Bruce Springsteen - Classic or Dud ?

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xpost amateurist, the (very strong) rumor is that he's playing Wrigley Field in September. This is only the first leg of the tour - a bit of the US, then Europe, then most likely back to the US. I'm seeing him in Detroit if I can help it because frankly I'm a little concerned about the band's, er, mortality rate. Seven months is a long time away...

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't make it to detroit, but wrigley field sounds fun.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 11 March 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw him at Pacbell Park in Sf in 2002 or 03. One of the best concerts I've ever been to. something about the vibe in a baseball stadium, it just feels so Bruce

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 11 March 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great Springsteen keynote speech streaming on NPR from SXSW:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/147357853/sxsw-2012?ps=cprs

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Last night in Austin:

1. I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
2. We Take Care of Our Own
3. Wrecking Ball
4. Badlands
5. Death to my Hometown (with Tom Morello)
6. My City of Ruins
7. Seeds
8. E Street Shuffle
9. Jack of All Trades (with Morello)
10. Shackled and Drawn
11. Waiting on a Sunny Day
12. Promised Land
13. The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Morello)
14. The Rising
15. We Are Alive
16. Thunder Road
17. Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
19. The Harder They Come (with Jimmy Cliff)
20. Time Will Tell (with Cliff)
21. Many Rivers to Cross (with Cliff)
22. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (with Eric Burdon)
23. 10th Avenue Freeze Out
24. This Land is Your Land (with Joe Ely, Arcade Fire, Alejandro Escovedo, etc.)

Tom Morello, eh, but Jimmy Cliff!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 March 2012 12:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

and Eric Burdon! and Garland Jeffrys

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 16 March 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alejandro Escovedo! underappreciated dude

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 16 March 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

why doesn't he sing love songs anymore?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 17 March 2012 05:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

because now he is a serious man of politics

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 17 March 2012 06:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

politics and rock and roll

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 17 March 2012 06:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

He sang that long creepy song about getting a blowjob. Does that count as a love song?

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

if that's a representative setlist from this tour i might just skip it.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it seems like he's going heavy on the new album, but with bits and pieces of the past, a la the Rising tour. But inevitably as he goes forward, he mixes it up a bit. I mean, note the conspicuous absence of much from Born to Run, Darkness and BitUSA, let alone "Born to Run" the song. Obviously the set is heavy on stuff that favors guests (Jimmy Cliff, Animals) or the SXSW fest (Woody Guthrie birthday stuff). The show at the Apollo was heavy on soul covers, albeit soul covers that Springsteen has done before. I'd be curious what a proper set from this tour looks like, but I bet it's not too different.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus, the boss isn't suicidal is he? that setlist looks like a cry for help.

scott seward, Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least the set doesn't end with wreck on the highway, then i'd probably want to stage an intervention

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 17 March 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

also scott seward/sullivan's travels OTM

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 17 March 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

man it took him 13 years to release a studio version of "Land of Hope and Dreams" and he fucked it up

some dude, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

It sounds fine to me, what's fucked up about it?

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

i just hate the changed up drumbeat, mostly

some dude, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

well I like it

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

so as a kid i never liked this dude

but now there is essentially nothing i'd rather listen to whilst drunk

and i'm having a lot of practice

mookieproof, Friday, 6 April 2012 06:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

which album/s?

The Darkness album is my drunk jam :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 April 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

weighing in on the treyvon martin case seems like

all things must pass (shaane), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/nils-lofgren-defends-bruce-springsteens-use-of-teleprompter/2012/04/03/gIQAOWS6sS_blog.html

Nils sets his local paper straight

Your teleprompter article left out some important points. Last E Street tour, (”Working On A Dream”) we played 192 different songs on that tour alone. Dozens of those songs were from audience-request signs Bruce would collect and dump in front of the drum riser. He would then rifle through them, sailing them around him until he found a song to attempt

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nils got you, Brooce

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's pretty cool! i've worked as a teleprompter tech a bit and while i'm sure bruce has his own dedicated crew he travels with i love just the idea of being the guy he throws a request sign to to pull up the lyrics

some dude, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Have those Republicans who are annoyed about Obama's use of a teleprompter weighed in on Springsteen & his band's use of one?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

http://backstreets.com/news.html

See the April 29th news entry on the New Orleans jazzfest gig I just saw.

