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So I recieved a new cell phone recently and realized that I can now email myself pics that I’ve takes….so here are a few of the past Bruce Shows I’ve been to in November!!!!!!
This is a picture from the Cleveland show. I was lucky and managed to get into the pit for this concert. It is super close and AWESOME you can see Clarence just over the right of Bruce’s shoulder!
This is from the Buffalo show…we waited in line for pit tickets but to no avail…the good thing was that during the tour Bruce would appear between the pit crowd and we regular General Admission ticket holders. We managed to get close enough to see him at that point during the concert!
Another Buffalo show pic….I love the very first picture I posted…this one is a close second!!!!!!
I loved the Buffalo show and will blog about it real soon…it was a STUNNING SHOW and I was glad I managed to see it!
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So after my Cleveland Bruce show I didn’t think things could get any better! The show was stunning and I have general admission tickets for the closing concert of the “Working on a Dream Tour” in Buffalo. Then two things happened…
Last night i recieved a phone call from a fellow Bruce lover and she offered me a free general admission ticket to the Baltimore show this Friday…I was dumbstruck. It would be 3 Bruce concerts in 2 weeks. Unfortunatly, I had to turn her down. As it turned out the logistics and finances were not in my favor…plus it was a long haul to get to Baltimore for the show after work 😦 Needless to say I was disappointed…I was also disappointed that I wouldnt’ get the chance to hang out with this girl and two of our friends (who it coincidentally turns out will be attending their first Bruce concert). Again I was sad.
We were texting back and forth about it and she then texted me something that nearly made me hypervenilate at work. She told me that Bruce had announced he would be playing “Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ” at the Buffalo concert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I nearly died. This is the first album Bruce and the E-Street Band put out. Also, this is the FIRST (I’ll repeat FIRST) TIME the album will be played in its entirety. I was stunned, flabergasted, unfuctional about this. I can’t wait because I’m going to get to hear several songs that I’ve been wanting to hear in concert…especially “For You.” At the moment it stands that the following 9 songs will be played in Buffalo
Blinded by the Ligh
Mary Queen of Arkansas
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Lost in the Flood
Spirit in the Night
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
I’m so utterly excited and quickly put the cd on at work…much to the dismay of my boss LOL.
So the following are the songs that I would like to also hear at the show
Songs that I want to hear at the concert (That I’ve not heard yet)
Santa Clause is Coming to Town
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
None but the Brave
New York City Serenade
For You (but that will definately be played)
Songs that I’ve heard in concert but want to hear again
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
10th Avenue Freeze Out
Keep your fingers crossed….I CAN’T WAIT TILL SUNDAY!
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So I spent Tuesday night at the latest Bruce Springsteen Concert in Cleveland at the Q Arena. This concert was a late birthday gift I bought myself….I bought last July;)…..so I’ve been waiting for this concert for some time. I get to Cleveland the morning of the concert and get my wrist band for the chance to get into the pit. I had general admission tickets but venues provide an opportunity to get into the pit/closest to the stage without having to camp out…which I would have totally done. How it works is at a preset time anybody with general admission tickets show up and get an orange band with a number on it. They give these bands out for several hours…then 2 hours before the show they line everyone up numerically and a number is called. This number is the beginning of the pit tickets. These people get to go to the front of the stage (there is a certain amount of pit individuals) and the rest of the general admission ticket individuals enter behind these people and are cut off by a barricade. When they pick the number the way it works is the predetermined amount of pit people will follow numerically behind the number called. For example if there are 800 people with bands and they are letting 400 into the pit and the pull the number 500 the people who are in the pit are bands number 500 to 800 then the first 100 at the beginning of the line. Well, I get my band I’m number 101….this means I either want one of three things to happen….either a super low number be called…or a super high number to be called…or my number to be called (I hate to say it but I’m not that lucky) BUT……..I was lucky enough for a super high number to be called…mean I ENDED UP IN THE PIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes they pulled a number and it cut off at band 175…I had done it I was going to be close enough to Bruce and the E-Street Band that I could spit on them!!!!!!!! I was floored! Both my Sister and I have tried on several occasions to get into the pit to no avail (but don’t get me wrong general admission tickets are great!)
