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  1. Thanks for the reply's, you have tempered my fears a bit :-). If I can summarize the poll and the comments, I would say that Bruce and the band still have some great years of touring in them. Maybe not the high energy shows with running up and down the stage, jumping of piano's and falling on his knees, but still 2,5 hour shows with great music, adjusted setlists to fit his voice and energy level and lots of energy from the crowd. I can settle for that!
  2. I just saw this video on YouTube and I felt kind of sad after watching it. Ok, we all know Bruce is getting older, he's in his seventies now. And yes, he still looks quite in good shape for his age. Besides a bit of drinking, he has lived most of his live healthy with lots of sport and good food, and no drugs or other addictions. But what struck me most about this video is the way he walked on stage. He really walks like an old man, someone who hasn't got that much energy left in him. I'm really scared that this one and a half year of sitting at home hasn't been good for a man of his age. I always thought that Bruce would grow old on stage and would keep on rocking untill he dropped dead in the middle of a show. But when I see him walking on that stage, I don't know if this man is still capable of putting on a two hour (let alone three hour) high energy rock 'n' roll show. I can't see him running around the stage anymore, making the crowd go nuts, singing and screaming songs like Born in the USA, You can look (but you better not touch), Radio nowhere, Badlands or Ghosts. What do you think? Is this still possible in 2022 and further? Or will the next tour sometimes be a bit embarrasing? I hate to think about going to a show and having to realise that he has gotten too old for this. And if so, will we be getting a future with more acoustic shows, or a downsized E-Street band with more static shows, fixed setlists, ... ?
  3. Well, it has been announced that Metallica will be on the regular Rock Werchter festival. So besides Nick Cave, there will be a second TW Classic festival, but rumour has it that that one will be headlined by Paul McCartney (who should have headlined it in 2020 if it wasn't cancelled). So maybe chances are getting smaller for a TW Classic in Belgium with Bruce in 2022 ...
  4. I like it, it brings back so many memories. I was a 8 year old kid at the time, going to the newspaper store every Wednesday to buy the national teen magazine (called 'Joepie') to read stories about Bruce. It's funny to realize now how popular he was at the time. Every week you had stories about his wedding, his band members, his jeans, his muscles, ... and big posters in all the magazines. I remember being surprised that this was already his 7th album. It would take me the next six years to collect all the previous ones. Now it would take me six seconds to click. And I would watch the chart show on Dutch television (called 'Countdown') to see the video's. Bruce as car mechanic, Bruce as baseball player, Bruce as performer, ... It's really nice to have so much footage together. He didn't come to Belgium on that tour, so I had to wait until 1993 to finally see him. Can't wait for the BITUSA-Box, hopefully this Christmas ...
  5. Today the line-up for the TW Classic 2022 festival in Belgium was announced (this is the little brother of the famous Rock Werchter Festival). It is a one-day festival with mostly older, classic acts. On 25th of June 2022, Nick Cave and Placebo will headline the festival. Together with this announcement, they said they are preparing a second TW Classic festival in the summer of 2022, headliner will be announced shortly. Since Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headlined TW Classic in 2013 and 2016, one can only be hopeful ...
  6. From Live 75/85: Born in the USA Seeds The river War Darlington County (Does it count when you have to change the CD or flip the vinyl? But they were all from the same show)
  7. That's exactly the one I would go for. TOL is absolutely my favourite album. I can't help but being a child of the 80's, I got this album when a did my holy communion at 12 years and off course I loved it. But it wasn't until I was in college that I came to realise what a great album that was. I can understand lots of fans don't like it because of the 80's sound and the cheesy synths, but the sheer quality of the songs is wonderful: Brilliant disguise, Tougher than the rest, Walk like a man, One step up and Cautious man are examples of his best song writing ever. Combine that with the first album I ever got (BITUSA) and the masterclass in songwriting that is Nebraska, and you have my perfect threesome ...
  8. I guess everybody here knows the story about Bruce and Elvis Presley. Bruce saw him on Ed Sullivan in '58, became a life long fan, crawled over the fence at Graceland in 1975 and wrote "Fire" after he and Steve went to see Elvis in 1977. He send a demo to Elvis, but Elvis died before the demo arrived. I guess we all wondered what that song would be like when sung by The King ... Today I stumbled onto this video: "Fire" by Joey Figgiani & The Jordanaires. Joey Figgiani is a New York based singer-songwriter. In 2004 he put out an album called "Under the Memphis sun" where he was backed on some songs by DJ Fontana (Elvis' drummer) and The Jordanaires (Elvis' backing vocal group on dozens of songs). I never knew this version existed. Maybe this is as close as it gets to hearing Elvis' version of the song?
  9. Week 14 in Belgium: Flanders: 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 13 - 15 - 8 - 28 Wallonia: 3 - 5 - 13 - 17 - 23 - 23 - 21 - 22 - 29 - 40 - 68 - 56 - 108 - 119
  10. Oh yes, it gets even more complicated when you dive deeper into it. The French-speaking Community (with Brussels as capital, remember?) itself is also divided in two regions: Wallonia (with Namur as capital) and Brussels (with Brussels as capital). So Brussels is the capital of Belgium, of the Flemisch Community, of the French-speaking Community and of its own Brussels Region (and un-officially the capital of Europe, since a lot of the institutions of the European Union are located in Brussels). And indeed, you also have a German-speaking Community in Belgium, with Eupen as capital. Politically and geographically they belong to Wallonia, but they have some own policy regarding certain topics. To resume: Belgium has got 11.000.000 inhabitants, 6 governments, 3 languages, 58 ministers and thank god a lot of Bruce-fans :-).
  11. Now that is a good question! And a complicated one I guess. What is usually seen as 'Brussels' is in fact a conglomeration of 19 cities. Together they have around 1.000.000 inhabitants. The city of Brussels itself is rather small and has around 180.000 inhabitants. To make it even more complicated, Brussels is the capital of Belgium, but also the capital of the Flemisch Community ànd capital of the French-speaking Community. So I'm also very curious who can lay their hand on the album sales in Brussels :-). The information on the Belgian Ultratop website doesn't answer that question, so I've send the an e-mail to ask about this.
  12. I guess Sietze1976 meant 'Flanders' instead of 'Wallonia' in the previous post. This is week 13 in Belgium: Flanders: 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 13 - 15 - 8 Wallonia: 3 - 5 - 13 - 17 - 23 - 23 - 21 - 22 - 29 - 40 - 68 - 56 - 108 Little jump upwards indeed in Flanders, while LTY is now really on the way out in Wallonia. In theory the charts go to number 200. In those lower regions you can find old albums like 'Brothers in arms' by Dire Straits or 'A&M' by Arctic Monkeys. The sales numbers for those albums may be around a few dozens. LTY hasn't made it to a gold record yet. To certify as 'gold' in Belgium, it must sell 10.000 copies. Bruce's last gold records in Belgium were Working on a dream (2009), Devils & dust (2005) and The rising (2002).
  13. Week 12 in Belgium: Flanders: 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 13 - 15 Wallonia: 3 - 5 - 13 - 17 - 23 - 23 - 21 - 22 - 29 - 40 - 68 - 56
  14. Week 11 in Belgium: Flanders: 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 13 Wallonia: 3 - 5 - 13 - 17 - 23 - 23 - 21 - 22 - 29 - 40 - 68 The long way down has begun I guess ...
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