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Bruce Springsteen triumphs at emotional Atlanta tour opener

Bruce Springsteen played most of his new "Wrecking Ball" album on the tour of the same name, which launched Sunday at Philips Arena. Photo: Robb Cohen

Bruce Springsteen played most of his new "Wrecking Ball" album on the tour of the same name, which launched Sunday at Philips Arena. Photo: Robb Cohen

Here’s a rule to live by: It’s OK to get to a Bruce Springsteen concert a little late, but never ever, ever leave early.

 Then again, with Springsteen’s new self-introduction – a tongue-in-cheek intonation about “The Jersey devil…the future of rock ‘n’ roll himself …he’s sexy and he knows it” – it was worthwhile to have been standing, camera phones poised, when Springsteen and the venerable E Street Band kicked off their “Wrecking Ball” tour at 8:10 Sunday night at Philips Arena.

 It was the first of many “new” things on this 53-date outing. The second one came the instant the lights flooded the open-backed stage and, along with it, the jolting reality of what – rather, who – was missing.

 Clarence Clemons. The Big Man. The imposing glue of the E Street Band.

It was a massive shadow that hung over the concert for two hours and 35 minutes – but one that was acknowledged frequently and gracefully, bittersweet sighs mixed with cheers in Clemons’ memory. Early in the show, Springsteen took “roll call” of the band, asking, finally, “Are we missing anybody?” an obvious nod to Clemons and organist Danny Federici, who died in 2008.

 “The only thing I can guarantee,” Springsteen said, “is that if you’re here and we’re here…then they’re here.”

 But still, no matter that this current incarnation of the E Streeters is bigger than a football team (16 players plus their MVP quarterback). Or that the excellent five-piece brass section is anchored, in a bit of karmic awesomeness, by Clemons’ nephew, Jake.

 The Big Man was still missed.

 But life – and the E Street Band – goes on, and Springsteen kept a healthy chunk of his 24-song set list current, opening with the double-punch of new songs “We Take Care of Our Own” and “Wrecking Ball,” the latter a slow-build into the inevitable cymbal-crashing crescendo from Mighty Max Weinberg, the human metronome.

 The success of “Wrecking Ball,” the album, which hit No. 1 last week (the 10th of his career), hopefully means that fans are willing to embrace the songs live, too.

 For every nostalgic glance to “Badlands” – during which Springsteen called Clemons the Younger forward for his first solo – or infectious “E Street Shuffle,” came a handful of new tracks.

 But Springsteen is one of the few artists who can play 10 of 13 songs from a new album and still hold a multi-generational sold-out crowd rapt with his intense delivery and distinctively raspy voice. It also helps that as sturdy as many of these fresh tunes are on record, live, they’re dusted with E Street magic.

 For the musically adventurous “Death to My Hometown,” featuring tuba, accordion and electric banjo, Springsteen growled the lyrics, thrusting his finger at the crowd, passion flying alongside spit and sweat.

 He briefly mentioned the 2009 recession as the impetus for “Jack of All Trades” before quickly heading into the wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, ballad. Those who have chastised Springsteen in the past for politicking at his shows will find nothing to complain about this time.  

 He did, however, note that he spent a lot of time in Atlanta the past decade (“The Rising,” “Magic” and “Working on a Dream” were recorded at Southern Tracks studio) and that he was “glad to start our tour off here and see if this [stuff] works…or die tryin’.”

 

Springsteen is joined at the mic by E Streeters Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt. Photo: Robb Cohen

Springsteen is joined at the mic by E Streeters Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt. Photo: Robb Cohen

At 62, Springsteen is still a taut package of rugged masculinity in tight black jeans and a neat vest and button-down shirt; and while he might not slide across the stage on his knees anymore, he’s still insanely active.

