Sunday 28 June 2009

Marathon Man

Last Friday, I stated that I didn't get Glastonbury and that I had only wished that I had been there twice. Well after watching Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band's headlining slot for the 2nd time I've just regretted not being there for the 3rd time. I thought that their set was outstanding. However if you were to read Dorien Lynksey's column on the Guardian's website, it was all self parody, broadway show type tunes and by the end of it all hardly anybody there. I think that I was watching a different gig.

I'm not the biggest Springsteen fan in the world and don't pretend to know his music inside out. I have quite a few of his albums but tend to prefer Nebraska and Devils & Dust to the rockier stuff. But the performance from that band was excellent, from what I could see all of them were having a ball and giving 100 %, which I know is as it should be but it wouldn't be the first time that I have seen headliners just going through the motions. They seemed to be able to anticipate Springsteen's frequent off stage wanderings, although I suppose when you've worked together for so long that would become second nature. Also with a set that was 2 1/2 hours long the crowd certainly got their money's worth.

Anyway, here are a couple of my favourite covers of Springsteen songs and my favourite track of his.

Catherine Feeny - I'm On Fire

Allo Darlin' - Atlantic City

Bruce Springsteen - Highway Patrolman

Ps The worst thing about the Glastonbury coverage, as usual Jo, bloody, Whiley.


Ctelblog said...

PS, the worst thing about the Glastonbury coverage, bloody Blur. So dull I went to bed.

drew said...

I switched it off after about 15 mins of their set as well. Jo Whiley was just about orgasming when she was introducing them.

dickvandyke said...

Ditto ... 15 minutes and bed.

Reminded me of a tepid omelette made from reconstituted egg powder and phlegm.

Take the cash and move on lads.

drew said...

Is it just us? As everywhere today, it has been called the best Glastonbury performance ever and equally ludicrous hyperbole.

As someone wittier than I once said nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Ctelblog said...

It's bound to be us. Perhaps the first 15 minutes were crap but the last 20 were brilliant and it's all our fault for not sticking with it. Or maybe it's mass auto-suggestion as they all wanted Blur to be marvellous and have had to convinve themselves it was so.