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  1. The article that you posted is really quite negative, particularly with regard to the abilities of the band. Only Roy is given any credit for his playing, the rest dismissed as not up to the job. Bruce's guitar playing gets a positive comment too, but that's about it. Were the band still learning their trade in 1975, or was the reviewer being harsh?
  2. Unfortunately, I think you're right. Have to hope for Roundhay Park instead!
  3. Are we ruling out any chance of indoor venues being used, in particular a return to Leeds, after the brilliant 2013 show?
  4. Loved this video, must have taken a lot of planning and effort to put it all together. Personally, without the kids, I think this a good song live. On the Rising tour, it was great, the whole band were having a great time playing it.
  5. Agreed. At least he seems to have gone easy on the hair dye, which looks equally silly.
  6. Speaking as a postman with 3 children, definitely the former!
  7. I thought the same thing, but it seems an odd thing to say.
  8. Find it surprising that Steven says that had he stayed with the band, he would have had enough money to have kids. Didn't realize he'd had it that tough!
  9. I found this excerpt more interesting than the whole of Bruce's autobiography. Bruce didn't really tell us anything about his relationships with the band. The breakup and how they reacted, would he have done it any differently, given hindsight. There was no mention of any fall out with Steven, or anyone else for that matter. Maybe Steven knows he has to be more revealing to sell his book, as opposed to Bruce, who probably knew we'd all buy it anyway!
  10. Totally agree about Zoe Ball. She is so over the top enthusiastic / gushing about every guest, it just comes across as fake. Bit like Chris Evans. Probably just me being a miserable sod! Give me Karl Pilkington or Jack Dee any day of the week!
  11. I know it will never happen, but when Bruce does the rounds of interviews for a new album, it would be nice if somebody was actually brave enough to put the question of pricing to him. Suspect it it did happen, it would be the last time that publication or broadcaster got an interview with Bruce!
  12. I always use to say to people that Bruce could charge a lot more for his tickets than he actually did. Up until the Wrecking Ball tour, he kept it reasonable. I paid around £60 for the Leeds show. For some reason, since then, he's just followed suit with everyone else when it comes to pricing. I know artists make far less from album sales these days, but still think the massive hike is unjustified, especially for someone like Bruce, who can hardly need the money.
  13. Whilst LTY is a solid album, for me, it doesn't really have any songs that I would rank alongside Bruce's very best. I Would, however, put several songs off WS in that category. The likes of Moonlight Motel, Stones and especially Western Stars are right up there. In fact, I would put the title track in my top 5 Bruce songs.
  14. The reunion tour seemed to have about half an hour taken up by Bruce's preaching on Tenth Avenue and Light of Day. Remember thinking afterwards of all the great songs he could have played instead. Who wouldn't rather have heard Racing, Stolen Car and The Price You Pay instead. Also remember getting It's Hard To Be A Saint on one of the later Manchester shows, which has never done anything for me.
  15. Very sorry to hear this news. On a message board like this, I'm sure many of us make judgements about people purely on the basis of comments made about Bruce. I know I have sometimes taken against somebody for this reason, and probably been completely wrong. With RJM, there was no way you could think anything else of her, other than,she seems a lovely person. From the tributes paid by those who actually knew her, this was obviously the case.
  16. The live 75-85 versions of Johnny 99 and Reason to Believe are two of Bruce's most powerful and best renditions of any of his songs. For some reason, he chooses not to play them in this form, at least not for the last 30 odd years, anyway. Mind you, he didn't play The Price You Pay, in any style, for even longer!
  17. Bruce needs to perform this song as he did in 84/85. Far better than later versions.
  18. Always thought land of hope and dreams needed another verse. The "this train" bit just goes on too long, not so much when you're actually at a concert, but more on the album version.
  19. That was very informative, thanks for explaining it all very clearly.
  20. I really enjoyed the new documentary, and the Western Stars film. They were both well shot, with some lovely scenery, and great music. Maybe it's just me, but the way Bruce speaks in them, seems a bit unnatural. When he talks in interviews he always comes across really well, interesting, knowledgeable, but always modest and self effacing. Likewise when he speaks to the crowds at concerts. Maybe it's because he's reading a script, but the pontificating style of his commentary, just seems a bit forced and not how he normally comes across. I did think the Broadway show was similarly different in how he spoke. It was as though he was acting, rather than just telling stories as at a regular concert.
  21. Excellent interview, maybe even better than the Simon Mayo one a few years ago. It definitely helps when the interviewer is a fan, although that's by no means a guarantee of it being good. 100% better than Graham Norton and his like.
  22. Personally, I find it interesting reading people's different opinions when Bruce brings something new out. The majority of posters seem to really like the new single, some are a bit ambivalent about it, and a few don't like it at all. Wouldn't be that interesting if every single poster thought everything Bruce brought out was brilliant. Having said that, it can be a bit much,when someone spends more than a year letting everyone know that they didn't like the last album!
  23. I realize they are different types of music, but a good song is a good song. Moonlight Motel and Western Stars are great songs, Badlands and Born To Run are great songs, regardless of what genre you put them in.
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