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  1. Mostly when I'm in the Lake, I'm listening to Bruce at the same time. Right now I am listening to New York City Serenade from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle. Which Bruce song are you listening to right now?
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  2. Tomorrow Never Knows
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  3. Greasy Lakers are the best Tomorrow there'll be sunshine xxx
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  4. For most 17 year old kids in my town, it was just another Thursday night. For me it was the night that confirmed that music and Bruce would be a big part of whatever the rest of my life brought me Born In The U.S.A. Prove It All Night Out in the Street Atlantic City Johnny 99 Reason to Believe Mansion on the Hill Johnny Bye Bye Darlington County Glory Days The Promised Land Shut Out the Light My Hometown Badlands Thunder Road Cover Me Dancing in the Dark Hungry Heart Cadillac Ranch Downbound Train I'm On Fire Stolen Car Pink Cadillac Bo
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  5. Most of you have known me for a long time, but some of you maybe not so much. I was here early on in GL history, not one of the first for sure, but I stumbled in here during the Reunion Tour hoping for news about shows and the future of the band/singer I was so devoted to. I was happy to find others who felt like me, and enjoyed the friendships and arguments equally and over the 15+ years, this has become part of my home and many of you have become part of my life. We are a west coast couple, my wife Kelley and I. Over the years, we saw Bruce many times, but always in Seattle, Port
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  6. So I just listened to Western Stars for the first time in a few weeks. Imagine you're Bruce Springsteen. Just for a moment, imagine that. You've written "New York City Serenade." You've written "Jungleland." You’ve written "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Wreck on the Highway" and "Reason to Believe" and "My Hometown" and "Valentine’s Day." You’ve written "My Beautiful Reward" and you’ve written "My City of Ruins." You’ve written "Matamoros Banks" and "Devil's Arcade." You've written some of the greatest album closers in the history of rock and roll. And not just because yo
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  7. Swiped this off Doug Watson on FB - Doug, if you are here, this is pure brilliance!!!!! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm posting this with a heavy heart.. As much as I love Bruce Springsteen and collecting anything and everything related to him, it takes up too much of my time and I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics such as cleaning and helping out around the house, so something has to give. Therefore I have decided I will be getting rid of
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  8. Brag about your latest Bruce acquisitions here.
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  9. There is nothing quite as harrowing as having a sick child and not being able to do anything about it. The past few months had been rough. A wave of depression and anxiety had hit and caught me off guard, alone in a country that’s not my own and was feeling less so by the minute. Away from what I would call home, faced with hardships I’d hardly ever imagined, forced to do monotonous, dumb, repetitive, alienating jobs. All my dreams had been crushed and I knew very well it had all been my fault. There’s no easy way to live with this. It’s the sort of thing that can crush you unless y
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  10. Looks like we are back. Sorry for the interruption. First thing I should say is that I'm not sure if we are on safe ground yet. The underlying problems that caused all of this may not have been solved yet, so be prepared that things could turn bad again. I don't have time to explain in more detail at the moment what's going on, but I will when I'm sure this has all been solved.
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  11. After much discussion and thoughtful consideration, the Admin/Mod team has made the decision to shut down the political forum. Over several years, we have tried many different “versions” of this in an attempt to have nuanced, thoughtful conversations about political events and Bruce’s opinions and how those opinions may have shaped some of our thinking. However, each attempt has met with failure, as the forum has denigrated to name calling, insults and different levels of hatred and animosity in every form we have provided. Our overriding goal for the community is to provide an inclusi
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  12. My Scooter & The Big Man Jack-O-Lantern. Happy Springsteen Halloween.
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  13. There is no way I can express adequately what Bruce means to me, even now, after over 40 years of faithfully following him. Different background, different upbringing – but there was my early yearning to get out, to leave all the narrowness behind me, to just drive away. Which I couldn’t. I didn’t have a car, and I couldn’t even drive at the time. I just stood on a bridge above a freeway in Germany and dreamed myself away. When I came to the States at age 20 to study at a university in a small town, there was that urge again. And there were others; we would just jump into a car and
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  14. I'm surprised there's not a topic like this. Anyway... Moonrise Kingdom.
