Saturday, April 11, 2009


Caught Springsteen at the Pepsi Center last night (actual iPhone photo at left). Damn, what a show. He played a few of the new songs, and a whole mess of classics. Also, in what apparently has become a recent tradition, several audience members brought signs with the names of songs on them. He grabbed the signs and used them as a playlist. Very classy.

I was reflecting yesterday on my first Springsteen show -- 1985 at the LA Coliseum with my friend Sheri. We smugly enjoyed the music and derided the awful yuppies surrounding us. I am well aware that I am now one of those awful yuppies. On the other hand, there just weren't too many teenagers there to deride me last night. Bruce isn't pulling in too many new folks, and although his fans are legion, we're aging. But if he can rock for 3 hours a mile above sea level at the age of 59, I can at least show up and dance.

A poignant 1986 Bloom County cartoon can be seen below.
Update: Hi-res version of cartoon here.

4 comments: said...

Can't read the Bloom County comic. Can you give the link? If it's already there it doesn't work.

Robert said...

"We're here to build a house tonight. We're going to use the good wood and the bad wood. We're going to tell the good news and the bad news."

-Springsteen in full Old-Time-Gospel-Hour preacher mode, just before segueing into a set of hard-times classics that is referring to as the "Recession Trilogy": Seeds-Johnny 99-Youngstown.

Seth said...
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Seth said...

I love the recession trilogy!

Oh, and according to Backstrets, we were, in the Boss' words, "the best crowd of the tour so far."

Here's the setlist:

The Ties That Bind
Outlaw Pete
Out in the Street
Working on a Dream
Johnny 99
Tougher Than the Rest
Darlington County
The E Street Shuffle
Prove It All Night
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Wrestler
Racing in the Street
Kingdom of Days
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
* * *
Hard Times
Thunder Road
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Land of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Glory Days