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  1. I posted this on Backstreets and thought I would share with my Gl friends. Some have commented on enjoying hearing from those of us who were there so in that spirit, here’s to you. Nukes was my first concert outside the shows I saw at the local, small arena in my small hometown, so I am pumped for the show. I am a freshman at a small college outside NYC and take the train in, to scalp, on the 21st to see Springsteen. Just imagine, 1979. Although not 75-78, 79 is exploding with relatively new bands that are setting the world on fire. The B-52’s, Geldof’s Boomtown Rats, The Cars, The Police, The Clash, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Graham Parker and the Rumor, The Ramones, Rockpile, Talking Heads, Madness, The Specials, The Jam, Blondie, are only some of the bands that were just beginning or hitting their prime. It is a great time for music. Before it would soon turn top forty, there is a commercial NYC FM station, WPIX, not WNEW, that is actually playing this stuff, all the time. Radio’s influence on music is huge. WNEW played Darkness on the Edge of Town in its entirety when it came out, before broadcasting the Passaic show. We know Bruce is in NYC recording his new album. My new college friend, who went to all five WHO shows the week before Nukes, tells me Daltrey pointed to Springsteen when he sang “meet the new boss.” He tells me Townshend sliced his hand during a windmill, which if you watch the Nukes promo, Bruce is clearly imitating the windmill. The Clash is playing the Palladium during the Nukes shows, where the iconic photograph of Paul slamming his bass on stage is taken and will be seen around the world and on the cover of London Calling, which would hit record stores in three months, not Spotify or iTunes, but a record store, where I will see it in the front window prominently displayed. You can feel the energy. I get to the Garden and some guy is selling 8th row seats for 50 dollars. I’m in. As I walk away with my ticket, I see the lineup for tonight’s show and tomorrow’s, and much prefer tomorrow’s, with Petty and Tosh, but I only have enough money for one show. I go back and ask for tomorrow’s show. No problem. I get my Birthday Nukes ticket and head back to the train station to go back to campus and wait, again, for my first Springsteen concert. Tomorrow doesn’t come fast enough, but it is here. Train into NYC, buy the long sleeve Nukes shirt with red arms, and enter the world’s most famous arena, where my beloved Rangers just got their ass kicked in the Stanley Cup finals four months ago. But it is music tonight. No losing. Eighth row, stage left. On top of the world. Gil Scott-Heron is tearing it up on piano, singing about almost losing Detroit. Tosh is smoking the biggest joint I have ever seen, slowing walking across the front of the stage, and Petty puts his hand on his forehead to help him see all the way on the other side of the Garden. He is clearly in uncharted territory. But not for long. Little did I know in a month’s time, Damn the Torpedoes will be released, with everyone in the world singing and dancing to Don’t Do Me Like That, catapulting Petty into a household name ever since. We are “Bruce-ing” throughout the night but now louder, and more people are joining in. There is this huge guy next to me. Says he came from Cleveland, for both shows. He’s ready. The crowd explodes. There they are. Bruce prowls the stage looking out into the audience to connect with us and we lock eyes, just for a second. Prove it all night, just like the album. Clarence’s first sax solo. He’s so happy. So big. So much love. Bruce’s first solo. Then just Bruce and Max. Everyone in the band is cooking, connecting with each other on stage, and with us. The band and Bruce want to perform live. They are so tight. Badlands erupts with sonic speed. It sure ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive. I’m feeling it. Promised Land rips. Did he just toss his harmonica into the audience? We start singing Happy Birthday. “Don’t remind me.” He’s not happy turning thirty, which is a big deal, especially for a rocker. Looks like a couple of people are lovingly bringing him a birthday cake, which he soon turns into frisbee, throwing it back into the audience. “Send me the laundry bill.” A new song, The River. Just harmonica and guitar. Holy shit. WTF was that. This show is blowing my mind. It’s going by too fast. Then