Monday, February 10, 2014
Wow! : UPDATE
The two videos here, showing two sides of Bruce Springsteen, took up a lot of my time this weekend. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good.
Out of respect for the persons involved, I won't go into too much detail. But out of necessity for my sanity, I need to explain.
"Girls In Their Summer Clothes" could be my favorite Bruce song of the last 20 years. This gorgeous stripped down version pretty much sealed it for me.
The next night in Perth, the ESB opened the show with a tribute to the crowd, country and countrymen AC/DC and rocked through a version of "Highway To Hell."
The latter did not sit well with some people and comments on my Facebook page turned a bit ugly, until finally, an old, dear friend and myself were at each other's throats.
Bottom line: I saw this AC/DC cover as a positive thing, full of energy, warts and all, and felt it completely nitpicky to criticize things like "key" and "tempo," which is only a taste of the type of comments posted on my Facebook page.
"Really? A capo? You use a capo on an AC/DC song?"
Is that really the point here?
I'm all for opinions and criticism. It's basically the point of this blog. But if you watch this version of "Highway To Hell" and can only point out what's wrong with it, or the fact that it doesn't sound like AC/DC or worse, voice your opinions about Bruce in general...
"Last good record was 'The River."
"Why is he doing covers?"
...I'd have to say, it is YOU who is missing the point.
Is this the greatest cover ever? Of course not. But the sentiment and balls behind it are terrific and comments like "his phrasing is horrible" and "why not do a Men At Work song next" seem unnecessarily bitter.
You not liking Bruce's politics may cloud your opinion of his music. But it does not make his music '"suck."
That's just my opinion.
Finally, good, solid discussions and debates are healthy, especially when something new can be taken from both sides. But, if one more person tells me to "calm down" if I get excited over a song or band, good or bad, I'll fucking throat-punch you.
I've been thriving on music for 50 years and I have no plans on stopping now.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 7:54 AM