Paul and Bruce

Who are Paul and Bruce you might wonder? If I said the names Simon and Springsteen, you might just have a better idea of who I’m talking about.

Last Friday Nicky and I went to see Paul Simon in the O2, the second Irish gig of his ‘Graceland’ 25th anniversary tour. We took O J and Ralph, who stayed in the radio control room during the gig because it would have been too noisy. It wasn’t actually as loud as I was expecting, probably since we were seated in the wheelchair section. I learned at Victoria Stilwell’s seminar that dogs hear at 67,000HZ, compared to humans hearing at 20,000, so I think we made the right decision. The staff in the venue were great with the dogs and couldn’t have been more helpful.

The gig was amazing, and the African musicians added a fantastic sound to Simon and his regular band. ‘The obvious child’ and ‘the boxer’ were personal highlights. The funniest moment came near the beginning of the gig, when a girl shouted “we love you Paul” to which he quickly replied, “I love me too. 28% of the time anyway.” Maybe you had to be there 😀

On Wednesday we were back in Dublin to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, for the second of his Irish shows, and my third time seeing him. As usual he was incredible, playing for three and a half hours like he did the previous night, only leaving the stage for about a minute. He changed sixteen songs in the thirty-two song set list from the previous night, which is impressive, especially if you were lucky enough to go to both. The death of Clarence Clemence last year had a noticeable effect, but he was well remembered. His nephew Jake Clemence did a great job, despite sneezing and pulling his back the night before, and playing his sax from  a wheelchair. I was ridiculously jealous of the kids who were taken on stage, and the people who got their signs read and requests played. Some day I will be in that front row!! You can read reviews about the gig

<a HREF=””>here</a>


<a HREF=””>this blog review</a>

And there’s lots more online, which describe the gig better than I ever could.

Both Simon and Springsteen proved that they still absolutely love what they do, even after all these years of touring and performing. Paul Simon’s band sounded very tight and polished, while Bruce’s, even though they played effortlessly, sounded more like they were session musicians having fun. Both singers showed great respect for their band members, introducing them and name-checking them more than once. It’s nice to see the main performer not steeling the limelight all the time, and these two seemed happy to share it often. I know that my  musical highlights for the year are over, and nothing can beat or even equal the last week of music. Hopefully Simon and Springsteen enjoyed Ireland so much that they intend coming back very soon. I’ll be saving for tickets for both in the meantime!

Set lists below, thanks to

<a HREF=””>Swear I’m Not Paul</a>

The second Paul Simon Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour show at the O2 featured a very special guest – legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes. Martin guested on Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Boxer’

Set list:
Gone at last
Dazzling blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Mother & child
Hearts & bones
Mystery train/wheel
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Slip Sliding Away
Obvious child
Hello my baby
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
I Know What I Know
Boy in the bubble
Crazy Love vol II
African Sunset
Under African skies
You Can Call Me Al
Sound of Silence
The Boxer (with Martin Hayes)
Late In The Evening
Still crazy After All These Years

Night two of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s stop over at the RDS on the Wrecking Ball Tour brought many more classics to Irish shores, including the fantastic ‘Atlantic City’ and ‘The Promise’ as well as a sign request of ‘Jackson Cage’.

1. This Hard Land (acoustic)
2. No Surrender
3. Two Hearts
4. The Ties the Bind
5. We Take Care of Our Own
6. Badlands
7. Something In The Night
8. Adam Raised a Cain
9. Wrecking Ball
10. Death to My Hometown
11. My City of Ruins
12. Spirit In The Night
13. Jackson Cage
14. She’s The One
15. Jack of All Trades
16. Atlantic City
17. Because The Night
18. Darlington County
19. Easy Money
20. Waitin’ On a Sunny Day
21. The Promise (solo piano)
22. The River
23. Backstreets
24. Land of Hope & Dreams

25. Born in the USA
26. Born To Run
27. Glory Days
28. Seven Nights To Rock
29. Dancing In The Dark
30. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
31. Rocky Ground
32. American Land


3 thoughts on “Paul and Bruce

  1. Sounds like the Boss is still living out his glory days, and Paul is still crazy after all these years. Bravo!

      • Beth, great post. I likes it. The two gigs certainly were different completely to each other but I would do it all over again tomorrow. If anyone has never seen Bruce live and wants too then go for it. But, stand, its much better in terms of atmosphere.

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