One of my all time favorites Heard it 4 times in But i knew That i had a shot I was ecstatic within seconds of the show starting. It's always saddened me just how much he aged in such a short span on that tour. Bruce stops by live pre-show at Mohegan Sun, discusses the model ESB and why it works, recordings of "classic shows,". When they said they'd have some "special guests," they sure weren't foolin'. Right off the bat, Marsh confirmed with Bruce that Sunday night's show definitely was the last show of the tour, and then asked him if he knew how long it would be before he'd tour again.
We did almost shows and I have no idea how many songs in a lot of different countries and we're ready for a little break, but we couldn't have had a better experience. Bruce went on to call this combined tour and the musicians who played on it "the greatest E Street Band of its kind that we've ever staged, and the greatest show that we've ever put on, because it's so unbelievably fluid and flexible.
And then a lot of things that could've really hurt other groups — the loss of Clarence, the loss of Danny, Steve comin' and goin' — we managed to find ways to be creative with those things that could've diminished other bands. Somebody up there likes me and sent me Jake Clemons Tom Morello Everett [Bradley] Charlie [Giordano] We take big chances at night on things that could fall flat, but I have a lot of confidence in the band and its musicians.
I figure we'll pull it off somehow. Springsteen then provided a rare behind-the-scenes breakdown of his in-concert interactions with the band: "What you're looking at is really three separate units. There's the [core] E Street Band; that's the rhythm section, the guitar players and keyboards.
There's the horn section; that's a separate entity run by Curt Ramm. And there's the singers; that's a separate entity run by Curtis King. Those men have got to get those entities to act like one thing, so that when I turn around I'm not lookin' at 17 people; I'm kinda lookin' at four or five people who are able to respond to me like a very tight, small unit because those units themselves are so very, very tight.
That then allows me to pull signs out of the crowd and do just about anything that comes into my mind within reason, and know that those units are tight enough to where five guys are gonna figure out a horn arrangement, three vocalists are gonna figure out a vocal arrangement And so it's left us very, very free, with a very deep and broad palette of sound to get things done. Conducting his band, Bruce was in command as he pointed at each of the players to deliver their solos in perfect succession.
In the middle, the here she comes section morphed into a few bars of "Pretty Woman. The highlight of the evening for many, and one of the defining moments of the show, came thanks to a sign request of "For You" [ audience video ].
It was a sublime performance, solo piano on Roy's grand, Bruce singing in a higher range with a vibrato edge, reminiscent of the "If I Should Fall Behind" live clip. It was so good even the band, led by Little Steven, was applauding the performance in the wings.
A fun version of "Ramrod" to begin encores kept the energy and vibe going strong; a group of ladies recgonized by Bruce as "Stevie's Angels" were pulled on stage to dance, and they all joined in for the ass-shake at the end. The standard run of encores kepts the crowd dancing to their favorites before closing the band portion of the show with "Shout.
The start of a tour, coupled with what must be some major jetlag, will have that effect But a very strong performance nonetheless for Night 1 in Perth, with expectations climbing for two more nights to come as Bruce and the band adjust to the most remotest place on Earth. Soundchecked but not played: "Dream Baby Dream" [ pro-shot video ].
But he and the band weren't quite through here: for the E Street Band's first stadium performance of , in a venue far larger than the Bellville Velodrome, Johannesburg hosted the final concert of their South African debut. A few days after Cape Town, sitting beneath a baking sun in Jozi's FNB Stadium with our backs against the comparative cool of the E Street Band's stage, the first few hundred fans leapt to our feet with a roar as a casually dressed Bruce emerged with an acoustic guitar, hours before showtime.
Equipped with a reticent but warm smile, Bruce surveyed the signs of the crowd below including my very own, "I flew 14, miles, to my 10th country South Africa's very own Dan Patlansky performed before the E Street Band began their main set, in what he dubbed "the greatest night of my career.
The home of Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg sang loudly the lyrics of "Free Nelson Mandela," which made its third South African appearance as show opener. Energy levels were high as the E Street Band stormed their way through "Seeds" and "Out in the Street," before rain started to fall.
As the music intensified, so did the rain A now serious expression and tone overcame Bruce, as he invited Stevie to center stage for the introduction to "The River," expanding on the falsetto of the song before.
