LoverInTheCold

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  1. I'd love it too! Easiest tickets and pit experience ever. Weeds out the casual fans. I don't always love the material, but the experience was fantastic fun, and I didn't have to hear Dancing in the Dark for the 40th time.
  2. Bravo. SOB was brilliant. There's really no other way to put it. Bruce was honest, self-deprecating, and genuinely looked like he was enjoying relaying to us how it was that Bruce Springsteen came to be. I was at Storytellers in Red Bank '05. You could see the beginnings of what would eventually become SOB. But as great as it was to be there, Bruce was in his own head too much at that show. Obsessed with trying to explain his metaphors literally, and it often came across as too esoteric. Some of that carried over to the D&D tour, some of it he improved upon as the D&D tour went on. But years later, SOB became the refined vision, the final product. With it, Bruce wasn't attempting to explain everything about each song. Instead, he mostly let them stand on their own merits, allowed the explanations breathe, and filled the rest of the show with touching anecdotes, jokes, and refreshing observations about what it's like to be him. Sadly, I didn't get to see SOB live. I had left New Jersey by then, and the $$$ involved in doing so would have been outlandish. But not a day goes by, especially after watching the Netflix special, that I don't regret that decision.
  3. To be fair, we are pretty civil here compared to BTX. That place has mostly been a dumpster fire for a while now.
  4. That's all good and fine when it's sang by a woman from the woman's perspective. I'm not offended, nor do I think Bruce meant anything by it, but I stand by my claim that I'd have a hard time seeing it get airplay if it were sang by a man today.
  5. I've always been a little more worried about FIRE than I'M ON FIRE. I mean, he pulls her close, she says no, tells him she doesn't like it, then he calls her a liar and kisses her anyway. Wonder if that would get airplay these days?
  6. November 29th, 1999. The Last Show of the Century. Target Center. Minneapolis, MN. You don't forget your first. 01 My love will not let you down 02 Prove it all night 03 Two hearts 04 Trapped 05 Darlington county 06 Red headed woman 07 Factory 08 Point blank 09 Youngstown 10 Murder inc. 11 Badlands 12 Out in the street 13 10th avenue freeze-out 14 Where the bands are 15 Working on the highway 16 No surrender 17 Racing in the street 18 Light of day 19 Hungry heart 20 Ramrod 21 Born to run 22 Santa Claus is comin' to town 23 Thunder road 24 If I should fall behind 25 Land of hope and dreams
  7. Devil's Advocate: Has anybody considered that it's Stevie that can't go this time around? The guy did just cancel a huge chunk of his last tour. Maybe Stevie doesn't feel like he can hold up to an arena tour anymore? Or maybe Bruce has decided to tour with a different band structure? '92 band? ... Tom Morello replacing Stevie? ... a reunion with Davey Sancious, Boom Carter, Garry, and Suki Lahav? Anything's possible with Bruce.
  8. There's lots of variables, I guess. How many times have the guy's knees been replaced? You can't be Bruce Springsteen and do things the way Bruce Springsteen does things for 50 years and not have it take a toll. I don't care how good he looks on the beach. And yes, he's probably still in better shape than my sorry self in my late thirties, but that's irrelevant. I can't even think of another artist that has done 3+ hour shows with his kind of intensity over five decades. It's unheard of. The first time I really noticed the toll it has taken on him though, was when he did Tenth Avenue with Billy Joel at MSG a few years back. He was moving so slowly and meticulously. At first I thought he had just had a sore back or something, but it was worrying. It felt really off for Bruce. But then again, there are things he can do to combat father time. If he needs to rearrange things, strip them down, etc., more power to him. He's earned it!
  9. At the end of LOD, I felt a slightly nervous panic that this, indeed, might be the last time I ever hear him perform Thunder Road live. Don't know why I felt that way at the time, and it's probably unlikely to be true for many a reason, but there's a tiredness there whether we (or he) will ever admit it. When I started going to LOD, Bruce was pulling out the likes of Save My Love, Hearts of Stone, and Frankie Fell in love. This year, they fell back on the usuals, which were great don't get me wrong, but the rust was evident in the vocals and overall comfortability. He will need some conditioning to get back to arena form. That being said, I believe he can get back into it. But if he does tour with the band over the next few years, I have to imagine that's going to be it for E Street. Maybe some stripped down solo stuff. Bruce is smart enough to realize that if the product stops working like it used to, it's time to move on.
  10. To me, Bruce seems to be homaging Elton John's "Blues For Baby and Me" with this intro. Makes me wonder if that was an important influence for him at one point in his life.
  11. I was there that night in the front row. Thanks for the memories!
  12. When Sam's Town came out, Brandon mentioned the album was heavily Springsteen influenced, which raised some eyebrows back then and was the whole reason I got into The Killers.
