Bruce Springsteen is one of the few certifiable geniuses left working. It’s not opinion, it’s fact.
Add to him Max Weinberg, “Little” Steven Van Zandt, Clarence “The Big Man” Clemens, and the rest of the E Street band and you have yourself a supergroup.
As part of 2009’s “Working On a Dream Tour” The Boss was recently in town at the Boston Garden for two nights of hard rocking.
Starting the show with two tracks off of Darkness On The Edge of Town, one of my Favorite albums ever, “Badlands”, “Candy’s Room”. The band then moved to what for me was the moment of the night when they played a song off the new CD, “Outlaw Pete.” The song allowed Springsteen to flaunt his love for classic westerns as he sung, played guitar , and pantomimed the entire story(complete with cowboy hat) of bloodshed and failed redemption.
The show ran about 3 hours in what could only be described as a feat of superhuman endurance by all band members.
Among the night’s surprise highlights were an impromptu rendition of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” and a visit from Boston’s own The Dropkick Murphys.
If all you know is his earlier work you really owe it to yourself to check out some of his newer stuff. I recommend either Devils & Dust or Working On a Dream, but they’re all great.
Well…that’s that. No real substance here, just had to say my piece.