With an intensely focused E Street Band, "American Skin 41 Shots " was performed for its third time in South Africa, a location entirely appropriate for its content, and the most distinct performance of the piece since arriving these shores. The storm overhead proceeded with such intensity that during the first verse of "The Ghost of Tom Joad," Bruce's microphone cut out. With fans shouting to him from the pit, the ever-on-the-ball Stevie Van Zandt scrambled to find a solution.
A number of false starts later, Bruce disappeared for a brief moment into the depths of the backstage before returning to a functioning microphone, able to complete the longest version of "Joad" to date.
This rain refused to subside, and with "Badlands" a sodden audience sang the final song of the main set as the band raised their guitars towards the waterlogged skies. Nelson Mandela and his cause have been the underlying theme of all four of these concerts.
Opening his final encore of this South African stint, and with rain falling hard, Bruce reiterated his respect for Mandela and prayer for South Africa to find "peace. A quintessential Wrecking Ball Tour encore followed, and beneath the stadium house lights of one of Africa's largest stadiums, people danced and sang by their thousands.
Walking onto the stage with a casual smile, Bruce gave them a further taste of the Wrecking Ball tour that, like so many others, had passed this region, kicking off his third-ever concert in South Africa with "We Take Care of Our Own.
So by the third song, Bruce and Stevie were in the throes of a song usually reserved for the sweat-soaked end of a night, as "Rosalita" infused energy into the audience early. Whereas the tone of the night before was heavily reflective, Night 3 was more like party time. Stevie and Bruce clearly relished the opportunity to perform together out on the center thrust, cutting up and laughing as they would again on "Glory Days" in the encore.
Of course, Springsteen shows are rarely one-dimensional, and a Darkness two-fer maintained that energy in a different sort of manifestation, with "Adam Raised a Cain" into "Something in the Night. His silhouette was still, as the might of the E Street Band elevated the performance to even greater proportions. Shouting "We've never played this one before," Bruce led the band into the world live premiere of "This Is Your Sword. But even in its introduction, the spark needed to make it a truly great live performance was evident.
Among the fans familiar with the new release, the lyrics were sung back with intensity to the stage, where bandmembers brandished their guitars like swords. As the opening chords to "Because the Night" filled the Velodrome, Bruce took to the microphone: "We're looking for Tommy's brother Where are you?! Holding a microphone, his brother beckoned his girlfriend to follow him onto the stage, and with the whole E Street Band and thousands of others looking on — and with encouragement from Tom — he dropped to his knee and proposed.
Applauding as she said yes, Bruce dedicated the following a pair to the newly engaged couple, "Because the Night" and "She's the One. A large emphasis during the South African concerts has been placed on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Appropriately, the shows have set a sense of struggle against the liberating power of rock 'n' roll, beginning with "Free Nelson Mandela" on the first two nights. Famously decisive and directorial, Stevie holds as much ability as frontman as he does Bruce's number two.
African bro down post show. Bruce yielded him center stage, and with the tone of the audience clear, "Sun City" was a performance which resonated unlike most others. Michelle Moore's soulful voice took center stage following Stevie, for a now-rare performance of "Rocky Ground"; in a country where inequality is still evident and where people are still fighting for their lives, "Rocky Ground" continued the battle cry of "Sun City," making Steve Van Zandt, for one, appear quite moved.
Should we go to Johannesburg?! As he promised to return soon, "Thunder Road" allowed the people of Cape Town one last chance to sing with a man they've waited 40 years to see. Smiling, Bruce shouted "We love ya!
Disappearing into the backstage, he raised his guitar one last time while the original "Free Nelson Mandela" appropriately played the crowd out.
And night two quickly took things higher. A green glow backlit the stage, creating an iconic silhouette of the E Street Band, and before Bruce even finished his greeting to the venue, their cover of Jerry Dammers' "Free Nelson Mandela" brought the crowd to their feet with a voice of fervent unity. As on the first night [ official video here ], the lead vocals were shared between Bruce and Curtis King; with the crowd singing back at them, one would have been forgiven for believing the song to be an E Street original.
