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Bruce Springsteen – how was it for you?

He started with “Twist & Shout”, the song which was truncated the other night in London, and proceeded to play for a whopping three and a half hours on one of those rare Dublin summer evenings when it actually didn’t …

Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 08:34

   

He started with “Twist & Shout”, the song which was truncated the other night in London, and proceeded to play for a whopping three and a half hours on one of those rare Dublin summer evenings when it actually didn’t rain for hours. The first of Bruce Springsteen’s brace of shows at the RDS last night is reviewed here by Shane Hegarty (and you’ll find the setlist here), but what did you, the OTR readers, make of the show? We heard a couple of criticisms last night about the sound and volume so it would be interesting to know if others encountered similar problems. Springsteen plays the RDS again tonight and is due onstage at 7pm (going on last night, that’s more like 7pm-ish).

Some morning-after-the-gig thoughts from Shane:

The post-Hyde Park vibe made the show a one-off. The comedy generator, the comedy policeman, opening with Twist and Shout. Even for someone who makes every show unique, this gave it a particularly novel feel.

Some highlights? A majestic, grief tinged “My City of Ruins”, “Waiting on a Sunny Day”, even before the little girl joined him on stage. “Born in the USA” into “Born to Run” and then “Rosalita”. A slow burning but ultimately joyous “We Are Alive”.

The absence of Clarence was huge, and it had an unsurprising impact on the overall showmanship. Bruce lacked that presence to lean on (literally).

But the expanded E-Street Band was great, especially when the brass section followed Springsteen into the crowd. Jake Clemons’s presence – mostly at the back, but occasionally out front – was perfectly judged and greeted warmly by the crowd.

The sound didn’t do them justice though. It wasn’t great at times.

The show clocked in at 3 hours 25 minutes. I’m open to suggestions on when he last played a longer show here. In keeping with the habit of the previous tour, he didn’t leave the stage once. The tickets were expensive, but you can’t say he doesn’t hold up his end of the deal.

Bruce fell on stage last time he was here. This time Patti fell twice. There’ll be a compo claim one of these days.

Overlooked for “Dancing in the Dark” again. Someday…

Finally, I met a Dutch fan last night who’s following the tour with his son. Milan and Paris had been his highlights but he said this was up there. He said that in Prague and Zurich the crowd had taken a couple of hours to warm up, but that the Irish crowd was with Springsteen from the start. He wasn’t humouring me. I’m sure.


Photo by Lef Carroll. See more of his shots from the show and others on this tour on his Twitter feed

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