 He called wife Patti Scialfa to join him a few rows into the crowd for “Easy Money,” gave a quick kiss to the back of her head at song’s end and then took a swing on his mic stand, staying close enough to yelp another, “1-2-3-fah!” to kickstart “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.” During that one, he tightrope-walked his way across the front part of a lower side section, and, a few moments later, for “Promised Land,” perched on the drum riser to trade harmonica licks with Clemons’ sax riffs.

 While many fans relish Springsteen’s cover songs, the selections for this tour (so far) – The Temptations’ “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and Wilson Pickett’s “634-5789” – sounded more like an audition to be the world’s greatest bar mitzvah band. Although watching Springsteen get passed across the crowd on his back, Peter Gabriel-style, was almost worth the soul-revue detour.

 While the first three-quarters of the typically no-frills show maintained an even-keeled pace, without the spikes of energy of tours past, the final five songs proved – just in case it still needed verifying – that Springsteen and the E Street Band is the best live act in the business.

 It was the usual houselights up for “Born to Run,” a roar greeting Clemons when he unleashed the notes of his uncle’s iconic solo. For whatever reason, in the moment of that song, with 20,000 people singing in unison, there is always a swelling feeling that all is right with the world.

Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew, handled his uncle's iconic solos in the show. Photo: Robb Cohen

Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew, handled his uncle's iconic solos in the show. Photo: Robb Cohen

 Springsteen also revived “Dancing in the Dark,” a pop tune whose perky melody belies its introspective lyrics and his lone live nod to his ‘80s hit-making period. He appeared to have a ball during the song, though, even reminding us of Courtney Cox’s earliest fame by pulling a young girl onto the stage to dance with him.

 But it was the climactic “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” that will stick with fans, both for its eternal melody and now, its more poignant meaning.

 Springsteen strolled the stage for the swaggering tune – Steven Van Zandt, with his wonderful cartoon face, mugging appropriately behind him – and when the line, “When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band,” arrived, did the only appropriate thing: Stopped the music.

 For several minutes, as the E Streeters onstage pointed skyward, Springsteen held the mic aloft, allowing – actually, encouraging – the crowd to stomp, clap, cheer, cry…whatever form of catharsis they needed. Call it a moment of silence, rock ‘n’ roll style.

 The song culminated with grins and hugs and bows, and an exhausted yet exhilarated Springsteen proclaimed, “What an audience!” Then, he backed off the stage, blowing a kiss to the crowd before heading back to join his brotherhood.

  

Set list from March 18, 2012

  • “We Take Care of Our Own”
  • “Wrecking Ball”
  • “Badlands”
  • “Death to My Hometown”
  • “My City of Ruins”
  • “The E Street Shuffle”
  • “Jack of All Trades”
  • “Seeds”
  • “Easy Money”
  • “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
  • “The Promised Land”
  • “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The Temptations)
  • “634-5789” (Wilson Pickett)
  • “Shackled and Drawn”
  • “Lonesome Day”
  • “The Rising”
  • “We Are Alive”
  • “Thunder Road”
  • “Rocky Ground”
  • “Land of Hope and Dreams”
  • “Born to Run”
  • “Dancing in the Dark”
  • “American Land”
  • “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”

By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene Blog

Follow me on Twitter: @ajclifestyle

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hank rearden

March 19th, 2012
6:05 am

In no particular order, Springsteen, Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young. The greatest of the great.

That was

March 19th, 2012
6:31 am

GREAT! You still got it BOSS!!!

Tommy

March 19th, 2012
6:43 am

Great review, Melissa. It’s nice to have one of Bruce’s shows reviewed by someone who truly ‘gets it’. It was an amazing kick off to what will be a milestone tour for the E Street Band, for certain. Thanks.

Skram30082

March 19th, 2012
6:48 am

Another awesome show by Bruce and the band. I was particularly interested in how Jake would handle the impossible task of filling in for Clarence. Musically, he was great, but there were a couple of times when he looked a tiny bit awkward when Bruce brought him down front. However, during the break in 10th Avenue Freeze Out, he was smiling, clapping and pointing upwards in what I thought was a nice gesture, while accepting the torch that has been passed to him.

