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  1. The unoffical 2022 tour next stop: Bruce Springsteen visits Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park, does what most fans do Springsteen also posed for a photo taken by Clinch with Zack Sandler, music director for the gallery. “We walked around, looked at Danny’s photographs and shared some laughs,” Sandler said on social media. “I told him I would consider booking him to play at the Gallery if we could agree on a door deal – he laughed at the thought. Just another day in Asbury Park.” https://media.gannett-cdn.com/35553589001/35553589001_5798614150001_5798608319001.mp4
  2. Here is another one, the slowed down acoustic "Long Walk Home" played at the end of the 2016 revealed its frightening truth anno 2016: You know that flag flying over the courthouse means certain things are set in stone Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't" Here the Foxboro crowd reacting to those lines around the 4:20 mark
  3. My aim in creating this topic was trying to find and mention those live Springsteen songs (usually the slower ones) where a very specific line or word would incite a very clear and audible crowd reaction. One of the more famous crowd reaction maybe that moment in Jungleland when Bruce sings "And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line" in an outside New Jersey or outside the US and the crowds reacts to that some might wonder why, are there some NJ people in the audience that night, or is cheering to "And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line" just a kind of acknowledge for Springsteen's background. Another example I have include is the Used Cars line: "I wish he'd just hit the gas and let out a cry And tell them all they can kiss our asses goodbye". My best guess is that the audience is cheering to this line because of his frankness, his honesty about describing and singing his own childhood misery. Unfortunately I started this topic with probably with probably his most controversial line of all: "If I had me a gun, I'd find the bastards and shoot 'em on sight". Including that line gives the song an edge that might be unconfortable for some folks to hear, but Springsteen has never been one to sacrifice a character's inherent truth for the sake of easing tension: Springsteen somehow conveys the soul of a man who desperately wants to believe his own words of comfort, but can’t. Something breaks and Jack of All Trades veers ominously into a world of violence and retribution. That Jack in the song is only a character in the song, and one should not always conclude that his thoughts reflect Springsteen's, but the intensity of his desperation and anger and his potential for violence tilt toward class warfare (see billionaire Warren Buffet's reflective observation: "There is class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war and we're winning) In his autobiography Springsteen speaks openly about the motivation behind this anger: "After the crash of 2008, I was furious at what had been done by a handful of trading companies on Wall Street. Wrecking Ball was a shot of anger at the injustice that continues on adn has widened with deregulation, dysfunctional regulatory agencies and capitalism gone wild at the expense of hardworking Americans. The middle class? Stomped on. Income disparity climbed as we lived through a new Gilded Age. This was what I wanted to write about"
  4. This one is more complicated compared with Jack Of All Trades and Used Cars which might have a resonance and with all crowds all over the world. When Springsteen was singing in 2002 alone on the scene together with Patti, this line hinted at something more sinister than love. Grief wrestles with perseverance; come-ons arrive with intimations of mortality: ' 'I want a kiss from your lips, I want an eye for an eye.'' This line raised some fierce audience applause and recognition especially with the NY crowd, possibly also with other US audiences during the US 2002 part of Rising Tour. The sinister line can be heard in this NY 2002 recording around the 29:30 mark Springsteen addressed this crowd reaction during his gig in Atlantic City of March, 7th 2003: ´Thank you....wrote that song....(?)....I wrote that song, that was the last song I wrote, I think, for ´The Rising´....I was looking for a cover and.....a fella that was coming up with some ideas sent me over a....just a picture of an empty sky...and uh, thought it was an important metaphor but there´s, uh....there´s one thing that always bothers me a little bit, occasionally when I play that song, I hear some applause for, for a line, uh....´I want an eye for an eye´....and uh, as a songwriter, you always write to be understood....and I wrote that phrase as an expression of the....character´s anger and, and confusion and grief and it was never written to be a....call for blind revenge or bloodlust (cheers)....so, I just thought given, given the times we live in, you can´t be too clear about these kinds of things these days and uh....and I realise that it could´ve been a well-meaning few or perhaps borderline (?), borderline psychotics out there who may have misunderstood.....but uh....living in a time when there´s real lives on the line and there´s enough destructive posing going on out there as it is, I wanted to make sure that that line was clearly understood so (?)....” shout out to @Joshm21, that make already 2 songs from his YouTube channel in this topic. Thanks!
