Ullevi x 3

In 2015 Bruce Springsteen released the box ”The Ties That Bind – the River Collection”. It’s a remastered edition of the River and  some outtakes that never ended up on the double album. The outtakes are really good an fun to listen to.

This naturally lead to a tour, first indoors in the USA 2015. This year, 2016, the tour came to Europe and outdoor arenas. Sweden got three shows, all of them at Ullevi, Gothenburg. First two shows 25th and 27th of June, then the last one on July 23rd.

The first one didn’t quite catch me, I thought it lacked a story to keep it together and I had a hard time to feel the spirit and joy. The second one was totally different, much more playfulness, a lot of power on stage and a really good setlist. The last one was very good also as we got The River album from top to bottom. The finale was Twist and Shout and all was grand. I like the sad songs, and Point Blank, Fade Away, Stolen Car and Drive All Night have rarely sounded better. After the first show I felt almost like me and Bruce had fallen out of love, but from the second show all was back to normal again. The joy, the spirit, the great feeling and the surprise of what song to play next was all there. At 66 years of age Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band still is the greatest live act there is. They sure do rock’n’roll!


Born in the USA all over

 On the day of the last show at Friends arena, I got there early and got number 481 in line. We had a calm day and we got into the arena. Me and some friends were standing in front of Steve, six or seven rows from the stage.

There was really no surprise that we got The Born in the USA album played from top to bottom. There were a lot of party songs, but I still felt a bit bored since it was a rather conventional show. Sprit in the Night was really good, Cover Me was so tight and it was great fun hearing Raise Your Hand and Rosalita. Those were the best songs for me. But I think Friends arena is a bit too big for the intimate and interesting shows. It’s a pity, I hope Bruce stays at home for a while now and when he gets back on tour I hope he will play smaller venues.

Beautiful Darkness

The second show at Friends arena brought us a different opening, My Love Will not Let You Down followed by Leap of Faith and I’m a Rocker, sent the audience dancing straight away. I’m a Rocker was a delight, especially since it was a request from a friend of mine. He got really happy! 😀 Then we got the album Darkness on the Edge of Town, top to bottom. A truly great record and stunning performances on Adam Raised a Cain and Racing in the Streets. Open all Night and Seven Nights to Rock was great party songs at the end of the show. This night was much more actionpacked than Friday’s performance. Bruce and the band will do two shows in Turku, Finland, next week before they come back next Saturday on May 11th.

Here are some pictures:

First night at Friends arena

So finally it was time for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band to play the new venue in Solna, Friends Arena. The arena is brand new, built for concerts and national fotball games. The capacity is some 50 000 persons, but the arena is in a place that still is a construction site, so it’s not so easy to get there. Or rather, to go home after the show. The commuter train and the subway is 20 minutes walk from the arena, so it takes time to get home.

Anyway, Bruce and the band played much of a standard Wrecking ball-set, but the difference was that they also did the whole Born to Run album, top to down. That was a really striking moment. We even got the rare Sad Eyes-part in Backstreets, so it was really nice. Another highlight was Bruce’s solo performance of Mountain of Love. And Elliot Murphy was a guest artist when the band played Glory Days.


A third show

Just when the fans thought the tickethunting was over, more news came about the swedish shows. Since the two concerts had sold very well there would be a third one on May 11th! It feels a bit strange that the band would play two shows, have a week off and then come back. As it has turned out, there will be a show in Finland between the three swedish gigs, so the band will be busy.

A week after the first tickethunting it was the same procedure all over again. I got up early in the morning, put on all of my warmest winter clothes, took the subway to the Globe arena and went in line for tickets. This time it was even fewer people around. Everything went smoothly and I got the tickets I needed for my self and for some friends who wanted help. We were waiting around for a while in case they would annonce a fourth show, but luckily that didn’t happen.

I got my self a poster on the way home, it now hangs on a wall in my study.


Two Lovely Shows in Göteborg

This weekend I’ve seen two wonderful Springsteen shows at Ullevi, in Göteborg. The first one att July 27th was very emotional for me, a lot of great songs and good feeling among the audience. The weather was lovely, sunny and warm and the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Drive All Night. But Cover Me, Rosalita and Something in the Night was also wonderful.

The second show on July 28th was even better. But the weather was horrible. It rained for a couple of hours before the show, I was soaking wet and the rain was so hard that a shopping centre in the city was flooded and evacuated.

But the show was amazing. Of course we got Who’ll Stop the Rain, but also Lost in the Flood. Downbound Train, I’m Going Down, It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City and Frankie was other rairities that was played.

But the biggest surprise was when Bruce walked up the stage and said that Sweden had always been a very special place for Clarence Clemons and that this next song was for all of us and for Big Man. And then the band played Jungleland. Jake Clemons was amazing in the solo and the crowd was in awe. Nobody had thought that they would do that song so soon after Clarences death. But they did. These two shows are among the very best I’ve ever seen and the second is already considered to be a classic.



