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Old Trafford Cricket Club, Manchester 29.05.03

(by Nick Barroclough)

Well what can I say about this? What an amazing
performer. I think maybe a few of the bands that are
around these days can take a leaf out of this guy's
book. For those youngens of you reading this who don't
know who Bruce Springsteen is, ask your parents. He's
quite literally "The Boss".
This gig had the most electric atmosphere out of any
gig I have ever been to. Springsteen is a master of
song writing, music composing and a true rock star.
But he doesn't seem aloof like many other stars who
have the same pulling power as he does. I'd like to
see the likes of S club 7 and even (talented as he is)
Robbie Williams selling out Old Trafford with thousands
of adoring fans in 20 years!

What I find most amazing about this guy is the way
that he seems genuinly down to earth. The kinda guy
that you could meet in the street and go down the pub
and have a good drinking session with him. Incidentally
most of his songs are about bars, girls, or cars. But
at the same time he is quite political. Like the
lyrics to Born In The USA that he opened the set with
"sent me off to a foreign land, to go kill the yellow
man". As we all know from curent issues, the Americans
don't like anti war messages!
Springsteen for this tour has got back together with
his old buddies, the E street band. Steve Van Zandt on
guitar, and the one and only Clarence Clemons on
saxaphone, Max Weinberg has taken his place back on
the drum throne, Roy Bittan on keys and Gary Tallent
on bass. You can instantly see how they bounce off one
another from over 20 years of working together. They
would certainly be able to teach the likes of the pop
and "rock n roll" stars of today a thing or two about
how to put on a good show. Much as I like new music,
I'm a big Green Day fan, and I think some of the stuff
the Foo Fighters have come up with is excellent, when
I have seen them live they have missed that little
something that makes the hairs all stand up on your
arms and neck, which is exactly what happened in the
setting sun of Trafford Park when Springsteen walked
on stage, with cheers of "Brooooose" that all to often
sounded like he was being booed by the crowd!

What also amazed me was the fact that the band had no
set list. Springsteen and the E street band have such
a large back catalogue that after each track he just
yelled out what he wanted to play next and off they
went, seemlessly merging one song into another.

Even after all these years Springsteen can still pull
a crowd, it will be a while yet until we see him doing
the Butlins holiday camps, or doing a warm up gig in
the Pavillion Theatre. There are not many musicians in
the world that could go anywhere on this planet and
receive the adulation from the fans that he does. He
could have done two or three nights at Old Trafford
and sold out every one. After a three hour set it was
time for the party to finish, but he could have gone
on and on, playing hit after hit. After three hours of
non-stop playing I still hadn't heard all the songs I
wanted to hear. There are not many acts around the
world that could play three hours, and could still go
on and play ANOTHER three hours of GOOD QUALITY music.
Of course he played the old hits, Born In The USA,
Dancing In The Dark, Thunder Road And Born To Run, but
what about Streets Of Philadelphia, The River, Blood
Brothers, Murder Incorporated, Glory Days............
Maybe they are for next time ehhhh Bruce? Please don't
leave it so long between visits next time!

(by Nick Barroclough)


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