THE BOSS RETURNS WITH HIS 'MINISTRY OF ROCK N' ROLL AND THE E-STREET BAND
He said he came to bring forth his 'ministry of rock and roll' (especially to those who don't get out of the sky boxes), but while it may not have been the salvation he mentionned, at Oakland Arena for 3 hours, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band made it seem like Heaven or at least 'The Promised Land.'
As good as the 'Born in the USA Tour' I played air-guitar through for three hours with my colleagues from San Francisco's KRQR, 97.3 'The Rocker' about 14 years ago?
Better! More polished. Less an event and far more 3-hours of sublime song and smoking rock, with a now 50-year-old Bruce looking twenty years younger than 6-years-his-senior Mick Jagger, in great physical and musical shape (some of the variously-aged women around me remarking 'he's till quite a hunk.")
Springsteen himself, now settled down with a wife, guitarist Patti Scialfa and Academy Awards and Golden Globes under his belt, has never been in better form or more enthusiastic. That's true also of the whole E-Street Band--Max Weinberg (looking far more delighted than on the Conan show), Roy Bittan, Danny Federici, Gary Tallent, Little Steven (still with that schmata on his head!), wife Patti, tiny dynamite guitarist Nils Lofgren and of course, the Big Man on sax, Clarence Clemmons.
Count-em, 24 numbers, several somewhat redone, spanning almost the entire Springsteen discography from Greetings to Tom Joad: My Love Will Not Let You Down, Prove It All Night, Two Hearts, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Promised Land, Mansion on the Hill, The River, Youngstown, Murder Incorpo-rated, Badlands, Out in the Street, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Where the Bands Are, Working on the Highway, The Ghost of Tom Joad, Meeting Across the River, Jungleland, Light of Day, Ramrod, Bobby Jean, Born to Run, Thunder Road, If I Should Fall Behind, Land of Hope and Dreams.
While some critics bemoaned the set list didn't include Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days or Born in the USA, all that was missing for me were two people in the audience, my love Deanna, who first turned me on to Bruce in 1982 at a million-person peace rally in Central Park and my dear friend Ellery who I had wanted to introduce to the joy of seeing The Boss in concert---it's still true, records or CDs are not the same as a Booo-ce experience!
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1999 REUNION TOUR PLANS ANNOUNCED
Bruce Springsteen's world tour with The E Street Band will begin April 9 in Barcelona, Spain, and venture to Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, England and Ireland.
Dates are confirmed through June 7 though more will be announced later. The U.S. leg will begin in mid-July and continue through the end of September. Springsteen will perform May 18 and 19 at the Earl's Court in London, the paper added.
The E Street Band will feature both of the band's most prominent guitarists, Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren, as well as Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons,Danny Federici, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg.
To coincide with the tour, Columbia Records on April 13 will release ``18 Tracks,'' a single CD compilation of highlights from the ``Tracks'' box set plus three other cuts: a 1973 version of ``The Fever,'' a solo acoustic version of ``The Promise'' recorded in February and ``Trouble River,'' a number recorded during sessions for the ``Human Touch'' album.
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British pop star Dusty Springfield, 59, died in London from cancer. The British singing sensation of the 60's and '70s, had a number of hit songs like 'Wishin' and Hopin' and 'What the World Needs Love' and wrote or co- wrote many other hit songs for other artists. She was scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gene Siskel, the Chicago movie critic, who partnered for many years on TV with fellow movie critic Roger Ebert, has died after hospitalization for a recurring brain tumor. Gene had just taken an indefinite leave of absence from the popular Siskel and Ebert movie review program that awards 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' to the films they review as well as new video releases.
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the Year 2000. The first artists announced to perform will be Sting, Phil Collins
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