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This Bruce Loves That Bruce
Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky

Posted on 12/31/2012 8:51:10 AM PST by Kaslin

Indulging once again would appear to some a questionable act, especially after he had spent all that time running around and attempting to get a particular guy reelected who I wanted gone from politics in the best way. But I dove in once more -- something I have been doing since he performed at a club on Sunset Blvd. in 1975. I can state without equivocation that if you have not seen Bruce Springsteen you are missing the premier performing act of any era.

I can speak with some authority as I have seen just about every act of consequence during my lifetime. You name it -- from the Liverpool guys to the woman with the best voice ever -Ella Fitzgerald. I missed the King (Elvis), but I saw the Chairman of the Board (Frank) numerous times. I’ve been dragged to Opera houses around the world. I’ve even Deadheaded about twenty times partaking of the unique joy of seeing Jerry Garcia and the gang live. My favorite band is the Who, but as great as they may be (and have been) in concert, no one -- but no one -- can touch the sheer joy of seeing Bruce live.

At 63 years old, Bruce (that is what everyone refers to him as when not calling him The Boss) is at a point in his career that was matched only by Frank Sinatra when he was at his peak during the 1960’s. If you are a fan of Frank’s, you know there was a Rat Pack concert recorded in 1966, one of the first video broadcasts of a live show. It is special because the host of the show was flown in to replace Rat Pack member, Joey Bishop, who had a back problem. That host was a young Johnny Carson. Dean and Sammy are terrific, but it captures Frank at his peak. He is in full command as he is backed by the Count Basie orchestra led by Quincy Jones. He knows he is the King of the World and he gives you a performance that matches that inner confidence. Bruce is now at that point as he traverses the stage knowing that what he delivers night after night cannot be matched by mere mortals.

This show was particularly special for many reasons. I went with a friend who is not really a Bruce fan. My friend enjoys Bruce, but does not think of him as a God of music particularly while in live performance) like we true fans. I had taken him to a show about ten years ago that turned out to be the only time I have seen Bruce where it was a stinky show. This time Bruce came through to full redemption with one of the best performances of the many I have seen.

It started with forty minutes of uninterrupted music as they weaved from song to song while the E Street band was in its full glory. One special moment occurred when the band laid down the beginning chords to a popular, but not stellar, Springsteen song – Hungry Heart. In something I have never seen before, the audience of about 19,000, with no aid from Bruce or any singers on stage, delivered the first four stanzas of the song before the professionals took over. It was truly spiritual.

He then ran through song after song with little break and full force for three and one half hours. There were no rambling political statements or breaks of any kind except for about three minutes before the five-song encore. You could hear jazz, blues, gospel, country, and Irish and Scottish undertones to his music along the way. You heard the full force of Badlands live and the revival elements of Waitin’ on a Sunny Day followed by the gospel elements of Eddie Floyd’s Raise Your Hand.

But mostly you heard Springsteen’s perfection of Phil Spector’s wall of sound. This is the first time I could remember the E Street band having a full horn section and what a difference. With 18 members I looked at their performance and it brought thoughts of Duke Ellington at his finest. It was a full-throated joyful celebration of rock and roll. That is what Bruce brings to a show – an uninhibited, deeply felt, joy of not just his music, but of Rock ‘n’ Roll and its now sixty-plus years of existence.

He also brings a family element. Twice he brought up young girls to sing with him. I did not blanch and the reason why is -- believe it or not -- this is fun for all ages. There was not one questionable utterance from Bruce or the band. I had been to a Green Day concert with a friend where we saw hundreds of mothers tethered to teenage daughters. Once the lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, opened his mouth every other word either began with F or had the word mother in front of it. Not here – Bruce is as clean as the Beach Boys and just as wholesome as any show at the Grand Ole Opry.

As Bruce finished his perfect encore of Jungleland, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, you saw him amongst the crowd drenched in sweat still dancing with a smile of joy after 210 minutes of total effort. As someone a little younger than he, you only wonder where he gets the energy to do this at this age; but, as I said, he knows he is at the top of his game and at the top of anyone’s game.

My friend is convinced Bruce should come out with a recording of the Great Rock and Roll songbook. Rod Stewart has celebrated the Great American songbook in four CDs, some produced by Steve Tyrell who himself has celebrated our long history of Pop music. Others like the Band and David Bowie have tried to bring us the Rock and Roll songbook, but Bruce would do it best. I saw him do a cover of the 1961 hit, A Quarter to Three by Gary U.S. Bonds that would knock the socks off of any living person. I have seen him in the middle of one of his songs lurch into a fabulous rendition of Surfin U.S.A. by the Beach Boys. No one could bring back some of the great songs of the era like Bruce and the E Street Band.