Sherry Darling. That’s right. I have this from the Agora. Clarence smoking on the sax. Pure celebration. The transcendent harmonica and piano introduction of Thunder Road precedes one of the most defining Springsteen concert moments when all he needs to say is one word “Go” to let us know what to do. We dive in. “Show a little faith . . .” And everything, and everybody, at the Garden is “all right.” A pure Dionysian moment if there ever was one. Then my favorite. Roy’s piano solo. The crowd starts clapping in unison. We are one. “The Rangers had a homecoming . . .” I am home, with all these other fans, the E Street Band, and Springsteen, “down in Jungleland.” We need no request from Springsteen to sing that line back to him. Song after song is blowing my mind. I have never experienced anything like this before, at least in public. Can you even top this epic moment? Of course. Bruce begins to strum his guitar, Max now toying with the cymbals, Danny’s swirling organ kicks in, Roy lightly playing the piano, Clarence joins in by softly blowing the sax. The entire E Street Band is preparing for something huge. “Let’s go” is the command that proceeds the tsunami of sound that is Rosalita. The band leaves the stage. This can’t be over. Will they let him do an encore? Come on. The band blast off with Born to Run. I’m losing my mind. Is this the end? There’s more. Max starts off, followed by Steve and Danny playing as smooth as you’ll ever experience a rhythm section play. I know this one. Jackson Browne. That’s right. Stay. Play a little longer. Everyone is in on this party. Then the pièce de resistance: Quarter to Three. If I had only one clip to show someone what Rock and Roll is, the unedited film of this performance is the one I would show. The film speaks for itself. I’m keeping this positive, so I’ll leave Springsteen dragging Goldsmith on stage for another day. I remember the show ending around one. I stayed on the floor, not wanting to leave. Not wanting this experience to end. Wanting more. I finally left the Garden and went outside with a few others to try to catch Bruce leaving. We saw Clarence and other band members get in vehicles, one I remember a van, and drive past us but we never saw Bruce. I wanted to see the band again, the next night. That’s how great the show was.
    14 points
  2. Pictures of the banner and the photo album at the nursing home. Tara, the employee, did a PowerPoint presentation and told the story of the banner and then left it hanging up so that they could all look at it. She said that the residents were very interested and thought it was neat.
    12 points
  3. The banner was presented at the nursing home last week. I’m waiting for permission from them before I share the photos but I thought I’d share this picture. If you remember the story, Bruce helped Michelle in the summer of 2000 when her police officer husband was killed in the line of duty and she had a young son and was pregnant with twins. Then Michelle remarried and was expecting a baby boy when we met with her and Steve’s mom in 2005 to give Steve’s mom the banner. Michelle told us that her son would have our friend Steve’s name as his middle name. That boy, Kyle Stephen, is on the left in this picture. Sgt. Dan (who is really lieutenant Dan) visited Michelle and her family last month. Michelle told Dan that Steve’s mom, Suzanne, fell and broke her hip around Christmas last year. She spent some time in the hospital, then a rehab center, and then went into the nursing home. She passed away in April. And as we all know, she treasured the banner enough to take it with her there. This picture is Michelle and her children with Dan and his daughters. (Michelle’s husband took the picture.) Dan says they are all doing well. From left to right, it’s Kyle Stephen, Will (Michelle’s older son), John (one of the twins), Michelle, Sgt. Dan, Dan’s daughter Brigid, Holly (the other twin) and Dan’s daughter Faith. This picture makes me feel so good, knowing that they are doing well and that Bruce’s kindness was just one of many in this story. I think of the many people who helped the banner travel from city to city, and of Steve, who was such a nice guy and a good friend back in the early days of the internet, and of Suzanne being reunited with her son, and of the nursing home employee finding the banner and taking the time to track down its origins. It’s nice to know that there are so many good people in this world.
