Winter horses and thank you’s

Here I am with my good friend Mexican charro Juan Marrufo about to head for a winter ride.

A shout out to all our Southern Hemisphere fans who treated us so hospitably over the past few months. Thank you South Africa, Australia and New Zealand! Australia, renewing our relationship with our Aussie fans (and finally getting to Perth and Adelaide) was a high point of our last two touring years. You are our…

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Notes from the road: Sydney

It’s Sydney. It’s raining. Traffic is at a standstill, and it’s the middle of the working week. By 8pm, all of that bad stuff is checked at the door. Allphones Arena is a rock and roll cauldron. It’s Bruce Springsteen’s only Sydney date and the mood in the room is heating up. On stage, a…

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Notes from the road: Adelaide #1

Adelaide. The city of churches is melting. There’s a heatwave taking its toll on every man, woman and child in the region. As show time hits, Bruce Springsteen speaks for us all when he bellows into the microphone, ‘Why is it so fucking hot here?’ Then he kick starts the show with Eddie Cochran’s paean…

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Notes from the road: Perth #3

The stage lights are out and the only glow in the auditorium is the one that surround the exits. No one is leaving. The E Street Band are on the stage. There’s a roar from the crowd and then a count of four … and still no lights. Then comes a riff: unexpected, dirty and…

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Notes from the road: Perth #2

As the house lights dimmed and The E Street Band took to the stage, Bruce walked up to the mic and bellowed a simple question. “Is there anybody out there alive tonight?”  We replied in the affirmative and, so began, round two, at the Perth Arena. Kicking off with a scorching Badlands, Bruce was clearly…

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