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Boss in Paris

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:09 pm
by Watergirl
Hi Frank. In your latest blog you mention catching Bruce in Paris. You must have been at that power cut show.
Just wondering what you thought of it and how it compared to previous times you've seen him.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:04 am
by frank
I thought it was great. I like the fact he's playing more songs now, rather than just jamming out every song (saw him do a 10 minute version of Atlantic City one - no thanks, and that's a fave of mine). We got Reason To Believe early on, which was very special for me, and Nebraska. Good show. The powercut was pretty intimidating, being where we were, but it panned out OK.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:38 pm
by Watergirl
Thanks for the reply. I love 'Reason to believe' as well. Can imagine the powercut was scary initially.
I went to Rome for my last Bruce gig for the summer. Spectacular location and the added bonus of Counting Crows supporting; my first time seeing them.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:03 pm
by TheBigJT
It's a bit of a shame that Europe didn't get the full River shows that we had here in the States.

I was able to catch four of them (Phoenix and 3x in LA) and doing so I found that even some of the deeper cuts that I hadn't paid attention to in a long time were stunning live. Revisiting "Independence Day" with him in his 60's singing it, and me in my 50's leaning on my cane...both of us no longer the same rebellious kids were were when it was a new song, it was a revelation to hear again in that new context, and on each of the four nights it brought tears to my eyes.

I saw the last show at the LA Sports Arena, where I'd seen the original River Tour in 1980. That night he played nearly four hours (the full River, plus about 15-16 other songs). I marvel at this ability to still deliver such passion and commitment to an audience while at an age that many others are just content to simply coast through a few hits and pick up a check. I'm anxious to see what his solo album will bring, once it's released later this year.

It's so impressive his ability to sustain quality and relevance for close to 50 years now.
Glad that you were able to see the show with your own hectic tour schedule!

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:13 am
by Watergirl
Hey TheBigJT, I actually travelled to LA and was at shows 1 and 2. It felt extravagant but I decided on that before the European shows were announced, and made a holiday out of it as I had never been to LA.
It was great indeed to hear some of the less often played songs. The version of 'I wanna marry you' was beautiful and surprisingly 'Crush on you' had really improved from having been played so often. I loved 'Wreck on the highway' as well.
Can't say I am mad about the full album format though. For 20 songs you know what comes next. It's almost more like a play or a theatrical performance rather than a rock gig. Bruce is better than most for varying setlists but there was no room for surprises with the full album format. I enjoy the sign requests. In Rome they played 'Summertime blues', 'Boom boom' and 'Detroit medley'.
I am very happy to have seen both, but if forced to choose I would take the European shows. Agree with everything else you wrote though. And indeed curious about that new album.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:23 pm
by Watergirl
Review discussing this very issue - full album vs. stadium audience

www.backstreets.com/Assets/pdfs/BerlinMOJO1.pdf

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:15 pm
by reitzel6570
I hesitated to go to as many shows as I normally would, because I wasn't sure how many times I wanted to see The River album in full. One of my favorites, but still. It's a long one. I ended up seeing 7, and wishing it was more. I have two more in September. It'll be interesting to see what we get.

Reason to Believe. I dislike the bullet mic kind of intensely, but I'll suffer through it just for that moment when Max kicks in with the drums, and the harmonica that follows. I love the Magic tour version of that song.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:45 pm
by frank
"Reason to Believe" remains one of my favourite Springsteen lyrics. Very complex, very heavy.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:19 pm
by reitzel6570
Frank, do you have a copy of the Christic Institute shows from November 1990? Lots of gems on the setlist for people like you who love the Nebraska album, including the definitive live version of Reason to Believe, in my opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOFk3qVlElk

I'd share the bootleg here, but an official live version was recently released. Get it at http://live.brucespringsteen.net/

And now back to my self-imposed ban from posting about Springsteen on this forum.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:22 pm
by Smoking Jim
Hi Watergirl,

Were you right up at the barrier at the Bruce gig in Rome? Were you also at the FT gig in Belfast this year?

Due to delayed flights and then a confused taxi driver we didn't get to the Circus Maximus until much later then we'd intended, so were quite far back, and watched the gig through the big screens. When the camera went to the crowd, my daughter said "oh, I was talking to her in the queue to FT in Belfast" - that you?

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:53 am
by TheBigJT
Watergirl wrote:Hey TheBigJT, I actually travelled to LA and was at shows 1 and 2. It felt extravagant but I decided on that before the European shows were announced, and made a holiday out of it as I had never been to LA.
It was great indeed to hear some of the less often played songs. The version of 'I wanna marry you' was beautiful and surprisingly 'Crush on you' had really improved from having been played so often. I loved 'Wreck on the highway' as well.
Can't say I am mad about the full album format though. For 20 songs you know what comes next. It's almost more like a play or a theatrical performance rather than a rock gig. Bruce is better than most for varying setlists but there was no room for surprises with the full album format. I enjoy the sign requests. In Rome they played 'Summertime blues', 'Boom boom' and 'Detroit medley'.
I am very happy to have seen both, but if forced to choose I would take the European shows. Agree with everything else you wrote though. And indeed curious about that new album.
Seeing four shows within a week was a bit extravagant for me. But, I'm just not sure how many more E-Street shows there will be, so you kind of have to make sure you see as many as you can while it's still possible. I'd love to see a European Springsteen show, I've seen him in Madison Square Garden, Florida, Texas and New Jersey. But I've never seen one on foreign soil. The signs can be fun, but at times it started to feel a little stale to me, like people was trying a bit too hard. But, I can recall with great clarity seeing him in Orlando on the Rising Tour and him audible the band into an encore of the "Detroit Medley" for the first time in close to 20 years. My first show ever (July of 1978) he played "Gloria"! Or seeing him on the Reunion Tour in Anaheim and having him break out "Roll of the Dice" and watching the folks around me going nuts. So, the surprises and rarities are always a treat. I'm glad you made it over for a couple River shows.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:26 am
by Watergirl
Smoking Jim wrote:Hi Watergirl,

Were you right up at the barrier at the Bruce gig in Rome? Were you also at the FT gig in Belfast this year?

Due to delayed flights and then a confused taxi driver we didn't get to the Circus Maximus until much later then we'd intended, so were quite far back, and watched the gig through the big screens. When the camera went to the crowd, my daughter said "oh, I was talking to her in the queue to FT in Belfast" - that you?
Yes, I was on the barrier. It's a small world! I remember you from Belfast.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:20 pm
by Smoking Jim
Watergirl wrote: I remember you from Belfast.
Oh, I hope I didn't do or say anything too bad - I'd had quite a heavy drinking session that day!

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:47 am
by Watergirl
Smoking Jim wrote: Oh, I hope I didn't do or say anything too bad - I'd had quite a heavy drinking session that day!
Nothing bad. Same here.

Re: Boss in Paris

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:40 pm
by Bossman66
Smoking Jim wrote:Hi Watergirl,

Were you right up at the barrier at the Bruce gig in Rome? Were you also at the FT gig in Belfast this year?

Due to delayed flights and then a confused taxi driver we didn't get to the Circus Maximus until much later then we'd intended, so were quite far back, and watched the gig through the big screens. When the camera went to the crowd, my daughter said "oh, I was talking to her in the queue to FT in Belfast" - that you?
She's ALWAYS on the barrier - true dedication :wink:
Bossman