Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Boss in New Orleans

Springsteen apparently brought the house down last weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dedicating a new song to 'President Bystander' and blasting the current administration for 'criminal ineptitude', the Boss won over the crowd, probably his first show in years for an audience that wasn't entirely made up of his own disciples. I was keen to see which of his own songs he might perform with the 17-piece Seeger Sessions band. My City of Ruins was obvious, and could have been written for post-Katrina New Orleans: "Young men on the corner, like scattered leaves, the boarded up windows, the hustlers and thieves, while my brother's down on his knees. My city of ruins."

Here's the full setlist:

O Mary Don't You Weep/John Henry/Johnny 99/Old Dan Tucker/Eyes on the Prize/Jesse James/My Oklahoma Home/Mrs. McGrath/How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?(the new song)/Jacob's Ladder/We Shall Overcome/Open All Night/Pay Me My Money Down

Encore: My City of Ruins/Buffalo Gals/You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)/When the Saints Go Marching In

You Can Look probably suits this band just fine, played as a rollicking Cajun stomp, and one he probably hasn't played since the River tour in 1980-81. This upcoming tour should be lot of fun.

For more on the New Orleans set and all things Bruce: Backstreets



Blogger Brucefan1811 said...

Mr. Mercury,

Glad you are keeping tabs on Mr. Springsteen. It's not a big surprise that Bruce could find an audience at the Jazz Fest. Bruce is a three headed monster, he can write, he can perform, and he sorrounds himself with very good people: great musicians and good people in the music industry.

I watched the Seeger Sessions on dvd 3 times. It's only 30 minutes, but it's really good.

Looking forward to being in the PIT on June 13th. I really enjoy reading your posts. The Pete Seeger post was very informative.

Go White Sox. Crede, Thome, Ozuna, and the pitching staff (minus the blown save on Friday) are on fire.


Ig- this is my first Blog. I will hold you accountable for wasting my time writing this.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Thanks for the comments, and stay tuned, I have an mp3 from the Jazz Fest show which I will post soon.

BP, the next step is your own site! I know you're got a lot to say.

9:34 AM  
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