We’ll never forget Phantom Dan and the Big Man, but even they know the show must go on.

Up the E Street

March 19th, 2012
6:55 am

Received some “free” tixs and really was impressed. Is it too late to become a fan? I think I may have missed the Boss in his prime though.

Dakotah John

March 19th, 2012
7:06 am

Looking Forward To Seeing “the Boss” and his Band at the Coliseum in Greensboro TONIGHT!!

Jersey guy

March 19th, 2012
7:10 am

70’s rockers rule…there is NO comparison!

Phillip

March 19th, 2012
7:17 am

You saw a 62-year old man and the world’s greatest live band kick you-know-what for over 2 1/2 hours.
They didn’t need autotune. They didn’t need lip-sync. They didn’t need costume changes.
Nobody else does that, or even comes close.
Nobody.

Jake

March 19th, 2012
7:21 am

And NO politics!!!!!! So all of you H aters can S T F Up now. Thank you very much!!

Juke

March 19th, 2012
7:25 am

Fun show last night. I would have radically changed the set list, though. That’s what you get with a performer who has so many solid tunes. New album is pretty good, but it shouldn’t have been half the concert.

AwayBBL

March 19th, 2012
7:30 am

@Up the E Street… It’s never too late.

This was my 50th show. Saw Bruce and a motley crew of gypsies way back in 1973 while I was stationed at McGuire AFB in NJ at a club called The Satellite Lounge… been a fan since.

If I had one complaint about last nights show, its the process that the fans who bought general admission tickets had to go through. First they break the lower floor into two sections and a “chosen” few get to be in the first section. The few get chosen by a wristband lottery system which aims to control the chaos, but is itself very chaotic. Bruce… “tear down the wall”… let your fans decide who gets to be upfront by allowing them to queue up on first come first served basis, and do away with the split sections. Last night there was plenty of room in the pit area, but went unfilled because of the “process”.

The tribute to Clarence during “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” was truly amazing. With 20,000 people giving a fitting tribute to the Big Man as only we could.

Steve

March 19th, 2012
7:31 am

I hadn’t seen Bruce in over thirty years when he toured following the release of Darkness on the Edge of Town. The “Boss” hasn’t lost anything since then and showed everyone present he and the E Street Band can still deliver….BIG TIME! A really great show!

Excellent list, Hank. I’d add Jackson Browne to it.

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Vimal

March 19th, 2012
8:21 am

Wow, I am from India and a die hard fan of Bruce for the past 25 yrs and plan to make it for the first time to one of his live shows, hopefully in Europe. My daughters think I’m insane!!!
Its my teenage dream to attend his shows, lucky you guys get to attend so many. He is America’s greatest gift! His voice is getting louder in the midst of all the chaos. Rock on “BOSS”

Thanks for the update Melissa, its people like you who keep us up to date.Miss Clemons too.

Tommy

March 19th, 2012
9:03 am

You have still got it boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben

March 19th, 2012
9:07 am

Was there last night.

I have been baptized in the rock n roll waters and made clean again!!!

Thanks again Boss. You’ve never let me down;

PhilD

March 19th, 2012
9:20 am

While many earlier concerts were longer (i’ve been to 10 now over the past 30 years), he didn’t take any long breaks and kept the pacing crisp. I was surprised by empty seats in section 105 which should be top dollar seats. I suspect this is the impact of scalpers who couldn’t sell their inventory at overly inflated prices. What a shame. Overall the sound was very good and that is an accomplishment for the acoustically-challenged Philips. I thought Bruce was a bit surprised by the initial slow kick-off by the audience but being a superlative showman, he just rolled with it.

I brought my 14 & 11 year old sons for their first rock concert (with ear plugs, they definitely needed) and noticed that a number of folks brought their kids as well. Talk about multi-generational appeal. Was really great to see the little girl sing a line from Watin’ as well as the young woman right by the stage. Bruce went out into the crowd a lot more and showed the faith and trust between performer and audience.

