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    Been at the Springsteen tribute band gig in Hove UK tonight and met some great fans. How about this for one of the best photos ever taken, from Wembley 2016. Leasa Williams took it and she has no idea what a gem it is. Until tonight only a handful of her friends have ever seen it. It deserves the Greasy Lake publicity I'm sure you will agree....
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    This is the story of me (a long time lurker, now a laker) and my daughter trying to get a live Jungleland. It's a bit long. 1999: My Daughter has been a Springsteen fan from the very beginning. Her first (and my third) concert was on the reunion tour in Berlin Wuhlheide (second night). She was still in her mother's womb then. 2000-2003: I listened a lot to the LINYC CD and especially loved LOHAD while going through some hard times with my wife leaving me. Later I bought the LINYC-DVD and watched it a lot with my kids. They loved 41 shots and 10th Avenue Freze Out. When Bruce jumped on the Grand Piano they would jump on the couch, when he jumped down again they would jump down. I went to the Berlin Concert in 2002 and Hamburg in 2003 - my first Bruce concert out of My Hometown. The kids were still too young then to take them with me (3 and 5). 2008: My son has his 10th Birthday, my daughter is still 8. Both old enough now. For his 10th Birthday I take Jonah (and of course Daria) to Hamburg, their first concert ever. I asked them, which song they were hoping for. Jonah didn't care, Daria was very destined: JUNGLELAND. We had a great concert, but no Jungleland. 2009: WOAD-Tour. Again Bruce doesn't make it to Berlin. So I travel to Frankfurt. I want to be in the pit for the first time and think I cannot take my 10 year old daughter with me to wait in queue for hours in the sun. So I travel alone. First time in the pit was great, meeting so many nice people, it felt like a big family. A fantastic main set incl. Point Blank and Factory was then topped by my first live JUNGLELAND! I immediately called my daughter on the cell phone to let her hear it. She was happy for me but not so happy for herself. 2012: I get GA Tickets for Berlin. Daria instantly begins drawing a beautiful request sign for JUNGLELAND. I tell her, we'll have to be very early at the stadium to make it to the pit. A few days later I find out, that since this tour there are FOS-Tickets --- too late. We don't make it to the pit, Daria takes her sign with her nevertheless, we have a great night but no JUNGLELAND. 2013: Leipzig, FOS-Tickets, we make it to the Pit, third row, the new sign is even better. Bruce looks at it and smiles ... but doesn't take it. Great show - no JUNGLELAND! 2016 - (part 1): The first European dates materialize, again no Berlin date (so far). There is one thing I always wanted to do, but never thought I would: Go to a Bruce show in Gothenburg! One day Daria was sitting with me on the couch (yes, the same one) and told me, that Gothenburg got on sale today - and that there would even be two shows - and if I thought that Berlin dates would be announced. I assured her that he will come to Berlin and 10 minutes later June 19th was announced. Luckily I got FOS-Tickets again. A new, even better request sign was drawn. We again made it to third row, beautiful wheather, great show, Bruce again smiled at the sign, again didn't take it. And then the first encore: Those piano chords, my new wife gives her a big hug, finally: BACKSTREETS! It's definitely her second favourite song and our anticipation was so high, that my wife mixed up the two. Daria really enjoyed Backstreets, but when I watched her staring at the still untaken request sign in her hands after the show, I knew Backstreets was only a second prize for her. 2016 - (part 2): What Daria did not know then: On the very day she asked me on the couch if I thought Bruce would come to Berlin, my wife managed to get me two tickets for the second Gothenburg show (not FOS, seats in section N). A few days before I had decided, I would give her a birthday present in advance (and fulfill my own dream) that she would never forget: Gothenburg. So the Berlin announcement came a bit unpleasant and expensive (I could not tell her we would not go, nor did I want to spoil the surprise). On the evening of the first Gothenburg show we had a party at my house. I put on LOHAD and at the first verse "Grab your Ticket and your suitcase" I handed her a suitcase and a flight ticket. All the others knew about it, she had no idea. And didn't realize. I told her to look at the ticket (plain paper printout) and finally she saw her name on it and the destination. Next day we flew to Gothenburg. What a beautiful city! At midsummer! The whole town in Bruce mode! Newspapers full of Bruce! We walked to the stadium, met the hard core fans. A nice lady (I think she had number 26 on her hand) saw the sign and really liked it. She said she could take it to front row for us. I told her my plan (dream) was to walk around the city with this sign, and maybe by accident we would run into Bruce and give it to him. She wished us good luck and I promised we would be back the next morning if it didn't work out. Daria found out, which hotel Bruce and the band were staying at. So in the evening we walked there, I had some beer. We met some really nice people, especially a young lady from Pittsburg, who told us she had this very same father-daughter-bond by Bruce as we have. Later on we got to see all of the band, I took a selfie with Gary (playing bass myself). We didn't come close enough to Bruce to get