    12 points
  4. Today is a year since my mom passed away, even if it's hard to believe that it's already been one year. On the other hand it feels like one hundred years ago when I look of pictures of me and my smiling mom taking a summer walk down by the water, before the illness got too severe. It's crazy how something can seem so far away, while at the same time it's like it was only an eyeblink ago. This day most of my thoughts have been of her and the time before and after her passing, and I just read this thread again and people's replies. Even if I have family members and friends I can talk to, it was important to write freely about it as well, and since Bruce Springsteen's music helped me a lot, it felt natural to do so here. I guess its's easier sometimes to talk about things like this with people you don't really know for some reason. As I said I just read people's kind messages and replies again. Every kind word mattered and they helped me going through that horrible situation without completely lose my mind. So i just wanted to say thank you for that, and I hope that everyone else who's going through similar things have people you can talk to as well.
    10 points
  5. November I can travel!! It’s been 19 months since I was last in Asbury Park! I can finally see the bench! My heart is going to burst
    10 points
  6. https://www.instagram.com/p/CVDbawEDBhj/?utm_medium=copy_link I’m sure most of you will have seen this on the news already but after a long 21 months, I’ll finally be allowed to travel to America again in 3 weeks. My flights are booked, and I’ll finally get to see Marsha’s bench in Asbury. As excited as I am, I’m also kind of nervous at the thought that this is the first time I’ll be flying to New Jersey without her being there. I won’t be able to text her while I’m at the airport and share my excitement, I won’t be able to see her when I land or get the excited ‘welcome home’ message she would always send. It’s gonna be tough and I think it’ll make everything seem real finally but I’m excited to finally see Marsha’s husband Ray and her friends who were so kind to me and finally will get to see @MadameMarie again too. Just 3 weeks! I don’t suppose you need me to do a travel diary here anymore but I’ll definitely use this thread to post updates and my journey to the bench.
    9 points
  7. Glad to see some discussion, along with a healthy bit of sharing. One quick note, no wrist slapping just a reminder. We don't like the idea that people don't like something about us, but then go to other sites to complain about a decision or two - so we don't usually allow comments about "THIS OTHER site sucks because...." simply because there is no benefit to either party. I am sure the folks at Jungleland have some policies some members would like adjusted, just like some of our decisions are questioned here. We would just prefer not to use our space to complain about theirs or anyone else's space. I think this discussion has been fair and without name calling, just a reminder to continue with that pattern and not let it degrade. As for "Ubers" yup there are still some out there, and yes there are recordings of shows you might wish to have for your collection that will likely never see the light of day. It's sad, because one day we all die and I know my wife has a list of what to do with my "more valuable" Bruce items. However, I don't know that others have labelled their "uber" recordings so that others may benefit someday, and those will likely be tossed along with the Nebraska and Darkness cassettes on the same shelf. Once tossed, they may not be replicated elsewhere, and as a community we all miss out. My @JimCT story about asking him about a show we saw in common prompted him to find tapes we are all grateful to have in our collections. Without that conversation, who can say if/when those would have seen the light of day and if Jim had passed away (he didn't thank God) in the early 2000's who knows what would have happened to the tapes. That's primarily why we focus so much on FREELY sharing here - trying to keep score or exclude others lessens the hobby and takes enjoyment away from others, that's not the spirit we want to cultivate. Thanks for listening and keep trading!
    9 points
  8. I might be missing something, but scrolling through the forum I can't see any posts about the release of this song. I don't mind it, although the subject matter is kind of depressing. Funny, when John sings it sounds like a JM song, but Bruce's verse sounds like a Bruce song (especially one from the last few years). The arrangement sounds pretty good... fairly typical JM zydeco sound, with a little guitar break that reminds me of Tougher than the Rest.... might even be Bruce playing, I'm not sure.
