Monday, May 19, 2008

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!

Holy shit (from Live Daily):

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Saturday (5/17), joining Mike Ness on stage for four songs. The appearance marks Springsteen's fourth New Jersey performance since the formal end of the U.S. leg of Springsteen's spring tour in Florida on May 2nd.

On May 4th, Springsteen was inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame and joined house band La Bamba and the Hubcaps for a rendition of "Glory Days."

On May 7th, Springsteen pulled the E Street Band together for a benefit show benefiting the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. At that show, Springsteen rolled out a surprise set, performing two of his classic album Darkness On The Edge Of Town and Born To Run back to back in their entirety.


That last just floors me. What I wouldn't have given, etc.

And the thing with Ness must have been fabulous -- he's always been the rootsiest punk rocker around...

8 comments:

Billy B said...

Wow. Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born to Run...

I always liked the former album a lot if for no other reason than the Boss decided to play his guitar (i.e. lead) for once.

Gummo said...

Wow.

Playing albums live seems to be the new 'in' thing for older rockers.

Patti Smith did it with Horses not so long ago. Of course, Brian Wilson did it with Pet Sounds and Smile.

And Phil Lesh is in the middle of a run of shows at the Warfield; at the first 3 shows, he has performed the first 6 Grateful Dead albums (one per set).

steve simels said...

I actually saw Patti do "Easter" from stem to stern. In a 200 seat club, back in the day.

Pretty amazing.

Brooklyn Girl said...

ARGH!

And no, this is not Talk Like a Pirate Day,

MBowen said...

I think the trend started with Arthur Lee doing "Forever Changes" in the UK about four years ago. It's become pretty common, particularly over there. My favorite commentary on that was back at the beginning of the year, when Sparks did a month-long residency, doing each of their albums over a 25-day run.

Oh, and Mike Ness...feh. LA punx suck, even if they pretend to like Johnny Cash.

steve simels said...

mbowen:

Well, I like Ness, and I particularly like that version of "Making Believe." I think he's the real deal, but what do I know.

More to the point, I'm waiting for an advance DVD of that Arthur Lee and Love documentary from last year, which I think has most if not all of one of those "Forever Changes" shows....

Dave Lifton said...

Back in March, The Zombies performed all of Odessey And Oracle in London. Pretty amazing show.

steve simels said...

Dave Lifton said...

Back in March, The Zombies performed all of Odessey And Oracle in London. Pretty amazing show.


With the original rhythm section, for the (more or less) the first time since the 60s. There was a lovely interview with all of them in Mojo a month or two ago...

Alas, they're playing NYC in June, but not doing the album....