Monday, June 02, 2008

The Boss is the Man

I went to see Bruce Springsteen on Friday at the Emirates and it was brilliant. Almost two and a half hours long, a fantastic set of the classics, new songs and some unknowns, and the E Street band in amazing form. The energy and enthusiasm from Springsteen was utterly infectious – it’s hard to believe he’s 58. Being three rows from the front made the four hour queue worthwhile.

It made me wonder just who will be doing live music like that in 30 years time. Bruce Springsteen has been going since the 70s, still brings out albums that far surpass much of what comes out by newer bands and can write some of the greatest rock and roll songs ever or subtly touch on major issues without ever sounding sanctimonious.

Somehow I don’t see Razorlight or Coldplay et al. filling stadiums in 30 years time with fans that weren’t even born when they started releasing albums.

6 comments:

geordie said...

"It made me wonder just who will be doing live music like that in 30 years time."

Indeed. I've been pondering the same before I see Clapton at the end of this month.

(Mind you, he didn't put on a very good show in his heyday by all accounts -- playing lying down and that...)

Kristian Dando said...
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Kristian Dando said...

"Meh, sacred cows," I balked. "Pop music's about taking a hot lance to the dinosaurs of yore and giving not a monkeys about that rubbish your parents listen to. Know 'ye know nothing of the legacy of punk?"

Then I recalled that I went to see Depeche Mode twice in 2006 and they were majestic both times, so I decided to keep my bloody mouth shut...

Dan W said...

Some nice self-censorship there Dando. I wouldn't have agreed, but now they don't have to try and reply, I'm going to get back to work.

Dan W said...

I, not they, - something about these tiny boxes makes it impossible not to make a MiStke!89

Kristian Dando said...

Aye, it was a mistake I was trying to get rid of. What with Geordie lurking about the place I thought I'd end up losing face if I posted a response riddled with miktsakes.sjg

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