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    Norfolk, UK (via Londonderry N.I.)
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    1978
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  1. BruceWho

    The all time greatest Hungry Heart?

    I agree. One of the few instances whereby the song laid down in the studio isn't surpassed in concert it has real "punch". Of the "official" live versions out there I've never really enjoyed any of them as much as the bootleg of Independence Day Wembley Stadium 1985 (that, and other boots, have so much more atmosphere about them than a lot of official stuff) - of course I always re-live in my minds eye Bruce out at the end of the ramp one side (corner flag) and then running from there to the other corner flag during Danny's organ solo middle eight (almost spot on to the second to start singing again) but as he was running past the band / stage on his way giving them two thumbs up and Clarence beaming a huge smile as he went by! Happy GLORY days!
  2. I think most would just take A TOUR right now (and the bitching about set lists etc would come as memories shortened) - I wouldn't want a "G Hits" but hey!!? - to be honest my biggest gripe would be that a BiUSA play thru / G Hits set listed tour would probably mean another (last?) run round bloody stadiums and fields...…..I'm longing for the day that he actually scales down / gets back indoors, WHATEVER he chooses to play is ultimately fine by me, just want to see and HEAR it properly (quality).
  3. Ditto! Probably as close as I will get too (and I wasn't even IN at what I still regard as my first show!) - in the other direction from yours, May 30th. I was 23 years old, not in a great job (basically didn't have a "lot") and my daughter was less than 2 months old - that whole period for a couple of years was quite a drought for me on the gigs front - other than the odd local gig the only thing I was venturing to London or Brum for was The Who. May 30th - Peoples March For Jobs was culminating in London that w/end and a FREE concert was taking place at Brockwell Park, Brixton and Pete Townshend was headlining. The word was that Bruce (who was hanging with Pete quite a bit AND very in to the march / cause) was going to join Pete at the gig. Off to London I went in my beat up Ford Escort. Bruce didn't show (word later was that the soundcheck at Wembley overran!). My cousin and I watched a drunk Pete at the park and then hot footed over to Wembley. The buzz "outside" on what was a mild / warm night was terrific - there must have been nearly a hundred of us down the side at the stage end. Not long before the show was due to start Barbara Carr came up to the chain link fence that was around the backstage area and passed a rolled up pair of tickets to a young couple (that I think had been there all afternoon) saying "with the compliments of Bruce Springsteen" - Usain Bolt would have had a job keeping up with them as they sprinted down the length of the building to the front entrance! All the windows were open but we were just hanging around enjoying the buzz / vibe and chatting to fellow unlucky fans! Then we heard the roar as the lights had obviously gone down and when the band kicked in it was terrific...……..REALLY loud and surprisingly clear - better than when you pop out to the loo / corridor when you are in that place (which I must have been 100+ times over the years...…..it was great. We didn't move for the next 3.5 hours! I told many people about that night and many years later (U2 on the Joshua Tree Tour - which I was fortunate enough to see in "there" and at the NEC - the only 2 indoor JT shows in the UK, it was a stadium tour) I took a bunch of people down to Wembley on a Friday night hoping to pick up a cheap (Sold Out) ticket from a tout as I knew that 2 years earlier on the BiUSA tour once Bruce was on stage the touts were selling for .50p. Anyway - no such luck (such was the draw that U2 were in 1987) - they were on and touts were still saying "buy any spares". I'd told everyone "if we don't get a ticket we can stand and listen outside", retelling my 1981 story ha!, and after all this was the stadium and would be even better than the opened windows on the arena! Not so! We couldn't even make out what song was being played and after only a few songs we said sod it, let's got to the Hard Rock and eat! As we walked across the car park outside the stadium and were going down the side of the arena to get back to where we had parked the car and just as we got to my spot from 1981 (and none of had any idea that anyone was even playing in the arena that night!) the roar of a crowd went up and then we heard "Ladies and Gentlemen TINA TURNER" and the opening number burst in and I was going "there you go THAT's what I was talking about"...……..we still went to the Hard Rock ha! I would have to wait another 4 years until I would SEE and hear Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - but - I always regard May 30th 1981 as the first time I "heard" a Bruce concert (and a fine one too) - even if it was as a blind person with slightly impaired hearing might have done......I still heard it, and how wonderful it would have been if THAT show had been released in this quality!!! Ah well - next best thing I guess (like yourself) ENJOY!!!
  4. BruceWho

