https://live.brucespringsteen.net/live-music/0,26013/bruce-springsteen-palais-des-congr%C3%A8s-acropolis-nice-fr-05-18-1997-mp3-flac-or-online-music-streaming.html Whoops, it's 5/18/1997.
Finally had a chance to start this archive today and I'm a bit under halfway in and it's absolutely spectacular.
"It was a small town bank...it was a mess; I had a gun—you know the rest" is practically Hemingway in its conciseness and power. And with "Highway Patrolman," Springsteen proves that he was decades ahead of the ACAB movement.
Señora, is there anything I can do? Isn't this the most compassionate and romantic pick up line you have ever heard? It still melts me every single time...
I used to think I was the only one who loved these Joad shows like I did. Seeing the love on display is moving. Just awesome.
I have noticed a couple of things though 😂
I like how he sings "boombox" in Belfast and "tape deck" in Freehold, and I like that after intensely singing "stay hard, stay hungry..." by himself in Belfast, he hesitates in November, opening it up to the audience in a "why ain't you guys singin' along?" sort of way.
Oh yeah, Danny's on organ in Asbury Park. Love the amount of "yeah Danny!" shouts in this one. No hesitation for the famous line here, he knows they're gonna sing it.
Because of him presuming everything he's said over the show might have been lost in translation ("if anyone wants to translate") he is full on taken aback here in Nice when they join in. He did not expect that!
I'm now going to listen all four versions of "This Hard Land" we've got from this tour. Not with the intention of finding, but simply because it's nice to have the option 🙂
This might be absolutely bogus, but I keep imagining that he was in high spirits on this night. You know... the impressions of Cote d'Azur end of May... The show seems somehow lighter, the songs are presented beautifully, but his voice seems more sparkling and uplifting to me. I'm not by any means saying that he's not giving the songs the attention and depth they require, it's just a feeling I have. Am I nuts?
I’ve had to take a break after HP. Finding it almost overwhelmingly intense. Previous Joads haven’t affected me to this extent. Darkness freaked me out somehow. Dunno what it’s down to - I’ll pick it up again tomorrow.
Last (by a few hours) but certainly not least. Here's the first review for Across The Border where I've written about "Across The Border" 🙂
I just finished listening to the show outside at my campfire. My firepit is beneath a tree, in a hollow formed by the branches and leaves and it's easy, in the cold dark with the flames flickering and the wood crackling, to imagine I'm not just outside my door at all, but somewhere away down a road, which is always where my heart seems to want to be. This life I'm living, this just-on-the-edge-of stable life that is my job and my cats and my trailer...most nights it feels like just a very long roadside rest. Even thirty-five years after coming off the road, especially the last few years, there's still a bag that I keep packed and the feeling that one day I'll take it up again.
Anyway, I hadn't meant to ramble on, but the only way to describe how these songs in that setting affect me is to tell you how i feel at my core, because that's where they hit me. It's more than just specifics like the campfire light in The Ghost of Tom Joad or the guy failing to live his real life in Straight Time. There's a mood Bruce conjures and a broader narrative in the shows that, if I listen with the care that Springsteen hoped for, the same care he took in staging the Joad shows, affirms my lifelong feeling of being alone in a crowded world.
I'm sure I failed to express that with any clarity, but I understand Bruce's pleas for silence. Even in a crowded theater, even sitting elbow to elbow with strangers and friends, if you "shut the fuck up" and listen as Bruce sometimes unkindly suggested...everyone around you disappears and there's just one man with a guitar telling tales of the lost and the lonely. Listening by myself at my fire, the interstate hissing in the near distance, that feeling is ten-fold; the loneliness covers me like a shroud. And in it, I find a strange warmth.
And that's the stark difference between the Joad shows and all of the tours that came before, isn't it? Gone are the joy and hope, the redemption and the overwhelming sense of community and human connection, whittled down to just Bruce on a darkened stage, pretty much trying to perform as if you aren't there at all...and I love every fucking moment of it.
I saw more than a few ghosts in my campfire's light this evening; the ones Bruce sent around and the ones who are always near.
On a broader note, I have a few Joad show bootlegs but I've never picked up an official release.
May need to..........
So, if Bruce ever plays in Aberdeen will he come on stage and say "Fit like Eberdeen?".
Trying to speak different foregin languages is a question of courtesy and respect for the audience. I think it's always worth trying, even though the result might not be perfect. It just warms up my heart hearing Bruce trying to connect with the crowd at the beginning.
At Trieste 2012 gig he greeted us in Italian, and in Croatian language because someone must have told him that many many Croatians (and Slovenians) were there. You could hear by the response of a simple Dobro veče - good evening - how well he understands his profession.
* almost everyone in Slovenia understands Croatian because both languages are similar, so we all yelled loudly back at him as well 🙂
I was two days old when this concert took place! 😅
Should be fun! I'll probably listen to it tomorrow or Sunday. I am really excited since I'm a Joad tour fan and this has a nice, balanced setlist. The 'Murder Incorporated' performance they posted on youtube is a great appetizer, for sure!
I didn't know Long Time Coming was written so early. 🙄
I'm not even half way through. Considering how much I love Joad tour obviously I'm liking it a lot. But I don't think it's as intense as Belfast.
So far Nice is nice.
From what I heard, it's good.
I haven't read one post yet, anywhere, actually talking about how good the show is.
Is it good?
I'm especially looking forward to hear Highway Patrolman.
A Joad show was due and I'm so glad we got a French show. It's a first, isn't it?