Magnus

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About Magnus

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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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    Silver Spring, MD
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    First heard Bruce in '89, diehard fan since around '93 or so
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    Well, "as the radio plays" rhymes with "sways"
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    Bruce, rock music, history, Lego, cooking, other nerdery...
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  1. "Spirit in the Night" is my longtime favorite from Greetings, ever since it smacked me upside the head the very first time heard it on Live 75-85. There's something about that relentless groovy riff that never gets old for me. I remember very soon after I first heard it, I was at my first (not Bruce) concert ever, with the Norwegian band DeLillos, who were playing a free show at my middle school. And as much as I had fun at that show, the "Spirit in the Night" riff kept going through my head and distracting me. I'm not sure the current drawn out versions bring out the best in the song. The way it has been played since 2012, it serves the band more than the band serves the song. For my money, those '78 tour versions were the best ever. I love how the band takes this laid back, casual jazzy little number and turns it into a stomping rocker that can come in right after the blitzing intensity of "Badlands", "Night", or "Streets of Fire" (or "Adam" as on the box set) - and it adds some air and fun to the show, without feeling like anything is slowing down. If Bruce dropped it from the setlist now, I'd be fine with that - it's been getting a lot of stage time on recent tours, and makes the biggest impression on me when it pops up as a surprise. I caught it a few times on the Reunion tour and remember how big of a thrill it was then.
  2. If you want to delve into this tour without getting over half a dozen shows at once, consider focusing on the ones that have more '92 era material. Sure, the setlists from the '92 NJ stand are more "interesting", but if you're going to invest time in this era, enjoy the songs that were specific to this tour, rather than hunting down rare performances of ESB classics that sounded better before and after with the ESB. The only older songs that sound better with this band than with the ESB are IMO Atlantic City and LoD, both of which exist in great sound on Plugged (You do have this already, right?). Granted, LoD really needs ten minutes to do itself justice but pretty much any show from this tour will include a long LoD. In addition to the HT/LT material, keep in mind the acoustic opening songs performed in '93 and some of the more unique covers. With all this in mind, if you were to start with just two bootlegs, I'd recommend USA Blues (which includes many of the highlights of the '93 leg) and a show from '92. The one off Meadowlands and MSG shows from '93 are best compared to the Asbury Park shows from '96 - unique and wild, but not representative of the tour as a whole.
  3. This tour changed enough from leg to leg that it warrants a couple of mentions. Wembley Night is a solid representation of the initial Euro leg, with some bonus tracks filling up space on the last disc. I'm not sure which of the US '92 shows to go for - perhaps All Those Nights for the rarities and a show from the fall or early winter to get a performance with lots of the fresh '92 material? The Euro leg in '93 was arguably the strongest part of the tour, any Crystal Cat bootleg will sound good, and add in USA Blues for good measure. I'd go with Meadowlands Night over New York City Night, but if you like this era, there is no reason not to get both.
  4. Hey, it's definitely not a bad song. It just isn't a personal favorite of mine - honestly I'd rather listen to Darlington County. He has over 300 songs and it just doesn't make the top third for me personally. On some level, every other song on WIESS speaks to me more directly in one way or other. I've always respected it for what he was trying to do (as best as I could understand) more than I loved it. NYCS doesn't make my personal top 100, not because it isn't a great song, but because I don't get the song, and Bruce has so many great songs. Now OTOH, Incident is a song I need to hear every now and then. I'll have a stressful day and I'll tell myself; "I'm gonna' put on a nice full band version of Incident when I get home, and for ten minutes or so I will lose myself in that song. I will look forward to that guitar solo at the end, and when it comes, it will sound as amazing as it always does. Incident will make my evening a little better and help me relax." I can fully understand how NYCS could do that for someone else - music appreciation is subjective. The memories and associations these songs evoke are all very personal.
  5. Incident is probably a top 10 song for me, at least a top 20. NYCS probably wouldn't make my top 100. Incident resonates with me emotionally, whereas NYCS is a song I feel I have yet to really get. I've heard both of them live a few times, certainly not often enough to be sick of them, although I prefer being surprised by an old gem than taking it for granted. Opening almost every show with NYCS to me, makes it a little less exciting. I think NYCS could work well as an encore opener or even a show closer for that matter. It's a strange song to start a show with IMO. What both of these songs have in common though, is that they both still sound terrific live, unlike many other well-loved songs from the '70s. I wish Thunder Road, Growin Up, Promised Land, Badlands still sounded as excellent today. Or The Promise for that matter - an outstanding song that has probably not been performed to perfection live since 1978.
  6. Real World solo - everyone raves about this and considers it to be amazing. I much prefer it in the original version on the album.
  7. Darkness tour - peaking in August-Sept River Tour - peaking in Europe BitUSA tour, peaking in late summer-fall of '84 ToL Express tour - peaking in April-May Reunion Tour - peaking in fall of 99 and spring-summer of 2000 Magic Tour - Excellent all around during its different stages for different reasons WB tour - peaking in early summer, at the end of the Euro leg
  8. NYCS is a novelty and a curiosity - it is quite unique in the Bruce cannon, and I think it is cool he is playing it a lot right now. But there is no comparison for me. Incident is a song that I'm just more attached to. It has a storyline that is clearer and I just find it more compelling. And live, THAT guitar solo at the end... Now, if you had asked me to choose between Incident and Sandy that would be very hard - I love both of those songs a whole lot for many of the same reasons.
  9. Just don't look up "queening" on Urban Dictionary. At least not from work.
  10. There is still the matter of the "69 Chevy with the 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor" ...
  11. See, I think a song like Crush on You would get less disrespect if it were a Stones songs that Bruce covered. Whereas an encore favorite like Quarter to Three - if Bruce had written that, people would consider it his worst song ever. People don't just like music based on how good it is, we like it based on how it matches our expectations.
  12. I wonder if people would like the song more if were written by someone else, it is so different from what we expect of Bruce. And while it fits in well on Greetings, it sticks out like a bit in his overall body of work. It's a strange weird song, probably not meant to make the listener feel entirely comfortable, but I've never hated it, and over the past decade or so I've come to love it for what it is. Bruce must regard it fairly highly, considering that he often opened acoustic radio shows with it back in the day and made a point to include it on Tracks.
  13. Yeah, parades are a big PITA. We had one that took up a week or two of our time during basic training, that was only a few months total. Later, I left the Royal Guards because I didn't want to spend my time marching around for tourists. Although being stationed in Oslo, just a mile from my house was pretty convenient, LOL.
  14. I don't have strong moral feelings about circuses - I don't doubt that many of the concerns about animal rights are well founded, but animal rights aren't one of the social issues that keep me up at night. As someone who eats meat and wears animal products, I'm wary of taking the high road. I've been to the circus just once or twice. I went in Moscow once, and enjoyed it, but I haven't made a point of going to a circus in over twenty years. I have very vague recollections of going to see the circus at Madison Square Garden in 1980 or 1981 when I was about 3. I remember looking down on several rings and there was a clown there. According to my parents, I was more enamored with the folding chairs than what was going on in the circus. But that was my first time at MSG, and I wouldn't get back there again for 20 or so years. I wish they had taken me to MSG back then to see Bruce instead I have a friend who has an awesome celebrity story of being a kid and going to the circus with Johnny Cash. He didn't know who Johnny Cash was at the time, but remembers appreciating that Cash bought him cotton candy.