So at this point I’ve been in line for two hours they let us in and I am left of center stage positioned not against the stage barriers but just a bit back in front of where Clarence “Big Man” will be. Needless to say I’ve got a GREAT place. So then I wait standing for another two hours. By the end of the concert I will have stood for seven and a half hours (but it was totally worth every moment of it).
At this point all I’m not sure if this could get any better! I’m at a Bruce concert; I’ve finally made it into the pit. The only thing that would have made it really great is if my Mother and/or Sister could have been there. I was a lone concert goer this time. The concert begins…It is everything I could want. Bruce and the Band are great (considering they did a huge…huge…show at Madison Square Garden’s a couple nights before) then third song it happens…..Hungry Heart begins (one of my favorite songs)….the crowd sings the first verse of the song (this traditionally happens anytime the song is sang at a Bruce concert) and I’m in heaven. Bruce is crowd surfed from one end of the pit to the next and flipped backwards on stage (I tried to touch him but I was ill positioned). Then begins the “Born to Run” album (as I have mentioned he played the entire 1975 album Thunder Road begins I hear the similar electricity from the crowd that I heard at the Pittsburgh concert in May. The songs are amazing…then Jungleland starts….the lights dim and a disco ball cast orbs of light that slowly drift around the arena…it…is…epic! I never in a million years would have guessed I would hear Jungleland in concert….it just keeps getting better. Over the next hour I hear Pink Cadillac, Waitin On a Sunny Day, Red Headed Woman, and then Back in Your Arms. It is amazing and slow! From what I’ve read it was a concert highlight! Then to end the set…I hear it Badlands (another one of my favorite songs). This concert was practically a home run on songs I wanted to hear…there was one left….I coveted it I wanted to hear the ever elusive Rosalita! The band takes a bow but doesn’t leave the stage….they start right into their encore! He dedicated the first song to The Cleveland Food Bank then the next to “Cleveland Boys.” Then Dancing in the Dark comes on…..it spectacular and I pray that he will drag me on stage to be the next Courtney Cox lol, but still no Rosalita. Then he played Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” which I conclude will be a good trade of for Rosalita…then Higher and Higher is played it was an awesome song to end on! Then just when I think the concert is over…I hear it….the opening cords of ROSALITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! I have died and gone to heave…the song is wild, and loud, and fast. I’m singing at the top of my lungs…oh how I want to go to “that little place in southern California….down San Diego way!”
The concert was epic and perfection reigned. Not only was I at a Bruce concert, I managed to get into the pit and hear three songs that I have coveted to hear in a concert together (not to mention the rest of the spectacular set list)!
Now I can only imagine what the Buffalo show will be like. Yes you heard it here first I have a ticket for the Buffalo show and not only is it Steven Van Zandt’s birthday but it is also the last date of the tour. I believe the show will be spectacular and larger than life!!!!!!!!! But my Cleveland show has been by far one of the best concerts I’ve ever…EVER…attended 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
November 10th 2009, Cleveland OH, Quicken Loans Arena Set List:
Wrecking Ball (with Curt Ramm)
Prove It All Night
Working on a Dream
(Beginning of “Born to Run”)
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (with Curt Ramm)
Born to Run
She’s the One
Meeting Across the River (with Curt Ramm)
(End of “Born to Run”)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand
Red Headed Woman
Back in Your Arms
American Land (with Curt Ramm)
Dancing in the Dark
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Higher and Higher (with Curt Ramm)
Rosalita (with Curt Ramm)
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This hot bitch is off to Cleveland for the Bruce Springsteen and E-Street Band Concert!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this and can’t wait for tomorrow! Plus he will be playing his “Born to Run” album in it’s entireity and I am dying to hear it!!!!! Jungleland here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be back soon and I will let you know all the delish details 🙂
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Bruce Springsteen Set List for the May 19th Pittsburgh Show; Mellon Arena
2. Candy’s Room
3. Outlaw Pete
4. Jackson Cage
5. She’s the One
6. Workin’ On a Dream