Atlanta – really, how hard can it be to get there by an 8pm start, especially when the ticket says 7:30pm? And to all you who literally started leaving before final bows – SERIOUSLY? You couldn’t stay 1-2 more minutes? And to all the folks in my section who sat the entire show, ok, some of you are clearly on the senior side but for the younger (say below 60) its a Springsteen concert!!! Like the Boss said, you gotta Rise Up! Just honored and happy he played Atlanta and having the kick-off show was cool. There are only 15 cities in America for this leg of the tour so we won the lottery.

Mike.in.VA

March 19th, 2012
9:32 am

Reading your review gave me goosebumps! Great reveiw of what sounds like a great show. Bruce always delivers! You Atlantans are lucky to get the tour opener and you’re lucky to have Melissa there to review it. Reading her review made me feel like I was there!

Hank Rearden

March 19th, 2012
9:34 am

Thanks Steve. I like Jackson a lot also, but before I added him I would have to add
Warren Zevon.

Arch

March 19th, 2012
9:35 am

Melissa, writing better than ever. Felt I was there,

mike

March 19th, 2012
9:38 am

Show #25 for me last night. Unbelievable. If I have 25% of that man’s energy at 62, I’ll be thrilled.

John

March 19th, 2012
9:52 am

Bruce defies imagination and science. How is he 62 years old? Other older rockers will still rock out but Bruce looks young doing it. The new album is great and the songs sounded even better live. He blended everything together perfectly. Jake Clemons would have made his uncle proud. He definitely was front and center and did not disappoint. Can you imagine how nervous he had to be filling those shoes. Incredible show!!!

Pete

March 19th, 2012
10:01 am

@PhilD

Agree with you 100%. Can’t Atlantans read a f… clock ? Falcons games start at 1:00 and there are 20,000 empty seats still at 1:30. What was the excuse last night ? Sunday at 7:30PM ? Were they watching reruns of a 1976 Bulldog football game ? This was my 12th Springsteen concert and my 3rd one in Atlanta and those 3 were the most boring crowds out of the 12. What is it with this town ? This isn’t church.
As usual, the Boss was absolutely great trying to awaken this sleepy town. Leaving before the end of a Springsteen concert ? Really Atlanta ?

La La

March 19th, 2012
10:31 am

Melissa you continue to capture the essense of concerts for those there and those not… Bruce and E Street continue to be timeless… I feel 20 again and am still on a high from last night’s performace.

Charlie

March 19th, 2012
10:37 am

As a native New Yorker who just relocated to Atlanta last summer and who saw Bruce and the band for the 30th time last night (29 of which were in NY or NJ, his home stomping grounds), I have to say this was one of the best shows I’ve seen. It was no legendary 4 hour performance that many of us have gotten used to over the years with every old time favorite included (Rosalita, Jungleland, etc) but it was memorable for so many reasons. The brass section ads a new dimension and the Celtic sound is incredible. I wasn’t sure how Bruce or the crowd would be outside of the NYC Metro area, but I was blown away. No matter where the boss or his fans are, they will always rock! And Atlanta rocked big time last night.

Kim

March 19th, 2012
10:50 am

I have seen the Boss 12 times, and he and the E Street gang have only gotten better. Atlanta was rockin’ last night! Thanks to the Bruce, the Band and the fans. He has always wanted to ensure folks have a great time…. out of the park, Bruce… out of the park!

ATL Beach Bum

March 19th, 2012
10:56 am

This was my first Bruce show and i thought it was great, but I can’t believe he didn’t play BORN IN THE USA!!

Jersey Mike

March 19th, 2012
11:01 am

Jersey’s favorite son did us right! Clarence..Clarence…Clarence…too frigging cool! All I can say is Wow! Thanks Boss

Jamie Fields

March 19th, 2012
11:36 am

Best concert of my life (and I’ve seen U2, the Stones, the Dead, Aerosmith….)—there is just no way to communicate the love and energy and community at a Springsteen show. Long live Bruce!

