Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Squealy, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Tomorrow night is my night. Looking forward to more reports from fellow fans.
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  2. seilerbird

    seilerbird Well-Known Member

    Well where can I find tickets for this show at $75? The cheapest I can find them is $850.
  3. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
  4. windfall

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  5. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Machine wrapped in butter.

    London, England
  6. dance_hall_keeper

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  7. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    I love this.
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  8. Kayaker

    Kayaker Forum Resident

    New Joisey Now
    Amazing show from the 2nd row last night!

    Great reviews in the NY Times, Wash Post and Guardian tell the story better than I could. Strange for me to say this, but at times you wanted him to keep talking and not play because he was so entertaining, heartbreakingly brutally honest, and poetic. Really can see it as a play versus a concert - and a brilliant one at that. Many people I talked to afterwards had that sentiment.

    At times he ditched the microphone and sang directly to the audience. He was in fine voice, so was Patty. His guitar and piano playing was spot on. Deconstructed several songs. When the audience began to rhythmically clap during "Dancing in the Dark" he shut them down by saying "I can handle that thanks" - which made the audience laugh. Hard to suppress singing and clapping seeing Bruce - even acoustic, but you begin to appreciate it as a play, a true work of art done by one of the leading poets of our generation. You end up sitting silently, riveted, and realize you are being treated to something truly extraordinary.

    A-list of celebs in the theater every time you turned around. Totally star struck. Miami Steve (and Maureen), Roy Bittan, Jon Landau, Jon Stewart, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Chuck Schumer, David Axlerod, Stings' wife Trudy Styler, Brian Williams, Steven Spielberg, Ralph Lauren, Ted Danson

    After-party at the Hard Rock was a lot of fun. Celebrities evidently had their own private space somewhere else in the building.....

    Truly humbled to be there.
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  10. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Not sure about a law but I only brought jeans on the trip. Well...shirt & shoes too. And a hoodie. My Beatles hoodie
  11. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Just back from the show. It was remarkable and unlike anything I’ve seen, can’t think of anyone else who could pull this off. I may add some comments when I get access to my laptop. I can’t imagine anyone regretting doing whatever it takes to see this show—including the couple next to us from Vancouver BC and the people behind us who flew in from Italy
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  12. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Forum Resident

    The Southwest
    Sounds like it was an awesome experience. What makes it unlike anything you have ever seen? Isn't just Springsteen playing a retrospective story of his work on acoustic and piano, with some storytelling thrown in for good measure? I am in no way trying to downplay the high quality of performance that he likely put forth, but I am sincerely interested why this is so unique and allegedly impossible for any other artist to pull off.
  13. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Fair question. Will attempt to answer when I’m not trying to type on a phone.
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  14. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    It sounds like a tremendous show. I saw him solo acoustic in Japan many years ago, and for $850 apiece, I was able to get tickets to see the World Series at Dodger Stadium, so I passed.

    Of course, given history, I wouldn't be surprised to see my beloved Dodgers screw up again and lose to the Cubs . . . .
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  15. I’d choose Bruce over any baseball game but that’s just me. :tiphat:
  16. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Forum Resident

    The Southwest
    It depends, if I had to sit through a concert of mostly Wrecking Ball and Working On A Dream tracks, or a Seeger Sessions gig, I would take the baseball game.
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  17. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    Congrats for that. That was brutal spousal support.
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  18. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    It was a theatrical monologue, not story telling. And it was a monologue with a musical score, disrupted by songs, which were then disrupted midstream by spoken word monologue with musical score.

    It was not 15 songs. It was a continuous contiguous 2:15 performance of a musical theatrical monologue with nonstop flow.

    If it were like a concert set (it wasn't), it would be closer to a Grateful Dead set than to an ESB set.

    For greater clarity, go.
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  19. budwhite

    budwhite Så länge skutan kan gå

    Götaland, Sverige
    Springsteen fans always says stuff like that.
    I also used to believe that he was way beyond everyone else live on stage. Almost like a supreme being or a superhero. None of that is true of course.
    He is a great live performer, certainly one of the very best. That's about it.

    I'm glad everyone is enjoying it. Bruce put in great work and he's very reliable.
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    GLUDFSSR Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Don’t say that. I have tickets to all of the home game 2’s for postseason. Going tomorrow and hopefully again on the 25. Then it’s off to see Bruce on what may be game 7 of the World Series.

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    Los Angeles, CA
  22. dee

    dee Forum Resident

    ft. lauderdale, fl
    That sure was a smart and sharp article. Impressive piece by Laura Barton. Thanks for posting it and linking it. These 2 paragraphs back to back really got my attention...

    Springsteen returns often to the idea that he is a creation, pointing out his flaws, contradictions, his silliness. Even tonight, he seems to say, in this semblance of authenticity, he is still performing. “I have never held an honest job in my entire life,” he announces. “I have never done an honest day’s work. I’ve never worked nine-to-five. I’ve never done any hard labour. And yet it’s all that I’ve written about. I have become wildly and absurdly successful writing about something that I have no knowledge of.”

    What then has made these songs so resilient? What is it that still thrills the (mostly white, mostly male, mostly middle-aged) faithful? To see him play an arena is not to define it but to experience a huge heft of feeling. Tonight, by contrast, he seems to elucidate its power. “There’s nothing like the feeling of being young and leaving town,” he says. And it is this, in so many ways, that Springsteen offers: a sense of invitation and possibility – to leave, to go with him, to find faith, to feel. But tonight it’s not just the escapist thrill he offers, it is also the steadying hand, the talk of depression, disappointment, age, fidelity, the sweet marriage of masculinity and vulnerability.
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  23. fishcane

    fishcane Forum Resident

    What was the Pit lottery number? :hide:
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  24. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

    The death of Tom Petty and learning more about Tom's upbringing and what he suffered through growing up...has led me to some inevitable comparisons to Mr. Springsteen.

    And who is/was... actually more of a "man of the people".

    I was a huge Springsteen fan in the late seventies (I loved Darkness on the Edge of Town and felt it spoke directly and personally to my life at the time) and went to a concert of his, either in 1979 or 1980.

    I was struck by how well dressed the crowd was. Mostly guys with their dates.

    And especially struck by how his "handlers" made sure that everyone kept in their seats.

    It was one of the more tightly controlled concerts I had ever experienced.

    And surprisingly tame.

    Even with Bruce trying to generate energy, physicality, and raw enthusiasm...mixed with lots of smiles.

    Comparing concerts during that time period in the late Seventies, my front row seat for the Police was one of the best concerts I've ever attended. But I was somewhat disappointed in the Springsteen concert as well as with Dire Straits.

    By the time Bruce became a stadium the time of "Born in the U.S.A.", Bruce had lost me.

    Almost a caricature of himself.

    Of what he wanted to represent.


    One person's opinion and view of things, that's all.

    Maybe I'm wrong or just seeing things incorrectly.

    But Bruce on Broadway?

    Could Las Vegas be next?

    Listening to his debut album, one might start to wonder how he got from that first what he invented himself as.

    But America lets you invent yourself, so Rock On Bruce.

    And kudos for your self transformation into the "working man's hero".

    Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park, N. J. (1973) - YouTube

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