Friday is Boss’ Day: Bantering With Bruce

After seeing Bruce Springsteen’s concerts along the Magic tour this year, some have commented on how he’s scaled down his live shows.  That’s perhaps understandable, considering Springsteen and the E Street Band have been around since the early 1970s – everybody loses some of that spring in their steen when they hit middle age.

One of the things I miss are Bruce’s epic stories that made the concerts of the late 1970s so entertaining (and over three hours long).  Yeah, they were rehearsed, and he likely did ’em pretty much the same every night, but they never failed to fire you up.  Bruce liked to ramble about his parents and growing up in New Jersey; one memorable tale from 1981 talked about how he heard Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” on the radio and the line that hit him hardest was “How does it feel/To be on your own?”  And that led into “Independence Day.”  Classic.

So today we have a representative sample of Bruce’s storytelling skill, weaved into a a song that rocks even harder because it’s all dressed up.  Live, 1975, from the classic Agora Ballroom show in Cleveland and broadcast live on WMMS … “Growin’ Up.”

MP3: “Growin’ Up” (live, 1975)

Extra credit reading: 15 Masters of Onstage Banter from the Onion A.V. Club.  Hilarious, and includes sound and video clips!

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