  5. A similar crowd reaction can be heard after the lines in the live versions of Used Cars: I wish he'd just hit the gas and let out a cry And tell them all they can kiss our asses goodbye Check out for example the live version for Used Cars (at 4:27) in this 1984 version. And there still a whole other bunch of live Springsteen songs where a specific line in the song raises up a crowd reaction (although it is much more pronounced in the audience recordings than in the line feed recordings)
  6. When posting and rewachting the Jack of all Trades video from Sunderland 2012 (cheers up for the brave who went there that soaked day! ) what stands out in the live rendition of the Jack of all Trades trades song is besides the very respectful nature of the crowd during the song, is the audience reaction when Springsteen arrives at the line (around the 5:00 mark): If I had me a gun, I'd find the bastards and shoot 'em on sight The cheering of the audience immediately after that line strikes when that line is sung, wherever it was sung, being in Sunderland, the US or other parts in the world. Just like that line from the song and the cheering of the audience is an confirmation of an unspoken truth
  7. And to go even further, but I might be wrong here, my guess is that there was not always this friendship between Mellencamp and Springsteen. Best example is Farm Aid: Mellencamp is one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois, to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 37 years .... but Springsteen never ever played Farm Aid, worser, fuck farm aid https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/bruce-springsteen-organic-farm-tax-new-jersey-bon-jovi-6509638/ Whatever, Jay Lustig clearly laid out the The Springsteen-Mellencamp connection, https://www.njarts.net/the-springsteen-mellencamp-connection/ 1. In 1977, Mellencamp (then still known as John Cougar) sang “It’s getting hard to justify my position/When everything I’m sayin’ can be said better by Mr. Springsteen” on a song called “Kid Inside.” It was recorded for an album that was not released at the time, but came out, without Mellencamp’s consent, in 1983, as The Kid Inside. 2. Maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but in a mid-’80s interview, Bob Dylan linked Springsteen and Mellencamp together as two artists who showed that “people can make it and have an individual point of view and get that across on a larger scale.” 3. In 1987, both were featured on the A Very Special Christmas compilation album, which raised money for the Special Olympics. Springsteen contributed “Merry Christmas Baby”; Mellencamp, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” 4. On May 26, 1988, Springsteen sang Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” with Mellencamp at Mellencamp’s concert at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif. 5. In 1988, both recorded tracks for the compilation album, Folkways: A Vision Shared — A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly. Mellencamp performed Guthrie’s “Do Re Mi”; Springsteen, Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home” and “Vigilante Man.” 6. On Sept. 2, 1995, both performed, separately, at a Municipal Stadium, Cleveland concert celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 7. In 2004, both men joined the Vote for Change tour, which supported John Kerry in his presidential campaign against George W. Bush. They didn’t perform at the same shows except for one: The all-star concert at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8. On May 3, 2009, both participated in a concert celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday in New York. They performed separate mini-sets but can both be seen in of one of the show’s encores, “This Land Is Your Land.” 9. On Dec. 5, 2009, Mellencamp performed Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” when Springsteen received Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As is traditional at this annual event, Springsteen, as an honoree, did not perform. 10. Sting and Friends’ Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert, featuring songs and videos from the ’80s and ’90s, will take place at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Dec. 9. 2019 at 7 p.m.. In addition to Springsteen and Mellencamp, performers will include James Taylor, Eurythmics, Bob Geldof, Ricky Martin, MJ Rodriguez, Shaggy and H.E.R. Robert Downey Jr. will host, and Narada Michael Walden will be the musical director. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster. (12/9 Update: Springsteen and Mellencamp performed “Glory Days” and “Pink Houses” together;
  8. Intro to “My City of Ruins” “Hello, Sunderland (crowd cheers) that’s right…this is what I want it to be like – give me some of that English rain, right (crowd cheers) give me some of that, oh, yeah (crowd cheers) that’s right…this is a song of hellos and goodbyes…all the hellos and goodbyes that run through your life…and of the things that leave us that we can’t do anything about…and of the things that remain that we can’t do anything about either…Max!…” Middle of “My City of Ruins” “(Horn players take turns soloing) That’s Clark Gayton, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Eddie Manion and Jake Clemons of the E Street horn section (crowd cheers)…(backup singers vocalize) take me higher…take me higher…take me higher on this beautiful day… take me higher on this beautiful day now…oh, Everett Bradley, Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle, Michelle Moore of the E Street Choir (crowd cheers) Max! (Max hits the drums) roll call…I wanna see who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house tonight now (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house now (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers)(Roy plays) Brother Charlie Giordano’s in the house (crowd cheers)(Charlie plays accordion) Sister Soozie Tyrell’s in the house (crowd cheers) (Soozie plays violin) the birthday boy Nils Lofgren’s in the house (crowd cheers) (Nils plays) oh, I’m looking for my baby, I’m searching for my girl now…oh, I’m looking for my baby… is there a red headed woman in the house? (crowd cheers) oh, Patti sends her love, she’s at home making sure the kids don’t get into our drugs (laughs from the crowd) she sends all her love here to Sunderland, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) and Little Steven’s in the house (crowd cheers) (Steve plays) and Mighty Max Weinberg’s here (crowd cheers)(Max drums) and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays) are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) are you ready for a house party now? (crowd cheers) oh, but I’m in a sad mood tonight…I’m in a real sad mood…are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody now? (crowd cheers) yeah, are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody now? (crowd cheers) all I know is if you’re here and we’re here, then they’re here (crowd cheers) all I know is if you’re here now and we’re here, then they’re here (crowd cheers) I can hear ‘em in your voices (crowd cheers)… (…)(laughs from the crowd) Now, there’s tears on the pillow where we slept…and you took my heart when you left…some things you just can’t compete with (chuckles)(laughs from the crowd) (crowd cheers)…” I wonder what Springsteen is referring to with what he just can't compete with ...
