The Official Bruce Springsteen Website: Notes from the road: Leeds
As an enchanted full moon week in the British Isles and end of tour madness continues to thoroughly infuse Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, tonight [Wed, 24-Jul-2013] they opened the brand new, cozily intimate (13,500) Leeds Arena…
For “Hungry Heart” Bruce went to the back of the pit and greeted those in the theater-style seats, who were standing and cheering enthusiastically. He took the opportunity of being in such a small, intimate setting to crowd surf to the stage
I can confirm that the Boss did indeed crowd surf.
Bruce Springsteen surfs the crowd.
Bruce Springsteen is 63 years old.
Have you seen there’s a new book out claiming that Bruce Springsteen brought down the Berlin Wall (Amazon uk|.com)?
I like Bruce, but that’s taking things a bit far. It took more than Cadillac Ranch to bring an end to communism. Yes, it will have helped, but winning the Cold War required more subtlety and subterfuge than that. Some of us were working unnoticed, behind the scenes, prodding here, pulling the right string there.
I can’t go into details, obviously, but I can reveal that I did once sign a petition. Gorbachev was big on petitions. The biro is mightier than the Fender, remember that.
And, while we’re at it, who do you think it was who leaked that Murdoch tape this week? I couldn’t possibly comment, but work it out. It’s not exactly Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Amazon uk|.com).
It has been suggested to me that my scoop about Stense sitting on a hill with her dog last Thursday was somewhat unsatisfactory, in that it was totally un-newsworthy. I would beg to differ. Hello? It was about Bafta-award-winning Stense, directrix of prime-time TV shows, and a total fox. It even involved a dog. Animal interest, and all that! How much more newsworthy could it possibly be?
But if it’s genuine, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll gossip you fickle punters are after, try this for size…
Steve ‘Copperhead Road’ Earle has a new drummer:
Bill (L) and Steve (R) on Friday.
Apparently, Bill’s going to get Steve to cut back on the mandolins. A bit less Fairport, a bit more E Street.
Once again, remember, you read it first on Gruts.
Compare and contrast:
Telegraph: Hurricane Sandy: Atlantic City becomes Atlantis
Much of Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the US East Coast, was under water on Monday night as America’s storm of the century threatened to come ashore on top of the iconic resort.
The clues were there for us all to hear, if only we’d opened our ears and listened.
Accept no false prophets. The Bruce is out there.
Meanwhile, in related news, there’s a curfew in New Jersey. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if access to E Street is banned.
Can’t hang around. Jen, Bill and I are off to Manchester to see:
Rain and shouts for Devil Woman will most definitely be involved.
Postscript (25-Jun-2012): Contrary to all expectations: a) we did not get drenched; and b) Bruce played the 1978 introduction to Prove It All Night—something Bill has waited 34 years and around 50 Springsteen concerts to hear. He is a very happy bunny.
Be honest, now, we’ve all secretly wondered what would happen if Elvis returned to Earth and gatecrashed a Springsteen gig:
So now we know
… DEVIL WOMAN!!
Next week: Glen Miller v U2.