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  1. I will try to keep this short, and also not name names for fear of leaving anyone out who was involved in this labor of love. In 2002, still reeling from 9/11, and when this was a smaller and tighter community, The Lake tragically lost a member known and beloved by many. Brilliantly Disguised was his screen name and many of us knew him as Steve. He passed way too young. As The Rising tour was underway, it was decided that we would make a large – I mean enormous – banner to transport from show to show for Lakers to sign in memory of Steve and that we would present the banner to Steve’s family. The banner made its way from show to show, being handed off to someone going to the next show, driven to someone in the next city, even mailed across the country and the world, and hundreds of signatures were gathered, including one bearing the name Bruce Springsteen itself. Television interviews were even given about it along the way. It was a Herculean collaborative effort that provided needed healing and bonding to our community. The banner was ultimately presented to Steve’s mother in St. Louis who expressed her deep gratitude to us in a thread. The link below (and links within) will tell you all of the details. https://www.greasylake.org/memorium/bd.htm Fast forward to last night. Yes, July 2021. A long time Laker saw a post in a Bruce group on Facebook from a worker in a nursing home. The worker was going through the belongings of a resident who had passed and found a banner containing signatures and referring to the Springsteen Rising Tour, along with an album of photos. The worker wanted to know what the story behind this banner might be. The Laker immediately tagged a number of us grizzled Lake veterans asking “could this be our banner.” We were shocked. Photos were exchanged and cobwebs were dusted off of memories, and a lot of fun and reconnecting of people who have shared this experience with each other for a long time was had. It turns out, yes, it was and is THE BANNER. We connected with the nursing home worker and told her as many details as we could remember and got acquainted with her. She was touched and amazed by the story and our community. It turns out the deceased resident was BD’s (Steve’s) mother. Of all the things she chose to take with her to the nursing home, among them was the banner. There is going to be a discussion and presentation about the banner at the nursing home, after which the banner will be sent to one of the many Lakers who was instrumental in this endeavor. For those who were around and remember the banner, and for those who were not, I hope you enjoy the story. The power of community, love, friendship, family, E Street Nation and Bruce, and Greasy Lake is mighty as the band itself. Peace and be well.
    37 points
  2. This has been crazy. This picture is the banner hanging in a St. Louis nursing home yesterday. (We’ve been told that it still stinks!) My friend Sgt. Dan and I gave the banner to Steve’s mom in 2005. I’m so touched that she kept it all these years and that the employee went to the trouble of finding us and has offered to send it back. Sgt. Dan has kindly offered to tell the story of the banner and its history to the nursing home members in August and I hope to join him. I went to 8 Rising shows. I first signed the banner in Auburn Hills and then just added the dates of the subsequent shows as the tour went on. I have many pictures of the banner in various cities that I can add later when I get home. I hosted it in St. Louis and then passed it on in Kansas City. For those of you not familiar with this story, this is a synopsis that I sent to the nursing home employee: Steve Ponath, Suzanne’s son was known as Brilliantly Disguised on our message board, Greasy Lake. It wasn’t a huge board back in 2000 and Steve posted a lot so we all “knew” him. In the summer of 2000, Bruce got a lot of flack from police officers after he performed his song 41 Shots about the police shooting of Amadou Diallo in NYC. The song was perceived to be anti-cop which it really wasn’t. Shortly after the song was performed and the controversy erupted, a St. Louis police officer, Robert Stanze, was shot and killed in the line of duty, leaving his young son and his wife who was pregnant with twins. Sgt. Dan was the police office assigned to assist Stanze’s wife, Michelle. Sgt. Dan is a huge Bruce fan. As he assisted Michelle, he got to know her best friend, Steve Ponath, our GL member and Suzanne’s son. About this time, Dan wrote a letter to Bruce through his manager telling the story of Officer Stanze and his widow. He told Bruce that he was a police officer who understood that the song was not anti-cop. He asked if there was anything that Bruce might want