Review of Bruce Springsteen Gig in Cardiff
So why go to a gig when you hardly know any of artist’s songs?
That’s the question most will ask of me seeing Bruce Springsteen at Millennium Stadium. Yes I know quite a few – probably all the hits, and I do own a couple of non-greatest hits collections (Human Touch, and Born in the USA – like everyone else), but I heard that his live shows were legendary, and boy was that right.
The stadium was halved, but that added to the atmosphere – bringing everyone closer to the big man himself. If you, like me, have never been to see Springsteen, he does this thing where he takes requests from the audience – during the first few songs, he went out and grabbed the banners with song titles on and this then formed the basis of the next few songs in the set. Even performing a song never been performed live before. Hard to believe granted, but when your back catalogue resembles War & Peace there’s bound to be some omissions.
Couple of highlights of the night includes when Bruce got a 7 year old boy up on stage (in his ear defenders too bless) and he sang out part of the song to the rapturous cheers of the capacity crowd. Also, Eric Burdon from the Animals duetted on We gotta get out of this place, not to mention some of the crowd at the front getting on stage during Dancing in the Dark, and being Courtney Cox!
The full set list is below, total songs 33. Total playtime, about 3 & 1/2 hours. Quite funny to note that the Millennium Stadium lights went up at about 1025 and you could see the backroom staff assembling to usher everyone out.
Returning to my original question about – it’s a bonus to know the songs granted, but even if you don’t, the sheer quality of a performer that Springsteen is will get you through. Although, bear in mind, if you need the toilet, you might have a little trouble for a toilet break (although I picked Cynthia for mine). Another thing to note, don’t bet on getting the last bus/train if you see the Boss.
As far as I’m aware I think I saw the entire gig, but having read the setlist, I’m not too sure – can’t quite remember Thunder Road, but in honesty even if I had heard it, not too sure I’d have known it was it.
So back to the start – yes, if you can, see bands you don’t know much about – it increases your musical education, and you might find you know more than you realise, together with a new found love for the artist.
If all bosses were like Springsteen, we’d all work a lot better
This Little Light of Mine
Long Walk Home
Adam Raised a Cain
Prove It All Night
Death to My Hometown
We Take Care of Our Own
Spirit in the Night
My City of Ruins
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Pay Me My Money Down
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Tougher Than the Rest
Born to Run
I’m a Rocker
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
This Little Light of Mine
Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart
Review by Patrick Downes