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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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    Silver Spring, MD
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    First heard Bruce in '89, diehard fan since around '93 or so
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    Well, "as the radio plays" rhymes with "sways"
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    Bruce, rock music, history, Lego, cooking, other nerdery...
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  1. I don't think you can count mini tours of short shows like the 2008 Obama performances as a tour. I'm surprised you didn't like WB - what didn't you like about that?
  2. Crap you're right. Should be Devils, Seeger, Magic. I happen to rate the WOAD tour fairly low.
  3. The 78 tour had a similar tight first set with lots of original material including lots from the new album, and a second set with a mix of unreleased tracks and extended/longer versions of originals. Even if you had all four albums a lot of that second set would have been new and unfamiliar.
  4. I'd actually throw in Solo Acoustic/ Reunion/ Rising or Seeger/ Magic/ WB. These sequences get some real variety, with the ESB in fifth gear but more than just that.
  5. I'm a Coward just smokes. Its all very theatrical of course - that's part of the appeal to me.
  6. I think there much truth to this. Of course immigration happens in other countries too. But having a population that has immigrated from so many different places and at so many different times - that is part of the American identity in a way that I suspect is unique.
  7. He's probably aso factoring in "albums" that he wasn't around for.
  8. I think my point was that Bruce could have varied the setlist more (and earlier on) without losing the thematic concept of the show. Lots of the US shows were multiple night stands, and while tickets were very tough in many areas, lots of fans did get to multiple shows. Imagine if he had several song slots in the show where he'd do either (thematically similar) song A or song B, and then flip them the next night?
  9. I became a fan in 1989, and was only 10 when the ToL tour was happening. I didn't see Bruce live til 1993. To me, the ToL tour sees Bruce Springsteen at an artistic height. He's promoting an excellent and challenging new album in a brave new show that reimagines or redelivers older material. This wasn't a tour he did for the fans, and it wasn't a tour he did because he really wanted to get onstage with the ESB. He was trying to do new things with the same old band, and I'm not sure the ESB was put to its best use. OTOH if he had toured with ToL with horns and another non ESB band, I don't
  10. I don't care so much about multitrack TBH. Same goes for the '72-'77 material. And they should find the best sounding Steel Mill show they can dig up, and release that too.
  11. The ToL tour, especially the US shows, were outstanding IMO. By Europe the setlists loosens up a little which was nice, but the original theme of the tour is partially lost. But with those setlisst becoming mroe flexible, its a shame IMO that Nugs has focused ongiving us multiple nights from the US leg. East Berling might be the most historic show Bruce ever performed and there were certainly other nights in Europe that have some notabel setlist variety from the one show we've gotten so far from Sweden. Adding that soundchecked Reason to Believe to the one US show was a masterstroke and I
  12. Episodes 3 and 4 are outstanding. I'm very much enjoying this. I can see that for people who don't consider themselves liberal, the appeal might be limited. Also, they're discussing a lot of U.S. specific or contextual themes. If you don't live here it could be enlightening, but might also feel less accessible. But anyone who hasn't checked it out yet, definitely give it a chance.
  13. Electric in 92/93. One of the few older songs (along with Light of Day) that the new band played incredibly well.
  14. Be True with horns is IMO hands down the best version ever. Every version before and since is underwhelming in comparison. Although the vocal delivery on Mary Lou is also to die for.
  15. Not sure there is consensus, but I would say those were probably the best live versions.
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