to do to help Michelle and her son and unborn twins. Bruce’s manager, Barbara Carr, called Sgt. Dan and said that Bruce wanted to donate money for Michelle to hire a night nurse for the twins. He sent her several thousand dollars through an anonymous fund. Now, Steve’s health was never good. He had colitis and what he thought was pancreatitis but it turned out to be cancer. In February 2002, I randomly looked at the obituaries in the Post (I didn’t do this regularly) and there was Steve’s obituary. I posted about his death on GL and the comments and tributes to him poured in. I knew that Steve’s mom would probably love to know how many people thought highly of her son, so I printed off the comments and brought them to Steve’s visitation. I met Michelle and and introduced myself to Suzanne and gave her the envelope of the comments. Then that summer, 2002, Bruce released The Rising and we at GL decided to do another banner that would travel from show to show. As you’ve read, there had been a banner for the reunion tour. We decided that this banner should be dedicated to Steve so it included the quote of his in the center. As it traveled, fans met each other and signed the banner. Friendships were born, and many people got to know who Steve was. Someone got Bruce to sign although he really didn’t know what it was. When the tour ended, Mary Beth Hunt made a scrap book about the banner and its travels and we all decided that it should go to Steve’s mom. In March of 2005, Sgt. Dan and I met Suzanne, her husband and Michelle Stanze at a restaurant and gave her the banner and scrapbook. As you can see in the linked Greasy Lake threads, Suzanne logged into GL to thank us. We knew that the banner meant a lot to her and the fact that she still had it in the nursing home 16 years later confirms again how much it meant to her. Also, when Bruce came to St. Louis on the Rising Tour in August of 2002, Sgt. Dan again contacted Barbara Carr and he and Michelle got to meet Bruce after the show and Michelle was able to thank him in person. They also told him about Steve. Steve’s favorite song was Thunder Road. That night, when Bruce played Thunder Road on the piano, something fell onto the piano keys and made a loud noise. Bruce paused and laughed. Many of us think that was a sign from Steve.
    20 points
  3. 1985-01-19, Greensboro new remaster of never-before-circulated masters, first time the complete show circulates This time thanks to Ivan F for the US transfers so the tapes didn't have to go far, just ~40 miles or so down I-95 (seems fitting ). And special thanks as ever to hrubesh for the love and attention to the remastering, and to the artwork he makes, tracking down pictures, etc. As always, if you like it, praise him publicly, please, and if you don't, then blame me for providing an inadequate raw source to work with. But ... I think you'll like it The HD is sublime 24/96 - https://mega.nz/folder/b8oWRJKQ#wUo72JTD8yBdpCYlWa8O-g 16/44 - https://mega.nz/folder/ushXQApC#R6VPKnNQCVb3h2MEBQyhsA
    16 points
  4. 36 years ago, Wembley night 3, the finale Here is the remaster, in both 16/44 and 24/96. I'm told that it is a significant improvement on the prior sources in circulation, from someone who was there for his first show. Those tend to be people with a special interest in the recordings, as first shows are so memorable, so I trust the comment. As with all my recordings, my hope is that is it good enough to bring back the experience of being there for those lucky enough to have been there the first time. Or to give a new listener the sense of what that show was like, capturing the performance and the crowd so that, if you close your eyes and listen, you will feel like you are there in the moment. Hrubesh used his considerable skills to bring this recording to life, so if you like it praise him, and please do so publicly here - all I did was make the initial raw recording. He also did the artwork in the downloads, which really POPS! We also had the benefit of hobbes4444 here in the US doing the transfers of my masters to raw digital files, so that the tapes themselves didn't have to endure international travel and various postal organizations. My deep thanks to both of them for their efforts in making this possible. I sat on these recordings long enough - I'm glad they are free for everyone to enjoy! As usual, links will be good for a week. 16/44 - https://mega.nz/folder/a9JHiKoL#sr_1GTtOWDCKLzB6IxCtpg 24/96 - https://mega.nz/folder/nhJUzLZa#VYDjbIsZG98DMIpGp_WV2w Just a sample of the artwork
    16 points