By the second song, the setlist was thrown to the wind. Request signs were collected, for the first time this year — not one was taken for the South African debut, but now a rocking trio of requests elevated the proceedings to '84 levels of energy: "No Surrender," "Two Hearts" with Bruce and Stevie adding "It Takes Two," smiling like a pair of schoolboys , and the Tom Morello-stumping "The Ties That Bind.
With the tone set and with an ever-growing momentum, they revisited the title track of High Hopes. Whereas the first night's rendition was rough around the edges, this was a near match to its studio sound, testament both to its recorded authenticity and the band's desire to get it right. Bruce held the crowd in the palm of his hand, building emotion before stripping it all back to a quiet still.
With disciplined repetition, the E Street Band beneath a cool purple light built the crowd up and brought them back down, led by a particularly on-form and emotionally charged Bruce. This emphasis on the guitar would maintain, as Bruce gestured to Roy Bruce stepped forward into the spotlight with his guitar, immediately establishing the moment as an absolute highlight of the night's performance.
With "Spirit in the Night," the excitement and momentum was more easily maintained than on the first night. Bruce stormed around the venue with Jake in tow, telling us about how we should "Be Shark Smart," and how he had "read that sign from start to finish!
And I haven't seen them in a day and a half The underlying strength of the E Street Band's guitarists was again demonstrated when, for the second show running, Bruce called for "American Skin 41 Shots. Bruce and Tom exchanged a look as the song came to an end, and it appeared to be one of satisfaction. A raucous "Badlands" concluded the main set, and with the beginning of the encore came a poignant and beautiful highlight.
With the passing of the much-loved Pete Seeger just the night before, an introspective Bruce returned to the stage, followed by a respectfully quiet E Street Band. Delivering a brief but impactful eulogy in which he called both Seeger and Mandela "freedom fighters," Bruce reiterated his belief that it was purely by the grace of Mandela, and of Seeger as well, that he and the E Street Band could perform here now.
Toward the end of the high-energy encore, the Harry Dixon Loes classic "This Little Light of Mine" had the E Street Choir carrying the gospel to the audience — including particularly soulful vocals from Cindy — while Bruce danced around the stage. It was a well-earned celebration on an emotionally intense night. After the E Street Band took their final bow, Bruce was alone again with his acoustic guitar and harmonica.
This time he performed not "Thunder Road" but "This Hard Land" alone, evoking Seeger's spirit one more time before leaving the stage with a smile. Exiting the heat of the Belleville Velodrome into the warm South African night, Bruce's words rang loud amongst the emotions of the crowd: "Another spectacular show tomorrow night!
We'll do it again If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Before the 10,strong South African crowd could even fully take in Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's presence, the echoic sound emanating from the stage began to present a song made famous by epitomizing the struggle of South Africa's Madiba. With Bruce taking lead vocals, accompanied by the soulful Curtis King, the E Street Band began its powerhouse introduction with a song that had everyone singing from the heart.
As he acknowledged, they had "waited 25 years, if not longer" to finally visit the country of a man obviously respected by people across the world, and as it was clear from the first song onward, that desire was deeply mutual.
With the green light of the stage dissipating to dark, "Badlands" kicked further life into the audience as the E Street Band continued to power up after a few months sans-touring. High Hopes entered the set five songs in, with the title track.
Raw and unpolished, its less-than-perfect execution in many ways reflected the down-to-earth ethos of its content. With a smile on his face and those of the E Streeters, Bruce charged around the crowd followed by Jake Clemons, in familiar fashion. Whereas in Europe "Spirit" is known all too well, for the people of Cape Town it was entirely new; looking across the faces of the crowd, it was clear that Bruce and Jake were hitting all the right notes.
Although largely similar to the concerts of the Wrecking Ball tour, the injection of "Heaven's Wall" put a High Hopes stamp on the night's performance. A brilliant performance of "Atlantic City" allowed the E Street Band to demonstrate their musical prowess; it was tight and organized, while also emotionally intense. Bruce's non-scripted repetition of the defining "someday comes back" was as intimate as it was appropriate, with his voice in familiar territory, continuing the theme of our relationship with those who have been lost, and thus in further homage to Mandela.
Along with his falsetto during "The River," "Atlantic City" proved to be a highlight of the first show of With Tom Morello joining the E Street Band on stage, the famous guitar trio of Bruce, Stevie and Nils is enhanced by a sound as unique as the songs it features on.
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