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Monday, 30 April 2012

Bruce Springsteen - The Wrecking Ball Tour - Some Images

A few images from The First Leg of The Wrecking Ball Tour. I've tried to find who took the pictures but sometimes the name of the photographer is not available.
Apollo Theater Show 9th March 2012
Life on the Edge of Town (picture from
Philips Arena Atlanta Opening Night of the Tour
18th March 2012
Photo by Paulus Groenewegen

Greensboro 19th March 2012
 Bruce and Steve

Tampa Bay 23rd March
The Setlist

Boston 26th March 2012
The Boss Crowd Surfing!

Philadelphia 28th April 2012
In the crowd for 'Raise Your Hand'

Philadelphia 29th March 2012
Dancing in the Dark with Mum

East Rutherford NJ 3rd April 2012
Taking a nap between songs! Don't you believe it!
(photo by  Hilde Vandebroek)

That's one big band!
(photo by  Hilde Vandebroek)

East Rutherford NJ 4th April 2012
 'Say Cheese' during Ramrod!

Madison Square Gardens 6th April 2012
"This is not my guitar!"
(Photo by Christina)

Nils Lofgren and Bruce
(Photo by Zimbio)

Madison Square Gardens 9th April 2012
(Photo by Zimbio)

Detroit 12th April 2012
Bruce gets it right this time, it's Detroit not Ohio!

Buffalo 13th April 2012

Cleveland 17th April 2012
President and Vice President!

Waitin' on a Sunny Day

Los Angeles 26th April 2012
Bruce and Tom Morello 'Ghost of Tom Joad'
(Photo from Joseph Quever

Mrs Springsteen and The Professer
(Photo from Joseph Quever

Los Angeles 27th April 2012
Did Kevin Buell lose my guitar again (Buell was working his 1000th show)

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - 29th April New Orleans

Links will be added when they become available

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour Los Angeles 27th April 2012

0. FOR YOU (Song starts at 2.50) (acoustic) – (Bruce came out an hour and a half before the show with his relatives, said hello and played an acoustic version of “For You.” Then went back offstage)
2. We Take Care Of Our Own
3. Wrecking Ball
4. Badlands
5. Death To My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
6. My City Of Ruins
7. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
8. Jack Of All Trades (with Tom Morello)
9. Youngstown
10. Prove It All Night
11. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
12. Easy Money
13. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
14. Apollo Medley
15. Racing In The Street
16. The Rising
17. Lonesome Day
18. We Are Alive
19. The Ghost Of Tom Joad (with Tom Morello)
20. Land Of Hope And Dreams
21. Rocky Ground
23. Born To Run
24. Dancing In The Dark
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (with Tom Morello)

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - Links to Shows

Many thanks to T.U.B.E.* for posting the shows as they become available and also Springsteen Bootlegs.

Warm Up Shows

Tour Begins

Cleveland 17th April 2012

Los Angeles 27th April 2012

New Orleans 29th April 2012

Newark NJ 2nd May 2012

End of 1st Leg of The Wrecking Ball Tour 

Note * T.U.B.E. for one reason or another has closed his blogpage! I'm trying to find other links so be patient and come back and look again if no link is available at this time. Thanks.
Doug 3rd May 2012

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - 26th April Los Angeles

 Links will be added when they become available


We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
The Ties That Bind

Death to My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
My City of Ruins
The E Street Shuffle
Jack of All Trades (with Tom Morello)

Candy's Room/She's the One
Easy Money
Waitin' on a Sunny Day

The Promised Land
Apollo Medley
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello)

The Rising
Lonesome Day
We Are Alive
Land of Hope and Dreams
* * *
Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark

Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (with Tom Morello)

Blondie - Heart of Glass

On this day in musical history (April 28th 1979) Blondie hit the number one spot in the USA with 'Heart of Glass' (the first of three US number one hits, in the UK they enjoyed four number one hit singles).

Friday, 27 April 2012

Loud Music

A notice in the window of The Bitter End in New York City

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - San Jose 24th April 2012

After a week off The Boss was back to business in San Jose, laying down a three hour and nine minute performance (2nd longest on the tour so far) that featured no tour debuts but a few tweeks in the setlist as audibles were called for with 'Thundercrack', 'Murder Incorporated' and 'Johnny 99' replacing 'E Street Shuffle', 'Youngstown' and 'Trapped'. The 'Apollo Medley' was pushed a couple of slots and 'Backstreets' slipped in.

There's a few links so far and if any others turn up I'll add them.

We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins

Jack of All Trades
Murder Incorporated
Johnny 99
My Love Will Not Let You Down
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day

The Promised Land


American Skin (41 Shots)
Apollo Medley
The Rising

Lonesome Day
We Are Alive
Thunder Road

* * *

Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
Out in the Street
Born to Run

Dancing in the Dark

Tenth Avenue Freeze-out

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Friday, 20 April 2012

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow (2012)

Time to get just a little excited! 'Barton Hollow' finally gets a UK release with a raft of extra tracks, after being out for a year in the USA. In February this year they won two Grammy's (in two different fields - Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance).

If you are wondering who on earth The Civil Wars are, then let me introduce them to you. John Paul White on guitar and vocals and Joy Williams on vocals and piano make up the band/duo. Both had been solo artists prior to their coming together in 2008 at a Songwriting Session in Nashville and they seemed to hit it off from the word go. For more info about the formation of The Civil Wars checkout their website.

The album 'Barton Hollow' was produced by Charlie Peacock who is a legendary producer/artist/author in his own right. Checkout the title track from the album peformed on Later with Jools Holland back in November 2011.

This is a duo that actually sound like they have been playing together for many years and so it's hard to believe it's only been three years! Their second ever live performance was recorded and is a free download from their official website. Look for 'Live From Eddie's Attic' here.

Two weeks ago they were even on BBC Breakfast here in the UK being interviewed.

I have to say how pleased I am about this project. I saw Joy Williams a number of years ago at AtlantaFest and have followed her solo career path with much interest and am so happy to see her getting some success in her life at long last.

I have to disagree with Andy Fyfe of Q Magazine who said in his review that the album is "deeply unengaging" and only gave it two stars. I'm more inclined to go with Mischa Pearlman of the BBC and her positive view of the album over at Amazon. She ends her review with this: "A timeless, anachronistic record, Barton Hollow could be from 30 years ago, or it could be from 30 years hence. What’s certain, though, is that you truly feel it in the here and now."

I find their folk/country sound (hard to actually pin them down) to be some of the most pleasant music I've heard this year. Beautiful harmonies, simple guitar work and tender songs make this such a beautiful work of art.

As I mentioned at the start this UK release comes with a number of extra tracks (6 to be precise) and whilst I've never been a fan of Michael Jackson their take on 'Billie Jean' is stripped down to an acoustic work of genius with lush harmonies to boot.

I'm adding this one to my list of potiental albums of the year!

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