For the Boss, They Dance

Nobody sits through “Born to Run” and they turn the lights on to prove it!I’ll admit that one of the reasons I was so bothered by the lack of dancing at last week’s Police show was that I was worried that it would mean I’d be forced by crowd pressure to remain seated for two Springsteen shows. It turns out that my concerns were for naught — the audience vibe was much more on-your-feet for the nights with the Boss. Or at least where I was. Rudi & sprite were sitting near a woman who was throwing coins at people in front of her to try to make them sit down. Sheesh!

Anyway, the shows were — I’m sure this shocks no one — fantastic. But rather than boring the five of you who read this regularly with a lengthy review, I’m just going to give a quick look at a handful of my favorite moments, in no particular order.

Backstreets
Last night, about 30 seconds into this song, the woman sitting behind me moved down to my row to dance, saying as she did so, “Do you have to be of a certain age to get this song?” While she had at least 10 years on me (or perhaps 15) it was clearly not a tune for the newbies in the crowd, who were heading out for beer/pee breaks in droves. Their loss — but all the more room for us to dance!

Thunder Road
I’ve seen Bruce do this song several times, so I now think of it as a song I don’t “need” to hear, but as soon as that harmonica started, I realized it is a song I will never, ever get tired of hearing.

I’ll Work for Your Love
This song has been the earworm of the new album for me. I’ve found myself humming it here and there over the past few weeks and was happy it made it into the setlist on Sunday. It was made all the better by the impromptu dancing I did with my brother’s best friend during the song. Turns out the whole friend w/sister concept gives my big bro agita, so how could I resist?

Badlands
This is almost as much of a given at an ESB show as “Born to Run,” but I honestly think it might be the best live-show song ever written. It’s just too much fun to stand up and yell along. And you know, it really “ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” Or singing a song that reminds you of that.

American Land
This hootenanny of a song made it into the Seeger Sessions show after I saw it, so it’s in that old-timey folk sound which characterized that tour. It sent everybody out humming and dancing, and may, in fact, be the only Springsteen song to which one can jig. There’s not a video of it yet on the official site, but here’s a YouTube clip from a few weeks back, for as long as it lasts:

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3 thoughts on “For the Boss, They Dance

  1. Joanne November 13, 2007 / 5:46 pm

    Oh, I would so report the coin lady to security. What a b*tch.

    I’ll be ready to rumble for Bon Jovi…

  2. Mom November 13, 2007 / 7:04 pm

    Sounds like you had an AWESOME time. WONDERFUL 🙂
    Oh, and does Brian think you’re still 18 as far as his college friends go? Good Grief. What a poop!

  3. randomduck November 13, 2007 / 11:39 pm

    @Joanne: the coin thrower eventually calmed down. Both her and her mate had binoculars and seemed to be a bit uncomfortable with where they were. Perhaps they were peeved that they didn’t get their firm’s skybox for the evening.

    But the crowd around them – in front, beside them, and in back – all stood up and rocked out in short time. So the couple with the opera glasses simply had to deal with it.

    The funny thing is that, sitting immediately next to the coin throwing woman, was a kid with a GameBoy. Throughout the concert, the kid played Super Mario World 2, using Bruce and the E Streeters as his soundtrack.

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