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  15. I'm sorry there seems to be some dissatisfaction with the way we run things. Let me just put a few things straight: When each of you signed up you agreed to the terms and conditions One of the terms is that we do not discuss moderator decisions publicly. The rule has existed for 15 years, so if that means GL is on a downhill spiral, we've been so for 15 years It's understandable that you don't agree with all moderator decisions or that you can't accept the terms. I respect that 100%. But the consequence you must draw is to either live with it or leave. We are a privat
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  16. I have been lurking on here since last summer having found the forum looking for news about Western Stars. I Found a lot of of speculation as well! Bruce has been very important in my life. Especially when my life has been cast by shadows. He really must have lyrics for every part of human experience. I am working from home (and I do consider myself lucky to that extent). But I am feeling isolated and what better for a Bruce fan to do than reach out a virtual hand to other fans. I am not usually a joiner of forums but you seem a great bunch. But then why wouldn't you be being Br
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  17. What can I say to honor my hero tonight on the eve of his 70th Birthday? I wish I knew him, I only know him from the songs and how they have been there for me since when I was small. I cant really remember the first song I really heard. I have a memory of hearing "Born to Run" in our apartment in Canoga Park. We have all heard these songs, and some of us feel differently than I do, but what matters is we all hear them and we are all moved by them, They make us feel better or worse. They help us dream and connect to a part of ourselves that wouldnt exist without them. There are ideas in those s
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  18. As I listen to Nils' BLISTERING solo in "Youngstown" on the nwq "Live in NYC" vinyl, as I experience goosebumps, I am transported back to 1999. You don't need Doc Brown's Delorean to go back, you just need music that is implanted in your memory, like the reunion tour was. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch the Jersey shows when he dusted of our two favorite ladies - "Sandy" and "Rosie." Maybe you were lucky enough to have been in Philly for his 50th birthday show at The Spectrum, or the night after, when he opened the show with "Incident." Maybe you heard your favorite Tracks song playe
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  19. PART 4 LINK: https://cantfindtickets.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/a-guide-to-springsteens-archive-series-part-4/ Hello. This is the last of four threads on my Guide to the Archive Series, where I've highlighted the positive and negative aspects of all 28 releases so far. I've been writing these so Springsteen fans of today and tomorrow will be able to have a definitive idea of these shows, such as the ones they need to listen to alongside those that aren't as important, but still may be of interest somewhere down the road. I've been pondering for about two weeks what I'd title thi
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  20. Do we have a Bruce picture thread here? I couldn't find one, but I think we should. So even though we maybe have seen most of these before, welcome to the Bruce appreciation thread! And this was just taken at the horse show in Florida recently...
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  21. Some nights, this is all I need... I remember how it floored me. In those days before the internet, I had only a vague idea of what to expect from the Tunnel Of Love Express. I still remember realizing toward the end of his introduction that he was going to play Born To Run. I felt a seed of doubt. The band wasn't on stage. It was just Bruce with his acoustic guitar and harmonica. The moment he began to sing, I was absorbed and before he was finished, I was crying. Just a little. It was beautiful then and it's beautiful now and the way it made me feel that night, my first year o
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  22. A little bit more than three years ago, my mother was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Despite the shock and grief, the doctor emphasized that mom would probably live for several more years and hopefully be able to have a reasonably dignified life, at least for a couple of years. I had just been admitted to a university in another city, and even though it was with mixed feelings, I decided to move. The first two years went by, and when I went home and visited my parents for summer, Christmas and other holidays things were still almost as the should've been. Things started to change l
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  23. The enthusiastic participation on SLV threads of Rocky the dog has prompted me to see if Lakers want to post pictures of their canine companions. Would love to see everyone's furry friends and if there are any Bruce stories associated, even better. I will start with my pug Ning, just so we can put to rest in the first post the debate over who has the cutest dog.
