Tuesday, March 4, 2014
And Then There's Brisbane
I'm still recovering from a download of his last show in Brisbane, Australia. The date was February 26th to be exact. It was an amazing display from a great songwriter. He poured through a sensational hour of music which included a freaky opening song as a nod to The Bee Gees with "Stayin' Alive." Then he suddenly began to second guess his next move, before sheepishly admitting he wanted to play perhaps his most under appreciated album, "The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle."
Before the audience knew what hit them, Bruce and his massive band was roaring through this masterpiece. It came complete with Garry Tallent on the tuba for "Wild Billy's Circus Story." But it was what was played before that tune, "Kitty's Back," that just shook me. My buddy Chris Ronan sent me a YouTube link which you can click on above of this performance. It was if Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band had channeled the Grateful Dead. It rumbles for almost 15 minutes with some of Bruce's most searing guitar playing. I can't stop thinking about it.
And to finish up hour number three Bruce and this unbelievable group of musicians ripped off another 12 tunes before calling it a night. Tallent's bass playing particularly stood out for me as the show was rapping up. 30 songs in 3 plus hours. It was a virtuoso performance. The E Street Band is pretty damn good but when you add three extra horns, Tom Morello shredding on the guitar, and a trio of awesome backup singers and it just sticks to the ribs.
Finally, there is Jake Clemons. He faced an impossible task of replacing his Uncle Clarence. Listening to shows from a year ago you could just feel he was outmatched. Not anymore, Jake can flat out wail. His playing his stupendous. I just pray I can get to one of their Florida stops in two months. Download this one, it's money well spent on an incredible piece of musical history.