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  1. Although the BTR vinyl and CD lyric sheets consistently say “waves”, I’ve just discovered that the Live 75-85 lyric booklet says “sways”. Never noticed that before! I learned it as “waves” and that’s what I shall probably continue to hear and sing it as.
    Even if I’m wrong …:D


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  2. It was a great show, although I remember it being very cold in the queue to go in. 

    That picture of Bruce and Steve with the Xmas headgear always makes me smile. Didn’t a young girl down the front give Steve the ear muffs? The pair of them never turn down the opportunity to wear silly hats.

    We found ourselves standing next to and chatting with Sarfraz Manzoor. He pointed out his friend up in the seats who I now realise was Gurinder  Chadha. 

    When they played Racing I got over excited (my first time hearing it live with the band) and started slapping the guy in front of me on the back, ‘cos we’d been discussing songs we were hoping to hear before the show and that was mine. If that was you, sorry about that! :D:ph34r:

  3. Yeah they chopped about half a dozen songs out. Don’t know how much of his chat was cut? 

    I managed to hear a couple of episodes on Sirius (while I could get it to work) and they had a real thematic flow to them, which could get lost in the editing, especially as nearly half of it will have to be cut to fit into an hour.

    shame, but it’s good to have the opportunity to hear him on UK Radio, in some fashion. 

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  4. 8 hours ago, LONDONCALLING said:


    (Whereas I would never mention that it was me that called out 'Santa" on Brixton Night to ensure we got to hear Pilgrim in The Temple of Love :lol:)

    Ah that was you, was it? Thank you....I think :lol:  it was certainly a memorable song!

    back to the woolly hat....I think it looks dreadful, and hot and itchy. Quite distracts from the show itself. Ditto the baggy trousers don’t suit him, look like they're the wrong size. Guess I’m just used to seeing him in jeans. 

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  5. 22 hours ago, doesthisbusstop said:

    The best 10 days of my life. I had been to see my football team win the premier league the Sunday before and I then went to Earls Court to see Bruce and the ESB five days later for the 21st May show which was an incredible concert. The very next day I went to the FA Cup final and three days after that I went to Barcelona for the champions league final! 

    It was a very good month to be a Bruce fan and a Man United fan :D

    I saw 3 concerts, 2 in Manchester (2nd night from the 3rd row in front of Clarence) and Earls Court on the 19th, and 3 trophies (though sadly unlike doesthisbusstop not in person).

    I didn’t think much of Earls Court as a venue, preferred the Manchester shows myself. 



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  6. On 2/12/2020 at 5:27 PM, stevie54uk said:

    the whole show was brilliant, , highlights for me in Sheffield was a version of the River that had me in tears and a rousing Youngstown in the steel City,  would much rather he did  another similar tour than a greatest hits show probably unpopular but there you are

    Weirdly I don’t remember The River from that night at all! Must find a copy. But Youngstown was wonderful and the local dedication much appreciated. I think his cousin Frank sang on it too. The show opened with Blinded which I just love in that arrangement. Likewise the rearrangements of Further on up the road and Atlantic City.

    When the album was announced I wasn’t sure about it at all. But I bought it, went to the first show in Dublin and just loved it. Such a joyous and uplifting concert, even by Bruce’s standards. You could see he was enjoying being Bruce the Bandleader, egging the musicians on and at one point literally pushing the banjo player to the front of the stage for his solo. The band seemed to grow in confidence as the tour progressed. I wish John Henry had been included on the live album though, for me it was one of the highlights of the shows and a strange omission. 

    I ended up seeing 5 shows on the tour, including 2 of the 3 filmed for Live in Dublin. In Manchester I miraculously picked up 2nd row tickets in the drop on the day of the show -  for some reason there were seats on the floor for that one - which turned out to be right in front of Bruce! Everyone stood up anyway of course and after a couple of songs Bruce beckoned us forward and we just hurdled the seats to stand next to the stage. I don’t recall much about the band that night, I only had eyes for one man... :D and the amazing energy he puts into his performance from up close.  

    Happy days!

