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    Springsteen at Fenway

    Here's Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe who took two nights off to go see Springsteen play Fenway. In the comments, he also mentions Bruce "talking about Fenway, its 100 year anniversary and its overall history and then proclaiming that he won't play that new stadium in the Bronx, and he additionally spoke about Fenway and all of its memories and ghosts on Wednesday." So if you want to see The Boss, don't go lining up at The House that Ruth Didn't Build because Bruce knows better than to play an imitation ballpark. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for his October 19 show in Ottawa.

    "First off, a big thank you to all the Extra Bases and Globe readers who said hello at Fenway Park the last two nights. It was fun meeting so many nice folks who share a love of baseball and music.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band put on two terrific shows at the old ballpark. Bruce also paid tribute to the late Johnny Pesky both nights, calling for a spotlight on the Pesky Pole and the wreath encircling his retired number.

    Here's what was remarkable: Over the two nights, Bruce did 45 different songs. Only 12 songs repeated from Tuesday (29 songs) to Wednesday (30 songs).

    Highlights over the two nights included Bruce dancing with a woman police officer; running from left field to right field about as fast as Jacoby Ellsbury; ordering a hot dog and a beer from the stage (and killing the beer in one gulp) and saying "Sorry about that" when he mentioned the New York football Giants in the lyrics of one of his songs and people playfully booed.

    Ken Casey from Dropkick Murphys joined Bruce on stage for "American Land" on Wednesday. He was having a blast.

    Boston has long been a great spot for Springsteen shows because of all the avid fans in the area. In my experience, the crowds are better here than New Jersey or New York. The two nights at Fenway were among his best shows on this world tour, especially the second night and the amazingly eclectic set list.

    As somebody who been to a lot of shows, Wednesday was in my top three. It was that good. Bruce was loose, up for anything and the band followed along, especially Steve Van Zandt. He was in rare form. The covers he did were great, too, and added a special element to the show.

    Tuesday setlist:The Promised Land, Out in the Street, We Take Care of Our Own, Wrecking Ball, Death to My Hometown, My City of Ruins, Spirit in the Night, The E Street Shuffle, Jack of All Trades, Atlantic City, Because the Night, Johnny 99, Darlington County, Working on the Highway, Shackled and Drawn, Waitin' on a Sunny Day, Boom Boom, Drive All Night, The Rising, Badlands, Thunder Road. Encores: We Are Alive, Born to Run, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out, Dirty Water, Twist and Shout.

    Wednesday setlist: Thunder Road (just Bruce with Roy Bittan), Hungry Heart, Sherry Darling, Summertime Blues, Girls in Their Summer Clothes, We Take Care of Our Own, Two Hearts, Wrecking Ball, Death to My Hometown, My City of Ruins, Knock on Wood (the old Eddie Floyd hit from 1966), Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?, Thundercrack, Frankie, Prove It All Night (with the 1978 intro), Darkness on the Edge of Town, Working on the Highway, Shackled and Drawn, Waitin' on a Sunny Day, Backstreets, Badlands, Land of Hope and Dreams. Encores: Who'll Stop the Rain (acoustic), Rocky Ground, Born to Run, Detroit Medley, Dancing in the Dark, Quarter to Three, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out, American Land (with Ken Casey).

    The band will be at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. If you're thinking about going, don't think and just go. It's a great show. If you're never been before, you'll love the experience."
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    He'll be playing in Toronto @Rogers Centre a week from now. I've seen Springsteen in concert three times over the past 9 years. I'd see him again, but not at the Rogers Centre, which i find way too vast for such concerts & the accoustics are also lousy. I'd go see him in a second were he playing in a smaller venture such as the Air Canada Centre or the Bell Centre. I saw two concerts in a baseball stadium (Rogers Centre) twice.....Springsteen & AC/DC. I didn't like the Springsteen concert mostly because i had seen him in a smaller venue a few months earlier. I liked the AC/DC concert a lot, but mostly because i've always been a big fan of theirs & it was my first time seeing them live. I'd still prefer to see them in a smaller venue.

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    And immediately after the Rogers Center, he'll be at Magnetic Hill in Moncton, where the Stones played to 89,000 people in 2005 and U2 and Arcade Fire to 81,000 last year.

