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Review: Bruce Springsteen 2012-08-26 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Concert Review: Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada): August 26, 2012

Brucetapes is proud to present it’s first guest blog post:

Moncton concert review by Angela Cullen:

“Are you ready for the function in Moncton?” So came the rallying cry as the house-rockin’, earth-shakin’, legendary E Street Band stormed the stage at Magnetic Hill, blasting full throttle into back-to-back classics No Surrender and Working on the Highway.

“Well, Moncton, you’re pretty lively up here,” grinned the Boss, a point quickly proven when the crowd took over the vocals on Hungry Heart, kicking off a 30,000-strong singalong that would last all night.

Before delivering a haunting rendition of City of Ruins, Bruce shared his impressions of the area, quipping that he’d “heard you get rain up here sometimes,” a cheeky reference to torrential downpours that had turned the site into a muddy mire for the final U2 360 show in July 2011. Springsteen discussed his newfound fascination with New Brunswick tourist attraction Magnetic Hill (or, as he renamed it, ‘Magnet Hill’). Like Gravity Hill near his boyhood home in New Jersey, a car parked at the bottom of Magnetic Hill will slowly be drawn back up to the top. He reminisced over his memories of Gravity Hill – “The only place in the world (like it) … except for ONE other!” he added, as the crowd roared its delight.
The three-hour, ten-minute, energy-filled concert gave all of the E Streeters a chance to shine, both during the band intros and after Bruce collected requests from the audience. The spotlight was on Nils as he wailed out a blistering solo during Because the Night. Spinning in continuous circles, he racked the intensity up higher and higher until the crowd was ready to swoon for reasons that had little to do with the humid summer night.

Towards the end of audience request Pay Me My Money Down – “it’s a really good song if we don’t f*ck it up,” Bruce joked – the horn section joined the Boss at the front of the stage to close the Seeger tune on a joyful, rollicking note.

A sign from the audience proclaimed “I love Soozie and Darlington County,” which led to a jubilant rendition that started out riffing on the Stones’ Honky Tonk Women and was further pumped up by Soozie Tyrell’s exquisite, energetic fiddle playing.

In typical Bruce fashion, he amped things up to a fever pitch from there, leading the crowd into a ‘Huh, Yeah’ call and repeat intro to a foot-stomping Shackled and Drawn. Taking to the piano for a solo performance of If I Should Fall Behind, Springsteen noted that the song had been requested by a fan who’d been to 270 shows – “making up for the rest of you,” he teased the crowd, most of whom had earlier confessed to being E Street show novices. After a moving River – closed with beautiful falsetto crooning – and a stirring, triumphant Rising, the joyful notes of Badlands danced exuberantly over the air and had anyone who was still seated jumping to their feet to dance, clap and sing along.

A brief rest, then the band charged back for a thrilling six-song encore that saw Bruce draw not one but two women on stage to dance in the dark before he mock-collapsed, exhausted, onto the stage. Thankfully, Stevie was able to revive him in time for E Street to break out a boisterous Tenth Avenue Freeze-out. “This is the important part,” the Boss said solemnly, as the band grew still and screens flanking the stage filled with images of the fondly remembered Big Man, drawing thunderous applause and sustained cheers from the crowd. As the song wound down, Springsteen called out, “One more for Moncton!”prompting the band to crank out the intro to Twist and Shout. Bruce made room for the show’s two opening acts, Canadian artists The Trews and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, on the marathon jam that had the former farmer’s-field-turned-Papal-Mass Site truly rocking and shaking from end to end.

As the final notes drifted out over the crowd and a never-ending chorus of “Broooooooce” filled the night, Springsteen lifted his guitar in salute. Calling out, “Thank you, Moncton! We’re coming back!” Bruce and the band slowly made their way off the stage. It’s safe to say that they made thousands of new fans that night… Fans who are counting on the band to make good on their promise to pay a return visit to their “new favourite place.”

