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Still The Boss,
This review is from: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live In Barcelona [DVD]  (DVD)
Aside from the inevitable joke reviews (he does have a larger than average nose, however) many people will remember most of this concert from the VH1 live broadcast last summer. The gig is fairly typical of the set-lists Springsteen performed over the duration of The Rising tour. There are a few surprises from the back catalogue which add to us "completists" collections and which means that we can dump some of those dodgy bootlegs from way back when.
As a showcase for "The Rising" this is, however, about as good as it gets. It illustrates Springsteen's sheer enjoyment in what he does as well as move him on, even further - to another level -as the acceptable conscience of America.
"The Rising" is a great record and it is predictable that tracks from this form the nucleus of the DVD. Seeing him twice in the UK earlier this year, I was struck by how the old songs sit so well with the new. Despite the 9/11 theme, Springsteen's values and liberalism shine out.
"World's Apart" is a fantastic guitar meltdown live song; "Empty Sky" and "Your Missing", one after the other, are extremely powerful, moving and positive recollections of that day.
Fans of the old Springsteen will be relieved to learn that his energy has in no way lessened with old age. "Ramrod" is transformed from an album filler to a show stopper while "Mary's Place" is the new "Rosalita", complete with references to his childhood and early life that resonate full circle with, again, the recurring image of 9/11.
A pogoing "Dancing in the Dark" and a turbo-charged "Born To Run" do the business.
This is an artist on top of his game, in charge of what he does and backed by one of the greatest sets of musicians imaginable.
All in all, worth buying