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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 12:47 PM
So I had the chance to see Bruce for free last night at MSG. I've never been drawn to his music but always respected him for pretty much keeping Rock n Roll alive in the Disco era and the fact that he played long shows. He has his hooks in deep with several of my friends and family members. As much as the ABB and Dead have their hooks in me.

His show was way better than exepected. Very energetic and kept the chatter to a minimum. His fans obviously get off on his music just as much as I do on a hot Mountain Jam , Blue Sky, or Scarlet>Fire, etc....

It doesn't do it for me really but it's good music. My friends feel the same way about my music. They can dig it a little but they can't relate at all to why I would keep going back to the beacon or furiously check set lists and reviews on sites like this. To each his own I guess.

Some thoughts on the show :

Nils Lofgren is very underated. He played like 3 solos that were gems but way too short. He even had a nice slide sound, Little Steven played the rest and he's OK. I'm not even sure why Bruce needs Nils in the band if Little Steven ( Silvio ) and Bruce share the leads also. Nils is great and can do so much more.

The gutiar work is cut short a bit since Clarence takes a lot of solos. He's great though and adds almost a 50's and early 60's rock n roll band vibe that you don't hear much anymore. His solo on jungle land was killer. I 'd say that was the most transcendent part of the night for me.

Bruce can play lead better than I thought on the telecaster. Still......too short. My friends like the ABB but say......the guitar solos are too long.

Anyway, a decent night of music and his fans didn't annoy me like I thought they would. I was expecting cell phone and black berry city all night but they were with him on every note and standing most of the time.

All in all, I left the show respecting Bruce a whole lot more and digging the music a little bit more. Some of his new stuff sounds just as good live as his 70's output. The Girls in their Summer clothes was a great encore.


 
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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 01:36 PM
i was at the show also, have seen bruce 5 or 6 times over the years. always a fun evening and you feel good. The only sign that the guys are aging is the show is now about 2 and a half hours versus 3 in the old days. Played his new stuff which IMO is pretty darn good. Alot of fun and exactly what a typical Bruce show is. He is a great live performer.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 01:40 PM
Bruce is the man per my wife. She loves him as much as I love the Brothers. Bruce can play and does put on a good show. However after seeing him a few times my wife is more than welcome to go alone.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 01:44 PM

I've always been a big Bruce fan & will be seeing both of his shows in Oakland next week. Will post reviews after each show. Have been digging the setlists so far & can't hardly wait!!!

 

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Anyway, a decent night of music and his fans didn't annoy me like I thought they would. I was expecting cell phone and black berry city all night but they were with him on every note and standing most of the time.

All in all, I left the show respecting Bruce a whole lot more and digging the music a little bit more. Some of his new stuff sounds just as good live as his 70's output. The Girls in their Summer clothes was a great encore.




Well, don't forget, he was playing to a hometown crowd. People work very hard around here to get Bruce tickets and I don't think he panders to the suits as much, hence the lack of BBs and cell phones. I can't speak for elsewhere, but folks in these parts really do come to see and hear the Boss do his thing.

I'm so glad you have a newfound respect and appreciation for him. Personally, I've only seen him live four or five times, but I have been a fan of his music since junior high school. For years, Bruce has been known to pop up at various Jersey Shore bars (like the Stone Pony or the recently-departed Wonder Bar) as a "special guest" whenever the mood strikes, and he often enjoys playing with his homies like Bobby Bandiera or Joe Grushecky. You just have to be lucky enough to be there on the right night. And despite my best efforts, an unbilled Bruce song or set has thus far eluded me. One of these days, though, I am gonna be in the right place at the right time!!