a signature though. Next day, show day: What do you do, when you don't have to be at the stadium early, because you have tickets with the seat number printed on them? Go to the hotel again at 10 am. When we arrived nobody was there. We sat down at the hotel terrace, which is reserved for guests only. Nothing happens, nobody cares. Then I have to go to the restrooms. Where do I go? Into the Hotel! On my way back I ask at the bar if they serve capuccino on the terrace. Sure! I get my cappuccino, later I want to pay. The waitress asks for our room number. Ehh, no room number! She says she has to check with her boss. It's ok. I order another capuccino. More people gather around the hotel. Ropes are pulled. A guy from the hotel comes up to us and tells us we'd have to leave. I tell him, the waitress said, it's ok and I just ordered a capuccino. He agrees and says we can stay. Suddenly we are in the front row. Not in the stadium but at Bruce's hotel. Hours pass by, more and more people gather, Daria is interviewd by the local press. She tells the story of her first concert in the womb and what her sign is about (it showed a Giant Exxon Sign, a Barefoot Girl sitting on the hood of a dodge, a street sign saying Flamingo Lane and lots of charcoal painted Brucies flashing guitars just like switch blades). More people gathering, ropes being pulled tighter, we are front row. The band leaves the hotel one after another. Finally Bruce and Patti! Patti sees the sign, comes up to us and tells Daria how pretty it is. I tell her to take it, because we won't make it to the front row. She stands there in awe and asks us, if she really can take it. She is such a nice person! She takes it and takes some more selfies. Seconds later I hear my sometimes shy daughter scream: "Can you sign my shirt, Bruce?" "Here you go, sweetheart" was his reply. That shirt is framed in her room now. Seconds later Bruce, Patti and our sign enter the limousine and off to Ullevi they go. Wow! Is a dream a lie if it don't come true? But what is a dream if it more than comes true? Here comes the show! Great setlist in the main set, so many things we hoped for: Racing, Independence Day, Something in the Night... The main set is over and something incredible happened in my head. I knew, I took my daughter here to finally hear Jungleland. I knew Patti took the request sign. I knew it was Gothenburg, it was night two, he didn't play Jungleland on night one. I did not fear, I did not hope, i did KNOW what was coming next. I was totally relaxed, grabbed her hand, and then Soozie and Roy started the first chords of JJUUNNGGLLEELLAAND! Yes! Finally! It all worked out! 2016 -(Encore 1): The next morning at the hotel. The local newspaper Göteborg Posten has a story of the concert and a sixteen year old girl from Germany, who heard her first Bruce concert in her mothers womb. The article is headed by a picture of Bruce signing her shirt. 2016 - (Encore 2): Around one month later Daria asks me if I had any plans for next Sunday. "No, why?" "I just won two tickets for the Zurich show!". OK, some more plane tickets, another great show (esp. None But the Brave, Roll of the Dice and again Jole Blon (recommended in B-Flat)) and another JJUUNNGGLLEELLAANNDD! What a summer! Faith will be rewarded!
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    As some of you may have noticed, this 4th of July is not only the American Independence Day, but also the launch day for the new Greasy Lake. The design of the mother site has changed, some new features have been introduced, and this message board was reorganized as well as integrated better with the rest of the site. I know all this will seem confusing to some, but I hope after a little while, it will all seem familiar again and - dare I say it - an improvement! Basically, what has happened to the forum is that we have gotten rid of most of the sub-forums. That is, they are still there, but they can now be found in the main forum index. Beyond the Palace has changed its name to Loose Ends, the trading section is completely gone, a couple of minor sub-forums have been merged, and that's about it. No content has been deleted, but has been moved to whatever other forum seemed most relevant. I can only encourage you to dive into the new mother site, which you can read more about in my newsblog article. As you will see, that's also where I ask for volunteers to help maintain Greasy Lake, an invitation that is of course also directed at all you wonderful message board users. As usual with changes, I ask for your patience with any problems you may come across. You are more than welcome to report them to me here on this thread or in private messages. Happy 4th of July to all Americans, and the rest of you, just have a wonderful regular Tuesday!
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    I love this video. OK, I admit it. I'm craving some Bruce. It's been too long already.
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    I have probably listened to Thunder Road more than any other Bruce song. Born to Run was my first Bruce Album that I got at the age of 13. This was all three of my kids lullaby songs (I just heard a concert with Bruce saying that Thunder Road is a "Rock and Roll Lullaby," which made me pause). I made a conservative estimate that I have heard this song at least 300 times a year....it is probably more. So....I am 51 today. The song is 4.59 seconds long. That means I have heard Thunder Road for 3,408,600 seconds....or 56,810 minutes....or 946.83 hours...or 39.45 days! In my opinion....Time Well Spent! And that's just one song!
