I have mixed feelings about The E Street Band's performances this weekend on Saturday Night Live.
I didn't think they were very good, and yet I got very emotional.
Bruce seemed to be struggling terribly with the lead vocal on "Ghosts," yet how could he not be under the circumstances?
The band, especially Bruce, looked both elated and frightened, at least that is how I saw it.
I am sure there were strict safety protocols regarding both the performers and the audience in attendance at NBC, but I could not ignore the irony as I watched that band, get neck to neck and cheek to cheek, while spewing and screaming "I'm Alive!" into the microphone. But then, how could you be an E Street Band member, playing live for the first time in ages, and not need to do that? Shit, I was singing "I'm Alive" and I wasn't really enjoying the song.
And then there wasn't Gary Tallent, who refused to fly into New York City because of COVID, and I thought, if only everyone thought this way from the beginning, you know? Just don't do it. For you. For everyone.