The day the tickets for a Bruce Springsteen concert go on sale, the world becomes divided: on the one hand, those whose lives go on just like any other day, and on the other, the ones who can’t, impatient to get their beloved tickets.
A month ago, rumours were finally confirmed: in 2012, three years after their last world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would hit the road to guide their millions of believers to the Promised Land. If rock is a lifestyle, Bruce is a religion. Most of the times, tickets would be sold out in a couple of hours. So if you want them, you’ll have to fight for them. Although his new album’s title, genre, songs and release date were still unknown, countless legions of fans all over the world ran to buy their tickets.
With the power of a gospel preacher and the arts of a devil…
You don’t really get to understand Bruce’s universe until you go to one of his live shows. Until you sleep on the street with other unconditional fans to catch the first row. But it’s worth it. A Bruce performance is a unique experience, a musical communion, a rock and roll exorcism. A shared feeling of happiness fills the air. Bruce rules the auditorium as the Boss of Rock he is. Onstage, Elvis’s spirit is alive. With the power of a gospel preacher and the arts of a devil, he will throw his rock and roll baptism on you. His throaty voice comes from the inside. He chews up each and every word with rage to spit them before his faithful believers. No superstar-style-fences separate the audience from the stage. A long corridor is installed instead, which Bruce will walk along to pick up the fans’ songs requests, to feel them, to touch them.
Bruce’s explosive energy reaches its maximum level when it comes backed by the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, history-making, legendary, E Street Band. Of course, it won’t be the same without him. The Big Man. Clarence Clemons, who passed away last June, was probably the most charismatic member of the E Street Band and one of the main contributors to the creation of the particular Bruce sound. Nothing would have been the same without his saxophone. It’s still unknown who will replace him in the world tour, if anyone. Currently, the E Street Band is composed of Steve Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Nils Lofgren and Patti Scialfa.
He sings for the lost souls, for losers and winners, for the hungry hearts….
But which is the secret to connect with millions of hopelessly devoted followers around the globe? Bruce’s epic stories talk about everyone’s problems, about your problems, about the working class antihero trouble, about the people who struggle to go on with their day to day lives. It was him the people ran to after 9/11, expecting him to answer their prayers. He sings for the lost souls, for losers and winners, for the hungry hearts and for those who hate for just being born. He reminds them that they deserve much more than this. May his music give them the strength, the bravery, the inspiration, the faith and the hope to fight for their dreams. Bruce, like a contemporary Prometheus, steals the fire from the gods and lights the mortals’ ways, becoming the defender of the mankind. In these hard times we need someone to lead us. And a rocker may not believe in God; but in the Boss he trusts. So get ready for an unforgettable journey, grab your ticket and your suitcase and meet him in the Land of Hope and Dreams.
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