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  1. Looks like Bruce needs to lay off the long lunches for a while...
  2. The one positive from Galway Girl is that it surely takes the place of This is Your Sword as officially the worst Irish song ever recorded.
  3. But recording and touring with the E Street Band is itself nostalgia. I'm all for a new record - but something different with different musicians, not the same reheated stadium dross.
  4. The Teleprompter seems wrong in a show like this. It's as though Bruce is just turning up every night and not really engaged. People who have paid hundreds of dollars deserve better, IMO.
  5. Bruce does as little as he has to and charges as much as he can. I'm sure it is a fine show but it's still essentially a half-length show at several times the price, with no new material whatsoever. I suspect this explains the sensitivity at 'spoilers' and negative reviews.
  6. It began with Born in the USA - a great mainstream rock album but nevertheless a work that is largely a pastiche of Bruce's earlier songs and image.
  7. Unfortunately, I think people are going to be disappointed. Bruce playing acoustic versions of songs most people prefer with a band, and telling the same stories every night doesn't seem remotely worth $850. Something tells me Bruce is going to be bored as hell after a few nights too. How much better if he'd gone back to his roots and played some free shows in Asbury Park.
  8. A perceptive thread. I think most people aspire to be extroverts when they are young, and have it drummed into them that need to be confident and make many friends. Bruce's music made it OK to be lonely or shy, and that you can do your best and still fail badly - for a teenager, these are perhaps more subversive sentiments than sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, which are almost encouraged as 'normal' Over the years, you come to accept who are and realise that being a good person and sticking to your own principles are what are really important, not whether you are naturally shy or not. Plus, you realise that the real weirdness usually hides behind apparent success and normality.
  9. An interesting thread. A few immediately come to mind: Lucky Town = Neil Young's White Line Roulette = The Jam's Down in the Tube Station at Midnight/ The Eton Rifles Dancing in the Dark = Riff borrowed from The Kinks' Well Respected Man; 'hey baby' from a Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down Cover Me = Peter Gabriel's Shock the Monkey and The Stones' Gimme Shelter The River and Point Blank = Both borrow heavily from Neil Young's Down by the River Tougher Than The Rest = Neil Young's Harvest and Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb
  10. Devils and Dust is too much of a dirge for me. Not a fan of Bruce's dirges.
  11. I felt the book was quite fair to Bruce's father and Bruce acknowledged himself that he had struggled in his relationships with women. Clearly, much of the truth of his relationships has been glossed over, for understandable reasons. What did strike me, with sadness, is that Bruce doesn't really seem to have enjoyed his life. Certainly there were the great highs of the shows and his children. But I sensed he'd give up all his success if he could return to his 20-year-old self scuffling around New Jersey, and start again. The persistent depression seems a sign that he hasn't found the things that were really important to him.
  12. It's OK but unlike Bruce's fun songs from other eras, such as Hungry Heart, WOASD has no real soul, no individuality that makes it a Bruce song. Plus it's a rip-off of Van Morrison's Full Force Gale - not just the music but the bit about the clock/writing on the wall too.
  13. Bruce is a genuinely talented writer. I didn't expect that - I thought the book would be interesting just because it's Bruce. I was also surprised how self-deprecating he is - even to the extent of criticising his own voice (which I thought was far too harsh on himself).
  14. I think most people would sound terrible reading a whole book aloud, unless they are actors. I'm in two minds over whether it's a brave move by Bruce to read his own life story or whether he'd have been better off getting someone else to do it.
  15. But why can't Bruce do some of it for free, now he has so much?