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Springsteen at the 'Bowl

Posted by Sarah Rodman  February 2, 2009 11:14 AM

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So what did everybody think of Bruce and the band last night at the Superbowl?

"Sound Effects" thought the 12 minute halftime show sounded good, loved the horns, and remains impressed at how Springsteen and the E Streeters have the ability to go from 0 to 60 in just a few seconds and transform the vibe of any venue. But man, that collision with the camera looked like it hurt!

That said, this member of the "SE" team is always bummed by abbreviated versions of songs, especially classics. I'd rather hear fewer songs sung fully, but I know I'm in the minority on that.

Standing in the line for Springsteen tickets this morning at the TD Banknorth Garden the consensus was a thumbs up although there were a few crinkled noses at the stuff with the referee, which was cartoony. Thoughts?

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3 comments so far...
  1. Dinosaur

    Posted by Chris February 2, 09 12:07 PM
  1. Springsteen has always been overrated. While I like a few of his songs most of them really are nothing special-I fail to see the fuss about this guy and would rank many many more songwriters and performers well ahead of him.

    Posted by Kevin Luby February 2, 09 11:22 PM
  1. I love these people who label artists older than, say, 24, dinosaurs.

    These people are not MUSIC fans...they are fans of whatever is happening at the moment. They love the latest, overblown, overhyped piece of garbage...until that piece of garbage falls out of favor and is replaced by a different, new form of the same garbage. These people are fans of TRENDS, not music.

    Bruce Springsteen has established his credentials, and doesn't need me defending him to insignificant people like Chris.

    You may not LIKE the guy's music...but evaluate it on it's merits...not on the age of the performer. Springsteen's had a long career for a reason. His music transcends trends and gimmicks. I don't love everything the guy has done, either, but I respect his body of work, and there's no denying his genius, and influence in rock and roll, and on society in general.

    Several more trends and pieces of garbage will come and go in the next several years...Springsteen, God willing, will still be around. As brilliant and as influential as ever.

    Posted by Matt Talvi February 5, 09 05:22 PM

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