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22 July 2009 @ 07:13 pm
19/07/09 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE ESB IN ROME CONCERT - FLAILY REVIEW  
(Yes, I still owe comments. But I NEED to do this review before, like, ONE WEEK passes.)

Aaaand.... I HAD VOICE! I don't know what it is with Bruce concerts where I scream myself hoarse and then I still have plenty of voice the next day but YAY! I could talk, lol.

Anyway. I only have three words, which would be, BEST CONCERT EVER with some OMMMGGGG thrown in for good measure. I mean. Seriously. He read my mind while choosing the setlist, or something. Anyway, review under the cut, long-ass as usual, some pictures too, no videos because my singing = UGLY and (probably sadly) also Misha Collins references because it so happened. And also, one of the few pictures of yours truly you'll ever get to see.

Also, the pictures are 1600x1200. They WILL break your dial-up. I warned. ;)

Uh, wait. The picture kind of sucks and you can't see my darling properly, but best I can find for now.



^ I LOVE THEM ALL. OMG I LOVE THEM ALL.

Okay, so, this date was awesome on principle not only because it was in my city (I DIDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL OMG) and because he read my mind when choosing the setlist, but also because I attended with THREE people (!! never happens), which would be lasamy, pnr and ladymacbeth77 (it was SUCH a pleasure to meet you finally!!!) ♥ and it was great. Oh yeeesss it was. Anyway, we got to the stadium after a crazy ride on a crazy bus full with either Springsteen fans or completely crazed people and since there were the world swimming championships on the same day they pushed it like one hour and a half late that then became two hours, but let's just skip about that and about how you don't want to be on a bus in Italy while going to a concert in a stadium. Also, I was kind of amused that our seats were more or less in the same position they were in Milan.

Let's say that as the last time he was here (when I saw him first) he started with Once Upon A Time In The West. HOW DO I LOVE THAT? A FUCKING LOT.

And then he went with Badlands which was AWESOME because while last time it wasn't an opener, it was more like before the encores, I have to say that it freaking WORKED. Clearly the stadium wasn't going down as last time though, but STILL, BADLANDS. *flails* And then there was Out In The Street which is totally SO GOOD to play live and ha, it kind of was my first live one because it was the first on the Live in New York CD so I was seriously starting to get beyond flailing at the second song. Even if they already played it in Milan last year but TOTALLY NOT COMPLAINING.

Then he went on with Outlaw Pete from the last record which is seriously awesome stuff especially live and I actually managed to take some pretty decent pictures during that one. Which seriously, wasn't a given since I had a new camera and I still need to get how it works, but whatever. Anyway, that isn't the main thing because until then it was just objectively awesome.

THEN IT BECAME SUBJECTIVELY THE BEST THING EVER BECAUSE THEY PLAYED NO SURRENDER WHICH HAPPENS TO BE MY FAVORITE BRUCE SONG EVER AND I NEVER GOT TO HEAR IT LIVE IN MY OTHER TWO BRUCE CONCERTS AND OOOMMMMGGG IT WAS PERFECT AND HE WAS PLAYING IT SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH LITTLE STEVEN AND I WAS ALMOST CRYING/HAVING A HEART ATTACK AND PROBABLY THE ONLY IDIOT STANDING IN MY ROW BUT SINCERELY? NOT CARING AN INCH. OMG THEY PLAYED NO SURRENDER AND IT WAS THE ESB OMG. I think that if it had ended then I'd have been totally fine with it but of course it was the beginning and OMMMGG THE REST.

Anyway, so, I am dropping dead on my seat high on my No Surrender kick and they played She's The One which is always good to hear live and was so good and there was Clarence totally rocking the sax and looking awesome, and then they went on with Working On A Dream which was pretty much great and sincerely from what I read on newspapers, I was expecting it to be the last one from the last record. I was wrong btw, but more on that later.

Anyway, then they do Seeds which was OMG I SO WASN'T EXPECTING THAT #1 and I kinda loved it on the live 75-85 record and I was like YAY, but then OMG THEY PLAYED THE ROCK VERSION OF JOHNNY 99 WHICH HAPPENS TO BE NEBRASKA STUFF and seriously, I wasn't expecting anything Nebraska in an E-Street concert and whoever on the internet said that having it in a rock version wasn't a good decision can sod off. It was GOOD.

