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    Norfolk, UK (via Londonderry N.I.)
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    1978
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    Waves (for me!)
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  1. Thanks for this - their story is one of the great moments in SOB
  2. Was at that one - drove up and back from Norfolk on the day - then all 3 nights at Wembley a month later (and Live Aid a week after those!) GLORY DAYS!
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    Baby It's You

    P.S. just clocked the date of the originally thread - will soon be 2 years old...….WTF!!!!……..time needs to slow down!!?
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    Just BRUCE!

    Absolutely - early 70's (suspect taken in Asbury Park) - we could probably work out a date at which point Bruce wouldn't have been carrying his toothbrush around with him any more I guess!?
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    Baby It's You

    Was trawling back on GL looking for another thread and stumbled upon this on page 10 and was quite surprised to note that the last post was still mine!!? Quite astounded that we never heard from you AFTER you had watched it Rachel...…….or is it time to fess up that you STILL haven't gotten around to it!!?
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    Just BRUCE!

    Sorry no picture being posted - BUT - picture I'd love to trace / have struggled to ever find (on-line). About 30 years ago now (Jeez - scary) I popped along to Badlands in Cheltenham on a Friday at the end of a week that I had been working out of Oxford (before driving back to Norfolk) and had lunch with dear old Steven Jump (god rest his soul). There was a wonderful picture at the Badlands shop that day (that I'd love to see again / have) that at the point in time that it would have been taken would have epitomised Bruce and his lifestyle - but I have never ever seen it anywhere else since, not in the many books I have or on-line - nowhere!, (and of course this was pre internet then). I think he was wearing both a denim and leather jacket (probably the 2 coats he owned at the time) and looked like the cool beach bum / guitar slinger that he obviously was when it was taken - but the coolest thing of all - and what summed up the whole "snapshot in time" aspect of the picture for me was that poking out of the breast/chest pocket of the jacket - held in place because it was through the button hole - was his toothbrush!!! It just smacked of "and I don't know where I'm gonna sleep tonight". Can anyone post THAT photo!!!?
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    P.S. Across 114 shows / 40 years I've seen Bruce in a few emotionally charged situations but the only time (prior to SOB) that I have seen tears in his eyes and heard a crack in his voice was at MSG on the final night of the Reunion Tour during that specially written additional verse of Blood Brothers - but he held it together - he is obviously capable of "going there" in a public arena (there was nothing to be "gained" by doing so that night in front of 20,000 fans - the song/moment was saying it all) and I think it is therefore a tad unfair to look upon tears on any given night (and it evidently wasn't "every" night) during SOB to be on cue / scripted...…….like many of us I think he is obviously getting a bit "softer" as he gets older (I struggle a lot more during some movies these days than I ever used to ha!) and some nights he obviously ended up in that place whilst delivering certain text!
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    Think folks would have been aware of when/if it was apparent (despite what Zimny said) as you would have seen Bruce "wipe" his eye/face even if too far away to "see" his eyes fill up. The twice at my show he did so were pre BiUSA (small wipe) and at the end of the night (our collective lost loved ones / his tree story) which was a major wipe - cheekbone stuff! - there was no Long Time Coming at our show either. Compared to the Netflix version his Clarence stuff was longer too and the pause (he almost seemed to have gone off in his own head, trance like) before he "came back in to the room" and said "see you in the next life Big Man" was much longer than on Netflix and made the whole thing SO much more powerful...…..made it feel "less" scripted in a way (although it obviously "is" scripted)...…...but the delivery of it the night we were there - the "magic trick" of that moment - was another level to the Netflix capture.
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    That's interesting Ann - thanks. And you (like many others) were nonetheless blown away and "moved" by the show "anyway" - and why wouldn't you be, there is some powerful soul baring stuff in it, with or without tears...…….the fact that he had to wipe his eyes twice the night I saw it in August (and the swine was looking straight at me as he did so) makes me feel a bit better about "how" powerful I found it compared to some others perhaps did - and Zimny's comments would almost suggest that on the MANY nights that HE would have seen the show (prior to filming) that perhaps he hadn't, up to that point, witnessed tears either!!?
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    Well on that basis though (if the whole thing is just a "magic trick") you might as well detach yourself from every Bruce gig you have seen down the years!? I think the whole "magic trick" thing is somewhat tongue in cheek (or to a degree at least) - I ultimately believe that 90% of those things that he has sung about or gave us spoken intro's to (back in the day) he genuinely (and passionately at times) believed in himself...…...ie. he was never bullshiting or being fake...….that was his "thing" ("his" magic trick)……..the thing that set him aside from the next performer / entertainer……...that and the length of his shows......that was his "expression", his trademark (gimmick if want to be blunt) - just as a myriad of other performers had/have "their" thing for which they are known. YES - the tears (when they happened) would have been at the same one or two (or three) "potential" moments in the show but only because "those" moments are when stuff got the heaviest, the most emotional...……..and they would have been powerful enough WITHOUT tears...…..no one would have been expecting tears...…...and it seems that there weren't ALWAYS tears...…...but sometimes relaying the stories obviously took him to that point / place!
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    Pleased to read that - that confirms / underlines that he shed a tear twice the night I was there (was beginning to doubt myself!!!) - and that my night (and by the sound of it one of yours!!!) WAS more emotional / moving in parts than the Netflix screening. YES - I have said that IF this is his latest Magic Trick then the guy has got chops as an actor "as well"...…...but it's good in a way to hear that there weren't tears EVERY night, nor were they on cue...…...makes me feel that our night "was" quite special (although not unique by any means) AND comes as no surprise that there was only one such moment in the Netflix thing (with all those cameras around etc). Going back to my original "intrigued" post I do wonder if there were ANY tears in the initial / first run...…..I suspect that the show evolved (which is a given) but that Bruce got himself deeper and deeper in touch with the piece and more comfortable with letting his emotions show...….at times!!!……..as the run went on!
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    New Archive: MSG '88

