Thursday, January 28, 2016
Bruce. The River. Morons.
I saw Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band perform "The River" in its entirety and more last night at Madison Square Garden. A rocking good time was had by all...for most of it. Just as debate over the merits of "Man's Job" continues, so does the attendance of odious morons at concerts, who somehow think it is acceptable to whip out toy chest sized tablets and scroll through pictures of their Acapulco vacation during the songs they don't like, or discuss "Eddie's sister," who is apparently a "real, fucking bitch" during "Stolen Car."
For the record, as much as I love "The River," I don't particularly care for "Ramrod," "I'm A Rocker," and "Cadillac Ranch." I do happen to love "Stolen Car," Point Blank," "The River" and especially "Drive All Night," all of which saw thousands of people sit down, check their e-mail, take selfies and just talk over the band and performance. Again, why show up?
And here now, because I think everyone loves a list and because my ears are still ringing and my head is still pounding from Nils Lofgren's Yngwie Malmsteen-inspired solo in "Because The Night, are my ten favorite Bruce Springsteen tunes, in ascending order.
Interesting note about these ten tunes:
I made this list a few nights ago, and in the same notebook found a Bruce Top Ten that I had created in April of 2015. Both lists are identical, though the order has changed slightly. So, I must really love these ten.
10. Valentine's Day
9. Brilliant Disguise
8. Girls In Their Summer Clothes
7. Candy's Room
5. Drive All Night
4. Sherry Darling
3. Atlantic City
2. Born To Run
1. Thunder Road