Jamie Fields

March 19th, 2012
11:37 am

Enter your comments here

Oh! Forgot to say I saw Bruce in 92 in Frankfurt–but without the E Street Band. NO COMPARISON to this show. It was outstanding.

Rhoho

March 19th, 2012
11:39 am

Atlanta last night was somewhere between my 15-20 Springsteen concert and second with my son. Way cool that 10 of the 12 people sitting around us were Father’s with their sons. Last night was the first show, since my first one way back when, that I went into with some apprehension, not knowing what to expect. The show was great. I was in the first row of the upper deck, 310, and up there where the real fans are, guy next to me said it was his 17th show, there was no shortage of enthusiasm and we all stayed till they started taking down the stage. Bruce accomplished exactly what he stated he wanted to do at the outset, help you forget about your troubles and have FUN!

Steve

March 19th, 2012
11:51 am

I have seen Bruce over 30 times. I was introduced at a young age during the “Darkness” days by a very dear friend (that was a Bruce maniac) who was part of our pack of guys that have been friends for years. We lost him to 9/11 and with every Bruce song played or concert attended, we feel our friend’s presence. Bruce’s memorializing of his “brother”, THE BIG MAN, Clarence Clemons,is such a close reminder of how his music can powerfully unite the spirits and the souls of the living and the dead in one monster house of Rock and Roll. I am seeing the show in a few weeks in NY. Your review makes me want to jump on a plane and head to Greensboro, NC tonight!!! Thanks Bruce for keeping it real and still getting it done like you did 35 years ago!!!! I don’t think we ever need to see Bruce as a judge on American Idol. He will be too busy rocking and rolling until his last breath of air on this earth!!!

Spanish Johnny

March 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

My buddies Wild Billy and Hazy Davy and I were in the PIT! Couple people back from the stage. Awesome! Of course, I saw Sprinsteen (and my fave guitarist Nils Lofgren) back in high school (1974) before “Born to Run” made him nationwide. When Nils joined up with him in 1985 or so, it was the thrill of my life to see two of my childhood icons on stage together. Fun seeing Kevin Bacon in the pit, too. :-)

Warren

March 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

Excellent Review…. Your article has me ready for Friday’s concert in Tampa!!!!!!
Thanks

Christine

March 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

My first Bruce concert, and I was blown away! Such an emotional journey, and it was incredible to see, hear, and feel the tributes to Clarence & Danny. Our section was rocking out- only a few times did any of us sit, can’t imagine that anyone could sit for the entire concert or even for the majority of it as one poster says….guy, you should have come over to section 116!! The joy on Bruce’s face was evident, and his tongue-in-cheek intro was hilarious. Awesome to see him interacting with the little girls on “Sunny Day” and “Dancing in the Dark”….next generation of rockers!

Comment Here

March 19th, 2012
12:39 pm

Where was Kevin Beacon? Anyway, anyone know the drunk old guy that fell down in the club section after the show?

Wild Billy

March 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

A great time was had. About my 200 th show. New material was great. Encores rocked. Lot of new material but the new folks in the band are still in training. How about those two maniacs in the pit with spanish Johnny who had the Clarence heads on a stick. They were huge. What a great ingenious tribute to the Big Man. Tons of love in the house for him. Off to Greensboro with our Clarence heads !!!

Kingzilla

March 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Loyal Bruce fan since ‘75 and saw my first show in Pittsburgh in 1980. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention through the late nineties and early 00’s but when I found him again in 2006 I was impressed by his progress and direction and it felt almost like discovering Springsteen again for the first time.

I took my wife and 15yr old daughter to tour opening show in Atlanta in 2009, and with bad seats – and the Atlanta crowd (a solid show by all accounts), it lacked the intensity and stamina that I had remembered. The next week I saw him in New York and was in awe once again. What a difference.