    8 points
  9. Since it’s Bruce’s birthday today, here is a photo Marsha sent me of her signing a giant Bruce birthday card a couple of years ago. It’s already 6 months without her and I miss her more and more every day. It breaks my heart listening to Bruce still, but hearing him today just made me overwhelmed with emotion of thinking of her and I went through our old messages for the thousandth time. i just thought I’d share this because it makes me happy seeing her so happy
    8 points
  10. Well, it depends on your world's view, I guess. I don't want to open a can of worms here but: "WOKE" might be a synonym of "enlightened" if you share the post-modernist view of art according to which the HERE and NOW are the only acceptable social and artistic criteria. Therefore, what doesn't comply strictly with an overt progressive mindset must be censored, banned, or made fun of. (Of course, what is cutting edge progressive today will be borderline conservative in a few years - let alone in a generation - but who cares really?) However, if you consider culture for what it has always been, and you value art as the LOGIC expression of the specific historical period which produced it, being "WOKE" - that is, judging the past by your own current, personal, selfish, narrow perspective - is being ignorant, or childish, at best. Basically, the idea of discarding culture and history in favor of what may be socially cool (to you and your pairs) in the here and now is what gave rise to fascism(s) a hundred years ago. After all, why did they burn books back then? For sure, not because they thought the ideas in those books were new...
    7 points
  11. I really loved the Sessions band shows - and at first I was very unhappy about the idea. I didn't like Bruce "wasting time" with 100 year old songs, didn't want to hear him backed by a banjo and a washboard and didn't want to wear my overalls to a show I was wrong - Bruce was right - again......your mileage may vary, but the shows were FUN!
    7 points
  12. I'm a week off the concert date but here's one from 47 years ago. This show created a lot of on the street buzz around the "new" band which was set to play at Lincoln Center. There were of course early fans and 2 albums in play, but for a lot of folks Springsteen was a bit of an oddity, somewhere in the jazz, village sound, hint of rock band out there. With all due respect no one knew much about Max, but Roy was known among the pit folks playing Broadway. There were a lot of rumors that Bruce was planning to use strings to shape out the romantic tunes so we had a long list, given the Lincoln Center venue (Philharmonic Hall had recently been renamed to Avery Fisher) , as to who the mystery guest would be. We had a rather large group going and it's rather hilarious now to recall that all bets were on virtuoso vioinist Jaime Laredo who was already in town roaming the halls of Julliard and signing autographs on the plaza for a concert appearance that week with the NY Phil. 1974-09-22 Union, NJ (Master Tape Transfer from The Big A) (JEMS Archive) https://mega.nz/folder/QwBQwJ6Z#QM2EorHoWUP1bC9mGMfH-g
    7 points
  13. I just finished watching Marsha’s memorial service via zoom. It was a beautiful celebration of her life, filled with all of those who love her and were lucky enough to have been blessed to know her I cried like a baby through the whole thing, to the point where I could hardly breathe. I think that watching it really kind of gave me more of a sense of ok, it really happened. It was so beautiful to hear everyone’s kind words though and to see so many familiar faces and put faces to names of the people Marsha talked so fondly of. My heart just breaks. I remember the day I was told she was gone, and I sat outside on the step that night crying and I looked for the brightest star in the sky and I told myself, thats Marsha. She was the brightest light in my life and I’m so blessed to have crossed paths with her. Like, who’d have thought a 23 year old girl from a little town in England would cross paths with this incredible Jersey girl? How lucky am I? It hurts to have not been able to be there in person but I really am so grateful it was recorded and I know that like Ray said during the service, it’s a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life. A beautiful September day where everyone came together to celebrate a truly remarkable person I miss her so much, and I feel like there is a part of me missing. But all I know is that I have to think of the amazing memories that we shared, and to think of her smiling quoting Bruce lyrics to me. That was Marsha and that will always be Marsha
    7 points
  14. well we somehow got through another year together despite the aches and pains of growing older we still got some glory days ahead of us life has been hard for this world we share of late, but we're going to hang in there because rock and roll will never die you still have stories to tell, music to make, songs to sing and i still have much to learn so we look forward to puttin' our dancing shoes on and seeing you further on up the road take care and put your own health and well being first we love you and are grateful to still have you thanks for everything
    7 points