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    To all our American Lakers, happy National Holiday. Have fun celebrating. Hope the weather is treating you nicely, and you have beer, burgers and all the necessary things at hand.
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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. It shows so much fun just playing music, regardless of whose song, and the way he works it out at the beginning ( all the time knowing that Little Steven had it right and the rest was just showing off) is just great showmanship. It helps that this was THE best Springteen-show I've ever been to. One for the ages. A man at the height of his powers, effortlessly pulling it off.
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    I may have written a review (for the first time!) and I woke up to find it posted by SS on Twitter & Facebook so I thought I'd post it here (with some persuasion from @rosiejaneymary ) incase anyone was interested http://thesubstantive.com/2017/06/southside-johnny-and-the-asbury-jukes-kentish-town-2017/
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    Here's Bertie! Nearly lost my glasses, one of my great nieces shoes and my toe nail! But he is pretty cute!
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    When did buying lightbulbs turn into such a mission? You used to go in, buy a lightbulb based on how bright you wanted it 40w, 60w etc. Small bayonet, large bayonet, small eddison screw, large eddison screw, candle, globe, halogen, LED, spiral, crystallite, eco, super-eco, incandescent...then they still have watts, but then they have "traditional watts" in brackets. Lumens........WTF are Lumens? I bought a lightbulb yesterday, I thought it was 40 watts, nice and subdued for a standard lamp in the main living chambers at Rat Towers. Plugged it in, fuck me you could've used it to land planes. The place was lit up like a T'Pau video from the 80s. The world's gone mad I tells ya
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    Best opening to a show I've been at was this one.
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    This made a showing today on FB. It's been awhile since I watched it. In my opinion it's the best video of Bruce's even though it does make me a little sad too. Thought it would be nice if we all visited it again.
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    So today has been mostly spent looking after this little chap...Rocco.
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    I'm a liberal, not a Democrat, so my experience may vary. I'm planning on eating Chinese food, blaspheming Jesus in public, and volunteering at the local abortion clinic.
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    Kate got a 2:1 from Northumbria Uni! Business and Marketing. I'll add photos of her in her robes'n'stuff after her graduation on July 8th. I'm so happy and proud of her!
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    Shock horror Entertainer in Entertaining scandal
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    I always assumed he was following SetListVision
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    Thunder Road right now
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    We have an actor who jokes about killing the President and we have a Republican Congress that will pass a health care law that will result in the deaths of many people. Who is worse?
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    This was brilliant in Dublin 2012. And I was there
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    Born to Run has the best video because it contains the best song of al time and shows why Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are the best around It's such a welcoming video.
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    I figure a lot of the older recordings require more post-production work and more time to prepare for release. If they release more recent shows in the meantime, I'm happy to add them to my collection. When I'm not overly thrilled about a particular release, I think back to a time when it seemed like Springsteen would never put out a live album and then when he finally did, as great as it was, it wasn't a complete show. I wasn't very excited about the first 2009 show they released and now it's one of my most-played archive series shows. There's something on every release that I love and I'm grateful for. I also wonder if the old shows are closer to our hearts than Bruce's and maybe he is closer to the things he's done recently. Anyway, I'm sure there are plenty of early shows on the way. This series isn't ending next week.
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    READ THE AMA STATEMENT OF POLICY that I quoted above. It is very clear. Is there something about it that you find confusing or unclear? If so, please quote the statement and describe exactly what you do not understand. The most restrictive standard applies: it's simple logic. If the law allows it but the medical profession says it is wrong medical practice then it won't happen. Similarly, if the doctors are ok from a medical standpoint but the law restricts it then the law prevails. There is no medical rationale behind 18 weeks, or the 20 weeks that some states have attempted to institute. At least be honest and say that you want to limit a woman's right to choose and force her to carry to term if she fails to (1) discover she is pregnant (since you are male please go research about women not knowing they are pregnant for a variety of reasons), (2) make a decision about what to do in such momentous circumstances, AND (3) find a way to take action if she chooses abortion. There are 36 counties in Oregon. 28 of those (78%) with 30% of the population have ZERO providers of such services. It's not easy. In my experience anyone who believes women in such circumstances take this lightly has never known anyone in that circumstance, and thus judges from a position of ignorance.
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    The holiday kid visiting here for a week Apparently the old thread has died..