I spent the years that followed trying to convince my daughter that she had seen a legend and that it was some of the best music she would hear. She wasn’t convinced – until last night. Call it a re-do, This time, with seats right behind the stage, (Possibly better for a Springsteen show) and after a 2.5 hour non-stop Rock-n-Roll assault by Bruce and the E Street Band she has been delivered!!

And here is the amazing thing: SO WAS I!

Bruce Springsteen – and the E Street Band continue to lay the concrete and steel foundation as the very best Rock and Roll band of all time. And I sure don’t know how these things are judged, but I think that Bruce has pulled along side and quite possibly has overtaken the Legendary James Brown as the Hardest Working man in Show Business.

It finally became clear to me last night: Even though I was an avid fan, even though I had seen him several times and had followed his career and musical documentation of the American Life, it was as if I was seeing Bruce and the band for the first time again last night.

I am sure that everyone has other favorite bands or musicians that they have followed over the years. Maybe the Stones or Tom Petty, etc., but if you go to see them now you would most likely see a fantastic show that brought back memories from the glory days, and maybe you would even enjoy some of the newer materials you hadn’t heard before, but would you expect the experience to take you in with it leaving you with the incredible feeling that you had seen two shows?

For example, I would prepare my daughter for what was surely coming next so that she would not miss anything this time. As predicted those trademark features were there as if on cue, and there is enough classic ,material to convince you that you had seen a genuine Springsteen show.

After you are sure that you had definitely seen the classic Springsteen you remember from (Insert DECADE here), (early/late 70’s, 80’s, 90’s 00’s 10’s) it strikes you that you had also seen something completely different – a new set of material complete with Springsteen “features” added that defines the current chapter of the artists epic journey. The great part is that he picks you up and carries you on that journey with him!
That is what I felt last night.

Kodac Harrison

March 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

I first saw Bruce in Oakland in 1975 (he played a club in Atl on that tour). Before that I had seen James Brown in 1967, The Stones in 1969, The Who in 1971, and many others, but no one puts on a show like Bruce. I put last night’s show among my favorites starting with the 1975 show, when he did five long encores until he wore his young audience out.

SUSAN D

March 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

Can’t wait till Friday. Going to see Bruce in Tampa. 14th show I’ve seen, and it’s true ….Come late, don’t leave early ! Also glad that the reviewer understands the band and the fans ! Sounds like it was a great show as always !

brian

March 19th, 2012
1:28 pm

can’t wait for apr13th in buffalo ny.

E

March 19th, 2012
1:40 pm

I had the time of my life last night at the concert!!!!!!!!!
GREAT MUSIC by a GREAT BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I reach my 60s (I’m now 34), I only wish I can be as cool as “The Boss.”

Clark

March 19th, 2012
1:48 pm

First saw Bruce at Electric Ballroom in Atl, I think 1975 and often since. Agree with Kodac that this may have been the best. I think without Clarence he had to stretch it a little and it worked. The vocals were choir like, while the horn section and synth’s produced more intricate and flexible arrangements.”Have a little faith. There’s magic in the night.” Lot’s of exclamation points in this thread!!!

gerry lreland

March 19th, 2012
2:05 pm

great review by melissa sounds like a fab show by the boss roll on dublin in july….!!!

John

March 19th, 2012
2:09 pm

@Away BBL…I think the reason why there’s all that room in the pit area is because of fire codes. It has something to do with the way it’s zoned, the fact that it’s standing room only, it’s general admission, and the number of exits in the arena. But I’m with you, I’ve been on the other side of that barrier looking at 15-20 feet of space.

So pumped for DC and NYC. As a native Atlantan transplanted up to DC, I’m glad he started the tour at home and psyched the crowd gave the tour a great start.

m villalba14

March 19th, 2012
2:38 pm

bruce i got to see you a couple of years back in phoenix ,AZ…im 46 and have been a fan since i was 16…..!ROCK ON BRUCE!!!!!!!!

