What a Racket: Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball Tour Hits Brisbane
The year is 1999 and I had just heard Bruce Springsteenâ€™s hit â€˜Dancing In The Darkâ€™ on Adelaideâ€™s Triple M.
I wish I could say this was the moment I fell in love with the Boss â€“ but alas, it wasnâ€™t until the mid 2000â€™s when I saw the accompanying film clip, which is arguable the best film clip ever. For those who havenâ€™t seen the film clip Iâ€™m going to take a moment to explain it in great detailâ€¦
We open to a very, very fit, young and of course handsome Bruce Springsteen, quite literally clicking his fingers and taping his toes while he performs Dancing In The Dark on stage. Springsteen is sporting a pair of high waisted jeans and a white t-shirt when he notices a young Courtney Cox in the audience. He proceeds to pull her up on stage and dance with her… and if this isnâ€™t every adolescent girl or boyâ€™s fantasy than I donâ€™t wanna know about it.Â Needless to say itâ€™s a winning combination of good music, groovy dance moves and Bruce Springsteen in tight jeans.
Of course Iâ€™m talking about the Boss because Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band just performed two epic shows at The Brisbane Entertainment Centre and I was lucky enough to catch the performance on Saturday night.
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello performing on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band opened with â€˜High Hopesâ€™, an upbeat track from the 1996 Blood Brothers EP, followed by a real oldie, â€˜The Promise Landâ€™ from the 1978 album Darkness on The Edge of Town. The entire show, (which was over 3 hours) was a combination of Bruce Springsteenâ€™s new and old songs, and the hits of course: The Streets of Philadelphia, The Rising, Born To Run, The Ghost of Tom Joad, an acoustic version of Blinded By The Light (my personal favourite) and of course Dancing In The Dark.
Though the show would be nothing without the very talented E-Street Band.Â The E-Street Band is made up of backing vocalists and percussionists, a drummer, four brass players, a pianist, bass player, and two guitarists including Tom Morello (Rise Against The Machine). Morello would definitely be a personal highlight of the show; his mad guitar skills were unparalleled.
The show was both incredibly entertaining and intimate, which is incredible considering the size of the venue.Â Springsteen made his way around the BEC shaking hands, high-fiving and kissing his beloved audience members on more than three occasions. During his performance of Waitinâ€™ On A Sunny Day, Springsteen pulled an oh-so-cute eleven year old to stage (who by the way was dressed in jeans, a white t-shirt and a red cap hanging from his back pocket) and let him sing the final chorus of the song. But Springsteen didnâ€™t stop there, oh no, it gets better, hand in hand Springsteen and the boy slid across the stage on their knees. It brought this Bruce-lover to tears.
During Springsteenâ€™s performance of â€˜My City of Ruins, he asked for complete silence in order to remember â€œthe places that never leave us, and the people that never leave usâ€ and for almost a minuet the entire BEC was silent, truly awe-inspiring.
Springsteen said prior to their first performance in Australia, â€œwe just come out to be at our best reallyâ€ and they truly were, all 3 hours of it.Â It was an impressive, intimate and entertaining performance, and one I shall never forget.
Written by Amy Billing