Bruce revels in the joy of his music and he shares that with his audience. As this year winds down and the challenges of it are over, I wish you only one thing -- that every day of 2013 is as joyful as a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band concert. Many blessings for you and your family in 2013.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: brucespringsteen; music; newjersey; newyears; partisanmediashills
I have never cared for Bruce Springsteen, and never will
1 posted on 12/31/2012 8:51:20 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Union singing hack. His voice grates on me.


2 posted on 12/31/2012 8:54:20 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kaslin

He’s not that good. A voice like a garbage disposal with a spoon in it. Self-absorbed and sanctimonious.


3 posted on 12/31/2012 8:56:14 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Over rated hack.


4 posted on 12/31/2012 8:56:51 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Kaslin
It was truly spiritual

Not

5 posted on 12/31/2012 8:58:12 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: Lurker
The most distinctive feature of Bruce Springsteen is that he is only the second most over-rated rock star of all time. The Rolling Stones are still #1.
6 posted on 12/31/2012 9:03:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
Nice post. Interesting and fun and I liked the Sinatra comparison. I'm sure there'll be a zillion political remarks, but maybe it would be nice to get away from politics once in a while and just enjoy life.

Happy New Year.

7 posted on 12/31/2012 9:05:56 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin

Springsteen reminds me of Tokyo Rose.


8 posted on 12/31/2012 9:05:56 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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"Bruce, I love you. You're my hero. Can we be friends..."

Springsteen: "F U"

9 posted on 12/31/2012 9:11:25 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: Kaslin

“No poofters!”


10 posted on 12/31/2012 9:15:12 AM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Kaslin

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack.
I went out for a ride, and I never went back.
Because I had a “hungry heart.”

I had a hungry heart. Well I suppose that just makes it okay then.

Springsteen is just another left wing doofus. An irresponsible teenage boy and an irresponsible grown man.


11 posted on 12/31/2012 9:18:00 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Kaslin

Springteen is the “Flavor Flav” of Rock Music..


12 posted on 12/31/2012 9:21:27 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t get all the man-love for Boring Bruce.

If you’ve heard one song, you’ve heard ‘em all.

And my musicians have to be able to sing. Period.


13 posted on 12/31/2012 9:24:08 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Resolute Conservative

He hates unions, thats why his roadies had to sue mr. workingman cause he didn’t pay them.

he sold out at born to run. you know the cover were he is pissing on our flag.


14 posted on 12/31/2012 9:24:35 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: rfp1234

Yes— my thoughts exactly on seeing the title.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgKUHtcZEXc


15 posted on 12/31/2012 9:24:48 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Kaslin

Ditto. I don’t care for his simplistic Depression-era political conceits, and how they define or work their way into his songs, but I didn’t care for him and especially his
over-inflated “stature” before I even picked up on the social
“significance” others were force-fitting on his music.
And I ALSO don’t care for these kinds of embarrassing love letters that pass for journalism—is this guy angling for a backstage pass?
Back to Springsteen’s stage shows,I just HATE anything that relentless, over-the-top, and LOUD on any concert stagefull of that many screaming, lip-synching arm-waving “Submissives” (hey, that’s why they call him “The Boss”!)
My cup of tea is jazz in a venue where people go just to hear the music, or at a good supper club like Birdland in NYC.


16 posted on 12/31/2012 9:29:21 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Kaslin

New Year’s Eve 2112, Sinatra will be played at parties across the globe. Springsteen will be as forgotten as Justin Bieber.


17 posted on 12/31/2012 9:35:19 AM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Kaslin

Got a good book for Christmas, “The Onion Book of Known Knowledge.” It offers definitions for all sort of people, places and things. Here’s a good one: “Springsteen, Bruce (b. Sept. 23, 1949) American actor and comedian best known for his popular ‘Jersey Guy’ character.”

That’s it! Hilarious!


18 posted on 12/31/2012 9:36:54 AM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Kaslin

Bruce Springsteen and the 14,342 member E street band? No thanks....rather listen to car crash tests...Much cleaner audio.


19 posted on 12/31/2012 9:39:52 AM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Kaslin

Instead of spending money on celebrities, Hollywood movies or liberal media, why not hand it over to Obama’s brownshirts, along with your liberties...just skip the middlemen. /s


20 posted on 12/31/2012 9:39:57 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Kaslin

Bruce sucks, always have and always will. Milquetoast rock at best. Not much different than Donnie & Marie type of fan.


21 posted on 12/31/2012 9:40:11 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Kaslin

Every time I see Springsteen he reminds me of some Viagra ad, with its inevitable visuals of a gray-haired, self-satisfied urban yuppie dude decked out in blue jeans, riding down the road on a motorcycle, pretentiously posing as some kind of blue-collar tough guy. All the while, transparently coming across as what he really is... yet another laughably lame left-wing celebrity faggot.


22 posted on 12/31/2012 9:40:52 AM PST by greene66
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To: Kaslin

Bruce sucks. Actually, Wayne Newton put on the best performance I have ever seen. I was dragged to see and am glad I was. He never stopped and has a real voice. Bruce sounds like a frog croaking.


