2003-02-28, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA

The Rising Tour
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Appr. 2 hours, 30 minutes

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John Hocking wrote: I'm surprised Bruce's rather unusual comment, made prior to playing the first note, hasn't been described.

The lights went down, the band came up steps from the rear onto the middle of the stage, two by two, with Bruce, of course, being last.

He walked up to the microphone and said, "I'd like to thank absolutely fuuucking nooobody."

And, bang, into a really hard rock, "No Surrender."

I believe he had opened the previous 46 shows with the Rising.

The comment, and "No Surrender," almost certainly had to be a reference to the Grammy awards that were five night earlier. He had won some minor awards, but the biggee, Record of the Year, had gone to Norah Jones and not the Rising.

It was the sort of comment one could see him making to a table of friends at a post Grammy's party, but probably not to 12,000 at his next concert. That the comment received no mention in the press, at least that I saw, is, for me, a comment on Bruce's stature. He can do pretty much whatever he wants. Why, heck, I bet he could even get away with openly opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq.


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