If you ever care to give him more of a shot, I do recommend his pre-1984 work. You can't go wrong with anything on 1973's The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle or 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town. While Born in the USA is a good record, its commercial success kinda wore on me. However, they'll be burying me with my vinyl copy of Born to Run, and "Thunder Road" will be played at my funeral. With lyrics in the handbill

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 02:12 PM
I just dont get him. A lot of folks love him. I like some of his songs, but just cant get into him like I do the ABB, Mule, DTB etc. Maybe some day, that light will go off in my head. I watched him on public TV the other night and just couldnt watch it all.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 02:18 PM
I love Bruce - especially his older stuff. Heard some stuff from his recent release and liked it and am hoping to get the chance to see the whole E Street Band during this tour (as long as ticket prices are not ridiculous).i

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 02:23 PM
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I just dont get him. A lot of folks love him. I like some of his songs, but just cant get into him like I do the ABB, Mule, DTB etc. Maybe some day, that light will go off in my head. I watched him on public TV the other night and just couldnt watch it all.


I've always thought it was a local thing. When he started to make it really big, I have to admit I was surprised. I just never thought he would connect with the masses like he has. Nice job, Bruce!

BTW, he and Patti are also known for just hangin' out like any other local in our area (Monmouth County, NJ). Most people don't bother them when they stop into a store or whatever, and they just chit-chat about the weather or whatever. They are really down to earth and I think everyone just gives them their space. It's nice.

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 02:30 PM
Way back when, pre- Born To Run, I used to call him "Loose Boxspring." But I have to admit, the man can write, he can sing, he can play guitar, and he does so with a great amount of passion. He has integrity out the Wahzoo, IMO. Mucho respect for The Boss here....

 

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I just dont get him. A lot of folks love him. I like some of his songs, but just cant get into him like I do the ABB, Mule, DTB etc. Maybe some day, that light will go off in my head. I watched him on public TV the other night and just couldnt watch it all.


I've always thought it was a local thing. When he started to make it really big, I have to admit I was surprised. I just never thought he would connect with the masses like he has. Nice job, Bruce!

BTW, he and Patti are also known for just hangin' out like any other local in our area (Monmouth County, NJ). Most people don't bother them when they stop into a store or whatever, and they just chit-chat about the weather or whatever. They are really down to earth and I think everyone just gives them their space. It's nice.

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That is what I do like about him. Being from NJ, my mother is from there too and we use to go down to the beach............uh.......sorry....."shore" and have a lot of good childhood memories from there. She had cousins that were from Manasquam and Sea Girt. had some great times there.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 03:01 PM
The Rising is his best IMO and "Mary's Place" is one damn good party song.

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Yeah there used to be an evening DJ here named Mary, and she used "Mary's Place" for her show's theme song.

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 03:32 PM
Started going to Bruce shows back in '74,he had moved up from clubs to small theatres...I guess he wasn't sure he'd make it big(this was before Born To Run), because he made a statement to the effect that if he was ever seen onstage playing a big arena venue, to shoot him...good thing nobody took him up on it. I'm skipping this tour, but he always did put on a good show, lots of energy. I've always liked the way Max Weinberg drives the band, a powerful player like Matt Abts. It's odd, I don't listen alot to his music, but I always liked Darkness On The Edge of Town, that's the album I play most.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 03:47 PM
My 15 year old just put the entire 3 disc Live 1975-1985 box set on his ipod.

I've seen Bruce in venues as small as the Landmark Theater for the the Tom Joad acoustic tour and the Cotton Bowl for the stadium leg of Born in the USA.

NEVER been disappointed.

I can't catch the Albany show but my brother and mother are going.

She's a big Bruce fan also.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 03:53 PM
phenomonal artist...I have a lot of his music...

his whole band is good...but when i want a drummer to keep better time i suggest he listen to Max Weinberg

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 05:38 PM
Not a fan these days

Loved his early stuff, it had more of an edge, as I'm sure he had at the time.

Kinda bores me.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 05:46 PM
I've LOVED the ABB since I was a kid,
but nobody puts on a show better than Springsteen.
That's my opinion
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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 07:02 PM
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I don't listen a lot to his music, but I always liked Darkness On The Edge of Town, that's the album I play most.

That's my favorite Bruce as well! I just love every song on it!

 

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I don't listen a lot to his music, but I always liked Darkness On The Edge of Town, that's the album I play most.