  5. cross-posted from the Wembley '85 thread ok, it's done - the 24/96 version and a 16/44 for those who need that instead My masters had some issues that caused a lot of frustration in the remastering process - tapes flips/stops, uneven levels from one section to another, the challenge to make louder songs next to softer songs/spoken interludes sound the best, keeping all the clarity possible and trying always to process/boost only what is needed and avoid an artificial result. The end product should be something that allows you to feel like you were there that day, as I was. I think hrubesh did a marvelous job, and this end-product is worthy. From the moment Bruce stepped out and silenced a crowd of 80k with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, thru the opening 3 pack, the marvelous Darkness (the only one in London!) into that sublime River, a superb Trapped in the 2d set, and yet another Wembley Twist & Shout ("a little bit WHAT?") it was a great experience with my new-found neighbors on the dance floor. I think this does an excellent job of immersing the listener in this show - I hope you agree! As always, if you think the end-product achieves that, praise the remasterer, hrubesh, who labored long with this one. He had to put it down and return to it, multiple times, because sometimes it just feels like you're chasing your tail - "haven't I tried this before?" If you don't like it then blame me for providing an inconsistent raw product that ultimately made his job impossible - because we know from many, many other efforts he has the skills if he has the raw material to work with. And again, big thanks to hobbes4444 for providing an excellent 24/96 transfer of my masters here in the US, thus avoiding the perils of shipping them afar. Finally, I hope you all enjoy the artwork hrubesh spent so much effort to assemble. I cannot imagine how he finds the proper pictures! Until I saw the panoramic one I had no sense of how many people were BEHIND me! I ended up each day about midway between the stage and the soundboard, roughly centered or maybe a few steps to Bruce's right. And I was able to get out at intermission and back to the same spot via the aisle close by. So I never truly appreciated the sea of humanity back there. What a sight! Enjoy! (and yes, there will be a further effort on 7/3 as well, and a 24/96 end-product, for a full HD "box set") 1985-07-04 London, UK (Maxell MX Master Tape - JimCT) 24bit 96kHz 24/96 - https://mega.nz/folder/ng5RkATS#EfCwiGrA4rSZqmpwz-z6GA 1985-07-04 London, UK (Maxell MX Master Tape - JimCT) 16bit 44.1kHz 16/44 - https://mega.nz/folder/6ponVKIQ#auFKERV0GlWDkR6DXJNZ5w
    13 points
  6. Time flies and it also seems to stand still sometimes. Last night was one of those nights. So many memories... I signed the Rising Tour banner when it was still young and clean and not yet smelly. Seeing it rediscovered last night and reading all the responses on FB was so great. I love this photo of me signing the banner because the person behind me is Rich Nappi, another Laker gone too soon. There is also another VIP laker in the background.
    12 points
  7. It was a very cool thing to be a part of, even better to know it still exists (and apparently still smells bad LOL ) almost 20 years later Last night was a fun night and a reminder of the impact this little community has had on many over the years
    12 points
  8. What absolutely wonderful memories . GL was around when I discovered in right before Tracks came out, but in my mind, 2002-2003 were still GL in its early days. I forget where I signed the Rising Tour banner but I got to more than my fair share of shows then, so I'm sure I must have. I'm not sure if anyone has linked, but the Rising Tour Banner's history is documented here: https://www.greasylake.org/v6/the-circuit/lake_scrolls_content.php?Id=124 Actually, the concept of a GL community banner was first introduced on the Reunion tour. There was a Reunion Tour banner, with "South Jersey" on it - was that where the Banner started? I remember taking it with me to the NC and Pittsburgh shows in 2000. There's some more info here. https://www.greasylake.org/v6/the-circuit/lake_scrolls_content.php?Id=123 I don't stop in at GL as often as I used to, but I do like to check in now and again. And most of the fans who were regular back then haven't posted here in a long time. If you've joined this community in the past decade or so, these banners may seem like ancient history from before your time, all full of names you maybe don't recognize. But I do hope the memories of these early 2000s-era banners show all the current regulars here, all the occasional posters, and all you lurkers realize that the wonderful community you are part of has some real history and staying power. GL has been around for I'd guess coming on 25 years now, Perhaps CK or any other GL historian can confirm? And that's about the same amount of time as the period from the original release of Greetings from Asbury Park to TGOTJ. Or maybe even Tracks.