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  24. I missed much of the excitement here today, but I want to add to Karsten's thoughts and share just a few of my own. I have been a part of the Greasy Lake family for over 20 years and I know a few things are 100% true 1) No one has ever been banned without MANY discussions and warnings. The Mod team doesn't want to censor voices or lose any, we value the world wide set of opinions and ideas that we get here. This may be hard to believe as someone you cared for is now banned, but that person had many opportunities to adjust to the rules here. If they choose to not meet community st
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  25. Hello everyone, I'm Stefan, 41 years old and from The Netherlands. I've been an Elvis Presley fan for 30 years, a Mark Knopfler fan for 20, a Eric Clapton fan for 10 and a Joe Bonamassa fan for 5. These are just the ones I'm a fan of, there are loads more that I like (mostly artists from the '50s to '90s). For some reason I've never been a fan of Bruce and until 6 months ago I only casually liked some songs (like 'Hungry Heart' and/or 'The Rising'). But, for some inexplicable reason I started listening to the live 75-85 set on Spotify last January and .......... it clicked! I
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  26. He made the required statement 45 years ago on the cover of his “make or break” album. He’s repeated that inclusion statement throughout his career. He denounced this very issue when it wasn’t the “cool thing to do” in 2000, with American Skin. He helped electing and re-electing the first African-American President in 2008 and 2012. Don’t get me wrong. I would appreciate a statement, but let’s face it: it would largely be “preaching to the choir”.
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  27. Whoooohooooh!!!! We're doing it! My dad and I will be visiting New York from 19-24 March! We booked our flights and hotel and fixed our passports, we're ready to go!! The only thing missing so far are two Broadway tickets (unfortunately we both were 3x standby...) but we are going to try our luck at the backdoor of the theater! So hopefully we get in Wish us luck! OMG OMG I'm just so excited, I can't believe we are actually going to try to get tickets... This is going to be such a great adventure!!! I really hope we can get in, otherwise the worst case scenario is
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  28. First of all, please excuse me for intruding this way but I'm not sure how exactly things work out here. But it feels right to be here and explain why. I've been surfing the Lake for quite a while now but very soon I found out that it was much more than just a useful source of information, previews and 'educated guesses' … I realized that in the end it's all a matter of love, the love that we share, each of us in our own different, intimate way, but so strong that makes all of us so connected one to another. It's this connection that brought me here. My personal l
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  29. Ironically, we had to drive to the outskirts of Munich for the film, which happens to be the place where my first Bruce show took place in 93. A lot happened to both of us since. The life that happened, and had us both mostly unprepared... I wasn't nearly as shaken or emotional, as I expected. I found myself totally drawn into the music, and although his spoken interludes were moving, they haven't sweapt me of my feet this first time. I know I will be watching this again, and I'll be crying my eyes out, but it just didn't happen for me this first time. I was just so overly mesmerized
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  30. Came across this whilst searching for something else in my pile of cuttings. It's from the San Mateo Times, Oct 1st 1984, predating Bruce's rise to superstardom. Quality isn't great because it's a copy of a copy, sent to me back in the day by a Bruce fan in California. Can't remember her name, but it may have been Shosanna Gizzi who was also a great photographer. Enlarging the pictures will probably help. Anyway, it's a little slice of Bruce history that was so overlooked even the hugely respected Earthslayer didn't know that it existed. Thought it may be of interest to someone.
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  31. Never seen this before. Yes there were snippets in the Blood Brothers video release but 15 mins of rehearsal here. Fascinating fly on the wall stuff if you've also not seen...particularly as this period and coming together of the band again is commonly described as being awkward.
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  32. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere but this is a really good, albeit short, interview I’ve just come across. It’s so rare to come upon interviewers who ask meaningful, honest questions like these.
