Thursday, April 9, 2009

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I saw my first Bruce Springsteen concert last Sunday night. I have been tired all week. I am not a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. I don't own any CDs, I have not downloaded his songs from iTunes. But still, I like his music. He is a part of my childhood and definitely part of the American conscious.

My friend, Pat, and his wife, Cynthia, are huge fans. Pat learned to play the piano so he could play Springsteen songs. Here is the lovely Pat and Cynthia:

We accompanied Pat & Cynthia & Cynthia's cousin and her husband to the Bruce Springsteen concert.

It was awesome.

I was really, really impressed. He puts on a great live show. The crowd shouted "Brrruuuuuuuuuuuuucccce!!!" a few times. It was funny. It sounded like boo-ing at first. Then I figured it out. Bruce slid around the stage actively, unlike the 59 year old man that he is. He was very, very high energy.

There were a few things I loved about the show:
1) he took requests... all requests were his songs (ofcourse). People passed their requests on giant pieces of poster board or gum wrappers. He even took a very old request (I forgot the name... Sherry Darlin', I think).
2) he almost forgot his own songs and I don't think the band knew some of the songs they were playing. I think he was playing a song called "I'm A Rocker". I think the band was giving each other hand-signals and yelling at each other to figure out which key it was in. I am not 100% sure, but I think I heard Bruce say on microphone "A"... which I think he meant, "the song is in A"! It was awesome. I really appreciated the spontaneity and having the confidence to do something that they had not practiced.
3) "Hard Times". He did a cover of an old Stephen Foster song. It was absolutely beautiful and very moving. The entire band sang. I think it was my favorite song of the show.

I was surprised how many of the band members I knew by name. Max Weinberg, Clarence Clemons and Steven Van Zandt (from the Sapranos) are all people I could name by full name. For me not owning a CD, I was shocked that I could name half the band.

It was a really good show. I felt like I was part of music history that night.

In Summary: Bruce Springsteen rocked, Stephen Foster is old, Brrruuuuuuuccce is easily confused with boooooooooo in a large arena.


Jennifer said...

Most peole only know Steven Van Zandt form the HBO series The Sopranos or from the E-Street Band. Few know Steven from his time with the Sapranos.

Ben said...

Sapranos was the sequel. Speling is hurd.