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March 18, 2008


Bryan Maersch

Now you and Fred Keller have something to talk about. I believe Fred is a Bruce fan also.

Did you and your wife enjoy the concert?

The JS gave it a good review from what I read. Quite a bit of the new album is what they said.

John Michlig

It was a great, great show, and we had a great time revisiting our misspent youth. I first saw Bruce 24 years ago during the BORN IN THE USA tour, standing waaaay back on the grass at Alpine Valley.

Amazing that a quarter century can go by and an artist can remain so powerful and viable. There were some really powerful moments last night.

Steve O

It was a very good show, unfortunately I was stuck in front of a crowd from Barrington, Ill. who thought they were priveleged... I was slightly disappointed in the sound mix. It took about 3 songs before they started to get the mix right but never got it. But that's the techie in me.

The band was really tight.

But where were all the girls up front? Looking for Courtney Cox and all I saw was 40 something bald guys up against the stage! What's up with that?

Springsteen was a bit too political for me and a lot of people around me. I didn't mind the new songs but I think that the political commentary was inappropriate.

John Michlig

The Journal Sentinel review said it well: He doesn't bang you over the head with it ala Neil Young, but the lyrics definitely take a side.

As it happens to be MY side as well, I didn't mind, of course.

I admire his willingness to put it out there regardless of the risk of alienating potential CD-buyers. (Do people still buy CDs?) Probably not such a huge risk when you're in his financial position.

I was in the upper deck, right in front on the rail, stage left. We had great folks behind us who coordinated standing-sitting with us so no one was inconvenienced. One of the advantages of a crowd with a median age of about 38 or higher.

Bryan Maersch

No wonder I hear Steve O humming Glory Days!

John Michlig

No Glory Days on the set list:

No Surrender
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
Streets of Fire
Gypsy Biker
Reason to Believe
It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Prove It All Night
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
The Promised Land
Cadillac Ranch
My Hometown
Devil's Arcade
The Rising
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
* * *
Loose Ends
Meeting Across the River (with bassist Richard Davis)
Born to Run
American Land

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