Monday, November 9, 2009
HIGHER & HIGHER
I'm feeling that this may be it for Bruce & The ESB for a little while. I don't just mean the band itself, but here on Burning Wood. It was never my intention to create a forum dedicated solely to the music and discussion of Bruce Springsteen. There are many places to go for that. Great places. But it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement, and after witnessing two of the greatest ESB shows of my life, I figure I'd go out ("for a little while") with a bang.
Briefly, for those who do not know, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band performed both "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E-Street Shuffle" and "The River" in their entireties this past weekend at NYC's Madison Square Garden. A monumental weekend, to say the least, and not without its flaws, for example-
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
A mood-killing set of music, less "82nd Street," that for me just lowered the level slightly of what an honor it was to see one of tne greatest sets of music of all time in "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E-Street Shuffle," which for my money contained the best versions I have ever seen of "Sandy," & "Incident On 57th Street."
A pat encore of "Bobby Jean," "American Land" and "Dancing In The Dark" was easily forgiven by the special appearance of Elvis Costello on a version Jackie Wilson's "Higher & Higher," that could have modulated another 6 times, and it would not have been enough.
As for NIGHT TWO, it's hard to complain about anything. One friend referred to "The River" has having some clunkers. I'm not sure what they are, though it would have felt better if "Drive All Night," another of the greatest versions I have ever seen, ended the set, and not "Wreck On The Highway."
DRIVE ALL NIGHT
And my friend, a long-time rock and roller, and someone who had never gotten to see Bruce, getting her wish (which in my mind was NEVER going to happen) and hearing a killer "Atlantic City," her favorite Bruce song and a very welcome sign request.
Inserting "Waiting On A Sunny Day" in between "Wreck On The Highway" and "Atlantic City."
I realize that's small potatoes, but as another friend pointed out, "When you're a Yankees fan, you come to expect nothing less than a World Series ring."
("Sunny Day" has become the Game 2, home loss for me.)
Sweet Soul Music
Dancing in the Dark
Can't Help Falling in Love
Higher and Higher
Come back later and if all goes well, I'll have Saturday's show up here, and Sunday's show mid week.