    New Archive: THE ROXY '78

    Sadly it is not uncommon. Lots of artists, lots of albums, I have way too many examples (as I do have lots of live albums) and in more recent times it seems to have got worse (as in everyone must be using this program now!?). With Bruce it is even more frustrating than most (the intros etc) and on these releases you would think that care would be taken. Even then they get it wrong with the odd song - those of us that have been listening to Bruce / these boots for years will know that the change from Mona or Not Fade Away, or Gloria on some shows in to She's The One comes with a few bars on the guitar & bass before the high pitched keyboards kick in - not here - those keyboards are the beginning of She's The One for this program! (but that is neither here nor there - the really annoying stuff is the long bits between a lot of songs - those will all be on the end of the track that has just ended - whether they refer to the upcoming track or not!?……..and it's annoying if you ever wanted to lift a track for a self made compilation or whatever)
  5. BruceWho

    New Archive: THE ROXY '78

    So my CD's arrived - enjoying the listen / upgrade (like everyone else) - also in agreement on some of the annoying crowd members! ha! The CD doesn't list Backstreets as a track on disc 2!!!!? My biggest complaint (and this has become a real pet hate of mine on a LOT of live CD's out there, lots of artists) is the track separation, but it seems even more annoying and disappointing on a project like these live show releases...……..it is obviously done by some computer program and is just SO lazy!!! The program obviously locates where the opening note of a song / track is (and even that isn't right on some songs!!!) and then goes back half a second and marks that as the beginning of the next song. SO, if the talking leading up to that song is in connection to that song it is on the end of the track before - or in the case of Backstreets Bruce retuning his guitar, in readiness for Heartbreak Hotel, about 2 mins worth - THAT is all part of Backstreets as a track!!! ANY live album - by ANY artist - should have a point that is in the middle of the "between songs" applause that is the marker, and when it is an artist like Bruce (and especially on a project like this!!!) someone should be taking the care to decide where those markers (stories / intros etc) should be - it is SO disappointing. Sloppy!
  6. Thanks ALL I found this (interesting) article which I have embellished with a few extras like 10th/E St in Belmar (which I definitely will do - and will ride by 1107 E Street which is actually between 11th & 12th to see where they used to rehearse, in David Sancious mothers garage!) and perhaps the Tilt-A-Whirl in South Beach if time will permit - and I have been on Google Maps and printed off general and zoomed in close up maps (with X marking the spot) - so I feel there will be no head scratching / time wasting and we can get to as much as we possibly can! https://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2016/10/bruce_illustrated_a_day_trip_through_springsteens.html Just dawned on (date!!) that I can now say "I'm seeing Bruce later this month!!"
  7. Thanks Rachel (and Ann - will copy to Ann). We will have a great time I'm sure - this is the trip that should have taken place a year ago but was scrapped when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer - so - 12 months and 3 surgeries on (and with that behind us) we will embrace this trip big time! We were "crossing America" at one point (20 years on from when we last did) as an amended trip but for varying reasons we had to shorten the time we would be away and have gone full circle to the "cancelled" trip albeit in reverse (starting in Florida and ending up in New York). It'll be great I'm sure! Much as I'd be VERY interested to do Stan's guided tour (and hopefully will get to one day) I just don't think I dare commit to timings etc. As I said we will be waking up in Baltimore Inner Harbour area and will have a few hours driving to get to the Freehold area and I think we will just have to cherry pick (houses etc in Freehold, church/school, main sights in Asbury and Belmar...….maybe South Beach as Sandy is my wife's fav track), and I need to make sure that I have plenty of time (allowing for traffic / hold ups) to drive in to Manhatten as we will be ditching the vehicle at the Alamo office near Times Square and they close at 6pm...…….I just daren't commit to A) arriving in time to "meet" Stan and then B) risk Stan's tour overrunning at all - at least if we are Griswolding it ourselves if we have to pull the plug on missing something we can!!? It can be fun doing your own thing too - when I first went to Freehold / Asbury / Rumson (where he lived at the time) in 1988 it was pre internet / knowledge we have today and it was great stumbling upon stuff (like the Stone Pony taking a delivery of beer in the daytime and being allowed in to have photos taken behind the bar etc!, or the lady walking her dog in Rumson and when asked if she knew where Bruce lived she said hell yeah, I show it off all the time and gave directions ha!)……….of all the bits I haven't done before (although be nice to go round those again) I'm most looking forward to the E St / 10th sign in Belmar...…….BUT...…….if there are any MUST DO recommendations then feel free to fire them my way. Thanks again guys!
  8. Thanks Rachel (and Ann - will copy to Ann). We will have a great time I'm sure - this is the trip that should have taken place a year ago but was scrapped when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer - so - 12 months and 3 surgeries on (and with that behind us) we will embrace this trip big time! We were "crossing America" at one point (20 years on from when we last did) as an amended trip but for varying reasons we had to shorten the time we would be away and have gone full circle to the "cancelled" trip albeit in reverse (starting in Florida and ending up in New York). It'll be great I'm sure! Much as I'd be VERY interested to do Stan's guided tour (and hopefully will get to one day) I just don't think I dare commit to timings etc. As I said we will be waking up in Baltimore Inner Harbour area and will have a few hours driving to get to the Freehold area and I think we will just have to cherry pick (houses etc in Freehold, church/school, main sights in Asbury and Belmar...