The Archive Series delivers, time after goddamn time! live.brucespringsteen.netBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - November 7, 2009 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Here's this reblogged review, with a few added notes:cantfindtickets.wordpress.comNew from the Springsteen archive: November 7th, 2009 – New York, NYReblogged on WordPress.com
Have we discussed Dubya's sublime basswork in Sandy on this yet? If not, why?
Lovely show! I finally found some time to listen to it properly. Just a few short thoughts.
Great 3 opening songs, Prove it especially.
Working On A Dream. Each time I hear Bruce say: "My hands are rough from working on a dream," I feel the unstoppable urge to apply hand lotion. 😊
Getting both Kitty and NYS in one show is a bit too much for my likings, too jazzy and stretched. If I had to choose, I would have picked NYS.
Human Touch is tremendous, followed by Lonesome Day is my favorite part of this show although I'm not entirely sure about Patti's singing, I don't like it when she's "overdoing" it.
I like how the drumming stands out. It's intense.
Love Wrecking Ball. The hard times come, hard times go part... I will play this song very loud tonight to bid farewell to this fucking year.
Bobby Jean made me cry last night.
Now I personally don't mind the song WOAD, but I know its a lesser song in the canon and derided by some (many even) amongst the fan base.
So when I'm feeling hairs rising and a great buzz listening to that particular song, you know there is magic on the stage and in the house. The band and the crowd really were on fire and together elevating each other across these two nights in NYC in 2009.
I envy anyone who was there for this show, the next night, or especially both nights. Thankfully we have these releases to get just a little of the taste of what went on.
2020 began with Nassau Coliseum from May and ended with MSG in November. Thanks to the Archive series I can look at that tour through new eyes. The setlists were random and exciting and the band played as if they were a young band throwing themselves into it as they did in years past. In the end, this year is about the Ties that bind. The good the bad and everything else. I am gobsmacked looking at the list of what came out this year. Listening to Tom Joad from Nassau. Its a long walk back from what we have seen this year. It's truth as only Bruce can tell it. I will never forget this version. Then we had Detroit from '88 and a dream of Walk Like a Man is realized. A pitch perfect version. This moved me like nothing else I can remember in this series. Stockholm '05 and the connective tissue between Black Cowboys/The River/The Promise as we saw the death toll rise from the pandemic, the idea that we triage our own here, that life is expendable. We saw it before our eyes, as the Orange idiot went golfing. Then we got some other things as well as a rousing show from Gothenberg and the redemptive power of muscle memory and Jungleland amazed me, the torch is passed. Then Brendon Byrne '81. A tired Bruce pulls an incredible show, as he slows them down and drives it home. I have wanted a Summer 81 show since the Archive began. Racing is incredible as is the whole thing. I could go on and I am rambling now...jump to the fall and we get two majestic shows from London in 2006 and then the holy grail of 1975....the point here, as I type on Christmas night, listening to Incident from MSG and this majestic performance of WIESS in it's entirety, another curve ball from his Bossness, a show that I thought was lost, it turns out it was just a few minutes. In the end it's about that connective tissue and then there's his Letter to me. Janey rising in an incredible performance that saved me from despair that October morning. So, we get the next day, and the next. We open gifts and give eachother what we can. I am glad you are reading me, as these keys click away. Thank you all for being here and sharing this year and this incredible artist with me.
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You know, I reread my post and realized that the Costello remark could be taken two ways. To be clear, I was thrilled to see Elvis.
I arrived at this show with a really bad sinus thing going. Difficulty breathing. I actually and seriously thought, preshow, that I might leave after seeing the Wild Innocent segment. I was feeling that bad. During the encore, as I stood there clapping as hard as I could, I thought "this might be the very best Springsteen show I've ever seen." Then they brought out Elvis Costello.
After listening to "New York City Serenade"
Back to this actual show, it's Christmas morning here so I have downloaded as a present to myself but the children and related Xmas morn shenanigans are taking precedence at the moment. But hoping an opportunity later today to have a sneaky listen, possibly lubricated by festive beverages.
I mentioned this in the general Random Thoughts section, but at the time of The River 09 show being released Nugs tweeted in response to someone asking about the WIESS show that they either didn't have or couldn't access the tapes. Turns out that not having the tapes amounts to a portion of Lonesome Day and The Rising being missing, which they've patched with a two track source per the credits.
Is it wrong to get over excited by this and start anticipating that other stuff we have either been told they don't have or we assume they don't have may come to light (little largely unknown show from LA 1981, I'm looking at you).
Let us all pray for a Festivus miracle in 2021...
Me looking at my Top 10 and 5 Honourable Mentions of 2020 after listening to just an hour and seven minutes of this show