It surprised me that it never made the news. A cannonball on the fifth of May blew Dublin away. It came in the shape and sound of Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band. Highlights, well there were many.
How about a deeply moving and intense anti-war one-two in ‘Mrs MGrath’ and ‘How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live’? Or the raucous hooley that was ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ or ‘John Henry’. The celebration of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ which was introduced in a most spiritual way. Bruce said he had read the story of Jacob recently, and described him as a ‘F*ck up, who found the grace of God in the end’….brilliant. Or the transformation of old favourites like ‘Johnny 99’, ‘Open All Night’ and ‘You Can Look…’
But he also managed to surprise me in a way that I never thought to think I would see.:
A tuba solo which brought the house down and the presence of a lambeg drum during ‘Mrs McGrath’. Incidentally he introduced Mrs McGrath by saying that on the day the album was released he got a phone call from the lead singer of an Irish band. ‘Bruce, ya dumb b**tard’ he said, ‘it’s an Irish song so its McGraw, not McGrath’ so on that basis he endeavoured so use the Irish pronunciation. And when he got to the verse about the cannonball he brought the house down – the concert was on the fifth of May!
There was sooo much more, but I sense I’m boring you. Get the bootleg.