  15. I doubt their musical skills are more than a few rehearsals and shows away from being as good as they have ever been. What is clearly a question to me is the physicality of the kind of tour we are hoping for and if these people can still do that. Anyone involved in the music touring business will tell you the "audience is heavenly, but the traveling is hell." (old folks reference there) Even with private planes and the best of care, it is still a lot of different beds, cars, planes and irregular schedule challenges between the shows. It isn't easy at any age, but I would expect it is much harder in your 70's. I am pretty sure we won't see back to back nights anymore, probably not 3-4 shows a week as I would expect more like 4-5 in a two week period, with 2 "off days" between shows. I would also guess we would see some "vacation" periods of 5+ days where they can get some extra recuperation. This might not sound like a big deal, but the costs of a long tour (the only way he gets to all the cities that want him) multiply when you add days off. The venue costs remain the same, but traveling that many staff/roadies and having them ALL rest for multiple days gets very expensive. Yes, Bruce "can afford it" but a traveling circus the size the EStreet band tours with is expensive and days off are still days paid for everyone. That might mean we get a shorter tour, less cities and less traveling. I am certain the team is already working on what a plan like that would look like Like you, I am excited about one more tour - but I am expecting to have to travel to see Bruce and not thinking we will get him in every city. A "NYC Stand" type of tour might be the final decision, have them play multiple shows in the biggest cities and let the people come to him as opposed to 90 cities and the tour coming to all of us.
    6 points
  16. Well, it's basically the same discussion we're having in the Stones/Brown Sugar thread. When you're made to believe your current opinion is the ultimate judge of society, history and culture, those who know less are often the ones who tolerate less.
    6 points
  17. I myself played a bar show with my band last saturday. First show since february 2020 ! It was a thrill !
    6 points
  18. See I think we already have that "Great Album" with Letter To You. So Tour, Open with Burnin Train and close with I'll See You in My Dream, everything in between is up to Bruce.
    6 points
  19. Today in history was my first live show - 1974. I had mentioned in an earlier post that buzz around the "new" band amongst the Julliard and local crowd was Roy Bittan who was known for session work and a quirky stint as music director of the 1972 musical "Hard Job Being God" which had a whopping 6 night run but somehow managed to turn out a studio cast album. It's a curious coincidence that Max was also fresh from the off- Broadway scene in the musical "Godspell" which was ultimately a wee bit more successful. The other turn of events was Suki Lahev...virtuoso violinist -no way...muse and inspiration to Springsteen's creative writing of the times - judging by the on stage attraction absolutely. Whether true or not, and looking back I tend to think it was true, the first hand story passed along was that he planned to arrange and incorporate strings heavily into writing on his ballads and love themed portfolio. Personally I think it would have been a major element balanced against the hard riving rock sound that was getting underway if things had worked out. Unfortunately the recordings don't capture the moment all that well...times were different, no political statements from the stage or the floor, some really cutting edge moments of a band just starting to figure out who they were, and a lot of simply good folks from all walks of life in that audience that walked away with something to reflect on 47 years later. At any rate maybe a bit of info you never knew you might want to hear about that show. Here's all the versions I have if you need anything from the list. I plead forgiveness for the Princeton Flood Mp3...maybe someone has flac...but I just discovered it ain't me. 1974-10-04 I Saw Rock and Roll Future (Midnight Dreamer-Silvers) https://mega.nz/folder/N5QETBSY#GxJp01Ih_DtO0nFOgJvbug 1974-10-04 LDB Special Series #461 (RLR Collection) https://mega.nz/folder/ohZGQJgb#yAq1i-1R2Lisq5Tn7y39Yw 1974-10-04 New York City, NY - Cupid in the City https://mega.nz/folder/wsYADL7T#MK_N3ILcrsrW5iCSs5UBLQ 1974-10-04 New York City, NY - Incident at Avery Fisher Hall (Kivak-Fanatic Records Edit) https://mega.nz/folder/0pZwDbDb#fY1QFsfCNfkrzafnRvIRyg 1974-10-12 Princeton, NJ - The Princeton Flood - MP3 https://mega.nz/folder/5tYC2DTD#Zc8V2FyU3xQ00BAC4DzLjA
    6 points
  20. today is the anniversary of the famous bomb scare show in Milwaukee, so here is the JEMS release of the audience first part/soundboard 2d part 1975-10-02 Milwaukee, WI - Somebody Tried to Blow Us Up Tonight - ER Archives Vol. 6 (ER Archives via JEMS) (Upgrade) https://mega.nz/folder/G9YSCboY#4T4jwV3R7ySQsTrg99hXVA
    6 points
  21. The synthesis above in the thread doesn’t do Steve’s point justice. In the book, his argument is much more elaborate (and remarkable, IMHO). He basically claims that every singer is an actor when it comes to stage persona. He maintains that Bruce found his true stage persona with the Darkness album, going as far as claiming that Darkness is Bruce’s real first album (not that Steve likes it more than the previous three, btw). But he’s not claiming that Bruce is fake for that. The point is the actor-singer connection, and Bruce finding his own stage character with the fourth album.