    11 points
  9. All I know is that a 15 Year Old was in the audience that night never imagining that when he’s 51, he’d be waiting for the next tour with as much enthusiasm as he had then. Brad
    11 points
  10. I don't want to say too much personal about the nursing home worker as she is not part of our community but the fact that she wanted to know about the banner and its relationship to her patient, and of course the work she and others in her profession did and continue to do during this global health crisis, did not go unnoticed or unacknowledged. Big respect for her.
    11 points
  11. This story last night was just a beautiful reminder of all the love, laughter and companionship for this ride that Bruce, his music and Karsten and the Lake have brought to me and others. I haven’t swam in the Lake in a long time but I remember how fine the water and the people are. Loved signing the Banner among so many friends and am very emotional thinking about Steve’s Mom keeping it with her until she was reunited with him.
    11 points
  12. I was a "horse show dad" making it all possible for my d. As she was just a few years behind Jessica we watched her develop. She's a talented rider, and a pleasure to watch. I had to learn so much. Or maybe I just chose to learn. I went so far as to breed horses in the Netherlands. Our only excursion to Belgium was when we were searching for her next "dream horse" as she moved up to taller fences, 1.45m-150m. Flew into Brussels, saw a couple in Belgium, then headed north to Holland, where we found Wally. A year later she won the national championship with him. Four rounds in 3 days, they didn't drop a rail.
    11 points
  13. Haven’t posted here in a while but anyhow… As I’m typing this I’m sitting by the still waters of a lake in the north of Sweden 30 minutes past midnight. I’m surrounded by forests and mountains. There is a GREAT ORANGE FULL MOON rising over the pines, it’s bright yellow light reflecting on the still water. In the dark blue sky above some stars have started peering out. I just observed an insanely beautiful shooting star. I can hear some cars on the freeway a few kilometers away beyond the woods on the opposite side of the lake. Other than that… Save for the occasional splashing of fish and the wind rustling through the trees it is completely silent. I feel like a part of this world in a much stronger way (although I’m now much more isolated) than I would in any big city. As I wait for someone to come out and call me back inside the house I listen to the masterpiece album called Nebraska. Yes Bruce… I can feel the spirit now… This is the way to live Amen
    9 points
  14. Wonderful story, Sat 6th July changed my life forever and was the first of my 47 shows over the years which followed. Staggeringly I recently discovered a photo where I found my 12 year old self with my Mum. We are circled in these pics. I know it was us as I had taken a photo from the exact spot.
    9 points
  15. finally, hrubesh has applied his wonderful skills to my 7/3 recording - enjoy! link will stay active for a week 1985-07-03 London, UK (JimCT Master Tape) https://mega.nz/folder/Dwg0AbZB#eO3QYs8ETNMnoFOw9aCOQQ Transfer/Trade and Generation Info: Sony D6C -> Sony ECM-929 -> Maxell II-S Position IEC TYPE II HIGH[CrO2] -> digitized and burned onto CD -> wav -> trade -> Nero Wav Editor -> Pitch corrected, Equalized, split -> wav -> TLH -> flac (level 8) Align on Sector Boundaries. Include: md5 (wav/flac), ffp, shntool_info/len, Frequency-Spectral Analysis, Artworks, Info file and Par2 recovery files to 10%. Enjoy hrubesh's artwork - he works very hard to bring each show he does to life with that, it's amazing! Notes: Fantastic sound, a thrilling atmosphere, listening to this recording with headphones and eyes closed, it brings you back to smell that night and it seems to be in the GA in front of the stage. Born In The USA, Working On The Highway and Rosalita were patched with a different recording from CDR. For more information regarding this boot, visit Brucebase: http://brucebase.wikidot.com/1985#030785
    9 points
  16. Lovely memories. I never got near the banner but followed its journey at the time. Forgot all about it until I read this. So nice to see the name @toots again. She sent me stuff from Jersey, things I would never have had the chance to have and that will always mean so much. I have a Stone Pony matchbook she sent me that I look at every day. We got to know each other a wee bit as my original name was Hoots. I came across the Lake in 1999 and its been with me everyday since then pretty much. Being a Brucie fan for me has been about the people I have been lucky enough to get to know about over the years, not just in person but virtually.
