Saturday, May 24, 2008

Review: Bruce Springsteen RDS Dublin 23rd May 2008

So much of your enjoyment of concerts depends on where you're standing or sitting and the sort of people that are around you. Last night, I was in the pit surrounded by a good group of people. Maybe that's why I thought it was a better show than Thursday. But I also think it was just a better show.

Night is a fantastic opener and the pace didn't let up at all until a magnificent performance of 'Magic'. Trapped was brilliant but Murder Incorporated was incredible with Bruce and Steve taking the dueling guitars they did during Gypsy Biker on Thursday to a new level. Prove It All Night was great again, with Nils taking a fantastic solo at the end. Mary's Place was even more enjoyable than the night before and Girls In Their Summer Clothes was brilliantly played as well. The encores are a show in themselves and it was something special last night. To start with Jungleland was amazing, Clarence nailing his solo. Glory Days was great fun "Is it sexy time? Is it Guinness Time?" "No, it's Boss Time" American Land was brilliant again.

Bruce was enjoying himself even more I thought. At times he was visibly out of breath but after all the running he was doing, I wasn't surprised. Funniest moment of the night came during Dancing when he got a little girl up on the ramp to dance with him but she got scared and ran back to her parents. He then picked a man up from the audience for a quick Courtney Cox impression. That song was also one of my favourites. If I had to pick one highlight, it was probably Jungleland, with Mary's Place being a close second purely for Bruce's infectious enthusiasm and how much he clearly loves playing that song. Nine songs different from the first night, I'm sure it'll be different again on Sunday. Setlist below. Again picture taken from Download On Tour: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Vol. 1 here and Vol. 2 here.

Radio Nowhere
No Surrender
Lonesome Day
The Promised Land
Murder Incorporated
Darlington County
Prove It All Night
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
Mary's Place
Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Devil's Arcade
The Rising

Last to Die
Long Walk Home
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Born to Run
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
American Land


Greg Lewis said...

An unbelievable show. I thought Thursday had been blistering but Bruce turned everything up a notch again.
The music and song selection was spot on, from the opening number Night, right through Trapped and She’s The One.
And the show was filled with lots of great Springsteen moments: the little girl who refused to dance and the man who was happy to, the taking of the fan’s beer and then drinking it on stage, and a “Boss Time” with Steve Van Zandt which was milked for all it was worth.

Anonymous said...

Got a pic of U2 sitting in the crowd to the left of the pitch on the Fri night. Great gig.