And then it wasn't the end of the Nebraska space because OMG ATLANTIC CITYYY which I used to play on repeat for days when I was thirteen or so and I was seriously DYING to hear it live and I wasn't expecting it at all and at the part in the end when he was doing the crescendo and everyone else was doing the chorus I was about to cry. Or something like that.

(Also, Nils? Your backvocals are always awesome. Erm.)

Soo, then they start playing Raise Your Hand which I was so totally NOT expecting and MOAR FLAIL because it's totally stuff I was dying to hear and then he went down and picked all the signs with the songs requests (I LOVE that he does requests, dammit, I so love that!!) and touched hands and was generally awesome as usual (also, at sixty, I think he's more in shape than I am. Seriously). Er, looks like I wasn't expecting half of this concert.

Request #1 was Hungry Heart which while might not be my favorite Bruce song ever it's always awesome when played in a stadium, and I think that around this point he started going around with a red cowboy hat that someone from first row had handed him and he actually did pull it off, which seriously, wasn't a given at all. *cough*

Then, request #2 was Pink Cadillac which seriously, AWESOME? Because I didn't remember it played recently at all and I absolutely love it (it kind of was one of my favorite b-sides when I was getting into his stuff, and saying this stuff makes me feel old dammit) and I mean, RARE STUFF! And then he was so SWEET because first he played I'm On Fire for someone whose sign said they were going to get married the next week, and then Surprise, Surprise for a girl whose birthday was that day. And guess what's my favorite song off the new record? THAT exactly. Was I expecting that? NOT AT ALL because no one ever mentions it and IT WAS FLAAAAAAAAAIL time. Or at least, MOAR flail time than it was before, I spent this whole concert flailing.

And then there was Prove It All Night WHERE THEY PUT THE INFAMOUS NILS SOLO WHERE HE TWIRLS AT INFAMOUS SPEED WHILE PLAYING THE GUITAR AND MAKING ME SCREAM MYSELF EVEN MORE HOARSE. And I was thankful no one was sitting in the row in front of me or I'd have probably broken their ears or something. Niiiiilllssss. ♥ ♥ ♥

Then... that was the start of the FEAST OF ADORABLE because during Waitin' On A Sunny Day first he made a four-year-old girl from, like, third row, sing a verse and she actually got it totally right, and then he actually took a three year old kid on stage with him and he made him sing all the refrain and SERIOUSLY, CAN SOMEONE GET MORE ADORABLE THAN THAT??

The Promised Land was GOOOOOD, and ha, three times I go to see Bruce, three times I hear it live. YESSS much? (Also, favorite song out of Darkness, probably. Heee. He likes playing my favorites, I guess.

Then I seriously think I cried. Because THEY PLAYED AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) and for your interest, well, probably you weren't interested but just to get the idea, it's hung up on the door of my room. And I had NEVER got to hear that live before and IT WAS WITH THE ESB AND OH DEAR I think I cried. I can't remember. But I was seriously so moved you can't even say. I love that song to pieces, dammit.

Then they went with Lonesome Day which I LOVED and was not expecting (ha, news!) and The Rising which I actually was expecting but is so AWESOME live. Seriously. I love stuff from that record, aaah yes.

AND THEN IT WAS BORN TO RUN BEFORE THE ENCORES AND YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. BORN TO RUN WITH THE E-STREET IS JUST... *loves madly* And er, I'll post a picture further down to give you the idea of the craziness and how actually that stadium was falling down at that point.

At the encores I came this close to crying again because they played My City Of Ruins expressively dedicated to the people from L'Aquila and dear, it was seriously the most touching moment of that whole evening. I can't remember if I did cry there too but if I didn't I was this close again. Also? FREAKING AWESOME PERFORMANCE and I had never heard that live either and YESS for that.

Then lasamy died because they played Thunder Road and I think I died too, even if less than her. Probably because technically I had died during No Surrender anyway. And it WAS AWESOME AND IT WAS THUNDER ROAD AND THERE WAS THE HARMONICA AND IT WAS WITH THE ESB AND CAN YOU GET MORE EPIC?

Yes you can, apparently, because after a cover for You Can't Sit Down which I think was The Clash and was awesome and I need to download it from somewhere, they played American Land, which is one of my favorites ever from his and so I was flailing already, but who did he bring on stage?

... His MOTHER and his AUNT. In all their more-than-eighty-year-old glory. THE BOTH OF THEM. And they danced it ALL and his mom kind of hugged him and I think they kissed or something and IT WAS EPIC. Dear. I've seen Bruce's mother on stage. Can't get more epic than that?

