I never, however, had the pleasure of seeing him and the incomparable E-Street Band live; not ever. Somehow the planets just never aligned. But is has happened now; twice in 8 months in Melbourne. Last May's event began for me with a shortness of breath in anticipation and I think I only remembered to breathe 3 and a half hours later. That concert resonated with me for days.
Bruce returned to Melbourne this month and I was first in line with fingers over the SUBMIT button the moment tickets went on sale. Oh man, the concert this past weekend...
I can only describe it as the closest thing to an ecstatic religious experience that I suspect I will ever have. I sang every word, swayed to every beat, hollered till I was hoarse, wished for more. Another 3 and a half hours of pure musical joy, stories sung, emotions wrung; every moment was pure magic.
Here are a couple clips of the two songs that bring me to my knees (or dancing on my seat):
"Ghost of Tom Joad" with newest E-Street Band member, the completely brilliant Tom Morello - together absolute musical genius
Rosalita - best Springsteen EVER and with the Big Man, Clarence Clemens, circa 1988 really does Rock and Roll get any purer?