Setlist:

No Surrender
Working on the Highway
Hungry Heart
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
Pay Me My Money Down
Jack of All Trades
Because the Night
Lonesome Day
Darlington County (Honky Tonk Women intro)
Shackled and Drawn (Huh, Yeah intro)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Promised Land
If I Should Fall Behind
The River
The Rising
Badlands
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Thunder Road
Born to Run
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Twist and Shout (with The Trews and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)


Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own reviews

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own – Review Index:

Bruce Springsteen’s new single “We Take Care Of Our Own” was released yesterday, and there are plenty of reviews already out. I collected some of them here for your reading pleasure:

We Take Care Of Our Own (With Lyrics) – Bruce Springsteen

“he asks amidst a richly orchestrated Wall of Sound built on echoing drums, a galloping melody and a rich keyboard blend that nods to the “Born to Run” era….”

Read more: http://www.billboard.com/new-releases/track-review-bruce-springsteen-we-take-care


“he laments in the first verse, a precise, devastating assessment of a nation exhausted by economic straits and locked in an uncivil war of values stoked by selfish Washington gridlock…”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/songreviews/we-take-care-of-our-own-20120119#


“Springsteen understands, even relishes in, his role as a modern-day Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger, who expressed his love and his disenchantment with America…”

Read more: http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/review-bruce-springsteens-new-single-we-take-care-of-our-own


“It’s the big, thumping bass and tom tom drums, plus the heavy keys and guitar riff that drive this four-minute cut….”

Read more: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bruce-springsteen-we-take-care-of-our-own-song-review/


“Though it could be mistaken for of anti-immigration jingoism, the song’s title is meant to be interpreted as a call for togetherness…”

Read more: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/01/single-review-bruce-springsteen-we-take-care-of-our-own


“One thing about “We Take Care of Our Own” is pure Boss, though: the lyric. This is a bitter anthem crafted for a political moment that…”

Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/01/19/145454546/we-take-care-of-our-own-springsteens-new-wave-of-social-protest


“Of course Bruce Springsteen’s older, but he’s angrier too, rolling up the sleeves for another fight. All the hallmarks of an anthem for the working man are here….”

Read more: http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2012/01/review-bruce-springsteen-we-take-care-of-our-own/


“The lyrics tackle the concept of American citizens changed morals, while an upbeat rhythm keeps the song moving…”

Read more: http://lostinthesound.com/2012/01/listen-bruce-springsteen-we-take-care-of-our-own/


“The lyrics of “We Take Care Of Our Own” evoke recent tragedies but also sound a note of hope…”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/bruce-springsteen-we-take-care-of-our-own-wrecking-ball_n_1215564.html


“But its déjà “USA” all over again, as Springsteen mines the entire lyric with evocations of American promises unfulfilled…”

Read more: http://www.thewrap.com/music/column-post/review-springsteen-does-another-political-fakeout-we-take-care-our-own-34574


“Featuring a rugged backbeat, just the right amount of chiming, and slightly rawer production…”

Read more: http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/01/19/bruce-springsteen-new-album-single-wrecking-ball-we-take-care/


“And then there are the lyrics, which offer an affirmation of national glory without ever uttering the word “America,” suggest the economic struggles without calling them “economic struggles…”

Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/01/first-take-bruce-springsteens-patriotic-new-we-take-care-of-our-own.html


“Lyrically, underlying political-social themes never cease to inspire The Boss, as is the case of “We Take Care of Our Own” where the rocker takes aim at economic disparities…”

Read more: http://www.awkwardsound.com/2012/01/song-review-bruce-springsteens-we-take.html


“We Take Care Of Our Own” plays it safe, living at the intersection of “Born In The U.S.A.” and “The Rising.”…”

Read more: http://blindedbysound.com/post/viewPost/bruce_springsteens_new_single_we_take_care_of_our_own_safely_supplies_anger_with_a_purpose/


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