  9. Yeah, you take the old and you make it new If I had me a gun, I'd find the bastards and shoot 'em on sight
  10. Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know, Rolling Stone January 5, 2018 https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/bruce-springsteens-greetings-from-asbury-park-n-j-10-things-you-didnt-know-204206/ 7. “Spirit in the Night” was written with Joe Cocker’s voice in mind. A soulful, sultry, sax-driven tale of a motley Jersey crew searching for Saturday night kicks, “Spirit in the Night” was also something of a nod to gravel-throated English singer Joe Cocker, who was enormously popular in the U.S. in the early 1970s. “For some reason, I always imagined Joe Cocker doing ‘Spirit in the Night,'” Springsteen recalled in a November 1974 radio interview with DJ Ed Sciaky of Philadelphia’s WMMR. “When I wrote that song I had his kind of voice in mind, which is something I rarely do.” Cocker never covered the song, but “Spirit” would become a staple of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s live sets, and it remains one of his best-loved tracks from the Seventies. Bruce Springsteen looking at his first album for the first time (Picture by Art Maillet) 8. Columbia wanted to promote Springsteen as an artist from New York City – which is one of the reasons he called the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. “I’ll admit it seems a little weird the way these record company guys operate,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone in 1973, and Columbia’s initial plans to promote their new signing as a singer-songwriter from New York City may have been one of the things he was referring to. Perhaps the company was just working off of the Big Apple references in songs like “Lost in the Flood” and “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City,” or maybe it was because a NYC origin story better fit their conception of Springsteen as “the new Dylan”; in any case, Springsteen pushed back by naming the album after the town its songs actually hailed from. 1973-05-01 Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA: at the conclusion of "Thundercrack" a giant Garden State Parkway sign descended from the ceiling, the only time this prop was ever utilized (this is cut out from the elaborately restored footage shown in Wings For Wheels documentary DVD)(Picture by Urve Kuusik)
  11. "DEEP, DEEP, DEEP EMOTION" Springsteen on Morricone in new documentary film One of the greatest things about the classic Italian film Cinema Paradiso is of course the musical score, composed by the legendary maestro Ennio Morricone. We lost Morricone in 2020, but his life and spirit lives on in the new documentary The Glance of Music. What makes this upcoming feature film so special is that it is directed by none other than Giuseppe Tornatore, the man behind Cinema Paradiso. In the vein of Spielberg and Williams and a host of other famous film collaborations, Tornatore enlisted Morricone to score all of his feature films from Paradiso on, including such work as Malena, The Legend of 1900, Baaria, The Star Maker, Everybody's Fine, and The Unknown Woman. Tornatore is the perfect filmmaker to create this tribute. Along for the ride are folks like Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Baez, Oliver Stone, and a host of other famous Hollywood and Italian celebs. We are all familiar with Bruce Springsteen's love of Morricone. So much that he used the theme to Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" to open various shows throughout the years and offered an amazing cut of that very song for a tribute album to the conductor titled We All Love Ennio Morricone. And as you'll see in the new trailer Bruce shares his appreciation in the new film as well. No news on when The Glance of Music (AKA Ennio: The Maestro) will hit our shores yet, but this is one to look forward to. - January 20, 2022 - Joe Amodei reporting for Backstreets News
  12. I learned to know this War Nurse song through the 90's a part an early 73-74 studio songs collection from the bootleg 'Prodigal Son'. The background of that song collection is quite something (for a complete story what was all behind this, including the lawsuit filed by Bruce Inc go to https://www.springsteenlyrics.com/lyrics.php?song=prodigalson) "It was a fascinating and complex case, with several twists and turns during the trials. Springsteen had some trouble proving ownership because some key documents could not be found, including the original session logs for the recordings; Springsteen was able to produce logs for The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle but could not produce the logs for Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. or the other demos. This made it difficult for Springsteen's lawyers to counter the claims of the other side that this material had been recorded at a different location and under a different contractual arrangement." Our friend Ken Rosen made a "Roll of the Dice" post on his excellent estreetshuffle blog about this War Nurse song, check it out https://estreetshuffle.com/index.php/2019/12/14/roll-of-the-dice-war-nurse/: "We’re not likely to ever find out what Bruce was aiming for when he wrote “War Nurse.” Even among Bruce’s early demos, “War Nurse” is an obscure curiosity, one he’s never publicly discussed or performed live" =>I guess the time right to do that now?