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  33. Just met Bruce outside Claridges got a photo and he signed my Born to Run vinyl. Absolutely made up!!!
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  34. There’s nothing quite like hearing new Bruce for the first time. No other artist will ever make me feel this way. Don’t ever stop Bruce. Music needs you.
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  35. Favourite songs (I'll confine it to five). My faves change but these are permanently in my top ten. Across the Border -An immensely moving gem. How I wish this humane masterpiece was more widely known. American Land- a rollyking delightful anthem of Americana. Land of Hope and Dreams- Simply beautiful. A great Everyman anthem. Independence Day- Something special to every person who failed to understand their dad until it was too late. Long Walk Home- No politician or philosopher has defined the rule of law better than Bruce. "That flag above the courthouse means certai
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  36. Happy 70th to our man!!! It’s been 47 years (holy cannoli!!!) since I began this journey. Like @berlintramp, I don’t have the words to adequately express what this man and his music has meant, and continues to mean, to me. Huge mountain of gratitude to Adele and Douglas!!
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  37. Hi Everyone! I’m new to the lake and I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Declan, 24 and live in Maryland. Bruce’s music has always been present in my life because my mom, a jersey girl is a die hard fan and has seen Bruce around 30 times. Bruce really started to click with me a few years ago and now I am a huge fan as well and have seen him 4 times and plan on seeing more! Earlier this year, I met Max after a show with his jukebox. One of my friend’s second cousin is Nils. I look forward to getting to know you guys!
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  38. Just done with this thread.... I am afraid I'll get banned if I tell whats in my heart. I was beyond moved last night, and the true contents of the discussion of what it means will be discouraged. Up the thread someone said we have a choice between two horrible candidates. It is not true...moreover the fact Bruce chose to use his song in an important moment last night shows us how important this moment is.... I have always had a hot and cold reaction to the Rising. Last night I saw it for what it is. A call to action. A call to live in spite of the horrors we face. His best songs say
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  39. "It don't take no nerve When you've got nothing to guard I've got tombstones in my eyes And I'm running real hard..." Been a while since I've posted on here! How are you guys? Everybody still alive out there? I want to take a moment to look really hard and attentively at a lesser-known song to most people out in the world... one that's certainly far more well-known and respected amongst the folks of Greasy Lake, of course -- but that I still think could get a little more love than it gets. I'm talking, as the title indicates, about ICEMAN. An obscure litt
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  40. As you may have noticed, we were offline again, but this time it was on purpose so the Invision support people could apply a permanent fix to the problems we have been having lately. I do believe they succeeded, but some profile pictures are missing. I can probably solve that within a few days, but you are also welcome to upload a new one to make my job easier ... Or the same one again if you'd like.
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  41. Sorry about that. Not sure what happened. I just know that I didn't find out anything was wrong until this afternoon after work, because - believe it or not - no one contacted me about it for about eight hours, and I was personally busy at work and didn't check in. So, please, please, don't hold back if you want to report that something is not working. Use GL's main contact form or go through our Facebook page (which is where someone finally posted something). Anyway, it just so happened that this was the evening that I was going to see the Western Stars movie in Copenhagen, so there was
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  42. Here we go then ... Broadway was never an option for me. Too far away, too expensive, wasn't able to take time off work, would've had to pay double for everything (I wouldn't have gone on my own!). If I could have overcome all of those obstacles the story would've been different (or if Bruce had toured with it). Anyway, no regrets, as it was great to live it through the eyes and ears of our friends who DID go. So at the moment, Western Stars will be my 'Broadway' even though it's through a screen. I don't cry much or easily, but from the opening scene of the horses (am I spoiling
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  43. Actually, coincidentally, I've just started a new project. It's about currency throughout the world. To that end, I wonder if people could send me money? As many currencies as possible. Any help would be much appreciated and would assist me greatly. Thanks in advance!
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