….maybe South Beach as Sandy is my wife's fav track), and I need to make sure that I have plenty of time (allowing for traffic / hold ups) to drive in to Manhatten as we will be ditching the vehicle at the Alamo office near Times Square and they close at 6pm...…….I just daren't commit to A) arriving in time to "meet" Stan and then B) risk Stan's tour overrunning at all - at least if we are Griswolding it ourselves if we have to pull the plug on missing something we can!!? It can be fun doing your own thing too - when I first went to Freehold / Asbury / Rumson (where he lived at the time) in 1988 it was pre internet / knowledge we have today and it was great stumbling upon stuff (like the Stone Pony taking a delivery of beer in the daytime and being allowed in to have photos taken behind the bar etc!, or the lady walking her dog in Rumson and when asked if she knew where Bruce lived she said hell yeah, I show it off all the time and gave directions ha!)……….of all the bits I haven't done before (although be nice to go round those again) I'm most looking forward to the E St / 10th sign in Belmar...…….BUT...…….if there are any MUST DO recommendations then feel free to fire them my way. Thanks again guys!
  9. Just bumping this back up as I will be referring to it again soon to take some notes / pointers (haven't been to Freehold / Asbury for 20 years now - wow/ouch!! - nor NYC since the final Reunion shows, so 18 years - scary!!!) - and wanted to say THANKS for taking the trouble Rachel. We will be doing the area in whistle stop fashion (Griswold as we refer to it aka the National Lampoons movies) as we make our way on in to Manhatten later in the day (having woken up in Baltimore...…..we start in Florida and are driving up thru the Carolina's) - my SOB is on Weds 29/8. I have thought that maybe I should buy Stan's book (we don't really have the time I don't think to line up a tour with him!?) but don't know that I would get it in time now - Amazon seem to offer a speedy delivery promising it for early Aug, works out about £30 all in - wonder if it is worth investing in that also!? ANYWAY - well done on the comprehensive report / info, much appreciated by many I'm sure - one little note though, you may want to go in and correct the "bear" line (as in "bears his soul" and us in return) that should be BARE (not bear) Rachel...……..if you correct it you never know it may get lifted / used by some others!?
  10. My sentiments exactly...…….it's in his DNA...…….and I think / hope that as he gets older he won't fixate on the legend / reputation aspect "too" much, although I do think for now (in the shorter term) he won't go down without a fight!...…...he will look at his peers (5,6, 7 years older than he - still rockin' - and be inspired, as he was by them as that spotty faced teenager). I (as a fan) am not over analysing the Billy Joel guest spot too much either (if I did my first concern quite frankly would be his vocal on BTR) - the piano thing for me was just a misjudged jump up (and slippy surface, didn't get himself on it far enough first try) and the "belly" will be a reflection of this prolonged period of not being on the road / doing multiple 3 hours shows and all that comes with that (that belly was evident on a much younger version of the man - but for the same reasons - when he did the Christic shows!!!). I have no doubts that Bruce could (and will) get himself (and his rock voice) in shape for any "tour" (which I think "will" be happening......as I've said on past threads). I have also commented before that he (and we) are very lucky in as much that Bruce can scale down what he has done over the years and still make it great, make it "more" than what most live touring acts offer up! He could (for starters) move back in to arenas which not only takes a huge physical demand off HIS shoulders "per show" but instantly makes the whole experience better for all of US just by virtue of that fact alone! He can scale the show down to sub 3 hours, but, with an interval (break / massage, if needed!?). In subsequent tours the stage time can go down to 2.5 hours (and still be more than most!) - and - he can bring storytelling BACK in to the shows (been pretty much missing post reunion, as have intervals) which provide a breather for him/band (Max in particular) "during" the show...…...there's plenty of "magic tricks" as he would call them that Bruce can work in to the shows!!! Finally - and this brings me back to Sussudio's comments (and I have posted this in the past) as Bruce (God willing) progresses up in to his 70's he even has the option to scale the whole damn thing down (including band / players) and do an "Unplugged" style show that would be a helluva WOW for many of us (we'd take that tour NOW...….but I think he's saving it!!!) and he could even put an electric on towards the end (encore) - not unlike what Nils does at his shows - and ramp up the excitement!!!...…….it's ALL there for Bruce to undertake "health permitting", and as long as he HAS that (health) I think there is nothing he'd rather do more!!?...…...I think he will play until his dying day personally (and I KNOW that I will be in the audience until mine!!!). I'm looking forward the next 10 years+ of Bruce Springsteen "live on stage" with some relish if I'm honest (hope that this next tour will be the last with stadiums...…..even better if he ditches them FOR this next one!?) - but next up is Broadway on August 29th...…...first since Zurich which will be 2 years ago in about a weeks time!...…...be good to see him!
  11. Think it would still have a DVD release, after a period of time and Netflix getting their return on it obviously (they will no doubt hope to attract X number of new subscribers on the back of it!?). This is classic Landau/Bruce business - several previous DVD releases have leaned on other peoples production costs (Barcelona, Hyde Park, Plugged), hell they even got the venue at the outset of all of this at a snip...…...when you consider the running costs (no band, no crew, no international travel) despite there only being a small audience each night - at the ticket prices charged this past year+ (with this "deal" and I'm sure a DVD and possible live album as well on the back of it now) must be as good as any year that Bruce has had of late in terms of personal touring earnings!?
  12. BruceWho

