Monday, 29 June 2009

"Here's a toast to St Joe Strummer...

...I think he might have been our only decent teacher" That's a Hold Steady lyric full of the same sentiment and almost an ode to Springsteen's "we learnt more from a three minute record than we ever learnt in school" That lyric popped up mid way through the set when he played No Surrender with Brian Fallon from the Gaslight Anthem. I mentioned the Joe Stummer lyric because as soon as the band took the stage the unmistakeable chug of London Calling erupted...

Bruce was his normal self, a ball of energy, running up and down the stage. At one point he tripped hopping up a decent gap from ground to stage level. He lay on his back in a star shape and shouted out "Get me an elevator, I'm f***king 60!" One of the highlights for me was hearing Bobby Jean and Out In The Street is always good for the Clarence Clemons factor. Those two have a great time together..

When Bruce introduces his band in a gospel style I've heard him call Clarence Clemons the godfather of soul. Dan had given me the heads up on his intro at glastonbury and sure enough it was the same. He was introduced as "the biggest man you've ever seen!" Here is the set list. He came on just after 7 and finished at 10.15. That's impressive...

London Calling
She's The One
Outlaw Pete
Out In The Street
Working On A Dream
Johnny 99
Good Lovin'
Bobby Jean
No Surrender
Waiting On A Sunny Day
Promised Land
Racing In The Street
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born To Run

Hard Times
American Land
Glory Days
Dancing In The Dark

Two serious enders there too. I couldn't have scripted a better weekend.

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