    6 points
  22. Bruce admitted himself on SOB that he was playing tricks with his audience both with his onstage persona and in some of his songs. That it was all just an act. It's never bothered me, he is still the best ever live performer as far as I am concerned. Steve is a good musician, a good foil onstage for Bruce, and has a great personality. At the end of the day though he is just a guitarist in a famous back up band. Without Bruce, where would he be now ?
    6 points
  23. Nice to read here some sane commentary from those who understand well the taping and remastering process. It ain't easy. And those who only hear the end product need to hear the truth and reality more often. As a taper, I'm eternally in awe of those who spent so much time under headphones making my raw captures sound so much better. When I started, everything was analog, so editing/remastering by amateurs was nearly impossible. Now, there is software, but it takes skill to use it to best advantage. Sure, converting everything to digital makes the process much easier - but NOT EASY! Those folks deserve much more acknowledgement and respect that they usually get.
    6 points
  24. This year is flying by i can't beleave its BruceDay already ! peace love and happiness always
    6 points
  25. Happy Birthday Bruce. I wouldn’t be where I am today, have made the friendships that I have, found a place that I love as much as Asbury, or have any of the amazing experiences I’ve had if it wasn’t for you.
    6 points
  26. Aren’t they? This is what Tara said: The residents were really impressed with how far it traveled and thought it was very kind of Bruce to make the monetary donation for the nanny. They looked at the photo album and banner for 45 minutes straight!
    6 points
  27. Who is chopping onions because I am tearing up here? This is beautiful. Those pictures of those residents are so sweet.
    6 points
  28. So it has been a long year and a half for my wife and I, and I know we aren't the only ones. We usually find some live music somewhere every weekend, it doesn't always have to be a large concert, a small bar with some good music can scratch the itch. I went back and counted and we had 18 shows we had already paid for that cancelled due to the COVID situation, which helped the credit card balance but hurt the heart just a little bit. Well last night, we finally went to a real concert - outdoor amphitheater, so we felt a little better about getting together with a few thousand of our neighbors and we went to see Ace Frehley open for Alice Cooper. We were in the 5th row, to the right of center and only about half way through the show did I realize how much I missed this - needed this - craved the opportunity to scream, clap and sing with the music blasting. If you don't know about Nita Strauss, his lead guitarist, you should check her out. She is an amazing player, with her own record deal and tours solo, but will always be there for Alice - he praises her at every opportunity as a huge asset to his shows I am sure some of you might think differently about Alice Cooper, but his music is FUN and his shows are a production, but maybe not everyone's taste. The guillotine still comes out and he loses his head (which his wife carries around for the rest of the song) and of course there was the giant babies, monsters and stage theatrics one would expect. Still smiling 12 hours later - yup, needed some LIVE MUSIC
    5 points
  29. Springsteen hints at 2022 tour, assures E Street Band will be at its peak Sorry if this has already been posted.
    5 points
  30. Rachel i saw the bench. Great spot.
    5 points
  31. To me the interpretation of at their peak means still being able to put on a show that is worthy of Bruce & E Street at their current stage in life,that for instance they're not yet at the point of someone like Phil Collins who looked like he'd just been wheeled in from an old folks home from the pictures posted on here,yes Bruce isn't likely to be jumping off pianos these days but he's not just going to sit there singing Badlands or Born To Run.