8. Johnny 99
10. Good Lovin’
11. Like a Rollin’ Stone
12. Darkness on the Edge of Town
13. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
14. The Promised Land
15. I’m on Fire
16. Kingdom of Days
17. Lonesome Day
18. The Rising
19. Born to Run
20. Hard Times
21. Thunder Road
22. Land of Hopes and Dreams
23. American Land
24. Glory Days (with Joe and Johnny Grushecky)
25. Mony Mony
So I just wanted do a quick post about the Bruce Springsteen concert I went to last month on the 19th. The concert was out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sister and I did not get into the pit. We were numbers 16 and 17 for the bands and they chose band number 62 to start the pit tickets and they let 500 people in. So people with tickets from 62 to 562 got to get into the pit while the rest of us were the second group of General Admission tickets to get in. We were disappointed but we still managed to get about 30 yards away from Bruce and the E-Street Band. The music was great, the fans were a blast (except for the man that kept bouncing off of me :/) Above is the set list from the Pittsburgh concert. It was probably the best concert I have ever been to! Bruce played songs I never thought I would hear in concert. He set the pace with Badlands (one of my all time favorites next to Hungry Heart) and it just kept getting better! Songs number 10, 11, and 12 were a new to the show. First and foremost Springsteen doesn’t decide on a set list until a few minutes before he and the band go on stage. This makes every show different and in my opinion much more enjoyable. Well on this tour he has been playing stump the band during the concert. This portion of the concert stats with a song and then Bruce collects the signs off the people in the pit then he selects a few to play. We he started with Good Lovin while he collected the signs, priemered Like a Rollin’ Stone (AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and then played Darkness on the Edge of Town. Which I still can’t believe he played!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this portion of the show but it was excellent. Now like I had mentioned he always plays a different show but fans try to get a feel for what he might play at their show. Recently he has been playing the HOLY GRAIL of songs Rosalita……..He had played it during the concert several times during this tour….I was told by a friend who had seen him the night before in DC that he had in fact played the song at her show. Rosalita is a great song and a fan favorite and he use to play it a lot then one concert he dropped it from a regular rotation. Now Rosalita will make the occasional reemergence in concert. Before this concert one of the last times I had heard he played Rosalita was in Hershey PA as a thanks to the fans who sat thought weather hell to hear him play. My Sister and I were praying for Rosalita, just to hear it once in concert…To be quite honest I could almost taste it. Unfortunately, he did not play Rosalita in Pittsburgh L He did play Rosalita 2 nights in New Jersey. Needless to say we were disappointed. But not for long! He ended the show with Born to Run which is utterly fantastic every time he plays it…the encore started and we got our big surprise two songs in. Bruce hit his harmonica and the opening strains of Thunder Road began to fill the air. The excitement from the Mellon Arena was palpable. You could feel the utter excited and electricity race though the crowd with the realization of what he and the E-Street Band were about to play. I was thrilled and I can’t think of anything else to say except I get chills remembering it! The song and the entire concert left me breathless. The show was outta this world and you can bet if I can get tickets again I will go! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you get the chance to see him go!
P.S. I was looking over the link that I have on this page and it mentioned at the top that Mony Mony has only been played three times on tour and Pittsburgh was number 2 woot woot.
Also, some fun stories from the show was during the song Waitin’ on a Sunny Day. Bruce leaned into the crowd and let a little girl sing the chorus with him and them during one other song (I can’t remember which one) Bruce was sitting in a chair “resting”/singing and as he sang he stood up with his toes at the end of the stage looking out over the crowd. As he was singing a camera panned down and caught a young woman (projecting her onto the large video monitors in Mellon Arena) right at Bruce’s feet looking up at him longingly, enjoying the song that was being sang…she had her right arm draped over her, I guess, boyfriend’s shoulders who also was looking up at Bruce with a single tear running down his left cheek.
