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Wish I had made the effort to get to these shows. I only saw one concert on the reunion tour. May 1st 1999 at the Manchester Arena and I was a way up in the gods. Great show though. Earls Court Arena no longer there I believe which is a shame.

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The best 10 days of my life. I had been to see my football team win the premier league the Sunday before and I then went to Earls Court to see Bruce and the ESB five days later for the 21st May show which was an incredible concert. The very next day I went to the FA Cup final and three days after that I went to Barcelona for the champions league final! 

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22 hours ago, doesthisbusstop said:

The best 10 days of my life. I had been to see my football team win the premier league the Sunday before and I then went to Earls Court to see Bruce and the ESB five days later for the 21st May show which was an incredible concert. The very next day I went to the FA Cup final and three days after that I went to Barcelona for the champions league final! 

It was a very good month to be a Bruce fan and a Man United fan :D

I saw 3 concerts, 2 in Manchester (2nd night from the 3rd row in front of Clarence) and Earls Court on the 19th, and 3 trophies (though sadly unlike doesthisbusstop not in person).

I didn’t think much of Earls Court as a venue, preferred the Manchester shows myself. 

 

 

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22 hours ago, doesthisbusstop said:

The best 10 days of my life. I had been to see my football team win the premier league the Sunday before and I then went to Earls Court to see Bruce and the ESB five days later for the 21st May show which was an incredible concert. The very next day I went to the FA Cup final and three days after that I went to Barcelona for the champions league final! 

We call that the quadruple! Sooooo cool! 

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I was a student at that time. Spent all my money on tickets for the final two shows, flight to London and a hostel in Earl’s Court. I had autographs signed and photos taken at the hotel near Hyde Park and snuck into the sound check for complete versions of My Hometown and Racing in the Street. 
 

That was a great summer! - Although strange that I haven’t aged 21 years in the 21 years you claim have passed;-)
 

Thank you for reminding me, and Werner U., if you’re out there: thank you for selling me tickets!

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I remember us having an argument in the car! I think we were running late and trying to find parking. My son & I left Mr J to park and went in. He turned up in a foul mood, but I just recall thinking there is nowhere else in the world I would rather be at this moment! 

Thats a pretty awesome few days you had there @doesthisbusstop.:)

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I saw one of those EC shows.  He opened with Working On The Highway which is probably the strangest concert opener I've seen from him.

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The one show I went to featured the first 'Meeting Across The River' for 20 years. Still one of the most unexpected moments he's managed to throw at me.

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8 hours ago, Promise61 said:

I saw one of those EC shows.  He opened with Working On The Highway which is probably the strangest concert opener I've seen from him.

Also one of the rarest. He's only opened with it 4 times.

Earl's Court in 99, Fort Lauderdale in 09, Toronto in 2012 & San Sebastian in 2016.

It's one of my favourites and I've yet to hear it in 20 some concerts, so I'd just like to hear it. It doesn't matter where he plays it in the set. 

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I saw all four shows. The whole week was a very mixed bag for me. I had lost my mother two months earlier and wasn't truly in the mood to travel and see Bruce. But I also felt that if anything could give me a boost to get me back on track and begin the healing process, that would be it. So I went with my best Bruce buddy @GreatDane and did have a great time, despite having my wallet stolen at the hostel we stayed in and getting way too sunburned while spending most of a day relaxing in Hyde Park... and having an anxiety attack in the middle of the first show.

I remember very little of the shows themselves. The first one was probably the least impressive of all Bruce shows I have ever seen, which may have had more to do with my state of mind and my abysmal seat 200 miles from the stage right under the ceiling, than the show itself. The second one I don't remember at all. The third one was, I believe, the best of them all, with the "I Wanna Be With You" opener and "Meeting Across the River" into "Jungleland". The last one was good too, but I remember having expected more of a four-night-stand closing show.

We spent some of the days standing outside Bruce's hotel and at no point meeting him, but meeting several of the band members, as well as tons of fans from all over Europe, including @Wild Billy. On one of the nights off (where Bruce wasn't playing) I went to see a weird bluegrass show with Steve Earle at some other venue. 

It was a strange time for me. In retrospect, I don't think I was quite ready for it, but I don't regret going and enjoyed spending time with friends. The city of London I did not care for at all, and if I never go there again, which I haven't so far, I will be fine with that (sorry Londoners... nothing personal, I don't like big cities in general).

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9 hours ago, Krog2187 said:

Also one of the rarest. He's only opened with it 4 times.

Earl's Court in 99, Fort Lauderdale in 09, Toronto in 2012 & San Sebastian in 2016.

It's one of my favourites and I've yet to hear it in 20 some concerts, so I'd just like to hear it. It doesn't matter where he plays it in the set. 

I remember San Sebastian - a fantastic atmosphere among the crowd, the evening sun in Bruces face, when he entered the stage, his accustic guitar ready to play this song. This one moment resonates in me a lot, when recalling this concert. One of my highlights.

