Monday, April 25, 2016

Your Monday Moment of Words Fail Me: Special Bruce Springsteen -- Living Saint Edition

This has gone viral, so you've probably already seen it, but in good conscience I have to post it anyway.

Ladies and germs -- The Boss, in Brooklyn last Saturday night, with the Prince tribute of your dreams.

Actually, I was betting he'd do "Little Red Corvette," but on balance this one was probably a more appropriate choice. And my god, is Nils channeling the song's auteur on guitar or what?

For what it's worth, this has never been my favorite Prince song; the actual record (i.e., the track he's lip-synching in the movie of the same name) is a great performance, but (for me, anyway) the central lyric metaphor of the thing is dodgy enough that its repetition gets a little annoying. Which may explain why most of the earlier covers I've heard don't quite work (there's a live Hollies version, for example, that while well sung just seems kind of silly).

But this one...well, let's just say that if it doesn't raise the hair on the back of your neck you probably are not somebody I want to know.

And have I mentioned that Nils is clearly channeling the guitar solo from the Great Beyond?



Blue Ash Fan said...

You can actually download the official MP3 of this song for free here:,13914/Bruce-Springsteen---The-E-Street-Band-mp3-flac-download-4-23-2016-Barclays-Center-Brooklyn-NY.html

You're welcome.

steve simels said...


Ken J Xenozar said...

Pretty amazing.

Anonymous said...

oh the irony. If Prince were alive this vid would be pulled. But it exists because he died. The dog chases its tail....

steves said...

I applaud the sentiment, and Bruce was okay, IMO.

But Nils made it something spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Constipated and dreary. My eyelids were getting heavy till Nils woke me up. But he sounds like Nils to me, not Prince. He was better and lot cleaner in Grin. And I still love "Delivery Night".

Wonder if Dylan's gonna do a Prince Tribute:-)