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Old 08-22-2008, 12:32 AM   #841
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I don't like Out In the Street.
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I don't like Out In the Street.



But you have so many pluses on your side, I forgive you.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:44 AM   #843
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Actually I really dont' like it that much either, I was pretty glad it opened THIS show

But I am fing pissed that he played I'm On Fire...the odds of him playing it in St. Louis, no matter how amazing my request sign is, are now quite grim
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Driving to Nashville with two of best my friends from work (we were two professors and a dean from a public university in a small town on the Cumberland plateau) to see Springsteen on the Thursday before a new semester begins was kind of a big deal (“going with my boss to see The Boss” I posted on my Facebook page). Having scored mainfloor, general admission seats, we knew this would be an all day event. With some basic knowledge about Springsteen’s numbered wristband system and the lottery that determines who gets in “the pit,” we made sure to get there in time to collect our best chance in the form of thin black bands marked 506, 507, and 508. At 5pm, the already thick and sticky summer air wrapped us in sweaty fog of anticipation. A handsome guy in a hat got chosen to draw the magic number, and his fingers did not fail. We were within a coupled hundred of the first number. We would get to stand down front!

The hockey arena as concert hall has always been a challenge for me. While I knew that Bruce and the E Street Band could turn a massive stadium into a neighborhood saloon, I suddenly found myself gulping the sheer gravity of the high-proof realization that I would be as close to the band tonight as if I were seeing this show in actual barroom.

The ensuing hours passed rather quickly. Some fans got beers; others collected t-shirts, programs, and posters. People in the pit were polite; nobody packed it in too close. At 8:30pm, the house lights dimmed, and the communal roar rumbled across the room.

Being a real admirer of Springsteen’s legacy but situating myself somewhat short of being a hardcore fan made it possible to approach the show with an open mind that is sometimes hard to maintain with my more serious rock and roll obsessions. Luckily, I had others around me on whom I could lean with my questions about the setlist and the musically amazing denizens of E Street. In our trio, I was with someone who’d last seen Bruce in the 70s and another fan celebrating his tenth show.

For this cast of showmen to show up every night and kick it for three hours like they do (I clocked tonight’s set at 2:53) demands a delicate brew of musical levity and communal insanity, and Bruce is the best of rock and roll evangelists, taking a setlist as sermon and twisting it with shamanic witness. He’s as willing to testify with hits and standards as he is with the virtuosity of obscure fan favorites and a visionary choice of cover tunes. The added dimension of taking cues from the home-made posters brought by fans gives the entire show an interactive depth and endearing playfulness. Perhaps Bruce came to town tonight planning to play the late Joe Summer a birthday treat in the form of “I Fought The Law,” but it sure looked like a spontaneous, fan-inspired moment to us.

For me, 2008 has already been an epic year of rock and roll experiences—transformative, transcendent, and frankly tremendous in every way. There are always shows I want to see that I need to skip for personal or financial reasons, but the selections on my final list have been so stellar that it almost sounds boastful to give descriptive detail to the delights of the stratosphere that my sonic explorations have revealed. Watching a sweat-drenched Boss throw his arms to the heaven or make eye-contact with fans as individuals, we could peer inside the magical world of someone who’s dream is his career. An almost boyish playfulness inside this man takes us all from the healing baptismal pool to the fiery service where Bruce is a preacher in the good church of rock and roll.
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You've got to be kidding. He did the Mona intro before She's The One? That's the best way to hear that song live (well, either with Mona or Not Fade Away).

Damn.
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Achk... And he did I'm Going Down, too.

Damn you, Bruce...
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:46 AM   #847
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I have "Not Fade Away" next to "She's the One" in my notes.

"I'm Going Down" was one of the requests from the signs, I think.

Does anyone know the origin of the signs thing? People were so into it, esp. Bruce.
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I don't like Out In the Street.
Same here.
In fact, I think that album (The River) is quite spotty.
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In fact, I think that album (The River) is quite spotty.
Agreed.

But I like Out in the Street.
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I like The River. Sure, it's got some throwaways on it, but they are fun throwaways.
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Yeah, it's not his best and is a bit up and down but I'll take The River any day over Human Touch, Lucky Town, Tom Joad, Devils and Dust, and Magic.

Although obviously those are all written from different progressions of his career and different perspectives so it's hard to compare, but yeah you know what I mean.
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I don't know squat about production and that stuff, but I think The River sounds very dated. Not as much as Born In the USA, but enough that it makes me notice it, so there you go.
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The River is in my bottom five Bruce albums , just because of the vast number of throwaways on it. The songs I like on it though I REALLY like, so, there's that
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I like The River. Sure, it's got some throwaways on it, but they are fun throwaways.
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Yeah, it's not his best and is a bit up and down but I'll take The River any day over Human Touch, Lucky Town, Tom Joad, Devils and Dust, and Magic.
You'll take The River over Magic? The others I can understand, but Magic? Springsteen's best album in at least the last 10 years? :shakes head in disbelief: To each his own.

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Omfg, really, I don't know what else to say but omfg...I am laying here in my hotel room, I can't hear and I can barely move my legs, but I think that may poosibly have been the single greatest musical experience of my life to date.
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