    I love the TOL album (always play it a lot in summertime) and, at the time, I really loved the tour/shows - but - much more so the 2 shows I saw indoors in an arena in the States than the 6 shows I saw in Europe where from the first night at Villa Park to the last night at Bramall Lane (via the other nights at those venues + Wembley + Dublin...…...and then the HRN show at Wembley in early Sept) the show mutated from the "real" TOL gigs I'd seen at Easter on Long Island to what I described as almost BiUSA Tour with Horns as songs like Walk Like a Man, One Step Up and Two Faces disappeared and Cadillac Ranch and other old war horses came in...…….because we were in stadiums...……..a fate that would become The River 2016 tour nearly 30 years on!!! But here's the thing for me with the TOL tour and listening to it now - compared to just about ANY other Bruce & ESB tour - I find that with this show you have a greater need to be "seeing" what is going on, rather than just listening to the music!...…...especially during the cheesier songs where they are hamming it up / having fun! Bit like what could be said of Ramrod on virtually ANY boot/show...….."SO" much better when you are THERE!, (or if not can at least "see" it, ie. a DVD!?). On playback alone I find the TOL shows now to be TOO horn heavy personally and the classic ESB sound lost on tracks where it needn't have been and after the passage of time have thought that those shows could have been EVEN better if the horns had been on and off a bit more during the night...…….but, still great and I have terrific memories of the shows! I will probably end up getting this one (have the other two) but probably for the standout nuggets that everyone is applauding than the whole show (to play often as a complete show!?). (Unfair to compare set one at Stockholm really as that wasn't "typical" - he juggled set one about for the live radio broadcast to include Tougher which was normally the start of set two as it was the current single...….remember those!...…..and end with Chimes to make the announcement of the HRN tour).
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    Cheers - thanks - question answered (wasn't a "development" in the show post the filming) - therefore Zimny building things up somewhat with the "we captured something that wasn't planned" then...…….true perhaps of THAT story and song (as it wasn't a regular fixture) but NOT true of Bruce's emotion / tears in eyes - which is how he made it sound! The "tears" during Long Time Coming (on the film) were just at the expense of them NOT being there during the BiUSA story OR the "lost loved ones" / tree story at the end of the night...…….both of which brought a moist eye the night I saw it in August (plus the Clarence segment was much more powerful than in the Netflix version - bit rushed). Thanks for the clarification - no longer any need to be intrigued (Zimny just not particularly accurate that's all, but will forgive him for the great job he did!).
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    Mr Landau was interviewed by Uncut

