Thursday, May 01, 2008

Loose Bruce

Here's the set list for last night's Springsteen concert in Charlottesville (shh...don't tell all of those Wahoos that there were four Dukies standing on their basketball court...). Well, this was the planned set list. The actual set list reveals the kind of crazy Boss night it was, as there were a number of additions, deletions, and substitutions. Here's what was played:

Loose Ends
Radio Nowhere
No Surrender
Lonesome Day
The Promised Land
Gypsy Biker
For You
Adam Raised a Cain
Prove It All Night
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
Mary's Place
Devil's Arcade
The Rising
Last to Die
Long Walk Home


Meeting Across the River
Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
American Land

With so much in flux, the entire concert had a seat-of-the-pants feel to it. The epitome of this was when Bruce audibled No Surrender. You could see him running around the stage, telling the E Streeters about the change in plans. It took them a while to get it all straight, with Bruce joking to the crowd, "We're getting there!" Those are the fun Springsteen moments, when even the well-oiled E Street machine hangs on for dear life.

The heart of the show, for me, was guitars, guitars, guitars. Miami Steve really let it rip during Gypsy Biker, and Nils went even further with his extended lead during Prove It All Night (maybe the best solo I've ever seen...). And, for his part, Bruce played plenty of guitar against his microphone stand, during songs like Adam Raised a Cain.

What this boils down to, as I see it, is that Bruce and the band are genetically incapable of putting on a bad show. Sure, the set lists may vary from night to night, from tour to tour. And there are other variables as well--the crowd, where you are sitting/standing, the acoustics. But through all of this, the performances just can't be beat. July 27, Giants Stadium, here we come...



At 6:16 PM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Unbeknownst to me, Steve and I were working on "parallel" blogs at the same time. That's a first. In any case, here's my take...

Pay No Attention to the Setlist at your Right, Please:

Because Bruce Springsteen won't even think of adhering to it. This is the play list that was given to Julie after Bruce played in Charlottesville last night (by a very nice cameraman). Is it accurate and dependable? Just ask Max Weinberg, the drummer for the E Street Band, and he'll say,"Not a chance!" What does this mean? For the band, a night of exciting times trying to figure out Bruce's next move. For the fans, a fantastic show filled with tons of surprises.

I told Steve last night that I could tell that the show was awesome based on the number of songs I didn't recognize. As a semi-avid Springsteen aficionado, I was thrilled to not be able to name at least two...knowing that they were "rarities."

Great night, great show. I'm on the couch recovering right now!


At 7:58 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Lynn and Scott,

Any e-mail we send you guys keeps bouncing back.



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