    8 points
  17. Universal themes of hope, faith, love, strength, community and work I for one - and i know im not alone, that's some of what i get from Bruce. He has a tonn of dedicated fans all over the world so im assuming your thesis is about us rather than the more casual fan I had BITUSA as a young teenager but without an older brother to give me bootlegs i only knew what was on the radio Now in the 21st century - we are all internet connected but it wasn't always like that growing up at the bottom of the world where the affordable (on my meager pocket money) UK music mags took 3 months on a slow boat to get here, and my freinds were all into the (2nd) UK invasion but i have always been very fiercely pro-American (in practically every way) Anyway anyway so (im getting to my point) see i got LINYC from the other half for Christmas the year we bought our Jeep Wrangled I really wanted BITUSA but we couldn't find it (becsuse i didnt even know to look for Bruce in the rock section of the record store) And over time i was watching Badlands from MSG and i was looking at the crowd having such a great time - and i thought i want what they are having ! And i looked a lttle closer and listened and paid attention to the words and realised i was just like them, they were me, i was them Bruce makes the world a smaller more freindly more empathetic place I had never felt a connection to any body else's music I never beleaved those people who said music saved their life But when your strung out on the wire and you have nothing and nobody you have Bruce ('s music) and thankfully that can be enough I read somewhere - probably here - someone said why Bruce connects so deeply with so many from all over the world is because he digs so deep for his songs and stories - so deep down into his Freehold NJ unbringing he hits ground water - and that ground water connects all the water from below all our home towns and that connect all of us Everyone (well most every one) has a Dad, a Mum, has a home town No one ever ever ever and i mean no one ever never gave me empathy before, before Bruce, before i heard The Promise (from LINYC) Its such a sad hopeless song but on reflection i got something so positive from it, i was not along, other people felt like i did Then i had this life changing connection with the Darkness album I think it took me so long to find that album because i had to live some real life-shit so i could really understand it Before Darkness i was so angry, angry like a teenage boy but i dodnt know why and i didn't have the words to even describe what i was feeling But then because Bruce gave me empathy i am now able to give it to others An album that was made when i was 7 years old is still relevant to me today That's almost kinda sad But for me my self worth is tied to work and Bruce gets that So many things i did not understand about the world Bruce has explained to me (Im all those people on the Darkness album) But the album that has had the biggest impact on me is the Joad album But for a wrong turn in the road we are all those people on Joad I consider this big coming from a life long conservative, but Bruce has made me a kinder more compassionate conservative - Hell ! He even got me to not only understand the universal benefits but then to also support the union movement ! (I read Steinbeck- who is not on the reading list for high school in NZ) Then I had this huge earth shattering moment durring the 2016 river tour - listening to all the shows thanks to the Nugs downloads -listening to Bruce between songs i learnt my struggles, my dreams, my disappointments, my journey actually belonged to my parents long before they were mine when Bruce said BTR was about his parents escaping NJ for California - and then all my anger and resentment and bitterness just evaporated That was just huge for me, i still think about that in the middle of the night, (about my mum and dad's life and about how they were also people, someone other than just mum and dad) I am constantly learning from Bruce in a way no teacher could ever explain I live on an Island(s) at the bottom of the world thousands of miles from pretty much everyone, i had never given illegal immigrants or boat people a single thought until the D&D album (Some) people (not like us) think what we have is fanatical, not quite cult like, but perhaps bordering on a religious following, but to me its something really good, its something special, our communal fandom is an entity all of its own just like how born to run comes alive as its own entiy each and every single time he sings it He must be so proud of all the friendships made in his name My 5th favourite song is LOHAD I watched it tonight on u tube from a WB show from Hannover I have this theory on the basis of understanding and promoting good international relations Bruce 101 So i see those people on LINYC who love Bruce, im just like them, yes we have a not dissimilar culture and society, but then i watch Hanover or Milan or Paris or some other place that doesn't have English as a mother tounge They are loving Bruce