  13. SPRINGSTEEN IN NEDERLAND – 1975-2020 by Muriël Kleisterlee and Jos Westenberg (= the team behind betrue-nl) In an extract from this book, former Mojo CEO Leon Ramakers (1947) speaks, the man who was present at all concerts of The Boss in the Netherlands and who was more or less responsible for them. To this day, he is the first Dutchman to hear when Springsteen plans to come for a show. The contact with Bruce Springsteen is NOT EXCITING for a concert booker. There are plenty of artists that make it much harder for you. The 45-year-old band is valuable, for both parties. Springsteen, it won't surprise anyone, isn't the man to make impossible demands in the famous rider as a condition for three hours of rocking. Springsteen's rider? Nothing special, Ramakers knows. “They are just businesslike and normal. What is needed for construction, security, insurance? And there are no far-reaching catering wishes either. He usually hires an English catering company for the whole tour, so we just have to pay for that.” The first time Ramakers looked Springsteen in the eye personally was in 1975. The first Dutch concert in the RAI, for a sold-out crowd of 1,400 people. “Under his old manager Mike Appel. I remember there was a somewhat tense atmosphere that evening. Everyone was nervous, I think there were tensions between Bruce and Appel even then. After the performance there was a party in the Winter Garden of Hotel Krasnapolsky, I was only there for a short time.' IT TYPES Ramakers, who doesn't want to impose himself on an artist and has never felt the need to take pictures with celebrities. Contact with Springsteen has been good in all those decades, but mainly business. "These are usually short encounters," Ramakers answers when asked whether he personally meets Springsteen at every Dutch performance. ‘Take the last concert at the Malieveld, then I shook his hand very quickly, he had arrived late and had to leave almost immediately. Such an artist does not come to the Netherlands to talk to me, I realize that very well. It sometimes happens that we have dinner, then there is more contact.' Such a moment occurred in 1988, for example, when Springsteen performed in De Kuip on 28 and 29 June. After his arrival in the Netherlands he wanted to have dinner with Ramakers, his then security man Bob Wein and… a special guest. It was the time of the Tunnel Of Love tour. Springsteen, then 38, was divorced from Julianne Phillips and love with Patti Scialfa (34) blossomed in full force. “He was due to arrive late, 11pm or so, and he wanted to go out for dinner. It got later and later and he finally arrived at about 1 am. I could have kept a table free in restaurant d'Vijff Vlieghen in Amsterdam. The four of us had dinner there at night, although it was clear that Bruce was only interested in one person at the table.” MAJOR INCIDENTS never occurred around Springsteen's concerts in the Netherlands. A deal was a deal, on both sides. The singer relies on Ramakers and his organization when it comes to the location of the concert. He's never vetoed anything. 'There is great confidence in my opinion', says Ramakers, who has hosted Springsteen in small theaters such as Carré and De Doelen, in stadiums such as Gelredome and the Amsterdam Arena, Pinkpop (first: his first festival outside the New Orleans Jazzfest in 2005 and the Harleyfest in 2008) and on plains such as Goffertpark and Malieveld. Only on one occasion, on November 30, 2007, did things not go as planned. 'A bad cold' (which later turned out to be a stomach flu) forced Springsteen to postpone his show at the Gelredome for a day. “I was in a business meeting,” Ramakers recalled that Friday. “I got a call that the concert had to be rescheduled. I then called the Gelredome, those responsible for PR, ticketing and production, and continued the conversation. My conversation partner fell off his chair when he heard what had happened and that I was so laconic about it.' RAMAKERS KNEW things would turn out all right, both on his part and on Springsteen's. "He has really great management. No bullshit, you know where you stand. Always the same team: Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, Barry Bell as agent and the best tour manager in the world, George Travis.” Ramakers was the one who persuaded Springsteen to do a festival for the first time in 2009: Pinkpop. “He never really wanted to, but I said to Landau and Bell: he'll come off that stage with the biggest smile in his career. They trusted me and agreed with Pinkpop. During the performance it soon became clear that he was having a great time, but that thumbs up to me when he came off the stage was a reassurance.”
  14. The 2022 tour has now unofficially started at the Manasquan Inlet. Is there still a Boss hotline like we had in the old times before internet?
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