Backstreets, the Bruce Springsteen fan site, is shutting down


Backstreets, the long-time Bruce Springsteen fanzine that combined Boss fan passion with incisive rock ‘n’ roll journalism, is shutting down its website.

There will be a final issue of Backstreets in digital format, and the Backstreets Records shop will remain open. The social media accounts will remain active, and the Backstreets Ticket Exchange will remain “open for a short time.”

“After 43 years of publishing in one form or another, by fans for fans of Bruce Springsteen, it’s with mixed emotions that we announce Backstreets has reached the end of the road,” said editor Chris Phillips on Friday, Feb. 3.

Phillips explained that his “whole heart” was not in it, partly due to last year’s Springsteen ticket sale, when some ticket prices surged to thousands of dollars due to dynamic pricing.

“Six months after the onsales, we still faced this three-part predicament,” Phillips said. “These are concerts that we can hardly afford; that many of our readers cannot afford; and that a good portion of our readership has lost interest in as a result.”

The Springsteen and E Street Band 2023 word tour commenced Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. at a sold out Amalie Arena.