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Springsteen Anticipation

By Tony Hicks
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 at 12:19 pm in Uncategorized.

It’s a good day.

The sun is shining, I haven’t been reprimanded once all day, I’m eating chili while wearing a white shirt without incident (so far), and I’m going to see the Boss tonight. And just in the nick of time. I need to see him play some of those new songs before I declare the new album “Magic” as no better than a collection of outtakes.

That’s right, I said it. And that’s sad, because Bruce Springsteen’s last three records have been among the best of his career. Despite that, my friend and colleague Jim Harrington said it best in a story appearing in last week’s A&E section. When considering quality, depth and longevity, it’s quite possible Springsteen has had the best career of any rock artist who’s lived. Or not lived, for that matter.

There’s your plug, Jim. Thanks for taking me to the show tonight.
But there’s scores of you out there who understand what it was like not being a Springsteen fanatic … until you saw him live. “Magic” is the right word. Springsteen can take average-to-good songs for anyone else and make them grand epics on stage, worthy of a memory that lasts for years. Not that a large percentage of his material isn’t already great. But seeing it live changes everything. I can’t tell you how many people — myself included — who’ve told me one Springsteen show made them Boss disciples.

Yeah, I did tell myself that. Out loud.

So I can’t wait, because I really really wanted to love the new record. I’ve listened to it at least a dozen times so far, with no breakthrough. I started seeing the light a bit this morning – I heard things I hadn’t heard before, lyrics started making sense, grooves got a little more groovy.

It must be the anticipation of seeing the show. I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know whether it worked.

By the way, the over-under on Springsteen yelling “1-2-3-4″ is a firm 34 for tonight’s show.

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