23 posted on 12/31/2012 9:43:35 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin

Not a huge fan ... his writing is marginally OK but I don’t think he could carry a tune in a bucket — all he does is yell.


24 posted on 12/31/2012 9:43:44 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: freekitty

Brings a family element? Since when. He was out on his first wife with that skank he married.


25 posted on 12/31/2012 9:45:17 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin

How nauseating.


26 posted on 12/31/2012 9:48:33 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Kaslin

Meh, the hubby still hasn’t figured out that none his Springsteen vinyls made the move from Iowa to PA.

“Tragic boating accidents”...they’re not just for firearms :-)


27 posted on 12/31/2012 9:51:49 AM PST by LadyBuck (I've read so much about the evils of drinking & smoking that I've given up reading.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Don’t care or him either and I think it’s really ironic that he wrote, “Born in the USA” and supports a President that put up a forged birth certificate online to imply that he was “born in the USA”...lol


28 posted on 12/31/2012 9:58:22 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: bigfootbob
Not much different than Donnie & Marie type of fan.

D & M are way better.

29 posted on 12/31/2012 9:59:55 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Vigilanteman

Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, Get Your Ya Yas Out, Sticky Fingers, Goats Head Soup, Exile On Main Street and Its Only Rock and Roll was a pretty impressive run. It’ s been downhill ever since. Saw the Stones twice long ago. I wouldn’ t pay 2 cents to see Bruce live.


30 posted on 12/31/2012 10:00:10 AM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Kaslin
He can't sing... he can't dance... he can't write... he can't draw a Las Vegas crowd in Vegas... he has not made a hundreds of movies and he is not a star... he is a dope headed hippie, tax evading communist. I hate his music and I despise him and shun him and everything that he stands for. I pray for his soul.

LLS

31 posted on 12/31/2012 10:11:35 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Kaslin
This could be why so many people hate boomers.

So many revolutions end in tyranny.

Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it is at once ironic and to be expected that the people who rebelled so vigorously against their parents' music have been trying to force their own on their children and grandchildren for 40 years.

I don't mind Springsteen's old music (and I don't know what, if anything, he's been up to for the last 20 or 30 years), but to a lot of young people he is (or should be if there's any justice in the world) what Guy Lombardo or Perry Como or Rudy Vallee were to boomers.

32 posted on 12/31/2012 10:40:34 AM PST by x
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To: jobim
New Year’s Eve 2112, Sinatra will be played at parties across the globe. Springsteen will be as forgotten as Justin Bieber.

Frank and Bruce rockin' the Temples of Syrinx?

33 posted on 12/31/2012 10:41:53 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Kaslin

“This Bruce loves that Bruce”. Not That There’s Anything Wrong With It. /spit


34 posted on 12/31/2012 10:42:46 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin
I heard an interview of him on the radio back in the mid(?) seventies. He couldn't put two semi-intelligent sentences together. Every other word out of him was uhmm, like, aah, you know.

Without Clarence Clemmons on saxaphone the E-Street band was just another second or third rate.

35 posted on 12/31/2012 10:45:42 AM PST by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until at least January 2016.)
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To: Kaslin
the woman with the best voice ever -Ella Fitzgerald.

That could be a basis for mutual understanding, though I wouldn't go quite that far in my personal assessment.

I’ve even Deadheaded about twenty times partaking of the unique joy of seeing Jerry Garcia and the gang live.

Ah, I think I see what your problem is... 'Partaking' seems to be the operative word there. And it's fried your brain...

36 posted on 12/31/2012 12:18:02 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: LibLieSlayer
I pray for his soul.

You are a better Christian than I. If I prayed for anything for him, it would be for quick trip to meet his Lord Satan and an assignment to stoke the fires of hell.

37 posted on 12/31/2012 12:20:11 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I am trying but I am sympathetic to your attitude.

LLS


38 posted on 12/31/2012 12:45:08 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
"Born to Run" is the only song by this jackass I still listen to once in awhile.

FMCDH(BITS)

39 posted on 12/31/2012 2:10:44 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
And my musicians have to be able to sing. Period.

Amen. While listening to one of the all-Christmas radio stations this month, I often heard some "song" by this guy. It was gawd awful. The man can barely carry a tune.

40 posted on 12/31/2012 4:17:44 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: jsanders2001

Good point!


41 posted on 12/31/2012 4:27:37 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Vigilanteman

The Rollingstones were vastly overrated, but they still had a lot more good stuff than Springsteen who only had about two songs I liked. And after Born to Run, he only had about one, Dancing In the Dark. And it’s not even an original title. Lived off his laurels for more than thirty years.


42 posted on 12/31/2012 5:16:23 PM PST by driftless2
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To: showme_the_Glory

;)


43 posted on 12/31/2012 7:26:38 PM PST by bigfootbob
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