  13. I'll let you know. I lived in mythical Central Jersey for most of the last decade, so that made things easier. And I just got lucky the couple times I was able to go. I actually would have been 4/4 if I had decided to go the year my daughter was born, but when you're a new dad changing diapers for the first time it's not exactly high on the priority list. This one, I just had a feeling. 20th Anniversary. Bob. Tour upcoming. Nobody getting any younger. I don't think anybody can say for certain, as there's always a chance, but this (sadly) could very well have been the last one. Bruce looks pretty busy for the foreseeable future and he might be pushing 75 when the next opportunity comes. And that's if LOD isn't forced to do some reshaping itself over the next few years.
  14. I saw Brandon Flowers in 2010 at the Stone Pony when he was touring for his first solo album Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas. He's a huge Bruce fan and he even played Promised Land that night. While I had previously enjoyed much of The Killer's work, mostly Sam's Town and Day & Age, it was his first solo album that really sold me. He was electric that night, and WTFLV is a magnificent album. I didn't care for his other solo album at all, but give the first one a shot if you're not into The Killers, because it's more folksy singer-songwriter stuff. Magdalena is just awesome. As far as the Killers, my favorite track is probably A Dustland Fairytale off of Day & Age.
  15. The vibe was pretty similar being there. It got me pretty good this time. Maybe because I've seen what Bob has gone through over the last 20 years. Saw him a few times last weekend, and he's pretty much confined to a chair now. He's so strong and determined, and if anyone can beat this it's him, but the clock is ticking. Maybe I just feel like the clock is ticking faster on everything these days. None of us are getting any younger and you never know when the last time you'll hear Thunder Road is.
  16. I really want the APFC throwback Jersey but they're out of my size. Cool concept though.
  17. There were only a couple of us at the door when Darkness started. After the first few notes, I think it was half the building.
  18. Thanks! Had the time of my life and helped out a fantastic cause. Doesn't get much better than that.
  19. Sorry it's taken me so long to post, but I've needed a few days r&r after such an epic weekend! Got into AP on Friday night, had dinner at the Wonder Bar and then to The Pony for the Asbury Angels show. John Eddie cancelled, but all the bands were phenomenal. It was my first time seeing The Weeklings and they didn't disappoint! On Saturday morning, I walked from The Empress over to Frank's Deli for lunch and by the time I got done eating the snow was coming down hard. Walked back to Convention Hall and had one of those bucket list moments. Went to grab a coffee and Joe Grushecky was just chilling with a friend. Some of you may know that I'm just about as big a fan of Joe's as I am of Bruce's. I said hello and introduced myself and he invited me to join them for coffee. Absolutely surreal and made my day week month year life . So I got to have a conversation with one of my greatest heroes. No biggie. At about 4:00pm I made my way back down to CH. Even though things weren't looking good on Friday night for a Saturday appearance, with Bruce being in Florida and the weather taking a nasty turn, buzz started to build early in the afternoon that he was going to show up. Around that time I got a gut feeling he would indeed be there (call it my Bruce-Sense tingling), so I was ready and waiting by the stage doors of the Paramount to get confirmation. I took this video at the moment faith was rewarded: My Reaction to Confirming Bruce was at LOD 20! via Paramount Soundcheck The rest of the night was a blur of great memories for an even better cause. I'm 3/3 for Bruce showing at the LOD's I've attended! Can't ask for anything more than that. And with my birthday this week, I couldn't have received a better gift than to spend the weekend in my favorite place in the world with some of my favorite people in the world. Love love love my Bruce community!
  20. The minute I fly back into town for LOD, Bruce decides to high tail it outta there. I always knew his love of horses was going to do me in.
  21. Anybody have 7/28/05 Pittsburgh from the D&D tour? Much thanks.
  22. I went to the '11 and '12 shows when I was living in New Brunswick, NJ and was down to AP on regular basis. I got lucky and Bruce came to both. But I love him backed by the Houserockers. I even went to Pittsburgh for Soliders & Sailors just because I like Bruce & Joe Grushecky together so much. So even if Bruce doesn't decide to show for the 20th, I'll still get to see Joe and spend some time in the old haunts. Probably gonna check out the exhibit at Monmouth too. Wasn't open yet when I was back this summer.
  23. Did anybody else grab LOD tickets this morning? I haven't been since 2012, and I know Bruce hasn't shown in a few years, but I figured with it being the 20th Anniversary I'd come back out for this one. To be honest, being back in AP and seeing Grushecky is worth the trip for me alone. And you never know, Bruce could consider this a warm up for the hopefully impending band tour. I wouldn't consider it likely, but it's not like he hasn't been busy the last few years. Anybody else grab tix? I'd love to have to drinks and or meet up with old friends and/or Lakers I've never met in person.