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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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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. It is always fun to get a surprise. It sets the precent for a show with some surprises. But time all time greatest opener IMO is probably Night. The '76-'77 shows usually started that way, as well as the Nassau Coliseum NYE 1980 show. I got to see that live on night 2 in Philly 2007, when Night to open was a real surprise and rarity. Badlands is hard to argue with, but it works equally well in lots of places in the set whereas Night is most effective when it kicks things off. And Ties that Bind was a very effective appropriate opener for the ESB shows in 1999-2000.
  2. What absolutely wonderful memories . GL was around when I discovered in right before Tracks came out, but in my mind, 2002-2003 were still GL in its early days. I forget where I signed the Rising Tour banner but I got to more than my fair share of shows then, so I'm sure I must have. I'm not sure if anyone has linked, but the Rising Tour Banner's history is documented here: https://www.greasylake.org/v6/the-circuit/lake_scrolls_content.php?Id=124 Actually, the concept of a GL community banner was first introduced on the Reunion tour. There was a Reunion Tour banner, with "South Jersey" on it - was that where the Banner started? I remember taking it with me to the NC and Pittsburgh shows in 2000. There's some more info here. https://www.greasylake.org/v6/the-circuit/lake_scrolls_content.php?Id=123 I don't stop in at GL as often as I used to, but I do like to check in now and again. And most of the fans who were regular back then haven't posted here in a long time. If you've joined this community in the past decade or so, these banners may seem like ancient history from before your time, all full of names you maybe don't recognize. But I do hope the memories of these early 2000s-era banners show all the current regulars here, all the occasional posters, and all you lurkers realize that the wonderful community you are part of has some real history and staying power. GL has been around for I'd guess coming on 25 years now, Perhaps CK or any other GL historian can confirm? And that's about the same amount of time as the period from the original release of Greetings from Asbury Park to TGOTJ. Or maybe even Tracks.
  3. 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?
  4. Crap you're right. Should be Devils, Seeger, Magic. I happen to rate the WOAD tour fairly low.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I'm a Coward just smokes. Its all very theatrical of course - that's part of the appeal to me.
  8. 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.
  9. He's probably aso factoring in "albums" that he wasn't around for.
  10. 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?
  11. 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 think the band or the fans would have preferred that exactly either. Granted, there are a few low points - Adam isn't helped by the horns and Backstreets somehow ends up sounding like a Christmas song. The setlist could certainly have used more shakeup, including material like Candy's Room, I'm Going Down, and more things from The River (imagine either version of Stolen car). The overall sense I get is of something weird, new, shifting, and uncomfortable that maybe wasn't suited for a 12 month tour. But while it worked out, was really fucking good. The new ToL songs are excellent and they sound even better live. Be True has never sounded better. Seeds, Because the Night, Raise Your Hand, War, and Paradise by the C are all fresh off of Live 75-85, and they all cook. The retro version of You Can Look is a lot of fun. She's the One is finally back in the set and it's a natural development from the versions from the '70s. I love I'm a Coward. Patti is sexy, Bruce is sexy, and at some point they clearly start sharing more than the microphone. This makes for complicated dynamics in Bruce's life and with the band but the overall show gets all the better for their chemistry. Acoustic BTR is brave and outstanding. Have Love, Will Travel is so much fun and I wish he'd do it again. The encores are tight and powerful, Bruce's voice is strong. We get Roulette! We get Chimes of Freedom! 1988 was not the easiest of times for Bruce or the band or the fans. But damn, those shows were excellent.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 would hope that any future US shows include more of the unique setlisted only material. I'll be getting this newest LA show, but may wait for a Nugs sale to pick it up.
  14. 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.
  15. Electric in 92/93. One of the few older songs (along with Light of Day) that the new band played incredibly well.
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