Springsteen - Live at Crystal Palace Bowl 27/5/03
rare that I'm left speechless but along with 50, OOO others assembled
to watch the legend that is Bruce "the Bossman"
Springsteen and the E street band, I was left exhausted
emotionally and physically by his 3 hour set of non-stop entertainment
raw gusto, bravado and charisma. Opening up solo with an alternative rendition
of "Born in the Usa" played on 12 string guitar with a blues
slide. What initially struck me was his voice, it's so powerful and authoritative,
much more so than on record. At 53 Springsteen has only gained in statue
and range. You can talk about a show like this being full of stadium sized
cliches, but in truth this guy is the real thing, he's inventing the cliches
that others will rip off.
Each song flows into the next and just when you think the band has reached
a collective crescendo...up it goes into another level, "Meet me
at Marys' Place" is strung out into a 10 minute rollercoaster ride
that involves the crowd, this track works so well now seeing it live.
Other highlights were "Atlantic City", "My City Of Ruins"
and of course "Born To Run" which brought the audience to its
knees. Everyone from Clarence bigman Clemence to Nils Lofgren where so
on form and each member of his 9 peice band had their moment to shine.
Leading the pack though was Bruce who was orchestrating everything...working
the audience, knowing how and when to bring it down for the tender moments
and how to execute a raucous and infectious delivery of rock n roll. Having
said that though, I noticed how rooted alot of the arrangements are in
gospel and blues. All in all I felt I was getting a masterclass in music
from one of the true legends. A once in lifetime gig, not to missed if
you ever get an opportunity!
1. Born in the USA ( acoustic )
2. The Rising
3. Lonesome Day
4. Candy's Room
5. Prove it all Night
6. Atlantic City
7. Empty Sky
8. You're Missing
9. Waiting on a Sunny Day
13.She's the One
15.Racing in the Street
16.Into the Fire
20.Born to Run
22.Seven Nights to Rock
23.My City of Ruins
24.Land of Hopes and Dreams
25.Dancing in the Dark