Yes, it apparently can. Because after Bobby Jean which I apparently like a lot live and not much on cd (but I love the lyrics), there was Dancing In The Dark and there was a girl with a sign asking something like 'shall we dance, Mr. Bruce?' and he PICKED HER UP AND BROUGHT HER ON STAGE AND DANCED WITH HER LIKE IN THE VIDEO and she kind of was hugging the hell out of him and kissed him twice (well, SMART I have to say, I'd have probably tried to do it more than twice actually) and seriously. EPIC stuff. EPICEPICEPIC stuff. And then he closed with Twist And Shout (YESSSSSSSSSSS) and then it was over and BEST CONCERT EVER? YES IT WAS.

Also, the band? THEY ARE SERIOUSLY INCREDIBLE. I mean, they're all 50+ at least and the playing is awesome, they have such fun, they all look just great and I want them to tour forever. Steve is totally incredible and I just love that he and Bruce were shoulder to shoulder half of the times, I'll always regret not catching the ESB with Danny Federici but Charlie Giordano is awesome too, Max Weimberg is always awesome even if this time I didn't catch him drinking beer in the pauses, Clarence Clemons looks GOOD and his sax playing is just to die for and just YES, Garry Tallent is as good as usual even if he doesn't get much spotlight, Soozie Tyrell just rocks, I find it amusing that I never managed to catch Patti Scialfa with the ESB but whatever, Nils Lofgren is always my total and absolute favorite except from Bruce (NIIILLSS ♥) and I love them all. I seriously do. Best band EVER.

Never mind that we got home at like 3.30 in the night. TOTALLY WORTH EVERY SINGLE SECOND AND EVERY SINGLE CENT OF MY TICKET AND OH BRUCE PLEASE DO ANOTHER ESB TOUR. Now. I mean, the next one. Because I need to make up for the thirty years of ESB that I've lost due to circumstances beyond my reach for fixing.

And now, pictures. Beware. Big stuff and I didn't resize.



That was it before it started. Random pictures from random songs follow. I think I half-caught the red hat.











^ I LOVE THOSE TWO.





^ that was Steve, btw.







^ AWWWWWWWWWWWWW at this one.





^ that was during Born To Run.

ANNNNDDD, BONUS.

Okay. For anyone not following Misha Collins' delirium on Twitter, he eats ponies and uses them as a transportation mean. And other stuff. And he posts about ponies. And that's more or less it in a nutshell.

Point is, Bruce did a song named Pony Boy which was on his worst record (but was cute) and he won't ever play it live and he was never going to see a sign from where I was, but still, I had a sign. And this is yours truly on the bus after the concert with the sign and the ticket and probably a very dazed face but I was blissed out. Forgive me.



And after this *hiiides* I think I'm done. Oh dear. I don't even know when I'll manage to answer this post but anyway, I did my review and I did my fangirlish job. ♥ btw? I LOVE BRUCE AND THE ESB LIKE NOTHING ELSE (except maybe Bon Jovi, but the day I'll manage to land a BJ gig you'll probably hear my squee from Australia. Whatever). *goes to have some water and stuff and also playing the host since this took me like one hour to write. Oops.*

Uh, SETLIST.

1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. Badlands
3. Out in the Street
4. Outlaw Pete
5. No Surrender
6. She’s the One
7. Working on a Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. Atlantic City
11. Raise Your Hand
12. Hungry Heart
13. Pink Cadillac
14. I’m on Fire
15. Surprise, Surprise
16. Prove It All Night
17. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
18. The Promised Land
19. 41 Shots
20. Lonesome Day
21. The Rising
22. Born to Run
23. My City Of Ruins
24. Thunder Road
25. You Can’t Sit Down
26. American Land
27. Bobby Jean
28. Dancing In The Dark
29. Twist & Shout
 
 
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Kros_21kros_21 on July 22nd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
no way???!!! tu c'eri??!!!! e ti sei pure fatta il trucco dark!!! ci stai bene! te lo devi fare anche per la Con o per la prossima volta che usciamo insieme! XD

the female ghost of tom joad: ILUjanie_tangerine on July 23rd, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
CERTO CHE C'ERO XD ti pare che Bruce passa da qui e io non ci vado? XDD e grazie *_* ok registrato, vedrò di truccarmi più spesso XDD ♥
bullet to the beast: like OMGthevinegarworks on July 22nd, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
OMG THAT'S A LOT OF FLAIL. BUT TOTALLY WARRANTED BECAUSE OMG.

