4 timer og 6 minutters vanvittigt rockshow fra Springsteen i Helsinki

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Så skete det: 4 timer og 6 minutters vanvittigt rockshow fra Springsteen

Så skete det: 4 timer og 6 minutters vanvittigt rockshow fra Springsteen

Det bliver ikke til at undgå at høre om Springsteens marathonkoncert i Finland. Medierne er glade for de gode nyheder, og denne er jo samtidig lidt Danmarks-aktuel, da Roskilde-koncerten fyldte godt i medierne for 3-4 uger siden.

Allerede før koncerten var der noget at lægge mærke til. Bruce kom ud med sin akustiske guitar før der var fyldt op på det finske stadion. Han spillede et kort set for de fremmødte: I’ll Work For Your Love, Leap of Faith, No Surrender, For You, Blinded By The Light. Sådan – stemningen var sat, og der var lagt i ovnen til en særlig aften, på denne afslutningsaften for den europæiske turné.

Alle forventninger om noget særligt blandt publikum må være blevet indfriet. Ud over det akustiske set, fik de ikke mindre end 4 timer og 6 minutters rockshow. Ti ekstranumre blev det til! Klokken var 1 minut i midnat, da bandet omsider forlod scenen – utvivlsomt fordi, de var kontraktmæssigt forpligtet til at stoppe klokken 24.

Der har været kommentarer fra bandet, senest Nils Lofgren, mener jeg, om at de amerikanske publikummer slet ikke vil kunne holde til 4 timers koncert. Mon ikke Springsteen har tænkt “Det er nu eller aldrig, hvis jeg skal over den 4 timers grænse.” Det kunne ikke være sket på en smukkere aften, ifølge de mange billeder på den officielle Springsteen-side.

Det bør nok nævnes, at en lang koncert ikke nødvendigvis er en god koncert. Koncerten på Roskilde var den længste jeg har været til, og den var “kun” 2 timer og 55 minutter. Alligevel var det tydeligt, at bandet havde masser af energi tilbage, da de gik af scenen. Efter billederne og rapporterne at dømme, var det det samme efter 4 timer! På Springsteens hjemmeside skrives der:

Tonight we saw Bruce and the Band form a feedback loop with the Helsinki Olympiastadion audience, the product of which was a thrilling 4 hours and 6 minutes of pure rock — Bruce’s longest recorded show time ever. The crowd started out singing along with the opener “Rocking All Over the World,” and continued its active involvement right through to the finale of “Higher & Higher” and “Twist & Shout.” After a series of gut punching solos from Bruce, Jake, and Stevie during “Prove It All Night,” Bruce only needed to clap three times and the entire audience, from front to the farthest end of the stands, followed suit for the rest of the song.

Choosing from a large grouping of cardboard signs Bruce first picked “Back In Your Arms” and “Light of Day.” Anyone listening to those performances would realize that this band has achieved something new and unique. Meanwhile, “Light of Day” featured a quick Charlie keyboard solo, by the end of which he was playing with his elbow. Later in the show, another sign requested Stevie’s classic song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” Bruce and Stevie did it as a duet to the accompaniment of a strumming guitar.

On “Waiting on a Sunny Day,” a young boy in on orange Côte d’Ivoire jacket managed to sing a perfect chorus (twice!). For “Dancing in the Dark,” three women made it to the stage to dance with Jake and Bruce during a long and powerful saxophone sequence. The first took a tumble trying to reach Jake but she was fine.

Other fans were after the physical manifestations of the show, brandishing signs which read “MAX: can I have your drumsticks?” and “The harmonica, please.” Max passed on his sticks at the end of the night, but I have no idea what happened to the harmonica.

“Shackled and Drawn” now features wonderful vocal interplay with Cindy Mizelle and some great Bruce-style choreography at the end of the tune that never fails to uplift. Ed Manion does a great job with the sax solo at the end of “Be True,” and Nils’ powerhouse guitar solo on “Because the Night” remains a show highlight.

The encores expressed the theme of tonight’s show with Bruce noting at the beginning of “We Are Alive” that this show, the writing of that song, and the presence of Clarence’s spirit were all cases of “the past informing the present.” With his pick of the Detroit Medley, Bruce highlighted another goal for the evening, mainly to squeeze every iota of energy out of the city of Helsinki if it took all night and caused a blackout in the process.

When Bruce was close to satisfied he cried out that “The Fins are finished!” To help celebrate the end of the European run, he called manager Jon Landau on the stage to help him shred “Twist & Shout” on the guitar. Mr. Landau commented after the show “I hope I have a chance to play on it again at Fenway. I love Boston, it’s really my home town.”

– Charles Landau

Her er hele setlisten fra Setlist.fm:

Setlisten for det akustiske set før den "rigtige" koncert

Setlisten for det akustiske set før den “rigtige” koncert

Bruce Springsteens setliste fra det olympiske stadion i Helsinki, Finland 31. juli 2012

Bruce Springsteens setliste fra det olympiske stadion i Helsinki, Finland 31. juli 2012

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  1. Det korte svar: Jo.

    Jeg har studset over det hver gang jeg har set en setliste fra touren, men ikke desto mindre er det sådan det noteres.

    Ifølge Wikipedia (den gode saglige kilde i enhver splid) er de begge forfattere til nummeret. Bruce gav Patti en halvfærdig demo, og hun har skrevet nummeret færdigt – inklusiv teksten.

    Fra Wikipedia:
    The song was originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen during sessions for his Darkness on the Edge of Town album. He was not satisfied with it; the Patti Smith Group was working on Easter in the studio next door, with engineer/producer Jimmy Iovine working on both albums. Iovine gave Smith a tape of the song, she recast it, and it was included on Easter, becoming the first single released from that album.[citation needed] Though it was never released on any of Springsteen’s studio albums, in concert beginning with his Darkness Tour Springsteen would often perform the song with his own lyrics. The song was first performed live (with Patti Smith) at CBGB’s in New York City on December 30, 1977.[citation needed] Until the 2010 release of Springsteen’s box set The Promise, which included the original recording from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, the only commercially released recording of a Springsteen version of the song was in the 1986 box set Live/1975–85, where Smith was listed as co-writer.

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