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As good as beings there (nearly)
on 24 June 2010
U2 may put on a spectacular performance with all their lights and tricks but Bruce Springsteen is the best live performer - probably ever. Previous releases have never quite captured the whole live experience. This one does. The gig is filmed the day after he had played a 3 hour set at Glastonbury. He's 60 years old, yet his energy from the first chord to the last is astounding. It takes a few tracks to shake the rasp from his voice but when you see him conduct the crowd on 'Out In The Street' using all the stagecraft that nigh on 40 years of gigs teaches you; you realise just how a rock gig should feel. He even has time to laugh at himself running back to the stage 'I need an elevator - I'm sixty'.
He plays new tracks and old one's, covers and classics, even taking requests from the crowd and changing the set list as he goes - you can see him calling out the songs to the band as he builds the show. Standout moments include 'Trapped' (a rare cover) guitarist Nils Lofgren's solo on 'Youngstown' a beautiful 'Racing In The Street' which showcases the musicianship of the E Street Band while Bruce indicates the tempo. Just when you think he must be tiring and it won't get any more epic; he plays 'Jungleland' as the sun sets. To see the crowd during the sax solo, lit from the stage as Clarence Clemons blows the notes is a Blu ray demo moment. The clarity of the picture is jaw dropping and somehow the sound has been mixed so you genuinely feel as if you are in the front row. Turn it up and you'll see what I mean.
He may not tour like this again so in case he doesn't, buy this disc so you'll know what you are missing.