I saw the sun setting over the fairgrounds in New Orleans, Louisiana Sunday at the end of the first weekend of Jazzfest. Bruce Springsteen closed the event out with a 2 and half hour set that included a song with Dr. John, a version of the "Saints Come Marchin' In" and various spoken references to the region and songs possibly chosen with the area in mind(a cover of "How Can a Poor man Stand Such Times and Live" , "Mary Don't You Weep).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

New Orleans jazzfest gig Setlist:
Badlands
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Out in the Street
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
Jack of All Trades
Something You Got (with Dr. John)
O Mary Don't You Weep
Prove It All Night
Johnny 99
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Rising
Lonesome Day
We Are Alive
Land of Hope and Dreams
Pay Me My Money Down
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rocky Ground/When the Saints Go Marching In (with Michelle Moore)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out

Lots of Bruce talking early in the set--an "occupy" mention, references to New Orleans and ghosts before and during "My City in Ruins." I could have done without "We Are Alive," "Land of Hope and Dreams," and "Pay Me My Money Down," which all dragged (and sent some folks heading out to beat the traffic early) but I liked the set better than the last time I saw Springsteen (ironically enough, that 2006 Seeger sessions show in New Orleans that New orleans writer Keith Spera liked so much). If I nitpick further I'd say "Prove It All Night" and some of the others lacked the vocal passion and tempos I remember from 78 to early 80s, but it was still pretty great.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't go to the show, but when he played here in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, he included "Light of Day," which he hasn't done a lot in recent years IIRC. Kinda nice since that movie was based in and partially shot here.

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's never going to stop playing Waitin' On A Sunny Day :(

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's worse than that! He brings kids on stage to sing it with him!!!!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

They were home in Jersey for the New Orleans show as was his wife Patty. Bruce joked, "Patty is home keeping the kids out of our drug stash."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

we played 192 different songs on that tour alone.

god. damn. these guys work hard.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

When he did his last solo tour, behind "Devils & Dust," Bruce did something like 168 different songs, or different iterations of songs (ie, I'm On Fire with banjo, or harmonium, or guitar, etc.). There was a great bootleg released that featured at least one version of each.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

<3 <3 <3

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bruce hates that song. It's got to be one of his few hits and best songs, along with "Brilliant Disguise," that he rarely plays.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

He hates it?! Man, I love it so.

Also, how cool is this clip:

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

has he said he hates it?

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

these days it's my favorite BITUSA single.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wonder if he's getting close to an age where he can pull a Johnny Cash 'American Music' thing, and do a 'Return to Nebraska' album. . .

Soundslike, Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

he pulls one of those every few albums

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Candy's Room is awesome: that guitar!!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some nuggets from the Wiki:

During a concert in 2008, Springsteen commented on the song: "This is a song that almost didn't make the Born in the U.S.A. record; it was this or 'Pink Cadillac'... We've played this a few times, it's good for a laugh, and probably one of my most insightful songs about men and women".

One of the least-performed Springsteen songs, "I'm Goin' Down" was irregularly played in the 1984 first leg of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, then played not at all for a long stretch, then revived during the final summer 1985 leg, usually alternating with "Darlington County" in the set list.

After that tour, "I'm Goin' Down" disappeared from sight completely for almost two decades, until it made three appearances in 2003 during The Rising Tour. Indeed "I'm Goin' Down" was largely forgotten not only by the general rock and pop audience but by the Bruce faithful as well, who have seen in preference several non-single tracks from Born in the U.S.A., such as "Working on the Highway", "Bobby Jean", and "No Surrender", became standard parts of the Springsteen repertoire. The song has only been played 57 times live, as of the end of his Working on a Dream Tour, making it the least performed song of the whole Born in the U.S.A. album. It was performed only three times outside the United States, in a concert in Barcelona in 2008 during the Magic Tour and twice during the Working on a Dream Tour.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Least performed song, ever, from "Born in the USA" says it all, really, especially considering it was a single.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Personally, I love the song, but Bruce usually introduces it with sheepish self-deprication)

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah I've read that Wiki before but there's no statement about Bruce hating the song.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is true that it's the only one of the seven singles I don't remember hearing at all on the radio. If you follow its chart trajectory it peaked rather quickly, on the heels of "Glory Days."

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

fabulous karaoke number btw

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink


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