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I wasn't even a fan before. Now everything's changed. Amazing. I was completely blown away.
ago. It was a stunning gig. I was really glad that we got the trinity of Born To Run, Born In The USA and Dancing In The Dark. I thought I'd be a bit bored due to the long set but it was a brilliant set. I didn't like the Olympic Park set up though. It was having a stage in the middle of a building site; though to an extent that's what it was. Nonetheless, a brilliant night out.
to and from the station, but bloody hell he was good.
My legs are killing me today...think I did a lot of dad dancing too. I cried during the last song. I like the way that as big as he is, he comes across as very human and real. He has the ability to touch people through his music in such a personable way.
I would also like to have his babies.
they inevitably have a totally impersonal feel to them. Last night was certainly something different. He and the whole crowd engaged really well. That was the first time I'd ever seen him. I now understand why he's a must see act.
Come on E Street Band!
I hope my unborn kids will be as cool as her one day. He brought his mam and sister out too!
Everyone was dead friendly too - I'm so tired sometimes of getting barged everywhere in gigs sometimes (my last gig was The Breeders). So it was so refreshing, everyone was friendly and there was room to dance. I might be getting old.
the bit where he danced with his mum was astonishing... it took on such am incredible rhythm, don't really know how to describe it without sounding like a wanker, but like they were creating a living thing, just astonishing, could have played another hour and I'd have been happy.
The site wasn't aesthetically appealing in any way, but the volume was very decent, which I suppose was the point in a way - I'm assuming that once those flats become occupied there'll be no possibility of having more concerts there, but it'll definitely do for now.
The site where the gigs are this summer becomes a building site for housing come September
the thing about it being in the 'park' is that it enabled a festival-like set up that actually accommodated a sell out audience very comfortably - unless Hyde Park really pulls its finger out this year in terms of volume I just can't see London having as suitable a space for big outdoor gigs as this (ugliness etc accepted). Not sure what the timeframe is for occupation of those flats, but seems inconceivable that they'd allow gigs to continue unless they've made some sort of special prior arrangement with flatbuyers.
the site of this weekend's concerts will become flats and housing over the next couple of years.
(unless I'm mistaken, the site for the concerts was on the old basketball arena area, just to the south of the velodrome)
The whole area in general looked really industrial. I think the way the festival was managed was really good though - there were lots of approachable staff giving directions.
of some deserted Russian ghettos I saw on a doc once. Their unimaginative uniformity doesn't really bode well.
I've seen them a few times now, but only the most recent time (Glasgow a couple of weeks back) ever felt like it might be the last. When he stayed on at the end to play Thunder Road by himself it seemed like a farewell.
No real basis for it, but that's kind of how it felt - him, on stage alone, single song encore, that simple "Be seein' ya..." parting shot...just felt like the end of something.
Amazing show though - probably the best of the 6 times I've seen him, which is saying a lot.
he's just in too good shape, but yeah, wonder if a farewell to E Street is on the cards... probably depends what Springsteen does next, Wrecking Ball wasn't actually an E Street album, was it..? Still, I can see them doing another tour or two, but you have to think that that sort of thing's going to be beyond them once they hit their 70s, Bruce possibly excepted.
a fair few times over the years and was even lucky enough to be on the barrier for the hyde park show they filmed for release - you can see me pawing his sweaty chest on the dvd like a knob.
but last night was better.
bobby jean was the end of me.
so many classic moments, such an unpredictable set.
in love all over again.
Also, amazing. My band does a 40 minutes set and we're knackered, so three hours is so commendable and worth paying for a ticket.
First time I've seen him, and wow. What a show.
- Born in the USA all the way through. In the middle of the set!
- The girl on the shoulders hyping up The E Street Band.
- Dancing with his Mum & Sister.
- Steven van Zandt just being Steven van Zandt.
- The tribute to Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici
- That encore at the end, just him in his own. Moving stuff.
One of the best gigs I've ever been too, for sure, although my legs now resemble Chris Hoy's after the walk back to the station
If it makes you feel any better, the show is getting a total pasting from big fans on the forums. Bad sound, bad crowd, etc etc. Don't think you missed much by the sounds of things.
you need to ignore the shit out of fan forums.
These are people who see a LOT of his shows. By all accounts it was an average performance, marred by bad sound and a poor crowd. I'll have to just take their word for it. They seem all agreed it wasn't great though. Guess it doesn't matter either way though- some people enjoyed it, others thought it wasn't great.
Also - bit strange to say I should "ignore the shit out of fan forums" but then take what people say on this forum as the total truth...
I'm by no means a nutty fan, but I've seen him on a few tours and that was the best I've seen him. Maybe I just got a good spot, or maybe I had too many beers, but I loved it and the reaction seems to have been overwhelmingly positive for the most part.
...and not to be too cynical, but the 'girl on shoulders' is done EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. by some precocious child or other!
Little else to say about it. So much joy radiating from the stage. I concur wholeheartedly.
but it did seem a little on the quiet side, the response to Bruce's crowd rallying was a bit more muted than I would have expected.
A really good show all in all - brilliant setlist performed superbly, didn't get annoyed by any of the crowd for a change and the sound for the most part was very good where I was standing (although it did seem to vary a bit from place to place, especially when the wind kicked up)
I imagine if it's your millionth time of seeing him then saying it was a bit of a poor Springsteen show is a case of praising with faint damn, akin to saying 'that was only a 9/10, rubbish show Bruce your standards are dropping'
the Born In The USA album during that gig. I'll have to buy that now. I only have The Best Of.
All of the first 7 albums for under £15
although I believe Darkness is copy-protected/botched so you may have a bit of trouble if you were planning to rip it
I already had mp3s of a lot of these albums so I bought this just for playing at home. I'll take a look tonight.