They say it sparkles just as bright as as a brand new saxophone.
Bruce's delivery of "my heart starts bumping to the sha-la beat!" is ESSENCE.
Yep, it's definitely "hey fuck you, you fuckers."
I'm listening to this show more in its first few days than I have any other 75 gig.
Okay, those of you with sharper ears than mine. During Kitty's Back, at 8:43, someone shouts something. Can you make it out? It sounds like "something-something, you fuckers!"
Sitting here listening.
Imagining a cold night on Long Island 46 years ago. This band, loose and edgy, amplified in a small space. This monster leading them. God, I wish I was there. All those nights, all that work...such a joy. IT'S MY LIFE!!!!!
I'm only three songs in but man I do love this era. The band is full of piss and vinegar. They're funkier than they would be on the Darkness tour, and have even more nervous energy, which wouldn't seem possible, yet there it is. The downside is that they're less tight than they would be on Darkness--and they got even tighter with subsequent tours, in some cases significantly--and the catalog isn't nearly as deep, and that matters to me a lot. Still and all, I find the energy and enthusiasm beyond intoxicating. And I can't imagine how thrilling it would be to be in the audience the first time you heard his cover of "Santa Claus" -- that truly must have been magical.
Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays part 2