Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wrecking Ball Hits Seville

Starting the European Leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour off right, 
Bruce shows up a day early in Seville and gives media a mini-concert, soundcheck!!

‎19:03 CET

1. We Take Care
2. Death to My Hometown
3. Rocky Ground
4. Thunder Road
5. Waitin. on Sunny Day
6. I'm Goin' Down
7. The Promise
8. Shackled and Drawn
9. Apollo Medley (stop start while they iron out problems apparently)
10. We Are Alive

20:32 CET 

Translated from Pointblank

Bruce Springsteen rehearses in Seville to the press

At 7 o'clock in the afternoon today Bruce Springsteen appeared on stage at the Olympic Stadium in Seville . With black shirt, jeans and sunglasses gave final instructions to his extensive band, before embarking on the dress rehearsal of the European tour before a small audience. A few dozen journalists from across Europe (though mostly Spanish and Italian) have had access to the full test, followed by an impromptu and informal press conference.
For almost half an hour Springsteen has reviewed the repertoire of the tour and has dedicated a good portion of time to rehearse the band movements in certain songs, to decide which musician would go to the right or left of the stage, who stay with him at the center or what part of "Apollo Medley" must sing each chorus. "We Take Care Of Our Own" and "Death to my Hometown" opened fire, in the eyes of many cameras, while journalists took notes incessantly or advantage to send minicr√≥nicas via Twitter or take pictures with their smartphones .
Minutes after the turn has come "Rocky Ground", with Michelle Moore on stage, just as in the American tour. The band keeps the same formation that has been in the U.S., except Patti Scialfa, absent this evening. Bruce commented later that Patti was at home looking after the younger son, still a teenager, and would join the tour soon.
Insistent and distant screams have broken the silence suddenly working in a large group of fans who jalebaba the artist from the windows of the hotel attached to the stadium, and within sight of it. Bruce joked with them, asked them if they wanted to hear a particular song, and then they have spent an inspired version of "Thunder Road" . The brass section has impressed more than one reporter. I really see you blow hard impose the epic end of the song, a few meters away, with the empty stadium and a very powerful and crisp sound.
"Waitin 'On A Sunny Day" marked the first encounter with the small audience. Bruce has jumped the track, has walked through the back of the pit and welcomed and shaken hands with many of the attendees, while continuing the song and even in the absence of children, was singing the chorus to a daring journalist . Easy trick, but direct, intimate and it works, which has served to create sympathy among reporters and cameras.
Here are two surprises: the rocker "I'm Goin'Down" , encouraging environment, followed by a historic moment. Bruce and the E Street Band have given us a sublime version of "The Promise". Something in his career has only happened four times in public (first show of the tour 78, performance at the carousel in Asbury Park in 2010, concert in Washington a few weeks ago, and now in Seville, in the semi-public trial to the press). Emotional and unique moment. Surprisingly, a foreign journalist asks: "Thunder Road has not played before?". We clarify the question and thanks.
"Shackled and Drawn" "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and "We Are Alive" have closed the session, after which Bruce has sat on the edge of the stage to answer questions from the press.It's been 15 minutes of questions and answers, more focused on political and social issues in music. Tomorrow, with the stadium full of fans and high expectations.


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