ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
So, second watching, and is there an unrequited kiss during Rosie?
When Bruce and Clarence do their slow build out of the band intros during Rosie, it looks like Clarence leans into a (presumably pre rehearshed) kiss with Bruce, but is left hanging. Someone else, please, do a close analysis of this to confirm... I noticed this both times I've watched it so far, but admittedly both viewings have been under the influence.
Oh, and it appears to me, at least based on the footage, that Rosie goes straight into Born To Run. I.e. technically, the encore starts at Stay and the main set finishes with Rosie and then Born To Run. Granted, this show isn't a normal Bruce gig, but this dispels the narrative that Rosie closed every set until 1984 when it finally got dropped?
Both shows: Rosalita>Born To Run>Stay.
Watched it last night with my sister. The 14 year old kid sister that I took to her first ever concert at Edinburgh Playhouse in May ‘81. ….
It was an absolute joy, sitting there all those years down the line grinning like idiots, triggering recall of the moves that he carried thru to that ‘81 tour. The interplay with C, the appalling dancing. I could go on and on…..
'The appalling dancing'... the more I see of Bruce's dancing in this era, the more I'm convinced that the title Dancing In The Dark he would use a few years later was in one small part a self deprecating jibe at his own efforts. 'Have a laugh on me' indeed.
Well, ok... that was something.
The encore bracket is just ridiculous... I was grinning like a loon through the whole thing. One question... Tom Petty. Normal ciggie dangling from his lips? Or otherwise? It looks like a normal cigarette, but his demeanour and appearance suggests otherwise. Then again, perhaps the illicit stuff happened backstage which led him to decide he needed a normal cigarette for his three minutes on stage.
Jungleland visually is a bit of a mess to me, in a way that almost jars with the rest of the movie. No camera capture of Stevie's solo is the least of it...there are rapid camera swings and moments that there is no focus on anything. It appears the camera crew were struggling to keep up with the action and working out what to shoot. I assume this is all Zimny had to use and did the best he could with that. One would think that on the second night, after getting a feel for it night one, that the camera crew would be better prepared to capture the song and that footage would've been a better choice for use. Either Bruce further mixed up the performance such that the 2nd night footage held was even worse, or perhaps there were film cannister changes or other technical issues that made the second night video even less usable.
Outside of that, zero complaints here. Just the greatest celebrating his / their greatness.
Ok, not my usual MO to reply to myself but I happened to watch the Tom Petty Wildflowers doco on You Tube last night, and in the studio footage there was hardly a moment he wasn't sucking on a cigarette. Pretty funny given what I wrote above.
Great doco, by the way. Highly recommended.
Still haven't found a way in which this can be viewed in SA. Not on Apple, not on iTunes...
Budget permitting, I am definitely ordering the Blu Ray at the end of this month. it sounds like a genuinely crucial part of a Springsteen collection to me.
Or am I thinking of Pacino....?
@SteveInJoburg Tony Soprano?
@Mario Brega I've never watched The Sopranos but that'll work!
Finally arrived here. I've had a chance to quickly watch the first few songs only so far... looks awesome from what I've seen. Bring on the weekend, when I'll be able to set aside the time to really give it all the full attention it deserves.
The switch of harmonicas in different keys can be seen in both the other video releases where the intro is used (Houston 78 and Tempe 80) although this is the first time I've seen him throw it into the crowd. I'd have to go back and watch as I forgot which is which, but in one case he just slips the used harmonica into his jacket pocket, in the other he throws it towards the rear of the stage I think.
Here's my full review of the film. I hope it complements my album write-up and, more importantly, that you all enjoy it 🙂
@Louisa Thanks for your kind words! Honestly I'd say this was the easiest review for me to write in ages. It's never that easy remembering everything that comes to mind when listening to an audio release, but thankfully here I was able to scroll through the film upon watching and recollect every moment that stood out to me initially for the notes making process. After that, and it sounds cliche, the review really wrote itself.
I love being able to talk about the films I've watched, and to get an opportunity to throw a reference of one I enjoy (or don't) into a review is always a little personal something for me that I can only hope readers will like too - and if they don't, at least I like it hahaha.
Maybe a big sin on my part, but I didn't even pick up on the lights going out during that moment in "Jungleland". Mint! I've just went to that moment while writing this and I love how Bruce looks up and leans forward just before they go off, as if the person in charge of the lighting is late on his cue and Bruce is giving him a "ha'way man!". Definitely 'amazonning'.
Brilliant K... Well done.
@SteveInJoburg Cheers mate!
I am moved reading the words here. I have watched it twice now and I cannot forget that world we all lived in then. I was young once, I remember not knowing much in those days, I was a small kid with frizzy curly hair. I rode my bike and shoplifted candy and pan handled for cheeseburgers, not wanting the american cheese on wonderbread my single mom left for me in the fridge in the tiny apartment we lived in. I remember a dead world beyond my fingers....then on came Bruce with sideburns and his voice speaking it truthfully and shouting down that dead world. Clarence so big and beautiful, Danny and his shoulders moving, Gary and those heals. Max drenched and full of rhythm. Steve owning those background vocals, those guitar figures, Roy looking up as Bruce plays notes with his boots....my god: PROVE IT ALL NIGHT!!!
I showed my wife the Sherry video, and in her opinion the dancing is even goofier than in the DitD video. We agreed to disagree.