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  • Springsteen fan since? Late 70's
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway? Sways
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  1. Just for grins...

      I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year. Now, it's Election night.
  2. Just for grins...

      On his deathbed, a lifelong Republican supporter suddenly announced that he was switching to the Democrats. “I can’t believe you’re doing this.” said his friend. “For your entire life you’re been a staunch Republican. Why would you want to become a Democrat now?” “Because I’d rather it was one of them that dies than one of us.”  
  3. Just for grins...

    A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?" The dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me capitalism. Your mother, she's the administrator of the money, so we'll call her the government. We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you the people. The nanny, we'll consider her the working class. And your baby brother, we'll call him the future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense." The little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has soiled his diaper. The little boy goes to his parents' room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed. The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now." The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about." The little boy replies, "Well, while capitalism is screwing the working class, the government is sound asleep, the people are being ignored and the future is in deep shit."
  4. Just for grins...

    Hillary Clinton gets elected President and is spending her first night in the White House.The ghost of George Washington appears, and Hillary says, "How can I best serve my country?"Washington says, "Never tell a lie,"Ouch! Says Hillary, I don't know about that.The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson appears...Hillary says, "How can I best serve my country?"Jefferson says, "Listen to the people,"Ho! I really don't want to do that.On the third night, the ghost of Abe Lincoln appears...Hillary says, "How can I best serve my country?"Lincoln says, "Go to the theater."
  5. Just for grins...

    Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should both be changed regularly… and for the same reason.  
  6. idiots

    I'm not a big fan of the signs thing...except that this was the part of the show where one could expect a 'rarity' or a cool cover...something not on the playlist. I miss that part this time around. For the new shows as they come out...get a decent pair of headphones, hit the couch, close your eyes and 'lose yourself in that zone'. Unless your dog starts barking or something you'll be able to listen to the 'beauty of the music and lyrics' to your hearts content. And you won't have to worry about those Walmart people....
  7. Fashion in some fashion

      I tried a couple of those looks back in the early 80's....I got arrested.
  8. The iPod Shuffle

    You Got the World (Right Where You Want It) -- Graham Parker Dixie Fried - Chris Isaak Heartaches By The Numbers -- Rosanne Cash w/Elvis Costello Somewhere Down the Crazy River -- Robbie Robertson Into the Mystic -- The Allman Brothers (Live)  
  9. Fashion in some fashion

    A really long time ago when I had little bare baby feet, I wore diapers. But I never robbed a bank in my diapers.
  10. As it always does, it comes down to personal taste and opinions.  In earlier post, you mentioned something about Bruce being able to 'deal with socio-political issues' and 'venturing into American and class history' when he's free of the ball in chain that is the ESB.  I still don't buy that. To bring this back to the original question...Bruce was and is at his best when he's NOT dealing with any of these things.  Which is why those earlier days...1980 and earlier were best...for me.  He also doesn't need the banjo band to talk to these issues.   As far as Bruce having fun on the stage. IMO he has fun on the stage no matter who's behind him. He was damn near delirious during the 2009 MSG River about a guy having fun.  I will always prefer Bruce standing front and center, guitar strapped on and the E Street Band ready to rock behind him. I've never looked to Bruce for lessons on class history or to teach me about societal issues. I especially don't need Bruce to tell me stories about John Henry, Mr's McGrath, Old Dan Tucker or My Oklahoma Home complete with a banjo backing.  I'm looking for Bruce to entertain me with the power of the Rock and Roll music that I love...that he plays to perfection with the ESB....but that's just me.   
  11. I have a hard time thinking that the ESB is some sort of ball and chain for Bruce in any fashion.  
  12. Wait...I know you and many others are fans of the Seeger banjo band...but do you really think that's the best? Better than the real band? Cause that what I called crazy talk. And for the record, I like banjo's.  Back in the 'stoop' days it was a unique and pleasing experience to hear a bunch of Brooklyn guys playing guitar and banjo tunes on summer day.  I'm also in 100% agreement that Bruce had a blast during that tour. I caught the MSG show and that was obvious.  I'm just saying that comparatively speaking, the Seeger Session stuff is simply not in the same league as what one hears when Bruce and the ESB take the stage.  Are there really people around here that given a choice, would rather hear a rousing version of Froggie went a Courtin' over a blistering guitar drenched song like 'Because the Night'? 
  13. This discussion comes up under different guises (1978 vs 1984 etc.) over the years. Often still interesting to get different opinions, but I don't think there's a 'right' answer. Except when people say stuff like the Seeger Session banjo stuff is the best....that's just crazy talk. I think this 'argument' was put forth in the past and I agree with it...the early Bruce...1980 and before was best.  This was the period of time where Bruce had so much to much to lose. As great as the Bruce and ESB shows still are to this day, it's impossible to replicate the intensity of a show being performed by an artist and his band that was still basically playing for their lives...they still had lots to lose if they failed...they were beyond hungry and it showed.  You just can't go back to that again. To be clear...Bruce and the mighty E Street Band are still quite capable of putting on a kick ass rock and roll show...that is why they are still very best at what they do. But I'd still give up just about anything to be transported to a show in 1978 and feeling the electricity snapping in the air as that E Street Band hit the stage....
  14. quote/thought of the day

    As I've always said: The future lies ahead.  - Pat Paulsen
  15. For what it's worth...the songs listed as sound checked at MSG on 27th....all wrong.