Springsteen surprises Brazilian audience by opening with a Brazilian classic rock song!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Emilio, Sep 19, 2013.

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  1. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I wasn't there in São Paulo (I live three states further south), but like all Brazilians, I'm honored that Bruce Springsteen took the trouble of learning this Brazilian classic from the 70's. "Sociedade Alternativa" (alternative society) is one of many timeless songs by the late Raul Seixas (he died in 1989).

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  2. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

    mill valley CA USA
    That's why he's known as the David Martin's House Party of Brazil
  3. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Here is a much better video including the full song. The actual live performance starts at 00:18 (the snippet that is heard at the beginning is the original Raul Seixas version of the song):

  4. Pigalle

    Pigalle Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    Now on brucespringsteen.net along with videos of songs for Chile and Argentina.

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  5. liboriofriki

    liboriofriki Forum Resident

    Love hearing someone in the audience going "Toca Raul!"
  6. Sordel

    Sordel Forum Resident

    Midlands, UK
    Great story ... that man really knows how to pump up a crowd. :cool:
  7. Mychkine

    Mychkine Forum Resident

    Tà bom demais !!!
  8. Adam Bosman

    Adam Bosman Forum Resident

    Springsteen is so badass. Even if you don't like his music, the man himself is top notch. Cool to see the band playing 2-3 hour sets w/ no setlist and adding all kinds of crazy songs into the mix. Much respect.
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  9. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

    Count me as one of those who does not care for the music,but respects the man.:righton:
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  10. Same here. Never owned a Springsteen album (probably never will), but I've also got total respect for the guy. Class act, one of the very best (clearly).
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  11. Reader

    Reader Forum Resident

    e.s.t. tenn.
    I DO like all of Springsteen's music and agree that he is special. He seems to have a lot of respect for local customs, ideas and people. He goes out of his way to do something a bit special but not in a showoff way. He does seem down to earth. If you ever get to see him live and don't , you made a mistake.

    I hope he is able to produce great new music for many years.
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  12. Beattles

    Beattles Forum Resident

    Florence, SC
    Love the horn section!!
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  13. bferr1

    bferr1 Forum Resident

    Reminds me of The Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
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  14. maccawings

    maccawings Forum Resident

    great thing about Springsteen tours is that they rehearse over 125 songs and by the end of the tour have played every one of them plus scores more!!
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  15. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for the tip! As I suspected, he also rehearsed songs to play in other countries - in this case, Chile and Argentina. His rendition of the Victor Jara song in Chile is quite touching
  16. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    That was great! It does show respect for his fans and the work of other artists.
  17. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I had never noticed it, but there is some similarity. Probably the same chord sequence. Raul Seixas did borrow from some other songs, but here the similarity is not so striking as to qualify as plagiarism.
  18. Aris

    Aris Forum Resident

    De acordo, as minhas primeiras palavras em português neste fórum. Rock n' roll
  19. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raul Seixas caused quite a stir in Brazil in the 70's when he announced the creation of the "alternative society". He was a big John Lennon fan, so I see similarities with John's country "Nutopia". Now that Seixas' former partner and lyric writer Paulo Coelho has become a renowned writer and creator of legends (he has yet to demonstrate the "powers" he claims to have in his books), it's not difficult to imagine he played a major role in devising what was ultimately a great publicity stunt. But it worked.
  20. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Here is the original video (from 1974 if I remember correctly):

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  21. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    And here is a live version from 1975 (poor but priceless footage):

  22. poe_man

    poe_man Forum Resident

    Agree! Saw a show of his on VH1 classic, and his introduction of the band alone was more badass than most bands entire show.
  23. Yankee8156

    Yankee8156 Forum Resident

    New York
    Last night's show at Rock in Rio was simulcast on YouTube, and he opened with this again. I didn't realize this until a few songs in, so I missed his performance.
  24. markbrow

    markbrow Forum President

    The whole webcast is already out there....
  25. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Rarely have I seen another performer put in so much effort to connect with fans in all the cities he plays in. Learning these songs for one-off performances is one of the little things that makes me proud to be a fan.
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