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BigglesSWE
Dec 2, 2014

How 'bout them hawks news huh!


Local Hero kicks rear end.

Iím gonna do a real effort post when I come home from work. Let me just say that Iíve shaken the manís hand and his concerts are the closest Iíve come to a religious experience.

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BigglesSWE
Dec 2, 2014

How 'bout them hawks news huh!


Okay, so my Bruce Springsteen post:

I became a fan of Bruce on Monday, October 30th, 2006. That's when I saw him with the Seeger Sessions Band at Globen, Stockholm.

I had gotten the ticket cheap from a classmate who came over it somehow. I intended it for my mom as a sort of early Christmas present; she's been a fan since -75. But mom (like most Bruce fans I guess?) wasn't that interested in the SSB, and figured I should go instead, since I had never been to a real concert at that point. I figured why not, so I went, but not before I had taken a good listening to the SSB album. I really liked it! It has a pleasant charm and happy sound, which appealed to me. I went to the concert expecting to be thoroughly entertained. I walked out of there, a fan for life.

One cannot overstate just how incredible a good Springsteen show is. No matter what band he has behind him; he really, 100%, delivers and then some. The 3 hour show was absolutely incredible. It was some sort of miracle, honestly. I was thinking about it for months afterwards. Here's some samples from that particular concert:

The River (great accoustic version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3DkvDa6LIw

Jesus Was An Only Son (tour premiere)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2fcnKztw_c

Tom Joad (One of my favorite live performances of anything, anywhere)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AenUqa8iV58

Jacob's Ladder (INCREDIBLE gospel intro and outro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zF8gsp7LI

And from there on out, I was a fan. Luckily, Bruce is loving amazing and keeps on comin' for them tours. I've now seen him live 14 times (including the Broadway show #humblebrag), and most shows have lasted more than 3 hours. In Sweden (where he has a big fanbase, more on that below) his shows often goes beyond 3 and a half; one of the 2016 shows he had here ended up at 3 hours and 58 minutes. That's without a warm up band, or any real intermission. If you stumble into this thread by chance and see this, please, for the love of God, never, EVER pass up a chance to see Springsteen live. I cannot stress enough how much of a party his concerts are. There's no real fancy fireworks, lightshows or the like: It's just a goddamn runaway train of rock 'n roll madness. Here's some samples, from a number of shows throughout the years (some of which I have attended):

Mary's Place, Gothenburg (I loving love Gospel Bruce)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxwom4u4AQ0

Quarter to Three, No Nukes (it's so raw and wonderful)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUksPONKOrc

Frankie, Gothenburg (a song they play very rarely, this performance is to die for)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVphX5wJZdM

Backstreets, Gothenburg (The only time I have ever cried to music; I was bawling like a child, and I still don't really know why)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=advnEXNOo_U#t=364s

Twist & Shout, Gothenburg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKi5BeOz6Y

So let's talk about that last one.

"Twist & Shout" has a special place in Swedish Bruce-head's hearts. Rewind to the summer of -85. Bruce and the ESB are touring the world, with two shows in Gothenburg slated for early June. Ullevi Stadium is filled with Bruce-fans from across the country two nights in a row, and the party is loving bananas. My mom was there and can attest (like so many others) that the concrete-built stadium was quite literally bouncing from all the jumping. While some attest "Dancing in the Dark" as the real culprit, there's a tradition since that it was "Twist & Shout" that really sealed the deal for what was to come. As Wikipedia tells it:

quote:

Ullevi nearly collapsed during a famous Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985 due to the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people in the audience and the clay soil on which the stadium is built. The concert also caused nearly £3 million in damages, while David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in June 1987 was relocated from Ullevi to Eriksberg because of fears about the safety of the structure.[6] Since then, the concrete pillars supporting the stadium have been extended down to the bedrock.

So Bruce essentially rocked the biggest sports stadium in Northern Europe to shreds. That's something.

Gonna finish up here with two pictures I took some years back:

This pic I took from right up there in front of the stage. I've been in that vicinity many times, but never had a better picture, so there you go.


This is a real awkward picture, but it's from outside his Gothenburg hotel, where I managed to shake his hand and exchange a few words.



In short: I like Bruce.

[edit] One of my favorite concert reviews ever was for the second 2008 show in Gothenburg, who had the title "Herresatansjšvlar!" which basically means "Holyfuckingshit!"

BigglesSWE fucked around with this message at 21:40 on Jun 21, 2019

BigglesSWE
Dec 2, 2014

How 'bout them hawks news huh!


Henchman of Santa posted:

If anyone has anything about the archival stuff like Tracks and The Promise I can add it to the OP.

All I will say about Tracks is that this one loving rules:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdLGkFmIflU

BigglesSWE
Dec 2, 2014

How 'bout them hawks news huh!


Seeger Sessions because Iím insane.

But The Wild, Innocent & E. is pretty drat good. New York City Serenade beats out Jungleland any day in the week.

BigglesSWE
Dec 2, 2014

How 'bout them hawks news huh!


New song, and a new album with ESB is coming in October.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQyLEz0qy-g

I guess 2020 decided to end on a high-note.

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