Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bruce from the nosebleed seats, part II


There is something so outlandishly large about a Bruce Springsteen show, that it didn't much matter that the ten people onstage looked like ants to me, I was still able to immerse myself in the music and the moment.

Bruce looked and sounded great, and his years as rock and roller didn't seem to diminish his energy or the power of his music. He started off with Radio Nowhere, followed by The Ties That Bind (one of only a handful of classic he sang), and performed many, if not all, the songs from the new album. The E Street Band was on target, the stage sparse and functional, and the HD jumbotron broadcast great video images for those of us who were seating-impaired.


While he didn't preach, Bruce did not shy from singing the painful songs of war, and dissatisfaction with the current administration, though many in the audience found their seats when an unfamiliar tune filled the room.

It was as much fun on my 55th birthday as I could have imagined.

2 comments:

Terrence McCarthy said...

" While he didn't preach? " I've been to two Springsteen concerts, one in Hartford. I quit the Congrationalist church when I was 14. I joined Bruce's congregation when I was in my early 30s. He may not be Jimmy Swaggert or the guy Imus invented; he's too smart, too subtle for that. But to claim this man " didn' t preach " is beyond ( This believer's ) belief.

I haven't seen him live since Worcester back in the 90s. Maybe he's changed his tune. And, as I write that, I'm thinking of a Springsteen lyric:

" God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of. "

And,

I guess the shit about Hardy I threw against your wall didn't stick. So it goes.

Belated happy 55th. It was a great year for me. The year they released me from the psych unit ( I WORKED there. )

Ed McKeon said...

I did write a comment somewhere about Jack Hardy. I've seen him perform several times, but I haven't heard much about him lately. I've heard about his radical history at UH, and his arrest and vindication.