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Happy Birthday, Bruce Springsteen

 
 
deezee
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 09:43 am
aidan wrote:
deezee- I'm so excited to be talking to a Bruce fan on here too - when music means a lot to you - it's almost like the person making it is a brother or sister - they've gone through your life with you and you can't imagine how it would have been without him or her. I feel like that about him too - he's seen me through a lot of good times...but you've seen him many, many more times than I have. I've seen him four times - started in the eighties with the Born in the USA tour and then the Dancing In the Dark tour, then I don't remember what tour and then I saw him either three or four years ago with The Rising tour.

I would so love to see this show.. I'm in England - so she's working on tickets for Dublin. No luck yet though- and it's been a couple of weeks - so I guess it's starting to look doubtful- although I don't even know the dates for that show- I'm not being very proactive - but she told me that there's no chance to get a ticket through regular channels and she'll take over on her end with the e-bay thing.

I like his early stuff alot too - although I have to say I also love Human Touch - not sure why - maybe it's just the time of my life it came out or something - but I do love that record - even though it never made a very big impact commercially or critically.

You'll have to tell me all your early Bruce stories. Did you ever meet him? I used to hang out at Richie's Station - this pizza place in Asbury Park because I read once that was his favorite restaurant - this was back in the seventies. Never ran into him though Laughing oh well - I still have the menu- I'm such a dweeb sometimes..

Someone told me there this whole record of all the recorded versions of his big songs that he initially cut and then didn't release - alternative versions of songs like Thunder Road - Born to Run- etc. I'd like to hear that.

I'm so glad you posted on this thread. Any other pictures, trivia or impressions- I'd be into hearing them. Talk to you later.


well since i just found out that i'm not allowed to pm on this site i guess i'll have to post this here. here are the UK dates:
Nov 9 NEC Arena Birmingham, GBR
Nov 11 Wembley Arena London, GBR
Nov 12 Wembley Arena London, GBR

Nov 14 Hallem FM Arena Sheffield,
Nov 17 The Point Dublin, IRL
Nov 18 The Point Dublin, IRL
Nov 19 The Point Dublin, IRL
Nov 21 The Odyssey Belfast, NIR

if she can't get you a ticket i have lots of info that might help you to get into the show. i've seen 400 shows, i know how to do this. and since the original purpose of this site is to help others i'd be glad to help you. if you send me a pm i can recieve it, but not return it. so if you include an email address in there i'd be happy to help if i can.
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aidan
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 01:05 pm
deezee - I saw about the dates in Birmingham, Sheffield and London in a Sunday Times promotion today. They're offering a package deal with a ticket to the concert and a night in a hotel for l29 pounds in Birmingham and l49 pounds in London. Not a bad deal. It looks like I'll be able to get a ticket that way though - maybe in London so I can tie it in with a museum or something.

Thanks for your offer of help - I appreciate it.
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deezee
 
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Reply Fri 13 Oct, 2006 09:10 am
aidan wrote:
deezee - I saw about the dates in Birmingham, Sheffield and London in a Sunday Times promotion today. They're offering a package deal with a ticket to the concert and a night in a hotel for l29 pounds in Birmingham and l49 pounds in London. Not a bad deal. It looks like I'll be able to get a ticket that way though - maybe in London so I can tie it in with a museum or something.

Thanks for your offer of help - I appreciate it.


good for you aidan! go and have a great time. if the promotion is run through the BADLANDS (music store in the UK) group (phil and steve jump) i know them well. let me know what you think after you go. btw..tickets for the dublin show were dropping on ticketmaster yesterday. i guanrantee that they'll do this again as bruce always holds back tickets and drops them online right up until the day the show hits. so if you decide not to spend the money for the london/or birmingham shows..check back with ticketmaster frequently and you might score one for dublin.

good luck....
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aidan
 
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Reply Fri 13 Oct, 2006 10:51 am
Deezee - I did get tickets for London. It's actually not a bad deal - concert ticket, hotel room, bus to the concert, and breakfast the next day included. And it's on a week-end - so we can have the next day to spend in London. In the long run, it'll be cheaper than flying over to Dublin - even on easyjet . By the time you add the taxes, etc., it's never as cheap as they make it out to seem like it will be.
Besides the fact that I'm doing quite a lot of traveling this fall and winter - I need to be back in the US to see my dad at some point- he's been sick- so this'll knock out one plane ride, happily for me. I'm a nervous flyer - and I just saw "An Inconvenient Truth" - Al Gores film on global warming - so I'm feeling kind of guilty about all this flying as it is.

But yeah - I'm looking forward to seeing the show...I'll be sure to tell you about it.
Thanks for all your help and advice. I'm really getting excited...
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aidan
 
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 04:14 am
Bruce Springsteen said:
"This song was written by Blind Alfred Reed and recorded a month after the crash of '29 that heralded the Great Depression. I first heard it on Ry Cooder's self - titled debut album (1970). To his arrangement we owe a debt. I kept the "doctor" first verse by Reed then wrote three others with a mind to the great trials the people of New Orleans have faced this year. "


Here are the full lyrics:
Well, the doctor comes 'round here with his face all bright
And he says "in a little while you'll be alright"
All he gives is a humbug pill, a dose of dope and a great big bill
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
He says "me and my old school pals had some might high times down here
And what happened to you poor black folks, well it just ain't fair"
He took a look around gave a little pep talk, said "I'm with you" then he took a little walk
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
There's bodies floatin' on Canal and the levees gone to Hell
Martha, get me my sixteen gauge and some dry shells
Them who's got got out of town
And them who ain't got left to drown
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
I got family scattered from Texas all the way to Baltimore
And I ain't got no home in this world no more
Gonna be a judgment that's a fact, a righteous train rollin' down this track
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?