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    This all happened in the last hour. I made a cup of tea and sat out on my balcony. I heard the very familiar sounds of 'Prove it All Night'. I walked back into my flat just to check if I'd left music playing. I hadn't. This was someone else. And then on came 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'. ONE OF MY NEIGHBOURS IS A SPRINGSTEEN FAN. I immediately had to know who. I had instant fantasies of secretly putting copies of great bootlegs through their door. So I walked out of my flat - locking the door as I left (when I close on way out I have to lock it---) but then my key wouldn't come out of the lock. I saw it had somehow been bent. I tried to bend it back, it SNAPPED IN HALF. Half my key in my hand, half in the door. I'd left my phone in my flat and i literally had no way of accessing my flat. But I'd left the balcony door open round the back. I walked to the high street to find someone who would lend me a ladder. He kindly walked it round with me. I broke into my own flat. I currently can't lock my door and I don't know who the Springsteen fan is. But that's my story of the day.
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    The usual...I'll descend from my carbon-neutral ivory tower to a picnic lunch of organic tofu pate, Salad Nicoise, and chilled tannin-free white wine. We wrap up the evening with a bonfire of bras and Bibles. Is there some other way?
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    I'm having lobstah and clam chowdah and then going to the parade in my small town. The parade is firetrucks from neighboring towns, and local HS marching bands. The firemen throw candy at the little kids in the town. Pure small town Americana here in liberal Massachusetts.
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    Roger inspired me to write a children's song. He's big and yellow He's creepy and cool When Roger comes chargin' Don't be a fool Stop takin' pictures and Get outta the pool You don't wanna fuck With Roger The Duck A quack, a smack and you're a duck snack So don't push your luck With Roger The Duck
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    Roger wanted to come in the pool too. This is Roger.
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    I ended up having to send my pictures via text message and then via email to get them to my computer. Because of that they may be a little grainy. Sorry about that. I don't know what is wrong with my phone sending from my email. Anyway here are a few pictures from Wednesday at Asbury Park.
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    We all know nothing beats those few moments before he takes to the stage,knowing that we're in for 3+ hours of absolute heaven,and then they all come out one by one or sometimes some of them two by two,and we're ready to rock.So I was wondering what is your favourite concert opener that you have either experienced in concert or viewed online,on a dvd,or even listened to? For me my favourite has to be Roll of the Dice Uncasville 2014 which I saw on Youtube.It was the last gig of the HH tour (from my recollection) and his voice and face seemed a bit shot and tired, but I just love it so much:the energy,the crowd,the horns,the band,the sound...everything!Maybe because it has been my favourite Bruce song for the past 6 months has helped sway the decision.Incident solo on piano in Dublin 2016 is a close second which I was fortunate enough to be at. What about you guys?
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    I'm gonna go with Take 'Em As They Come from the reunion tour. Specifically, LA, closing night 10-23-1999. He came out on fire. Plus, I got Incident that night.
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    Repairman left about 8 pm. A/C now running, but still 94 inside. 106 outside. By tomorrow morning, everything should be good.
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    We do. They are called Trump rallies.
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    If I may, I've been hammered with this kind of stuff for years and I've taught this kind of stuff to hundreds of students. The phrase "the plural of anecdote is not data" makes no sense if you take it literally. Anecdotes are, in fact, data. There are two kinds of data in social sciences: quantitative and qualitative. Anecdotes are, most definitely, qualitative data. The thing with qualitative data is that is gives you a lot of detail about a limited number of cases which makes it valuable (because it gives you acces to data you wouldn't otherwse have access to) and very, very difficult to interpret (because it doesn't rely on statistical analysis, it's much more prone to subjective understandings, but that is debatable). For example, if you want to know details about people's live, you can interview them and that will give you a shitload of data, but it's impossible to interview thousands of people, so you'll end up with detailed information of a limited number of subjects. The downside of this, and this is the important part, is that you CAN'T extrapolate the findings of qualitative data to a larger population for the very simple reason that they are not statistically representative of that population. Quantitative data (a survey by questionnaire, for example) can reach a very large number of people but it can't give you the depth that qualitative data can. You will end up with more or less superficial data about a large number of people. Of course, the way you ask the questions and the answer you make available are also ways of influencing (even if unconsciously) the results, but, in the end you get a lot of data that you can insert in a database and analyse statistically. If you do things right, you will end up with data that, after interpretation, allows to extrapolate to a bigger population. That's because quantitative data, unlike qualitative data, can be statistically representative. So my guess is that when people say "the plural of anecdote is not data", what they mean is that it's not statistically meaningful data. And if that's the case, they're right. Because an anecdote can give you a lot of data, but it never allows you to infer anything about a larger group.
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    That Hyde Park show was amazing, the total surprise of getting Thunder Road to start and then ending with Macca, just magical!
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    Waiting On A Sunny Day - Glasgow 2016
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    As a show opener I'm torn between Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love on their respective album tours. The anticipation, excitement and poor joy of these two openers are up there with my all time Bruce Springsteen fuckin' wow !! moments.
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    Taken today. Looks like Bruce is trying to figure out the best way to keep everyone happy.