also , finding a connection just like the people in NYC, just like me - we are all more alike than different Then i think about other foreign people who perhaps are not Bruce fans but surely we too have more in common than we are different... and the world is just a nicer place for a moment Bruce is a home, a safe harbour for everyone who desires or needs one, saints & sinners, losers and winners we are all welcome on this train, the most popular kid at school or the misfits, doesn't matter Ohh, yes, this train carries saints and sinners This train carries losers and winners This train carries whores and gamblers This train carries lost souls I said, this train carries broken-hearted This train, thieves and sweet souls departed This train carries fools and kings This train, all aboard And he tells the stories of others with very little judgement, just as an observer, in 2021 that's bloody refreshing And you know when he turns up the house lights and he looks out at all of us i think he thinks we are more like him than not like him too Bruce is my light through the Darkness Up ahead into the unknown he carries the touch to light my way Of late its been a bit scary, im getting to that age where people near my age are dying, but as he says death is not the end When all the summers have come to an end I'll see you in my dreams We'll meet and live and love again I'll see you in my dreams Yeah, up around the river bend For death is not the end And I'll see you in my dreams (See) You in my dreams I hope in some small way my words have helped because Bruce is more to me than just a good time with a few beers He is fantastically enjoyable durring good times but he is most definatly invaluable when times get tough
    8 points
  18. I was there. With Quaddy (swear to God), Wildheart, bratosser, smokey. My first time in the pit. I was on the C side. It was incredible. San Jose, CA 2002. JudgeBrown was there on Steve's side in the stands if I remember right. Best show I've ever been to.
    8 points
  19. This might be my favorite live version of Thunder Road. The changes in vocal delivery and inflection really hit me hard. Not sure why but that is why I love live music and you can't judge a show by a setlist.
    8 points
  20. We can take real cameras into the show! I got this nice response from the theater in response to my question about bringing in a small camera: ----------- Kari Hamwey (Jujamcyn Theaters) Jul 16, 2021, 14:29 EDT Hi Cheryl, Thank you for reaching out. You are more than welcome to bring your camera into the theater so long as you follow the photography guidelines in the FAQ. Enjoy the show! Warmly, Kari Hamwey Customer Service ----------- I saw something online about Bruce coming back out to shake people's hands from the upgraded AA row -- hoping that is happening! Otherwise, 1700 people will be milling around outside the theater afterwards??? Here's another shot from that 1978 show -- sorry it's sideways! It was sure magical to sit there knowing at many points during the show I could have just reached out and touched him. Of course I didn't, I'm too respectful to do something like that. (But I was thrilled when a few drops of sweat were flung my way...)
    8 points
  21. Nope 4pm the previous day I got laid off… called @Tootssaid any spare tickets for the show.. went home bought a plane ticket, grabbed some clothes, drove to airport got a hotel, flew to Sacramento via somewhere. Went to blockbuster and fell asleep in the ga line… @toots is the best…the car wash was the highlight of the trip took the summer and autumn off to follow the band ending at Shea with some hot laker chickies, karsten and a memorable sing a long one night to nycs with fire rich
    7 points
  22. Ach...i've changed my mind after reading those Lakers reviews and especially after hearing that incredible version of Sherry Darling ( a song I wish he would play more often). I'm gonna get it !
    7 points
  23. BEST Sherry Darling I've ever heard. It should end more shows!! Also 85 was the best year for Thunder Road and BTR. Love this release!
    7 points
  24. I remember as a teenager following record fairs around the country praying I would see a few Bruce Springsteen live bootleg cassettes. I once bought Wembley 1985 on 3 cassettes for £45 with the shitiest black & white photocopied inlay. It was like treasure, I loved every minute of listening to that crap sound. Now I think (all things considered) that Bruce Inc are missing a trick with the Archive Series however to have these shows in this sound was something I could only have dreamt about in those days. People complaining about covers always makes me smile though.
    7 points
  25. Signed that banner opening night of The Rising tour. Meadowlands NJ. Greasy Lake tailgate party. I scored one ticket to that show thanks to some members here. Drove to the show alone. Met some Lakers, made some friends and signed that banner. This site was relatively young at that stage. Alot of members have come and gone. That banner tells a story of what this community was, is and still can be.
