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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
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    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. Details still coming in of course. Lots of people badly injured and several dead. It's a good thing he had a couple of knives, and not a couple of guns or a bomb.
  2. Awful. I haven't been to London in years now, but I grew up there and spent some time there as a young adult. It's the closest I have to a hometown.
  3. Happy Birthday, April!
  4. Probably some stupid bullshit thing like getting to meet the opening up act...
  5. There are countless covers of Chuck Berry classics, and the most interesting of them usually change up the melody a little, but IMO there are very few that I'd say actually surpass the original versions. Listen to him today and his songs still sound fresh and edgy. Sure, rock bands louder and had more instruments for a fuller sound, but there's a certain driving urgency to his lyrical delivery that is very hard to improve upon. His guitarwork is also oustanding, although if you've only heard the studio versions of the "Great 28" you wouldn't know how dynamic he is.
  6. Damn, Chuck Berry too, now? I guess we were lucky to have him for as long as we did. I've always thought of Chuck Berry, more than anyone else, as the grandfather of rock n roll. His influence on rock music, and indirectly so much of what afterwards, is hard to appreciate. He not only provided the fundamental building blocks for how rock n roll should sound, but his lyrics, at first listen just about girls and girls, included clever and sly social commentary and managed to appeal to audiences in the '50s and '60s across the racial spectrum. I saw him live in the late '90s with my father at an outdoor amphitheater in Virginia. He was triple-billed with two other Founding Fathers of rock n roll - Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Chuck went on last and played for an hour or so. Of the three of them, he was the most impressive - certainly past his prime from a musical and point of view, but he was an outstanding showman, and extremely charismatic. He'd forget the lyrics to a song, and turn it to his advantage by asking the audience for help. I remember thinking at the time how grateful I was to be catching an actual Chuck Berry show. Rock n Roll's First Guitar has left the building.
  7. "A sense of family" is right. I didn't realize he missed a show - did Ed Manion just play his solos?
  8. Jake has done a terrific job. I was disappointed when they initially announced he would be joining the band, I had been rooting for Ed Manion and/or a horn section, and I didn't think that being big and black and related to Clarence qualified Jake for the job. I was very wrong about that. Jake's presence onstage helps us process our loss of Clarence. In 2012 it seemed like every solo he played was a celebration of Clarence. He's also a good sax player - not quite as powerful as his uncle, but technically at least as good, and better than C was towards the end. And he has charisma - that is important. This wouldn't have worked with someone who played all the solos perfectly, but who had a forgettable stage personality.
  9. It is just down the road from me and for a good charity, but I think it's a little too expensive for me. Am happy for all who are able to go.
  10. That's interesting. But he never changed or removed those lines, despite having all those chances to. He had no qualms rewriting this song ad nauseum, but the "thunder road" line never changed.
  11. I love the full band studio versions from 77-78, and wish the full band live version from Buffalo '78 was available in good sound quality. The solo piano versions are great too, but I think the song benefits from the full band pushing it. I prefer the "My Daddy taught me how to walk quiet..." verse - so that raw video version on The Darkness box set pretty much ticks all my boxes. It is a song that Bruce has clearly never been fully comfortable with - he wrote it and recorded it, but didn't release it on Darkness. He played t live in '78 but only after changing the lyrics to something that might allude less to his lawsuit. He didn't like any of the recorded versions enough so he rerecorded it for 18 tracks in what was IMO probably the only really bad version. He played it on and off live in the Reunion era, but very rarely with the band. And when he finally released it again on the Darkness box set, he removed a couple of lines at the end, and seems to have removed those lines when he sings it live now. He finally admitted that it was partly about the lawsuit I believe, but it isn't a song that seems to sit comfortably with him. It's a terrific song, perhaps one of his best ever, but it seems to continue to haunt him, like he feels it never quite fits or something. One can only speculate at the conscious and subconscious things in his head about the song. The song has connections to Thunder Road, Darkness, and Racing, and is a composition that will probably fascinate fans indefinitely.
  12. "Keep pushin' til its understood..."
  13. "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.
  14. 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.