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4 hours ago, CosmicKid said:

I saw all four shows. The whole week was a very mixed bag for me. I had lost my mother two months earlier and wasn't truly in the mood to travel and see Bruce. But I also felt that if anything could give me a boost to get me back on track and begin the healing process, that would be it. So I went with my best Bruce buddy @GreatDane and did have a great time, despite having my wallet stolen at the hostel we stayed in and getting way too sunburned while spending most of a day relaxing in Hyde Park... and having an anxiety attack in the middle of the first show.

I remember very little of the shows themselves. The first one was probably the least impressive of all Bruce shows I have ever seen, which may have had more to do with my state of mind and my abysmal seat 200 miles from the stage right under the ceiling, than the show itself. The second one I don't remember at all. The third one was, I believe, the best of them all, with the "I Wanna Be With You" opener and "Meeting Across the River" into "Jungleland". The last one was good too, but I remember having expected more of a four-night-stand closing show.

We spent some of the days standing outside Bruce's hotel and at no point meeting him, but meeting several of the band members, as well as tons of fans from all over Europe, including @Wild Billy. On one of the nights off (where Bruce wasn't playing) I went to see a weird bluegrass show with Steve Earle at some other venue. 

It was a strange time for me. In retrospect, I don't think I was quite ready for it, but I don't regret going and enjoyed spending time with friends. The city of London I did not care for at all, and if I never go there again, which I haven't so far, I will be fine with that (sorry Londoners... nothing personal, I don't like big cities in general).

 

Jesus if you thought London was crap then, you should see the shit hole now

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1 hour ago, The Chicken Man said:

 

Jesus if you thought London was crap then, you should see the shit hole now

I know you're new here, but wrong answer/question to the wrong guy! :D I'll be surprised if it last! 

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I still worked in London then and I remember getting up super early to join the queue for tickets one Friday morning. It was a farce. The Earls Court computer system had some issues and the queue moved so slowly that by approaching noon I gave up, went to my office and bought tickets over the phone. Ridiculous

I seemed to be in the queue near a lot of young kids you were working for ticket touts and being given huge wads of cash to buy as many tickets as they could. 

I thought the Youngtown-Murder Inc-Badlands-Out in the Street segment of those shows was sublime. As was the show closing of Fall Behind-LOHAD. I didn't and still don't particularly like the extended preacher segments of 10th Ave and Light of Day - no less self undulgent than a 10 minute guitar solo in my view and didn't really say anything compared with the brilliant Pink Cadillac rap from the BUSA tour or the I'm a Coward rap from the ToL tour. Just play the damn song! The shows were losing the emphasis on perfect structure and pacing which thankfully returned with Seeger Sessions and the Magic tour

London is an amazing city - the shithole element is what gives it it's edge. Great place. Everyone must experience London at some point in their lives. Curiously, I thought New York was pretty dull compared with London. But one man's whisky etc...

 

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Remember these shows. Was 3rd row dead centre 1st night . Then final night was level with stage at side.

These shows never did it for me. This tour never got to me till paris bercy nights. And i dont know why.

The London shithouse debate . I used to like the place. Will leave that there as it is   

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On 5/21/2020 at 11:56 AM, CosmicKid said:

I saw all four shows. The whole week was a very mixed bag for me. I had lost my mother two months earlier and wasn't truly in the mood to travel and see Bruce. But I also felt that if anything could give me a boost to get me back on track and begin the healing process, that would be it. So I went with my best Bruce buddy @GreatDane and did have a great time, despite having my wallet stolen at the hostel we stayed in and getting way too sunburned while spending most of a day relaxing in Hyde Park... and having an anxiety attack in the middle of the first show.

I remember very little of the shows themselves. The first one was probably the least impressive of all Bruce shows I have ever seen, which may have had more to do with my state of mind and my abysmal seat 200 miles from the stage right under the ceiling, than the show itself. The second one I don't remember at all. The third one was, I believe, the best of them all, with the "I Wanna Be With You" opener and "Meeting Across the River" into "Jungleland". The last one was good too, but I remember having expected more of a four-night-stand closing show.

We spent some of the days standing outside Bruce's hotel and at no point meeting him, but meeting several of the band members, as well as tons of fans from all over Europe, including @Wild Billy. On one of the nights off (where Bruce wasn't playing) I went to see a weird bluegrass show with Steve Earle at some other venue. 

It was a strange time for me. In retrospect, I don't think I was quite ready for it, but I don't regret going and enjoyed spending time with friends. The city of London I did not care for at all, and if I never go there again, which I haven't so far, I will be fine with that (sorry Londoners... nothing personal, I don't like big cities in general).

I agree with what you remember. The most impressive thing was the security guy outside (and even inside in the lobby) with the military hat and bullhorn shouting like a madman on all 4 nights. Everybody, including his collegues, were laughing openly at him. The more he shouted the funnier it was. 
weird those shows weren't more impressive at it was my first 4 ESB shows. 

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