Kingzilla

March 19th, 2012
2:59 pm

I just can’t help but comment on the Politics.

I have been to three concerts since 2009, and in total I think I heard at tops 45 seconds of combined Political commentary. I never heard the audience complaining about anything until the conservative media took it, distorted the meaning and context and regurgitated it as opinion to the people who listen to that stuff.

Most commentary you see about a Springsteen show is about a Springsteen show. Occasionally you will get a rant about how someone just couldn’t accept the fact that Bruce talked for 15 seconds about supporting a local food bank because of people struggling after the economic crises that started in 2008 during the Bush Presidency!

I heard even less commentary from Bruce last night, but I heard a constant onslaught of 47ignorant and misinterpreted commentary coming from all sides of my seat. In front of me two guys made sarcastic commentary to the effect that they would stay at the show even though they knew that Bruce would vote for Obama.

From one side I had to hear about how he lived in a Mansion on a “Farm” that he used for tax evasion, and other comments in an attempt to disqualify him as the voice of the working man.

From behind me there were four drunk guys that continually reinforced the fact that they were ultra conservative even though they were at a Springsteen concert. They also kept commenting that it didn’t appear that Springsteen “whined” as much as they had heard.

So, that is the conservative rhetoric and talking points. Bruce is a whining millionaire who couldn’t possibly understand the working man’s condition so was not qualified to speak for them. I even heard one idiot state that Bruce was taking advantage of the working class by charging $100 for admission.

Anybody who knows Springsteen knows that all of these comments are ABSURD, and those of that political persuasion who don’t know Springsteen should never go to a Springsteen show and make genuine Springsteen fans nauseous. Incidentally, the four guys behind us were so involved in convincing themselves and the people around them that they were really really conservative that they dumped an almost full beer on my daughter!

I have heard singular unison from every conservative I know that Springsteen is a “whiner”. These same people always say that Bruce should not have ANY comments that could be construed as political in his shows. Many go as far as to TELL him to Shut the F___ Up!

So, it is OK for Conservatives to say whatever they want wherever they want, but they want to censor and intimidate ANYBODY who may be of a different opinion, but a “Liberal” can’t even include factual documentary commentary into their show? There is something VERY wrong with this.

By the way, there may be less political commentary at his show, (he managed to shave it down to like three seconds from a tediously agitating high of 10-15 seconds) but the actual songs are wholly focused on current political conditions that were created by the conservatives who now whip up the false outrage targeted at Bruce.

For anybody who would tell Bruce Springsteen or any other American Citizen to Shut Up I would say “I’m rubber and you’re glue so whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!” Now get as far away from me as you can and let me enjoy Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Oh yeah, and SHUT THE F___ UP!

count_schemula

March 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

Not really a Springsteen fan. Only know maybe 3 albums, Nebraska, Born to Run and the River. Just thought he was someone I should pony up and go see live. Even playing mostly all new stuff, of which I knew none, that was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Anyone who take a soulless place like Philips and has it on its feet and fist pumping for 2+ hours, has “it.” Decided to got on a whim at 5:30pm. Got on Craigslist, scored some 100 section seats and glad I did.

Kodac Harrison

March 19th, 2012
3:36 pm

Who says Bruce is not a working man. He has been working his ass off everytime I’ve seen him, including last night. His philosophy has been consistant from the beginning. Not like some republicans I know. “A working man’s hero is something to be.” – John Lennon – Maybe it was “a working class hero is something to be,” anyway you get the point. I’m just glad I wasn’t sitting next to those guys.

squirrelly

March 19th, 2012
4:46 pm

I have always been a Bruce fan, and the show was best when he did the old standards; 10th ave freezeout, Badlands, etc. I thought the show was very self-indulgent, playing too much of his new album (10 out of 13 songs from the new album were played). That’s not what we came to hear, Bruce. No Born in the USA, no Human Touch, no Because the Night, really?? Those are the songs the people want to hear, Bruce!!