Thursday, August 20, 2009

Some Random Springsteen Thoughts

So if you weren't at Bruce Springsteen's show at the Comcast Theatre last night, you missed a hell of a concert. Besides it being too hot to live, it was the best I've seen The Boss: the best setlist, the best venue, the best sound, the best crowd ... the best everything. Here's my review of the night.

Because of deadline purposes, I had to file the review by 10:30, which meant there was another hour. The man played for just about three hours. In that kind of heat, at his age, it's honestly amazing. The set ended with plenty of classics including "Dancing in the Dark," "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road." At the bottom of this entry is the full setlist.

Anyway, any time I go to a concert, I write down little funny notes about things I see. Here are some random thoughts about last night. I'm just trying to be funny, and there was plenty to laugh at last night.
  • Springsteen ended with a cover of "Twist and Shout." Between cover bands, wedding acts and the tons of bands that have just played a version, I've seen this song live a gazillion times. The Boss' take was the best, and it included a bit of "La Bamba." Now here's my problem: The great LDP, Lou Diamond Phillips, isn't doing anything. And Ritchie Valens is up somewhere in that big plane in the sky. Nobody should ever sing that song except Valens or LDP. Why not hire LDP as part of the E Street Band just for this song? Seriously, there's like 4,321 members already. What's one more?

  • I heard a woman, sitting right beside me, ask, "Where is the lawn?" Really, lady? The lawn?

  • When I got there, my friend Eric was already sitting in his seat. There was a guy behind him that looked like a little older and odder version of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I guess when Eric sat down, the guy turned to the person next to him and said, "Oh, great, we're sitting behind a tall geek." Now, here's the thing: This guy was about 50 and was the person he was talking to? His mother! And he clenched his tickets throughout the entire show, like someone was going to steal them.

  • I know one of the things that appeals to people about Bruce is the everyman appeal, but Springsteen fans take it to a new level. One of the people behind me was just going on and on about how "amazing" the between song instrumental breaks were. Basically, when the band was tuning up, this guy was saying, "This is what the show's all about, not the songs. These moments." Of course, his lady friend just kept screaming "Thunder Road." Stop please. The songs are good. I don't know what was worse: saying just stupid things or screaming "Thunder Road" over and over again.

  • Springsteen fans are quite dedicated, but how come they've never been told you're not supposed to wear the T-shirt of the band that you're seeing to a show? I mean, seriously, it's a rule. You can't do it, yet about 40 percent of the crowd did it. Do they not know the rule? Should I have told them they looked dumb? And The Boss' shirts are pretty horrid, too. I love the music, but if you ever catch me wearing a T-shirt with Bruce's head on it, just shoot me.

  • Speaking of shirts, when did it become OK to wear Under Armour as regular fashion, outside of the gym? I must have missed that news bulletin.

  • You want to know how much the band members love each other? During the time between songs, at one point, Springsteen gave Max Weinberg a sponge bath of sorts. Yep.

  • I never noticed how much the beginning of "Rosalita" sounds like the "Radio Nowhere" intro. Was I the only sad he played "Rosie" and not "Radio"?

  • Lots of people were holding up signs. Unless I'm an idiot, I didn't understand one, yet it was also my favorite. It said, "Flew to Stockholm to see you. How's your ass?" Um ...
  • Oh, and yeah, my other favorite sign said "We're Jack & Diane." Um, wrong everyman songwriter?

  • When we were leaving, the fine people at Axe were giving out free samples. Of course, I didn't take one, but I wonder if those folks should just concentrate on men wearing Livestrong bracelets? Axe, really?

That's all I got. Have a good one guys. Here's the setlist:

1. Sherry Darling
2. Badlands
3. Out in the Street
4. Outlaw Pete
5. Spirit in the Night
6. Working on a Dream
7. Seeds
8. Johnny 99
9. Murder Incorporated
10. Something in the Night
11. Raise Your Hand
12. Mountain of Love
13. Sha La La
14. I'm on Fire
15. Be True
16. My Love Will Not Let You Down
17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
18. The Promised Land
19. American Skin (41 Shots)
20. Lonesome Day
21. The Rising
22. Born to Run
23. Rosalita
24. Thunder Road
25. Hard Times Come Again No More
26. American Land
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. Twist and Shout/La Bamba


Anonymous said...

This blog entry is officially greater than your already very good review.



I bet you that smells great over sweat and beer.

And I gotta ask....I'm sure the Blackberry is great...but can you REALLY type a whole review on it? Normal humans don't have fingers that tiny, let alone the patience to input it all, correct all the typos using it, and do so while surrounded by several thousand tanked-up, Axe-wearing revellers.
I don't know about you, but I periodically want to hurl the one that I have for work off the roof.

P.S. - Did I mention? GREAT blog entry. It made an awful, revoltingly sweltering day pretty bearable. Thanks PF...

Anonymous said...

As your brother, I cant believe you didnt call me and let me hear "Dancing in the Dark". You know that is my dream.

Eric said...

Direct quote from the guy with his mom in the row behind us: "Lets switch seats. That guy's tall, the fucking geek."

sj said...

frankly, i'm surprised re: axe. isn't that geared to men under 24? men who can't afford actual cologne or don't live in the real world where showering is the preferred method of getting to smell better? men that generally would instead go to a Creed concert - just saying?

saywhat? said...

Wow. The beginning of Rosalita sounds like the intro to Radio. Really. And he opened with "Sherry Baby" (nice correction a day later when a reader points it out). Not doing very well in the credibility department. Also noticed that all the comments come from your friends and family. Wonder what the chances are of this one getting past your Comment Censorship I Mean Moderation. Keep up the mediocre work. Good thing you think of New Haven as "home." Frankly, I don't see you moving up to a bigger market anytime soon.

Pat Ferrucci said...

Sorry if you were one of the people wearing a Springsteen T-shirt to the show.