Golden Globe for their song in “The Wrestler” and welcomed the Obama administration with a pre-inauguration bash.

Things keep getting better for Springsteen and company with tickets for their 2009 tour selling out all over the country and the announcement that the band will headline the 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

Still, not everything is great in “The Boss’s” world: Springsteen recently issued an angry letter to Ticketmaster after the ticket sale giant botched the on-sale date for many slots on the band’s “Working on a Dream” tour, which leaves countless fans without tickets due to technical malfunctions.

Ticketmaster has since issued an apology to Springsteen and his fans, but the damage is already done.

Unfortunately, the ad-supported free music download service, Ruckus, was shut down on Friday.

Ruckus had been providing free downloads to college students since 2006.

Although the Ruckus website now only features a simple message announcing the discontinuation of the service, the Ruckus Facebook application provides a little more information.

Users of the application are greeted with a message explaining, “Ruckus had to shut down the party due to over crowdedness. Please rock out to some music and we’ll get the party going again shortly.” This message may just be left over from when the Ruckus page was taken down for maintenance shortly before it was shut down, but that isn’t known for sure.

Following former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s life-threatening plane crash in September, rumors of a Blink-182 reunion have been run ning rampant. The band has been on hiatus since 2004.

Now, it’s finally official: Blink-182 reunited and is ready to make music together once again.

The announcement came Sunday night when the trio presented together at the Grammy Awards. A message on the band’s Web site confirmed the reunion and announced a forthcoming album and world tour during the summer of 2009.

Now that he has taken over radio with his hit album, “The Paper Trail,” rapper T.I. is set to take over TV with his new MTV reality series, “T.I.’s Road to Redemption.”

The show will chronicle T.I.’s last days before he goes to jail for felony gun charges.

Beginning this Tuesday and ending with his sentencing in late March, “Road to Redemption” will follow T.I. as he finishes the last of 1,000 hours of court-ordered community service and speaks with youths across the country about his past as a drug dealer.

T.I. faces more than 15 years in jail unless the judge decides to knock the sentence down to just one year, due to his community service time. Tune in Tuesday at 9 p.m. to see what the Atlanta MC is doing in his time before prison.