The Boss in Belfast

I’ve given up trying to write about Bruce Springsteen when I go to see him live. Its just impossible to describe how good he is. Even after the forth time his performances are still adictive, and I want to see him again and again.

Set List:

(Pre show acoustic set which we unfortunately missed because we couldn’t travel to Belfast until 4 O’clock.)
1. Surprise, Surprise
2. MARIA’S BED
3. Growin’ Up
4. IN DREAMS (partial)
5. This Hard Land

Main set:
This Little Light of Mine
The Ties That Bind
Jackson Cage
She’s the One
Reason to Believe
Johnny 99
Atlantic City
NEBRASKA
Prove It All Night (’78 intro)
We Take Care Of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death To My Hometown
The River
FADE AWAY
Open All Night
Cadillac Ranch
Darlington County
Bobby Jean
Shackled and Drawn
Waiting on a Sunny Day
The Rising
Badlands
Rocky Ground
Born in the USA
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Shout
This Little Light of Mine
Thunder Road (solo)

This gig wasn’t my favourite Springsteen gig, only because I thought the crowd were a bit more subdued and the atmosphere wasn’t as good. That could have just been where I was standing though, and it did get better as we moved towards the front. I’d never heard Nebraska live before. It was perfect and beautiful. Thunder Road was a great surprise when we thought the gig was over.
I Liked the venue overall, as although it held at least 20,000 people, it didn’t feel too packed. The bus was able to drop us off and collect us right outside, and the sound was really impressive for an outdoor venue. The only downside which didn’t affect me was the length of the queue for the bar. Nicky and I waited by a stand while the people we were with went to get a drink before the gig started, and they waited for over an hour. It meant that we watched the first half an hour of the gig by ourselves, which might be scarey for some blind people, being in a field without somebody sighted, but it didn’t bother me. Bruce was on stage so I only had one thing on my mind!
Its funny though, because often when I’m at a gig, I’m happy to listen and not be interrupted by talkers, so I can concentrate completely on the music. But with Bruce and the E-Street Band, I find that i want to ask questions and know what’s happening on stage and what Bruce is doing, especially when he goes near the crowd and they go crazy!

One of the women we were with had an eleven-year-old child with her, and she was given two wrist bands to go up the front where her son could actually see what was happening. We weren’t with them at this stage, and even if we were, I don’t think they’d have let the five of us up. I’ll just have to come much earlier next time, and keep hoping I can make it to the front row someday.That would be a dream come true.

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