Tuesday, April 29, 2014

See the Boss. Bringing Your Rhythm is Optional.

Last week we went to see an awesome concert. You might have heard of him?? Bruce Springsteen. Hubs and I love a good concert, and he has been on our See-them-live Bucket List. We missed him when he came to a few years ago, and when the opportunity came up to see him, Hubs got me tickets for my birthday/anniversary gift. Well, done Boo. Well. Done.

I felt like I would be remiss not to give you my thoughts on the show... (you know you want to know.)

1. Boss fans are hard core. So hardcore they like to show it on their person. I have never seen so many concert t-shirts at a concert. Hubs made it a punch-bug game. Every time we saw someone with a Springsteen tee we punched the other one. It was a great way to keep things hopping while weaving through the crowds. My arm does hurt today. Never fear, I purchased me own merch, so I will be one of the cool kids if we ever go again.
Mama's ready, y'all. I now can wear The Boss,
stretched across my bosom at a moment's notice.

(Can you tell LadyB is the only one in the house with a full-length mirror?)
2. Springsteen appeals to a certain crowd. Like the white-over-50 crowd. I have been to a few live shows in my day. One of my favorite people to see live is Billy Joel, so I am familiar with this strata of music lover. However, this show took that to a new level. Looking out across the dancing crowd, we were among the youngest in our section. There was a grandma behind me that looked like she was a librarian or the receptionist for a church. I know she has a collection of plates with kittens on them. But she knew every word to every song. And she never took her face off Bruce the entire show. She just swayed in place, staring adoringly, while mouthing the words, her sweet old lady hands folded under her chin. I hope to be that cool when I am wearing elastic waisted jeans and a sweater with the undershirt built in. 

3. While #2 is true, Springsteen does have pull with the youngsters. There were quite a few little kids there, who no doubt have grown up listening to his music in their parent's minivans. I didn't really notice the husband/wife in front of us until their young college-ish daughter came up to sit with them for the last 25 minutes of the show. She and her daddy danced and sang and jumped and hugged. It was awesome and obvious that one of the things that bond these two who are so different is their love of this music. I hope LadyB and Hubs have a few bands like that. He is hoping for Widespread. I think he should take what he can get. (Though it is possible, her noodleing skills are top notch).

4. Springsteen played for 2 hours and 48 minutes. Most bands half his age don't do that. And apparently that was on the short side for him. It was a thursday night, which was a little rough it being a school night and all, but we lasted all the way to the end. The tickets are pricey, but he does give you your money's worth. He is a spirited and sprightly man--he danced his way all over that stage, and out through the crowd quite often. He must have to ice his entire body after every show. I also suspect after seeing some of his moves that he may practice the Yoga.

5. The Boss's wife, Mrs. Boss, is the smartest woman in show business. Best way to keep your eye on your husband while he is touring? You go with him. Like, all the way onto the stage. Genius. Hard to have a wandering eye when your wife is in your field of vision, literally 12 feet away. Well played, Patti.

6. You don't have to know all the songs to enjoy the show. I knew at best every three to four, until the end when he rocked a lot of his old ones. Didn't matter. The crowd energy and show made up for it. You don't have to be an obsessed fan to enjoy the show. And if you need entertainment when he is playing something obscure, there are plenty of stare-itis opportunities to keep you happy.

7. If you go, and you have a modicum of rhythm, you will probably be the best dancer in your section. Because of the crowd, (old white people) the dancing/clapping scene is painful. Even times when the whole venue was rocking, every person in the crowd was clapping and swaying and bouncing to the beat of a different drummer. Certainly not Max up on the stage. But what they lacked in rhythm they made up for with torrid enthusiasm. Though hard to watch with a straight face, you have to appreciate that they all knew every word and were not afraid to express themselves through dance. Awkward dance, but dance nonetheless.

8. We drank close to $60 worth of alcohol. Him, beer. Me liquor drinks. That has nothing to do with anything, I just feel that it should be noted because that is highway robbery. Shame on you RBC center. Not to mention we had to pay $20 to park. Seriously. $20. Insanity. And that wasn't valet. That was park and walk a bit. For $20 they should drop me off, take it to get washed while I see the show, then pick me back up.

Yes, all the things you hear about seeing the Boss live are true. Don't be alarmed when you go (of course you'll go, you should always take my advice, duh) and hear everyone booing. They are actually yelling "Bruce." It is confusing to a first timer. If you want to be able to touch him, sit in the front section because he booty shook and sashayed all through there. And if you really want to be prepared, go online and order a t-shirt off E-Bay for a show that happened in 1987. Wear is and then dance on the off beat and everyone will think you are an old pro.


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