    For the most part, I agree with you about huge venues. Bruce, with his revival show atmosphere, is the exception. I did see Arcade Fire in at the Place des Spectacles in Montreal last fall play to an estimated 110,000 and they were great as was the sound and light.

    I'd have gone to see Bruce at Fenway this week except that they announced his Gillette Stadium show first and I figured he wouldn't be playing Boston so I bought tickets to see him at the other great palace of baseball, Wrigley Field. I'll be off to Chicago in three weeks. After reading about his Fenway show, I'm now sorry that I didn't buy tickets to both Wrigley shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    In my experience, the crowds are better here than New Jersey.
    Hi Rumples

    This guy who wrote this article has to be a total retard for this comment...


    Bruce historically always opens and closes his shows in " his backyard "

    He saves his best for his neighbors..the people who supported him through his early years

    Southside Johnny ( another local )used to do a midnight show at the Capitol theater in Passaic, NJ when I was young on New Year's Eve

    Bruce would always show up, and they would play into the wee hours

    When he lived in Rumson, he was well known for popping into local bars for a drink

    Even though he's not my cup of tea, I have never heard of anyone that has felt cheated my the length of his shows, and the effort he put into them

    I hope all is well with you, and that you're still active on the Dahon....


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    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post
    Southside Johnny ( another local )used to do a midnight show at the Capitol theater in Passaic, NJ when I was young on New Year's Eve
    I can recall Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, along with the late Clarence Clemons, playing at the University of Connecticut's spring weekend in an outdoor concert outside the UConn Student Union. I believe this was in the spring of 1985 although it could have been spring of 1984. The only bigger concert at UConn in the 1980s was the J. Geils Band which performed at UConn's Jorgensen Auditorium in January 1982 (I think) and UConn students pitched tents around Jorgensen in the harsh winter cold to get tickets. This was long before the days when you could buy tickets online, as the Internet did not then exist and had not yet been invented by Al Gore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post
    This guy who wrote this article has to be a total retard for this comment...
    The guy who wrote this has been to over 100 Bruce shows and knows what he's talking about. He explained it elsewhere. In New Jersey, the curious attend his shows. In other cities, it's the hard core. It's not that Bruce is better. The crowds are better and more familiar with his material.

    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post
    When he lived in Rumson, he was well known for popping into local bars for a drink.
    Actually, I think he lives in Rumson now. He grew up in Red Bank, a little ways down the coast. Rumson is a wealthy town, well beyond Bruce's means before he was a star.

    Update: According to Wikipedia, while he still owns a home in Rumson, he lives in Colts Neck, a few towns over.
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    One of his greatest songs ... ......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqbs5HrVARg

    She took off her stockings, I held them to my face
    She had your ankles, I felt filled with grace
    "Two hundred dollars straight in,
    Two-fifty up the ass," she smiled and said
    She unbuckled my belt, pulled back her hair
    And sat in front of me on the bed
    She said, "Honey how's that feel, do you want me to go slow?"
    My eyes drifted out the window, down to the road below

    I felt my stomach tighten, the sun bloodied the sky
    And sliced through the hotel blinds, I closed my eyes
    Sunlight on the Amatitlan*, sunlight streaming thru your hair
    In the Valle de dos Rios*, smell of mock orange filled the air
    We rode with the vaqueros*, down into cool rivers of green
    I was sure the work and that smile coming out 'neath your hat
    Was all I'd ever need
    Somehow all you ever need's, never really quite enough you know
    You and I, Maria, we learned it's so

    She slipped me out of her mouth, "You're ready," she said
    She took off her bra and panties, wet her finger, slipped it inside her
    And crawled over me on the bed,
    She poured me another whisky,
    Said, "Here's to the best you ever had."
    We laughed and made a toast
    It wasn't the best I ever had
    Not even close

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    EB - it was 1984, my senior year and the big man and the Red Bank Rockers did not disappoint. Years later I saw Clarence at a little bar off campus called Husky Blues - had a drink with Clarence after the show because I knew the owner.

    Saw one of my top Bruce shows last night at Gilette among the more than 50 Bruce concerts I have seen. 3+ rockin hours, very little politics and pure fun.

    Can't wait to see him again in Hartford in October

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