    7 points
  26. You got here as quickly as you could It was fun last night, talking about weddings and babies that are now in college - just another reminder that we are 20+ years burning down the road since this group started
    7 points
  27. Such a wonderful and heart warming story. I signed the banner in Sacramento, California in April 2003. Does anyone else remember where and when you signed it?
    7 points
  28. God, that version of The River preceded by the great introduction is worth the price for me. Also, love the encores.
    7 points
  29. I remember bringing that home for the night after the 2 Renschler Field Shows. It was an honor and I passed it along in Boston I believe. This is a story Bruce would love. Someone should give him a shout.
    7 points
  30. But....... check out Trapped, tears rolling during the sax solo!
    7 points
  31. https://backstreets.com/news.html#nonukes
    7 points
  32. Really hope it’s Giants Stadium 1985 and a fervent crowd on the singalongs on caddy, glory days, hungry heart and twist and shout. 78-81 might have been Bruce’s peak era on stage but for me ‘85 will always be most special, and undeniably his global commercial peak.
    7 points
  33. As one of the beneficiaries of your efforts - my gratitude and appreciation will remain until death. Every now and again, someone contacts me who "found this tape" and eventually another gem ends up being shared with Springsteen fans all over the world. As someone who remembers waiting weeks for setlist updates, scrounging record fairs and every new and used music store in all my travels, it is a constant reminder that we truly are living in blessed times where these tapes can be transferred, improved upon by skilled hands like Hrubesh, and then shared digitally in mere moments at the click of a mouse. Many thanks to @JimCT the many tapers, those who edit and improve these raw tapes and the unknown number of hours spent for no financial gain by many, just so we can share this music we love so much
    7 points
  34. One of the roses I bought has bloomed. x
    7 points
  35. It does move slowly for this reason. I don't like it either... But in truth, looking at my cloud drive that has all these releases, I am pretty gobsmacked we have them to begin with. Looking back at my 16 tear old self, I cannot believe what we have in this kind of quality. I could list them all, but that isnt important. We all have 10-15 of them that are dear to our hearts. That is what it's about in the long term. I will put on my headphones and play them all. I will smile.
    7 points
  36. You get to NYC and get your fill, then I'll take you to Boston and show you around the REAL greatest American city! Fun fact: those seats are way bigger than the actual seats, and that child looks smaller than I was when I was 3. It's weird now when Bruce talks about his fans and their children. I used to be the kid, now I'm the dad. My little Mary started dancing (which at thus stage is just rocking her bum back and forth) when For You came on the other day, so things are looking good for the future of our fan community. My review of the show: holy crap. More to come after I process a bit.
    7 points
  37. I'll get both uploaded within the hour If you need a different hurbesh edit for 1985-06-21 let me know 1988-09-02 -- quick 45 version is probably better sound but Born to Run has a flaw so I uploaded the mjk version also enjoy 1985-06-21 Milan, Italy (Master TDK SA Tape - biccio59 Master Series) hrubesh https://mega.nz/folder/QkQEXJgT#birevnB0Ou0DXEoJukFaeg 1988-09-02 Wembley Stadium, London, ENG (Quick45) https://mega.nz/folder/t4xUHTQY#hveoAzZCXiCTMlDNUJ0G0g 1988-09-02 Wembley Stadium, London, ENG (Recorder #3 - mjk5510) https://mega.nz/folder/VsJCxZjA#VKAt_gfBobcQ8TKOfyfx2w
    7 points
  38. Waiting on a train right now! Broadway bound!
    7 points
  39. I was born with the equine gene too. It wasnt until I was 30 that I got to have horses, and in 1964 my horse dreams were intercepted by four guys from Liverpoool and in mid 80s I came back around to horses, but firmly planted in my Bruce family and love by then. Jessica may have a dad that can support her passion but the hard work, commitment, frustration, tears, joys and aches and pains are hers and no one else. Best horses and trainers mean nothing if you don't keep at it...if you dont believe in your dream and dont forget why you got into this game. The horse comes first. I never became the rider I dreamed of, and while I remained with horses I took a different path with them. I sacrifice neat cars, cool clothes etc to have them in my life - I am retired now and they are still outside my window. Mom and dad should be way proud of her and I sure as hell hope dad kept the Broadway schedule open for a trip to Japan. Talk about workin' on a dream...congratulations Jessica, well earned. UPDATE: Did not realize spectators not allowed....sorry dad.