    I'm intrigued as to whether there was a "moist eye" (wiping of his eye) at shows before say June/July? I attended my show in August (about 6 weeks after the 2 night shoot in July) and from my 3rd row "centre" seat I could indeed see Bruce's eyes filling up (and him wiping moisture from his cheekbone - more moisture than in the Netflix film) - AND - I didn't have Long Time Coming at my show. I have commented on other threads that I felt the show I saw was "even more" moving/emotional than the film, but obviously at "different" points. I know a lot of this will be helped by the fact that I was "there" etc - and that the swine seemed to look straight at me during the most poignant sections - but I also feel that it just "was", and I put it down to parts of the filmed performance feeling shorter/rushed compared to what I saw - due to the inclusion of Long Time Coming - and the fact that, no matter how much of a pro he is, all the cameras AND the audience not being "Joe Public" couldn't have been quite the same for him, as intimate, as just him and 900 ticket buyers in the room! That said Zimny and crew did an amazing job I felt. But here's why I'm intrigued. Zimny obviously saw this show many, many times leading up to filming the 2 nights (for research purposes as much as anything) and he speaks about the Long Time Coming bit almost with a sense of surprise!!?, ("we captured something that wasn't planned") - I just wonder if this really was some sort of OMG moment for Zimny / all concerned!!?, and indeed a turning point for Bruce in his delivery of the piece going forward!? Obviously I saw this "emotion" (and even more intense I felt) 6 weeks later - and I assumed that Bruce went to that place more or less every night - BUT - I'm intrigued now as to whether the filming nights was a beginning of all of that (which carried on thereafter) - OR - if Bruce was moist of eye / needing a wipe as far back as last Easter for example!!?, (and Zimny is just being over zealous in his interview!?).
  15. Totally agree - and when I said "rebel as you get older" I meant as in out of school and entering adulthood etc, you either carry on with it / embrace or (to a large degree) turn your back on it...…...I didn't mean the age many of us are at now when I said "as you get older". I may not be overly religious (I'm more of a Darwin kind of guy!) - but - that doesn't mean that I don't respect and abide by good Christian standards when it comes to treatment of my fellow man, whether you practice or not, as they are the only set of rules that we have been given to live by really! I have no time for the division or conflict caused by, or in the name of all too often, religion...…….I saw it destroy so much and so many in my hometown and it was because of that, at aged just 16, I was "pulling out of there to win", 3 years younger than Bruce was leaving Freehold (and unlike he - whose parents had also gone - I was leaving my folks behind!) ……...we were brought up in trouble torn Northern Ireland where good catholic friends and neighbours were driven out of our predominately protestant estate...…...my Mum would still go and see them in heir new (catholic) estate and take them clothes and our old comics / annuals etc...….their Dad used to drive us to the coast for our week at the seaside holiday (with me sat between his legs "steering as we drove through town") - we didn't have a car and my Dad had to work and would only join us just for the w/end...…..when my Mum lay dying in hospital those catholic kids from that family came to see her! (and we by that point hadn't been in each others company for about 25 years)...…...that's the stuff that really matters! I haven't "watched" SOB again yet but I have had a first play through now of the CD - in the car - and I'm just flabbergasted by the amount of common ground I have with the man and those stories / descriptions...…..it really is uncanny...…...as an album this will without doubt be thee most "personal" for me! Amen.