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  1. I, for one, am relieved to see some rock and roll behavior from our hero, even on a fairly modest scale. Maybe he felt so scarred by selling out to VW that he had to do something to balance the scales. Here's hoping he trashes a hotel room in Manhattan tonight.
  2. The 'other evidence' would be results of a failed field sobriety test or perhaps some observation of impairment by the officer. I still think the DUI gets tossed, as does the reckless driving, and there will be a fine for the container. This is truly a minor offense.
  3. The DUI will be dismissed, obviously, unless there is compelling testimony from the Federal officer that made the arrest that Springsteen was visibly impaired, which would require the administration and subsequent failure of a field sobriety test. Officers have a degree of discretion, given the very low BAC, I'm surprised there was an arrest. I'm spit balling here but one possibility is that Springsteen made some unusual maneuver while operating his vehicle that attracted the attention of law enforcement. An officer initiated the stop and observed an open container in the vehicle (an offens
  4. Sure, quote The Federalist. Springsteen "hates" Republicans". Do you really believe that Bruce Springsteen "hates" Republicans? Or perhaps he strongly disagrees with the political "philosophy" of the Republican Party? There is a distinction. The ad wasn't great, but I didn't see or hear in any of it any hatred towards anyone. The GOP, as it is constituted right now, is a faction of ideologues, not a viable political party. There is no guiding GOP platform except to "own the libs", which as we can see after four years of it, didn't work out so well. The Federalist
  5. Yup. There is no ‘reuniting’ with the authoritarian Republican Party. Democrats do this every time they win. Eff the GOP/Trump/the whole gang of loons. When Trump won the 2016 election—while losing the popular vote—the New York Times seemed obsessed with running features about what Trump voters were feeling and thinking. These pieces treated them as both an exotic species and people it was our job to understand, understand being that word that means both to comprehend and to grant some sort of indulgence to. Now that Trump has lost the 2020 election, the Los Angeles
  6. Well, even a bad Springsteen show is good. Hammersmith drags at the end. The first official release of ANY '75 show was bound to be met with acclaim. Springsteen's own liner notes reveal he thought the show wasn't great until he listened to it 30 years later. It's ok if the show isn't great, by the way. If EVERY show is legendary than NO shows are legendary.
  7. Yup. I remember when Hammersmith was released, and I also remember the contemporaneous reviews of Hammersmith by veteran fans as being largely negative. Marsh even mentions the sub-par show in the first edition of Born to Run. THIS is the '75 show I have been waiting for. Nice work here by all.
  8. The Iraq war was a crime of historic proportions. The failure of the current administration to react to the Covid threat is yet another epic Republican failure. Just how badly does life have to get under Republican leadership until you get that your party is unfit to govern? What will it take?
  9. Ah shit... We mostly disagreed about all things political, in the dirty world of the Fight Club. Time to remember that we are all flesh and blood, and we all stop someday. Condolences all around. I choose to remember the fleeting virtual moments over the years when BBB and I agreed, and for all those times he made me laugh when we disagreed. Shit fuck. So sorry.
  10. I concede that it’s difficult to judge these releases within the context (time period) that the shows were performed. I can clearly recall the hullabaloo surrounding this epic run in the summer of ‘81. He opened the joint, for Pete’s Sake. Springsteen himself said, of the reaction of the fans at the Meadowlands: “it felt like we were The Beatles”. This is a great addition to the archive series. As an aside: the contemporaneous reviews of that released ‘75 Hammersmith show were not all raves. It was his return later that year that had been hailed as the barnburner.
  11. Nah, he was right. That’s why that show remained unreleased for decades. That perspective was shared by a few folks that were veterans of many Springsteen shows by ‘75 Were your PARENTS even born in ‘75?
  12. It ain’t the tapes. This is a show performed by a pro who, despite not being at the top of his game, still goes out and punches the clock. I noticed right off that the energy level seemed low, but I come away stunned and impressed by what I can hear as Springsteen’s sheer effort to crank it up for the fans. Lets face it, it’s 2020 and ANY show from The River Tour will garner enormous enthusiasm from the cognoscenti (that’s us) i remember when Hammersmith was released to great applause despite even Springsteen’s assertion that the show was a disappointment i lov
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