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  7. 2 hours ago, stevie54uk said:

    just looking at vue cinema The Joker is £5.74. also note western stars is classed as an event only 50 seats in recliners and none sold, but nobody has answered the why so expensive?. why would i pay  nearly £43 for me and mrs to watch this. also general release is a bit rich its only on one night

    It’s £15 in Sheffield at both the Odeon and Vue. I paid about £8 at the same Odeon for Blinded by the Light. But prices seem to be higher for the one-off “event” showings. A friend paid £13 to watch the screening of Metallica with orchestra recently. And a quick look at the Odeon website shows, for example, £20 for Andre Rieu concert. So prices perhaps par for the course for these type of films, although apparently quite variable around the UK!

  8. 6 hours ago, whispered secret said:

    Well, here's my pie in the sky idea!

    We have a world class symphony orchestra (CBSO) plus a world class Symphony Hall in Birmingham, so how about a run there? He & Patti stayed at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford for several weeks a few years ago, so, there we have it, sorted:D.

    He played the Symphony Hall in 1996 on the Joad tour so he knows where it is. Acoustics were very good, funnily enough  :D

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  9. On 9/25/2019 at 1:07 PM, red headed woman said:

    Its not on in Sheffield which is my closest one but is showing in Newark which is 30 miles away. It makes no sense to show it in a small market town but not a big city!!!



    It’s now appeared on the Sheffield Odeon Luxe listings. Just booked the first two tickets :D

    i contacted Odeon last week and was told they update their listings on a Tuesday. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, Rizla said:

    Not Bruce, according to my friend who is in that age group.  He says Bruce was not regarded as cool.  

    Indeed. I’m in that age group (skipped an afternoon of school to go to the ToL gig at Villa Park) and Bruce definitely wasn’t cool. I only had one friend who liked him. The other fan I knew was another friends Dad!

    What were kids listening to? Rick Astley, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Wet Wet Wet, U2, Whitney Houston,... 

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  11. We saw it in Sheffield this afternoon. Small screen and not completely full. I was concerned it would be a bit cheesy and cliched, and it was in places. The Born to Run-meets-Kids from Fame bit especially. But it was so joyous and big-hearted that it just made me smile. I’m the same age as Javed in the film (and presumably Sarfraz?) so I enjoyed the 1980s nostalgia and fashions. And I had difficulty convincing my friends back then of the magic of Bruce too. Quoting lyrics at them really didn’t work for me though. Funny to hear Bruce’s lyrics quoted in a Luton accent!

    I thought the songs fitted well with the story (or is it vice versa?). Hearing lyrics that are so familiar afresh in a different context actually made me listen to them “properly” again, if that makes any sense, and re-appreciate their universality. And as others have said, the use of Jungleland in one key scene worked really well. (With a nice dig at Thatcher in the background too). I was a bit ambivalent about going to see it, but glad I did. :)

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  12. It was amazing. One of my best ever Bruce moments. Couldn’t believe he played Hearts of Stone! A real jaw dropper. And he looked so cool in his T shirt and shades :wub:

    The crowd were still filtering in, mostly those from the pit queue I think at that point. It was a hot day. 

    he did it again in Cork a few days later but we were still stuck just outside the gates at that point so could hear but not see. 

    6 years ago though! Happy days. 

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  13. On 4 March 2016 at 9:10 PM, janeymarywendy said:

    If I remember rightly this was a free poster from the Sun newspaper during the BITUSA tour.  I had it on my wall at work :wub: I think it's still in the loft.

    I had this poster too, on the wall above my bed as a teenager :wub: 

    think I bought it in Athena or HMV.

    Brings back happy memories!


  14. Seems to be a lot of comments on the organisation of the show on BTX.

    "We were not allowed on to the pre show as we had stand tickets. I must say graham Quinn acted like a total jerk who did not respect any of the fans who had seated tickets. We had to stand outside the venue for over 45 minutes whilst we could hear Bruce playing. Quinn should get off his power trip and realise people are leaving work early to be there to get a pit pass and are paying good money for the tickets. In over 50 shows I have never been treated as badly. Give some people power and it goes to their head. And he should wear a t shirt in future."