Fade Away

For the final day the weather was actually decent, sunny, but still cold. Me and Peppe got into the line at noon, that was good, because mer people were in line and they were a bit pushy when the wristbands were handed out. Peppe got one last, I got really worried, but I managed to get another one. We got nice spots in the pit, maybe 6 rows from the stage. We were close to the right catwalk. 🙂

The show started as the other ones with Idas sommarvisa. Then we got No Surrender, Badlands and Night. Spitit in the Night was a nice addition and we got a beautiful Ther River. Bruce picked a sign for Mony Mony, that was a great song, as was Trapped. After that we got Fade Away. That was just incredible. Tobbe, a guy we have interviewed early on for our film requested it and got it on the Devils & Dust-tour. Now he had interviewed Steve for a radio show and asked him for it. Steve apparently must have told Bruce, they saw the signs and they played it! The first full band version of the song since The River-tour! Bruce had a long talk before it, talking about how you sometimes must swallow your pride and get down on your knees if you don’t want to lose your loved one.

After that I lost a little inspiration and energy, but I got it back when we got Jungle Land. The encores included Ramrod and Twist and Shout so it was a beautiful show with many great moments.

Lost in the Flood

20090605_kl2047wOn the second night the weather was much better, no rain, but still cold and gloomy. I got in line later, shortly before 4 o’clock. But it all went well, me and my five friends got our wristbands and a spot a little futher back than yesterday. But it was still good, we could see well!

We got Dowbound Train as a starter, that was really great. Then all the songs we had been talking about were just popping out. First came Candy’s Room, then Darlington County and Youngstown. good Lovin’was a nice surprise, as was Growin’ Up, but Queen of the Supermarket wasn’t as good as good as I hoped. It swayed a little on the drums, Jay Weinberg almost lost the beat, but they picked it up again. Jay is really great filling in for his dad Max, and nobody can believe he’s just 18 years old!

But the biggest surprise of the evening was Lost in the Flood. I had a secret wish for that song, but I hadn’t made a sign, because I thought it would be useless. But others had made signs and we got it! Peppe and I was just screaming madly at each other when Bruce picked it out. The performance was really strong and very moving. We also got the Detroit Medley, with Land of 1000 Dances at the end. Great! A fabulous night!

Wild Thing

So it was time for the first of three shows at Stadion, Stockholm. The weather was really bad, cold and rainy. I got to the line at just before 2 o’clock and I met with Peppe shortly after. It was drizzling to and fro, so it wasn’t so nice to stand in line, but we got our wristbands and we could walk in easlily to the pit. We got a spot about 10-14 rows from the stage, inbetween Bruce and Steve, to the right of the stage.

We thought the band would be early because of the bad weather, but they came on at 20.10. Nils started on the accordion and he played Idas sommarvisa, a wellknown swedish tune. Thanks to the weather we got Who’ll Stop the Rain as a starter, and other great moments was I’m going Down, Cadillac Ranch and Wild Thing. I also enjoyed My Lucky Day and Outlaw Pete from the new album.

The encores ended with Glory Days, Twist and Shout and Dancing in the Dark. By that time I was soaked, not from the rain but from all the singing, jumping, clapping an shouting. What a finale! And I’m sure Bruce and the band didn’t do it just to make us stay warm in the cold night. 😀

Restless nights

20090603_kl2132wI know, I know, I know, it’s been ages since I updated… There’s no excuse, all the would’a, could’a, should’a won’t help, I still did’nt do it. But it has been calm on this front, so I’ll try to make up for it now as things are heating up again.

The Working on a Dream Tour is well on it’s way, the American leg is finished and Springsteen and the E Street Band came to Europe last weekend when they played the Pinkpop festival in Holland. Yesterday they played in Tampere, Finland and now they are here in Stockholm, getting ready for three shows at Stadion. The first one is tomorrow, the next on Friday and the last on Sunday, so there will be a busy weekend. I’ve been feeling kind of low, not particularly into it, but today I got the Fever again. I’ve been listening carefully to the album, watching dvd:s from recent tours and suddenly the passion came back. I’m really looking forward to the shows, though I don’t like the look of this weekends weather charts. I’ts going to rain, and it’s quite cold, so it’ll be a though time waiting.

I hope that the crowd is going to be nice, reports on the swedish fan forum springsteen.se says there are already 200 people in line. I’m a little nervous about getting a good spot, but at the same time I try not worry so much. I’ll be working until lunch time tomorrow, so I can’t go there early anyway. Besides, there are two more shows, so there’ll be time for standing in line. It’ll work out some how.

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