    Help Identifying a Concert

    Some confusion / dispute over the venue in Florida but certainly more of a list than what I got...…….BUT...……...I'm still confused / bemused by the (likeable) chap in the Springsteen and I thing (which for the most part I found cringeworthy but that's another (WAS another) thread) which I seem to recall was referring to Blood Brothers being played somewhere in Europe (been quite a while since I watched it now - just remember being puzzled at the time and this list does nothing to enlighten on that front!?). CHEERS!
  13. BruceWho

    Help Identifying a Concert

    I too was unaware of this tool - but just went on there to have a look at it - didn't know what to put in to test it so I thought I'd put in BLOOD BROTHERS (as much as anything to see when/where that show was that the guy in Springsteen and I was referring to!?……….as the only time I'd seen/heard it myself was the final night of the Reunion Tour at MSG, NYC in July 2000, and I knew about the Danny show..……..it threw up this (with no mention of when I saw it!!?) : Today's and past shows: 2 2003-10-04, Shea Stadium, New York, NY 2008-04-22, Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  14. BruceWho

    The Official SoB Lakers' Calendar

    Me too! No worries (I am standing at the last 2 x Dublin) but have a seat at 2 x London O2 (as couldn't get standing) and to be honest at their shows everyone will be standing (in the seats area) "anyway" - that said now that I've seen some set lists I am questioning doing 4 nights this time around, but if anything gives it will be London O2, definitely doing the Dublin trip with last 2 shows!
  15. BruceWho

    The Official SoB Lakers' Calendar

    Jeez Jimmy, I've just noticed your post ha!...…...I felt bad at having mentioned Streets but wasn't going to go on to add that there is actually NOTHING from the JT, but you've done that anyway! ha! Ah well. As for not noticing - it wouldn't have to be "until the end" in my book, a U2 show without THAT moment (Streets) would be a glaring omission for me all day every day...…….I'm actually quite pissed about it (it's worse than Bruce and BTR in my book, I really enjoyed the acoustic BTR back in 88 on the TOL tour, it was refreshing, but they should simply NEVER leave out that song / moment, it's epic!!). Totally agree with you on the encores - not the way to round off a show!!?