    5 points
  32. People don't seem able to distinguish between the artist and the art. Writing and performing a song about slavery doesn't imply approval of it. And many songs, such as Money For Nothing (and many of Bruce's songs) are dramatisations, portraits, little stories. Again, they aren't necessarily justifying the actions or attitudes of the characters depicted in them. Lots of things are unpleasant or offensive, that's no reason why they shouldn't be depicted in art, whether that be in a play, a film, a painting, a sculpture, a song ..... I happened upon an old discussion about Brown Sugar and it was overwhelmingly denounced as "racist". What?! It's only derogatory about the white people in it! But it mentions black people, therefore it must be racist, apparently.
    5 points
  33. Here's the videos: https://pusabase.com/blog/2021/10/08/bruce-springsteen-1984-07-26-toronto-4k/ Hopefully one day the whole show gets released.
    5 points
  34. At my office there is music piped in to the restrooms. One morning just as I walked in I heard a loud "Helllooooooo baabby!" It was a bit disturbing.
    5 points
  35. I agree. And do they truly think that No Nukes will dissuade someone from buying a Nugs show, or vice versa? I don’t think that a casual fan is sitting on the fence out there saying “Crap; now I have to choose between No Nukes and a Nugs show.” I think it’s really only us die-hard fans who care about all these crusty old shows anyway, whether that be No Nukes or Nugs or some other upcoming box set of 40 year old archive material.
    5 points
  36. A strong NUFC is good for the game, and their supporters create one of the best atmospheres in english football, they should be on the up now and worrying about top 4 rather that bottom 4...I just wish Roy was around to share it with us.
    5 points
  37. Finally made it up to my seats, pausing only twice for supplement oxygen and found myself sitting between Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay Great gig. Get the obvious out of the way first. Collins voice has pretty well gone, but not helped by being seated. Some key changes for help, some backing singers and held low in the mix, but not actually as bad as feared and things like Mama were more effective in a different key. Sinister A better balanced setlish than at first glance (8 also appeared 39 years ago!), and things like Carpet Crawlers, The Lamb and Afterglow remain massive live experiences. The usual stunning lighting and visuals. A great all round experience even in the cheap (£136) seats. Glad I went. There definitely won't be another.
    5 points
  38. Links to the new sources of Sheffield '88 shows: 1988-07-09 Bramall Lane Stadium (New Source) https://mega.nz/folder/YpJkDRBA#_Jbf-GdT0CElZFchqHvtdA 1988-07-10 Bramall Lane Stadium (New Source) https://mega.nz/folder/l8Ry1LDK#qQ34nL2B3rrro7odMj32hg
    5 points
  39. And then Paulie added, “I was talking about Art Garfunkel…”.
    5 points
  40. @NYC74 what a pleasant change. A thoughtful, reasoned reply - usually when I make those sorts of posts anywhere I'm targeted by relentless abuse. Often emanating from a member here funnily enough. You have my sympathy for the reaction your sharing of a Who gig got and those who did should be ashamed. Taping and transferring is a long learning curve. I've been back to tapes I did years and transferred them again and the difference is huge. No one should be criticised for trying to do either.