That's my favorite Bruce as well! I just love every song on it!


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Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
It's the working, the working, just the working life.

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain,
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain,
Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life,
The working, the working, just the working life.

End of the day, factory whistle cries,
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes.
And you just better believe, boy,
somebody's gonna get hurt tonight,


 

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I don't listen a lot to his music, but I always liked Darkness On The Edge of Town, that's the album I play most.

That's my favorite Bruce as well! I just love every song on it!


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Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
It's the working, the working, just the working life.

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain,
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain,
Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life,
The working, the working, just the working life.

End of the day, factory whistle cries,
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes.
And you just better believe, boy,
somebody's gonna get hurt tonight,





Lights out tonight
trouble in the heartland
Got a head-on collision
smashin' in my guts, man
I'm caught in a cross fire
that I don't understand
But there's one thing I know for sure girl
I don't give a damn
For the same old played out scenes
I don't give a damn
For just the in betweens
Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul
I want control right now
talk about a dream
Try to make it real
you wake up in the night
With a fear so real
Spend your life waiting
for a moment that just don't come
Well, don't waste your time waiting

CHORUS
Badlands, you gotta live it everyday
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay
We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
and these badlands start treating us good

Workin' in the fields
till you get your back burned
Workin' 'neath the wheel
till you get your facts learned
Baby I got my facts
learned real good right now
You better get it straight darling
Poor man wanna be rich,
rich man wanna be king
And a king ain't satisfied
till he rules everything

I wanna go out tonight,
I wanna find out what I got
Well I believe in the love that you gave me

I believe in the love that you gave me
I believe in the faith that could save me
I believe in the hope
and I pray that some day
It may raise me above these

CHORUS

mmmmmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmmm

For the ones who had a notion,
a notion deep inside
That it ain't no sin
to be glad you're alive
I wanna find one face
that ain't looking through me
I wanna find one place,
I wanna spit in the face of these badlands

CHORUS



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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:08 PM
I heard his new single on the radio the other day.I can't remember the name of it but it had Radio in the title. It was a very strange song. The DJ said it was like mixing Pearl Jam with Tommy Two-Tone before he played it. I heard what he ment it was a very fast paced song like a PJ song and there was a break in it that sounded like 867-5309?
 

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I heard his new single on the radio the other day.I can't remember the name of it but it had Radio in the title. It was a very strange song. The DJ said it was like mixing Pearl Jam with Tommy Two-Tone before he played it. I heard what he ment it was a very fast paced song like a PJ song and there was a break in it that sounded like 867-5309?


I will say that this song disappoints me.

For over 30 years Bruce will ask the crowd "is there anybody alive out there?" and now it's had a song written around that simple "audience participation" bit.


Maybe Warren will write a song around "how y'all doing, huh?".

Or Gregg can do 'y'all a great bunch".

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:33 PM
I've just recently discovered Bruce. I love his music. Everybody who doesn't have Born to Run, go out and buy the 30th Anniversary Box Set. It includes a making of Dvd and a concert Dvd. That album, I dare to say, is the greatest album ever. I listen to it everyday. My favorite Bruce song Is probably "shes the one"

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I've just recently discovered Bruce. I love his music. Everybody who doesn't have Born to Run, go out and buy the 30th Anniversary Box Set. It includes a making of Dvd and a concert Dvd. That album, I dare to say, is the greatest album ever. I listen to it everyday. My favorite Bruce song Is probably "shes the one"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3-8LUvW9qv4




That concert DVD of the '75 Hammersmith Odeon is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. Pure Raw Power.

 

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I've just recently discovered Bruce. I love his music. Everybody who doesn't have Born to Run, go out and buy the 30th Anniversary Box Set. It includes a making of Dvd and a concert Dvd. That album, I dare to say, is the greatest album ever. I listen to it everyday. My favorite Bruce song Is probably "shes the one"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3-8LUvW9qv4




That concert DVD of the '75 Hammersmith Odeon is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. Pure Raw Power.


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And Darkness is by far my fav Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce disc

 

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