If I get the chance to see him again I hope to hear any or all the following songs Rosalita, Hungry Heart, Trapped, None but the Brave, Jugleland, Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, and Sandy.
THE PITTSBURGH SHOW WAS ALMOST MORE THAN I COULD HANDLE!!!!!!!!!!! *Sigh*
P.P.S Just one more item (I can’t seem to end this post) Bruce makes it a habit to recognize local charities to donate to, these donations were something that has been rumored to have started at a concert in Pittsburgh. At our concert he highlighted 3 charities one I cannot remember but the other two are as follows. He usually mentions the Rainbow Room (which he did at this concert) and this time he also mentioned donating to the Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund (which is for three Pittsburgh Police Officers who died in the line of duty this past year). It is great that he not only asks us to donate but donates himself!
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Hello all! I hope you are doing well this Friday afternoon. Things are bright, clear, and cool here in Erie. Things have been going pretty well as of lately. I’ve been out several times with Frank and things are progressing nicely (including the naked parties)! I was over at his house yesterday when our conversation turned serious though. As some of you may recall Frank is older than me. And I don’t mean 5 years older than….let’s just say it is over ten years older than me. For the past month we have been going out on dates (don’t to be confused with dating each other) when last night Frank asked me if we were dating….in terms of exclusively each other. The question is a big one that I have been struggling with recently. I’m not sure how I feel about dating someone exclusively…whether he be older or younger than me…and I think that questioning appeared on my face when he asked me. Because he then said we could just still be going out on dates.
We ended up laying together on his futon as I had spilled my guts about us dating. I told him how I was nervous about dating, considering the age thing, the fact that he would be the first guy that I ever legitimately dated. It was a good conversation that needed to happen. It put me, surprisingly, more at ease. He told me that he has dated someone young like this before and that he does think about how people might react to him dating a much younger guy…and how he decided that he would take it one day at a time and that he didn’t really care what other people thought. What did matter was that he was having fun and that he was happy (which were perfect answers). So that’s where Frank and I stand at the moment. I hate that fact that he seems so at ease with this…and all I can think about is who is going to see us I public. I hate the fact that I fret about having the possibility of explaining to people that I’m gay but also dating a much older man. It seems so trivial though…I look at some of my gay friends and the wrecks of gay relationships they’ve had and here I have Frank who is nice, kind, and respectful to me. I’m attracted to him and vica versa. And all I do is fret. It seems as though my neurosis has gotten the best of me at the moment. We will see how it goes from here…he did invite me to a personal concert he is giving (he is a musician of sorts) and I would end up meeting a ton of his peers….as if my neurosis and fretting wasn’t on high alert as is! The idea of meeting this peers and them, being of reasonable intelligence, putting two and two together and realizing we were seeing each other may be putting too much stress on my already addled mind. He did tell me that I did have to come if I wasn’t comfortable and that we could still be going on dates with one another. He told me that it was all about me being comfortable….which again is a perfect answer. So we will see and of course I will let you all know whether or not I go to the concert and the shenanigans that ensue.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. Work has been a bit hectic lately. We’ve recently had an increase in clients and it has upped my work load almost exponentially. Needless to say it has been hectic recently. On a fun note…my Sister and I scored two tickets to see Bruce Springsteen in May!!!! I’m uber excited over the whole concert and seeing it with my Sister. It is a nice thing that we bond over especially since my Mother was the one who turned us onto the Boss. This will be my third Springsteen concert and my Sister’s second. I CANT’ WAIT FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We snagged general admission tickets meaning if we get to the concert hall early enough there is a possibility of us being in the first row…which I think is the closest to heaven you can be on Earth. So in honor of my Sister and Is concert tickets here is a little Bruce juice for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home 😉
(This is one of my FAVORITE Bruce songs!)
Well that is about it for now. I will be sure to let you know the entire goings on when I get back from the weekend. Frank and I are supposed to hang out tonight and I’m pretty excited!
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