    5 points
  41. I think I heard Bruce talk about Born In The USA sometime and I believe that he said then that you have to be able to keep several ideas in your head at the same time. I assume (as a Swedish person) that you're brought up being told of how lucky you are to be born in such a great country as the U.S. and you hear about all the ideals of freedom and justice but then this character, while still being just a kid, gets shipped off to the other side of the world to witness the U.S. "liberating" a country. Bombs falling. Young people, kids, dying on both sides. Lives destroyed. The contrast between the ideals and the reality. That's what this song is. That's what Bruce claims to have spent his life as a songwriter and poet describing... the gap between the American dream and the American reality. As I said, you have to be able to keep several ideas in your head at the same time. There can be no light without darkness. Look at songs like Badlands, The Promised Land and Born To Run for example. The core message of those songs is that things are pretty shit right now but someday we might reach some sort of higher potential. Someday we'll get out of here and find something better than the cards we've been dealt. Bruce songs aren't simply about hope, they're about finding hope in the darkness. This I relate strongly to. Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode and tear this whole town apart, sometimes I feel that I just want to find one face that isn't looking through me, that I want to find someplace I belong, someplace where I can spit in the face of these badlands. When I feel bad I don't listen to Bruce because I want to pretend that everything is good and hear someone sing about having no troubles. When I feel like shit I listen to Bruce and the music just hits me in the deepest part of my soul because he's telling me about how shitty he feels. There is a connection and I can relate to the pain and I feel that can be a stronger connection than just relating to happiness. It's not some sad and gloomy, feeling sorry for myself, "everything is so bad" approach but it is the addressing of reality. In this dark chaos of all the negative feelings however Bruce manages to create something even bigger when he manages to instill hope. He creates hope in the darkness. The hope that there just is a chance that things are going to get better. The idea that "heaven is waiting down on the tracks", that "we'll keep pushing until it's understood and these badlands start treating us good", that "I ain't a boy, no I'm a man" and that I can "believe in a promised land". The message he gets across strikes so deep on so many layers because it addresses the hope, the pain, the love and the sorrow simultaneously. Then there are songs like Born In The USA and Darkness On The Edge of Town which have different messages. These songs focus on the things that are bad and the things that feel bad and are a reflection upon these things. An attempt to come to some wise conclusions based on looking at the problems from the characters´ perspective. Born In The USA is a powerful song and I do feel that the original album version has a lot of weight and depth in many ways. The other versions manage to achieve weight and depth through a more appropriate approach to the verses and the story being told but there is something about Max´s mighty drumming, the simple synth riff and Bruce´s gut wrenching vocals that gives it a sense of "heavy-ness" if you ask me. I would never see it as a happy and inspiring anthem. It's an angry protest song. ANGRY. I feel angry when I listened to it and that is when the drums and the vocals make sense. It's supposed to piss you off. Bruce is not singing about how happy he is to be born in the usa he is singing about his friends who got shipped off to Vietnam to go die in the service of a bullshit war for no reason along with hundreds of other american kids and the vietnamese homes and families that got destroyed. It's worth listening to because of its heavy message but if I was Bruce I would also be ashamed of how misinterpreted the song has been and I would feel really sad over people abusing what is a strong and powerful message and perverting it into a stupid "YEAAH AMEERICAA #1!!!!!" thing. If anyone feels like it is an uplifting anthem to them then I have no right to say that they're wrong for feeling that way. However there is something much bigger and deeper to be found in it. To me the music that Bruce makes manages to capture so many aspects of the human spirit and that is the power of music. It creates something bigger than simple words or sounds could ever do on their own. It's been a long time since I last sat up and wrote a bunch on this forum late at night but I have to get up in about seven hours and I know that I need way more than eight so I'm just gonna try to sleep really hard and then I might be able to compensate for the amount of time I should have spent sleeping. Goodnight Europe, good day/evening America and good morning Australia.
    5 points
  42. One year and 5 months without a River Show....too much for the best tour...
    5 points
  43. The bullet mic version of Reason To Believe, but probably for different reasons.
    5 points
  44. I try not to over use profanity on here because i respect all you nice people but : HOLY SHIT !!!!!!!!
    5 points
  45. That album cover is superb. Easily the best album cover of his career. Although, that's not saying a lot.
    5 points
  46. Happy birthday, Bruce! I might raise a glass or two on Saturday with the hot laker chickies who lunch
    5 points
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