He did this song in the concert Saturday night. The whole thing was just incredible. What I really love about the whole thing is that he's saving these great songs from oblivion. Now a whole new generation gets a take on songs like Erie Canal, Hold On, Mary Don't you Weep, Froggie Went a Courtin', etc.

The musicians were amazing. I don't know who the guy was playing the piano, but he was so talented; the fiddlers and brass section too. The best part about the whole thing was how much fun they all were having and that translated to the audience. It was really fun to watch people of all ages just singing and dancing together and enjoying life. There was a real palpable spirit of unity and hope that isn't so easy to come by these days.
And an added bonus- watching Bruce at 58 with such energy and hope and fire for life makes getting older look not quite so scary.

What a great experience all around.
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deezee
 
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Reply Fri 17 Nov, 2006 09:52 pm
aidan wrote:
Bruce Springsteen said:
"This song was written by Blind Alfred Reed and recorded a month after the crash of '29 that heralded the Great Depression. I first heard it on Ry Cooder's self - titled debut album (1970). To his arrangement we owe a debt. I kept the "doctor" first verse by Reed then wrote three others with a mind to the great trials the people of New Orleans have faced this year. "


Here are the full lyrics:
Well, the doctor comes 'round here with his face all bright
And he says "in a little while you'll be alright"
All he gives is a humbug pill, a dose of dope and a great big bill
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
He says "me and my old school pals had some might high times down here
And what happened to you poor black folks, well it just ain't fair"
He took a look around gave a little pep talk, said "I'm with you" then he took a little walk
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
There's bodies floatin' on Canal and the levees gone to Hell
Martha, get me my sixteen gauge and some dry shells
Them who's got got out of town
And them who ain't got left to drown
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
I got family scattered from Texas all the way to Baltimore
And I ain't got no home in this world no more
Gonna be a judgment that's a fact, a righteous train rollin' down this track
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?

He did this song in the concert Saturday night. The whole thing was just incredible. What I really love about the whole thing is that he's saving these great songs from oblivion. Now a whole new generation gets a take on songs like Erie Canal, Hold On, Mary Don't you Weep, Froggie Went a Courtin', etc.

The musicians were amazing. I don't know who the guy was playing the piano, but he was so talented; the fiddlers and brass section too. The best part about the whole thing was how much fun they all were having and that translated to the audience. It was really fun to watch people of all ages just singing and dancing together and enjoying life. There was a real palpable spirit of unity and hope that isn't so easy to come by these days.
And an added bonus- watching Bruce at 58 with such energy and hope and fire for life makes getting older look not quite so scary.

What a great experience all around.


hey aidan

glad to read that you had such a great time! and as someone who's very close to his age i always marvel at his stamina on stage. it's already rumoured that there'll be a new e street band album next spring and hopefully a tour to follow it with the band. now THAT'S an experience you won't want to miss either. this very well could be their last tour with the e street band members as clarence and others have health problems and nowhere near the stamina bruce has. so glad you went to see the seeger sessions band though. i only wish i could have been there with you...
:wink:
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aidan
 
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Reply Sun 19 Nov, 2006 02:14 am
I'm glad I went too. It was definitely my favorite of the times I"ve seen Springsteen, and maybe my favorite concert ever, over all. I just loved the spirit that permeated the place. I miss it already...I can see why people follow him around.

Thanks for the heads up about the fact that if he does another tour with the e-street band, it might be their last. I wouldn't have even thought of that. It'd be a shame to see what might be his last appearance with Clarence. What an enduring friendship that's been-inspirational.

Have a nice Sunday.
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 10:00 am
@aidan,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE = you're 59 today!

THIS HARD LAND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSK137JjbRc


aidan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 10:15 am
@aidan,
In memory of Danny Federici = one of my favorite e-streeters

Sandy, July 4th Asbury Park, bye bye Dhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRQbVoK8BFo&feature=relatedanny

aidan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 10:21 am
@aidan,
thunder road - my absolutely all time favorite bruce song - for him and me on his birthday (and my six month birthday- coincidence? I think not....)
Thunder road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMhetitt9bI
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 10:26 am
@aidan,
tenth avenue freeze out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-0C6j7WO08&feature=related
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 03:54 pm
@aidan,
Just listen.

aidan
 
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Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2008 12:33 pm
@jespah,
just watch...

bruce - the man- playing baseball -my favorite sport (and playing the guitar)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOpIfbneeHg
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 02:17 am
@aidan,
it's not his birthday - but he's on my mind:

aidan
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 02:22 am
@aidan,
Thunder road - then and NOW (in the church of BRUCE!!!):

aidan
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 02:44 am
@aidan,
This man is 60 YEARS OLD!!!

aidan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2009 10:32 am
@aidan,
Actually - he's sixty years old TODAY!!

Happy birthday Mr. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen!


he's so f****** versatile:
aidan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2009 10:38 am
@aidan,
he plays the piano too!
aidan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2009 10:45 am
@aidan,
one of my all time bruce favorites ever:


aidan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2009 10:53 am
@aidan,
the real unedited version:
 

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