That looked like a fucking awesome concert, and when Bruce's mom and aunt came out? D'awwwww!

So glad you had fun, bb!
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural dean/samjanie_tangerine on July 23rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
WELL YEAH BUT BRUCE REQUIRES FLAILING MUCH. *flails some more for the hell of it*

And it was a COMPLETELY awesome concert. And D'AAWWWWW indeed! They were the cutest thing ever.

Thank you! ♥
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on July 22nd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had such an amazing time. You deserve it for being such a great fan girl.

Cute bus pic!
the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on July 23rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Ha, I guess my fangirling gets repaid in the best way. ;) ♥
Janice: dockjaydblu on July 23rd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a great time, I'm glad for you!

And your sign is so huge, are you sure he didn't see it? ;)

ps: you and this post are adorable. :)
the female ghost of tom joad: ILUjanie_tangerine on July 23rd, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I totally had an AWESOME time, but with Bruce you can't really go wrong.

LOL, nope, and I was too far anyway. Next time I'm going down though. ;)

(and awwww, thanks! ♥)
a geek in such the wrong way: music-guitarshaldoor on July 23rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
How do you remember the setlist? I've been to a ton of concerts and never once did I get so intimate with the setlist! You're quite something!

Glad you enjoyed yourself! There's nothing quite like seeing your faves live, is there? *hugs*
the female ghost of tom joad: music whorejanie_tangerine on July 23rd, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Ha, I don't really remember it. I mean, if it's short or if I'm writing it down while I'm in concerts where I sit then I do remember it, but in this case I just did a copy/paste from the Internet. ;) The best thing is when I actually manage to steal the setlist from the road crew guys in the end and I copy it from there though. *cough*

And thank you so much! And no, there isn't. ♥
a geek in such the wrong way: music-drumshaldoor on July 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains it! I never thought to do any of that, but then I guess the internet didn't exist for the majority of my concerts, and I'm too chicken to actually think about trying to approach the stage or anything like that (and too into the concert to write down anything!)! Good on you for being so brave! ;-)
alemyrddin: alemyrddinalemyrddin on July 23rd, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
can't see the pictures because I'm at work but I'm memming this for later.
He's awesome, always.

I'm kind of jealous he did Thunder Road and No Surrender, because they are among my favourites, and I love Pink Cadillac too, but Turin's concert was great as well.

He made a 5-year old kid sing during Sunny Day too! And he picked up a 12-something girl to dance with him during Dancing in the Dark but she was too embarrassed to dance properly! aaagh! *hates her*

But he's awesome, and he still has a great ass - as those images on the maxi-screen abundantly showed. *grins* And great arms too! Those could be seen even without the scree from where I was standing.

And look, I could tell my baby she was at her first Springsteen concert before she was even born!! hee.
the female ghost of tom joad: bruce muffin manjanie_tangerine on July 24th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I hope you got to see them by this point. ;)

AND YESS HE IS!!

And ha, well, you got Drive All Night which is like in my five favorite songs so I'm a bit jealous of your setlist too, but I'm so NOT complaining about my setlist. Hell no.

AWWW, he did that in Turin too? How adorable!!! And HA, I think he picked a 12 year old because the Rome one was all over him and was kind of molesting him, not that I actually couldn't see her point. Hell no.

UUH YES HE HAS A GREAT ASS indeed. I'm so pleased that I managed to get a nice ass shot among the heap of wasted pictures I made. Mm. The arms. *licks lips*

And AWWW, you so can!! That'll be good influence, I'm sure. ;) ♥
alemyrddin: SawyerSmilealemyrddin on July 26th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
viste, viste, belle!!

...ma senti, visto che sei sempre super-fornita (e super-gentile), mi chiedevo se posso approfittare ancora...
non è che avresti "waiting on a sunny day"?

the female ghost of tom joad: bruce muffin manjanie_tangerine on July 27th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
chieda e le sarà dato ;) lei può sempre approfittare ;) ♥
alemyrddinalemyrddin on July 28th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
le sono infinitamente grata!!! :)
Lady Macbeth: Cat Hug Meladymacbeth77 on July 28th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ti ho conosciuta finalmente! ♥
E' stato bellissimo, sono ancora emozionata! *______*
<3<3<3