    7 points
  40. Excellent work Rachel, very well done, Marsha and indeed everyone here is very proud of what you have undertaken to do here, you should be very proud. Now all we want to see is pictures of your own first visit to see the fruits of your labour, hopefully you will be able to do this sooner rather that later.
    7 points
  41. Of those four she's the least experienced, and I'd probably rate her fourth, a priori. Bur, I haven't seen her and this horse in the ring in over a year. Form counts for a lot in this sport, how the partnership is performing now. The sport is in the ring with two living creatures who can only communicate through squeezes of the legs, gentle movements of the hands, a shifting of the body weight. By all accounts, and her results, she and Don Juan are going really well right now. McLain Ward is probably the best American rider, has been for years and will be for years. He's entrancing to watch - he can ride all different kinds of horses and get the best from them. He has developed a proven business model with strong sponsors and even the occasional high visibility student. But I have zero knowledge of this horse - only that McLain can choose from several to make his #1, and this is the one he choose this season. Kent is super-talented: he turned pro at 18, just over 20 years ago. If any US rider can challenge McLain on horse after horse, year after year, Kent would be on that list. I think he got the ride on Gazelle 4-5 years ago, and they have been very successful all over the US, Canada, and Europe. A jump off between McLain and Kent is truly something to behold, as both are lightning fast. He's developed strong sponsors and he consistently has excellent horses that he makes better. Laura is also a seasoned professional, who has ridden for our Olympic team in Sydney and Hong Kong. In HK she rode Cedric, a small beautiful gray with a huge heart, who comes from some of my favorite Holsteiner breeding lines. We would always cheer for them here. She's been at the highest level for 30 years (she was an alternate for Barcelona). Jess has been at this level less than 10 years. She rides for Frank McCourt and his new wife, but I don't know the extent of that sponsorship. This horse she bought a few years ago from a Belgian rider, and she's evidently developed it well and built a strong partnership. She's competed on the top circuits for many years, with great results. She's ridden for the national team in many events, and won big individual honors. Just because this is her first Olympic games doesn't mean she doesn't belong: she absolutely does. She will hold her end up, I expect.
    6 points
  42. Another one that I really like (also played in Leeds 2013) is 'Secret Garden'. Another beautiful song played not often enough.
    6 points
  43. So now it is tomorrow from yesterday, 6 July, 36 years after that memorable show. As was mentioned earlier, the weather for the entire stand was about as perfect as it could be. The final show started a couple of hours earlier, which allowed me to then go across to the arena and scalp for Dire Straits afterwards. But first, Bruce. Minor setlist changes, notably Highway Patrolman and Downbound Train in and Darkness and Prove It out. And "this one's especially for London," Street Fighting Man in the encores, the last time Bruce has played this. Steve again for the encores, "We got the whole band with us here in London this time." Here is the remaster, in both 16/44 and 24/96. I'm told that it is a significant improvement on the prior sources in circulation, that from someone who was there for his first show. Those tend to be people with a special interest in the recordings, as first shows are so memorable, so I trust the comment. As with all my recordings, my hope is that is it good enough to bring back the experience of being there for those lucky enough to have been there the first time. Or to give a new listener the sense of what that show was like, capturing the performance and the crowd so that, if you close your eyes and listen, you will feel like you are there in the moment. Hrubesh used his considerable skills to bring this recording to life, so if you like it praise him, and please do so publicly here - all I did was make the initial raw recording. He also did the artwork in the downloads, which really POPS! We also had the benefit of hobbes4444 here in the US doing the transfers of my masters to raw digital files, so that the tapes themselves didn't have to endure international travel and various postal organizations. My deep thanks to both of them for their efforts in making this possible. I sat on these recordings long enough - I'm glad they are free for everyone to enjoy! 16/44 - https://mega.nz/folder/a9JHiKoL#sr_1GTtOWDCKLzB6IxCtpg 24/96 - https://mega.nz/folder/nhJUzLZa#VYDjbIsZG98DMIpGp_WV2w Just a sample of the artwork
    6 points
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