Notes from the road: Perth #1

Match fit and ready to rumble, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band arrived in Perth, Western Australia, having travelled ‘thousands of miles to the remotest place on earth’, to prove that in ‘love, art and rock and roll… one and one does not make two… it makes three’. This is the first time Bruce…

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Notes from the road: Hanging Rock, Night #2

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to Hanging Rock for one final showdown. Over two and a half weeks the band have performed ten exhilarating concerts along the east coast of Australia. Tonight wasn’t going to be an exception. With the sun just hanging on, the band hit the stage and tore into…

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Notes from the road: Hanging Rock, Night #1

Folklore, myth and urban legend surround the Hanging Rock region: it’s burnt into the psyche of many Australians. Parked cars have been known to roll backwards up the surrounding hills. It’s the kind of place, where, an eerie, other worldliness, hangs in the air. Tonight the Rock received a visitation from the Jersey Devil himself….

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Notes from the road: Melbourne, Night #3

“Good evening Melbourne, are you ready for the finale?” And so began the last round of Bruce Springsteen’s three night stand at the Rod Laver Arena. First song in was the Australian tour debut of Long Walk Home, followed by the greatest rock single ever written by a man over 50, Radio Nowhere. The American…

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Notes from the road: Melbourne, Night #2

Tonight, with the house lights up, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band hit the stage and tore into Badlands. As the band were attempting to merge into We Take Care Of Our Own, the audience wouldn’t allow it. The capacity house was still chanting the Badlands’ refrain, making a move onto the next song…

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Notes from the road: Melbourne, Night #1

Ever since the E Street Band hit the opening strains of We Take Care Of Our Own in Brisbane ten days ago, the jungle drums have been beating all down the east coast of Australia Finally, after ten years, Bruce is back in Melbourne for three nights at the Rod Laver Arena. The word of…

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Notes from the road: Sydney #2

At the start of the Australian tour Bruce Springsteen crouched at the apron of the stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and shared his philosophy on the magic of rock and roll. “In love, art and music,” he said, “one and one has to make … three”. It’s that intangible element that lurks somewhere in…

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