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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bruce Springsteen hits a home run at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field MarqueeThere was some good things happening at Wrigley Field on September 8th and 9th. Unfortunately, for Cubs fans it was not baseball. For music lovers it was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I was lucky enough to attend both shows despite the ridiculous ticketing obstacle course you now have to go through to see popular acts. It is funny how you pay almost a third of the overall cost to a ticketing monopoly that does not even pretend to play a tambourine.

Bruce and the band were joined both nights by Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder. Saturday nights special guest was rain. I have to admit rain has been making a lot of special appearances at concerts lately.

Highlights for me ranged from Out In The Street on Friday to seeing the one two punch of E Street Shuffle and Pay Me My Money Down on Saturday. It was a weekend of great music by a great band.

The pictures are from my seat on Saturday evening that was three rows from the back in the upper deck along the third baseline. These seats were actually closer than my seats on Friday. Should I call this gallery "A View From Way Back"?

Friday Set List:

  1. Prove It All Night
  2. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  3. Out in the Street
  4. Hungry Heart
  5. We Take Care of Our Own
  6. Wrecking Ball
  7. Death to My Hometown
  8. My City of Ruins
  9. Spirit in the Night
  10. Trapped
  11. Jack of All Trades
  12. Atlantic City
  13. Lonesome Day
  14. I'm Goin' Down
  15. Darlington County
  16. Shackled and Drawn
  17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
  18. None But the Brave
  19. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  20. Badlands
  21. Land of Hope and Dreams
  22. We Are Alive
  23. Thunder Road
  24. Born to Run
  25. Dancing in the Dark
  26. Jungleland
  27. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  28. Twist And Shout

Saturday Set List

  1. The Promised Land
  2. The Ties That Bind
  3. No Surrender
  4. Hungry Heart
  5. We Take Care of Our Own
  6. Wrecking Ball
  7. Death to My Hometown
  8. My City of Ruins
  9. The E Street Shuffle
  10. Pay Me My Money Down
  11. This Depression
  12. My Hometown
  13. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  14. Because the Night
  15. Working on the Highway
  16. Shackled and Drawn
  17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
  18. Who'll Stop The Rain
  19. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  20. Badlands
  21. Thunder Road
  22. Rocky Ground
  23. Born to Run
  24. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  25. Dancing in the Dark
  26. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  27. American Land

Link:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dennis DeYoung in a Library Parking Lot?

Dennis DeYoungI think I can now start associating Elk Grove Village with odd concert experiences. First I saw REO Speedwagon do an acoustic set in an aisle at the local Walmart and now Dennis DeYoung performing in the library parking lot of my hometown. Just like REO, Dennis and his band pulled it off. Dennis DeYoung sounded great performing the music of Styx with a bunch of guys who actually looked a lot like and sounded like the guys from Styx.

This was probably the nicest weather we had all of July as a parking lot was transformed into the Paradise Theater. For just over two hours Dennis performed the music that blasted out of camaros and Tran Ams in this suburban Chicago community during the seventies and eighties.

Gallery

Link:
Dennis DeYoung

Saturday, July 20, 2012

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Milwaukee Festa Italiana

Big Bad Voodoo DaddyYesterday evening in Milwaukee nothing said Italian like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. You read that correctly. I am not sure the tie in - but the Italian community had a real treat as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy rocked the Summerfest grounds. Milwaukee Irish Fest will have a lot to live up to this year after this rollicking evening along the lake front.

Gallery

Link:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy