Tomorrow night, I will be on E-Street; standing beside my wife on our 4th wedding anniversary in front of one of our shared musical heroes. Life really doesn’t get much better…
Springsteen has played a vital role in my life. Way back in April 1985, I saw Bruce and the E-Street Band as they stormed the globe on the Born in the U.S.A. Tour. It was my very first taste of live music and almost 30 years on, I still tingle when I think about it. Bruce himself talks about Elvis freeing his body and Dylan freeing his mind… well, that night, Bruce freed both for me; changing forever, the way I think and feel about music and art in general. That night, dancing down the street after the gig, I felt something that I had never known. A fire and a joy that were simultaneously making me laugh, sing and cry.
Bruce’s commitment and passion have continued to be a guiding light in the way I approach my own work… the willingness to stand behind your words, no regrets; to leave nothing behind when you get an opportunity to stand on stage in front of an audience. These principles continue to drive me…
I know tomorrow night is going to be wildly emotional… there will be no Clarence on stage, no Danny, but I’m sure they’ll be in the room… where else would they want to be? As Bruce said, Danny and Clarence haven’t left the E-Street band because they are no longer with us; they leave the band, when the band dies.
And the band is far from that… For the committed, the hungry and the hunted, here’s the full audio from one of the Wrecking Ball shows last year, all three and a bit hours of it:
For those of you looking for a smaller bite, here’s Bruce and band playing Tenth Avenue Freeze Out at last year’s SXSW festival:
See you on the other side of E-Street!