    "Not just people in the stand section were made wait outside. We all were, seated and standing although I agree it was really frustrating. Also when we were let in first there was no put passes but talking to lads who arrived at 6 they said there were loads and seeing as these guys were about 10 rows back I believe them. Doubt the full 4500 as per Aiken were given out prob 3000. Why they were not first come first serve after the numbered 1000 I don't know. Fab concert though!! Great people around us in the pit when we eventually did get in."


    "It seems now that the 1000 with numbers were let in and that the gates at the blue route were also opened but the gates at the red route where most people were were not opened. We all had to stand there and miss the pre show despite turning up early. It was a mess with Aiken etc telling some ppl passes were only being given out at blue route but if you had a red route ticket you couldn't enter there. Then other staff were telling ppl that there would be passes on both sides and to stIck to your colour. Basically we had red route tickets and were there early. Initially went blue route as directed to get passes then told we had to go red route where we and hundreds of others of others were held outside until pre show ended. Then when we were let in there was no passes after all at the red route. Total and utter shambles. We got sorted but know many others who didn't."

    Yes it was a mess, had to listen to the pre show outside in the queue. The other part of our party were on the blue route and got in for it, there were very few wristbands given out on the red route but luckily one of my mates on the blue route picked up a spare one and with a little ingenuity we got the three of us into the pit, 3 does indeed go into one ;)

    Super show again, Frankie was fantistic. Thought the pit was actually a little livelier than Limerick, at least where we were, which was exactly the same place as Limerick 4/5 back at the 'Nils' mini stage.

    Belatedly catching up on the thread after a fantastic week in sunny Ireland.

    We were also on the red route, arrived around 2:45. Queue was quite civilised, thankfully lined up under the shade of the trees by the river. Also had to listen to the pre-show from outside, people were shouting out at security to let us through the gates to no avail. A few people made it in in time to catch the end. There were wristbands handed out although not a huge number and it wasn't the best organised. The initial group of people in line were let forward to the gates and stewards handed them out to those clustered around them. However, because people were then bunched up not everyone got a band before they ran out. Some people held in the queue behind under the trees did get them because one of the stewards went down the line handing them out without checking whether all those further forward had one. So there were people nearer the front of the queue who didn't get one and then couldn't get in the pit. (Limerick was similarly disorganised in that respect, with bands being handed out inside the gates).

    The show itself was great. I also thought the pit was a bit livelier than Limerick. Possibly there were a greater proportion of locals/casual fans rather than travelling diehard fans (who know all the "moves") in Limerick c.f. Cork? Or maybe it was just where we were standing. I thought Bruce was more energetic in Limerick (still dancing like he didn't want to leave the stage during the reprise of This Little Light) and possibly seemed a little tired towards the end in Cork.

    Wild Thing was a lot of fun, especially Bruce trying to find a band member to take the solo.

    The Price you Pay was the highlight for me -- one of my favourites but I never, ever expected to hear it -- thank you Derek for having the sign (and for organising the pit queues too, recognised him from Wembley). The pit started spontaneously chanting "Der-ek! Der-ek!!" and Bruce applauded him too.

    The segue into the '78 intro to Prove It straight after was an awesome combination.

    Real World at the piano brought back happy memories of him playing it at the Point on the D&D tour.

    Seven Nights to Rock was a total party -- so good to hear this again and the place was rocking.

    Shout makes a great encore song and a refreshing change from Twist and Shout, which has become a bit stale, imho.

    Funny watching the pit trying to crouch down while Bruce does the "A little bit softer now" bit ;)

    Exiting the stadium after the show was a bit chaotic. No signs indicating the way out, no stewards and a big queue. Eventually, a local guy next to us who must have overhead us wondering which way to go kindly directed us across a field where other people were heading to find another exit towards the city.

    Loved all the signs around town in shops and pubs welcoming The Boss to Cork. One of the things I love about seeing Bruce in Ireland is how much everyone seems to be thrilled that he is in town, everyone is talking about the gig.

    Also got a glimpse of Bruce after the show as his car with motorcycle outriders had to negotiate the sea of fans walking back to the city centre. Everyone cheered and applauded as he was driven past.

    Thanks Rehspeck for the great videos.

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