"Dancing in the Dark" with Bruce Springsteen in Rochester, NY, Halloween Night, 2012
[Musing: What does one do the day after a first Bruce Springsteen concert, when the songs keep ringing in one's head?].
Went to my first Springsteen concert last night. The person I went with was the longer-time fan, but I have a few of his CDs and have liked several of his songs over the years. This time, Bruce played the Blue Cross War Memorial Arena in downtown Rochester, NY. The concert took place just 2 days after Hurricane Sandy combined with a Nor'easter and struck and devastated much of the Jersey shoreline, the area that Bruce calls home and has written about at length. Naturally, Jersey weighed heavily on the singer/songwriter's mind that night. Because of the storm, the concert was delayed one day from its originally scheduled date to Halloween night, so some songs of the night, such as "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Monster Mash," paid tribute to the holiday.
This was the "Wrecking Ball Tour," out to promote the singer's latest album. Springsteen was out with the reconstituted E Street Band playing the new tunes, some less-remembered songs, and Boss classics.
Courtesy of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, here's the set list:
1. A Night With the Jersey Devil
2. We Take Care Of Our Own
3. Wrecking Ball
4. Out in the Street
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
9. Something in the Night
10. Atlantic City
11. Jackson Cage
12. She’s The One
13. Cover Me
14. Downbound Train
15. Shackled and Drawn
16. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
17. Drive All Night
18. Radio Nowhere
20. Land Of Hope and Dreams
21. Jersey Girl
22. Thunder Road
23. Born To Run
24. Detroit Medley
25. Dancing in the Dark
26. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
I was, at first weirdly disappointed to see so many, let's call them, ahem, "mature" people, there (regardless of age, I abide by, of course, the rules of the decidedly, permanently (ha!) "immature"). Not the rock concert audiences I remember! However, once the lights went down and the music started, years and age and time no longer seemed to matter, and then...they did matter but with a better and clearer and shared perspective. I was relieved when the audience took part as much as ever in the event. Truly, I did see people of all ages there, both younger and older than the majority which seemed to be made up of middle-agers.
Sharing some songs here from the night via YouTube uploads of them from other times.
Here's the new album title track, "Wrecking Ball":
"Dancing in the Dark," a YouTube video uploaded in September, 2011. This song is one of my semi-anthems because it talks about, for me, looking for inspiration, or learning to work without it ("can't start a fire without a spark") -- a fact of life a writer always contends with, and Springsteen is a writer. Of course, I've always liked the line, "...sick of sitting 'round here trying to write this book." I don't get sick of it, ever, but one often wishes it were just a little bit easier to do! And dancing in the dark? Well, let's just say, yeh; I've done my share a-that...
"My City of Ruins." This song had particular meaning at the Rochester concert when so many people's thoughts were on those hurt or who had their property damaged as a result of "Super Storm Sandy" just two nights before. Just like in this video uploaded 2 months earlier, Bruce asked the Rochester crowd if they were missing anyone tonight. Alive but away, or only with us now in spirit, there were a lot of people missed that night, like there are every night...
More later if I can't seem to shake the "afterglow" of the concert! (Always takes me awhile!).
Thanks for the fun night, Bruce!