ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
I am looking forward to listening to this show later tonight...
Bruce showed a whole different side to his gift on this tour, as well as the preceding D&D tour. And that was his skill for reinventing and reimagining the back catalogue.
Some of the re-arrangements on the D&D tour were remarkable, but given that was solo perhaps easier to understand. But the originals on this tour rearranged... more like, 'where the hell did he get that from?' I mean, Blinded By The Light... how do you get to that?. It carried forward into the Reason To Believe from 07/08 and Johnny 99 in 09, but it's something I'd love to see him go back to.
Not a fan of this period. I mean…the show I saw was fun and all, but one show was plenty. I rarely if ever dip into the albums….there just not something that even came close to resonating with me.
But, I’m happy a bunch of people loved it. I just prefer Bruce with a RnR Band backing him up…no banjos involved.
While certainly Rock and Roll Bruce is the best .... Bruce with ANY band is cool ....and this was a hell of a Jug Band he put together .... I guess maybe there wasn't a reason to follow the tour around like a dead head .... I might have gone to a second show had the opportunity availed itself. I did love that version of Open All Night !!!!
I may be late to the party, but I just heard the full thing and loved every bit of it. 'Long Black Veil' is so good, I don't think I knew it before. 'Ramrod' sounded like so much fun, a great arrangement! But 'My City Of Ruins' is the highlight again for me. It's such a moving performance. Love this release!
This tour gave us one of the greatest incarnations of Bruce. He's as much actor as musician - always playing a character onstage, even when that character is a greased-up version of his true self. The Springsteen on this tour was the leader of a gypsy caravan, traveling from town to town with his mysterious, merry band in period garb, his magic guitar covered with strange talismans, worn high like an old-time troubadour. I could almost imagining the band departing for the next show - not on tour buses or airplanes, but in a ragged line of painted wagons. He thrived in that persona and I think that's one of the reasons so many of his own songs worked so well in those new arrangements.
I have only New Orleans and Live In Dublin. But unlike my (general) non interest in acoustic Bruce .... I thought this tour was very cool. Bruce with a band...i'm in. I saw it early in the tour. I FINALLY got to see Bruce with horns after missing TOL.
A lot of weird personal comments ... My son was in 4th grade and was learning Erie Canal.....
Brucespringsteen.net was posting videos and when i saw this arrangement of Open All Night i KNEW i had to see this show.
And of course i had looked at the setlist and knew what to expect. Or so i thought as i awaited John Henry and O Mary and then he opened with a song at MSG no one knew ....great song. The next day Backstreets published the set list....The opener was the never before played "??????" ...
And that never before played opener was of course American Land...and one of the reasons i was so excited to see a Magic show .... to know the song and do my best to sing along....
And (blasphemy to some) ...I don't love "If I Should Fall Behind" ....But When He and Patti duet-ed on that oom-pah waltz version at MSG .... The tears came
And MagicRat...so jealous you got Blinded By The Light ...not a fan of the original ..... but oh my god the Gypsy folk song arrangement that i heard on Dublin blew me away.
Anyway...short story long...tremendous tour.
Seeger is a very underrated period IMHO.
The live shows were a lot of fun, the musicianship high end.
I heard the Seeger version of "Blinded by the light" cold for the first time when they opened with it at Birmingham and I was blown away.
It became, and remains for me, the definitive version of that song.
"Open all night" is similar in that respect, though not as immediately impactful.
This tour was incredible...he sounds so happy and the music is important and meaningful. That stretch from 2005 with Devils and Dust, through Seeger and Magic. Just amazing.
It's a tour that's under-represented in the series. Three shows, each about thirty releases apart.
Next forum name... I'm Mrs. McGrath
I was just listening to Music From Big Pink last night and thought about Bruce's performance of Long Black Veil.
I'm having a blast... I promise to shut up now, unless I have something meaningful to say...
Talking to myself...
You are never alone.
Bruce sounds really cute when speaking Italian. 🥰
Looking forward to getting this.
It's a fantastic show. Bruce thrives when surrounded by so many talented musicians.
The back vocals are supreme, the horns....
Italians....Great crowd, as usual.
All The Way Home.... ❤
This tour... Makes me wanna dance and get drunk.