This is why I love Bruce Springsteen. Last night in Brisbane he played for more than three hours*, performed an entire classic album mid-set and opened with a cover of the Bee Gees. Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce!
Can’t wait for Saturday night in Auckland. In the meantime, here’s his Stax-like cover of Stayin’ Alive – chosen for the Gibb brothers strong ties to Brisbane dating back to their childhood. The ever humble Barry Gibb himself has heard about the cover, tweeting, “Dear Bruce @Springsteen, just been blown away by your Stayin’ Alive. You brought it back to life, thank you!”
Beneath the Stayin’ Alive video is the studio version of New York City Serenade, my favourite song from 1973’s Born To Run predecessor The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle.
This was the album Bruce decided (possibly spur of the moment) last night to perform from start to finish half way through the concert. Who else in music is doing stuff like this? Of the three epics on The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle, New York City Serenade tends to get overlooked in favour of Rosalita and Incident On 57th Street. But for me, it’s cleaner in its production as well as being more serene, more soulful and containing more of the melancholy I’m often drawn to in music. See you Saturday.
*Click here to read more from Billboard.com about why last night’s Brisbane concert is already sounding like one of the standout Springsteen concerts in recent years.