Showing posts with label Spectrum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spectrum. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fans Write A Love Letter To The Boss In Springsteen And I


            There are few artists who possess as devoted a following as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, but perhaps none have created quite the same emotional connection over such a long period together. This relationship is closely examined by the documentary Springsteen And I, a film which was shown in several select theaters on Monday evening and made almost exclusively of bootleg footage and fan video.
The fans whose videos were chosen and stories were told had anecdotes ranging from bonding with Springsteen from youth through adulthood, working class people who felt a unity with the music, and women who worshiped the front cover of the Born In The U.S.A. album. The only thing this global connection of people had in common was a relationship with a man that was both exclusive to their fandom as they attend a show and a bond of brotherhood with a total stranger at a gig in Copenhagen.
            There are many singular moments in Springsteen and I, but perhaps the most uniquely Bruce story came from a Philadelphia man who attended a Springsteen show in full Elvis costume. It was his life’s dream to bring The King and The Boss together. He reached that dream, even if it meant pulling a hammy at the Spectrum.
This motif of heightened moments and fulfilled dreams through Springsteen is continued as different facets of their lives are brought to surface. Whether through breakups, time spent on the street, or one couple’s journey from England and nosebleed seats to the front row of Madison Square Garden, the film underscored how many people have been affected by one band’s music.
Even the relationship of a man who was brought in tow to too many Springsteen shows was brought into the story before being blessed by The Boss as the film wrapped when Springsteen met several fans featured in the film. The small meeting allowed Springsteen to say thank you to people who were thanking him, bringing the film full circle and appropriately sealing a well-constructed documentation of one of the most entrusting relationships in music: The E-Street Band and their fans.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pearl Jam Spectrum Bootleg

   For Philadelphians, the Spectrum served as the absolute place for arena shows from 1967-2009. The arena hosted acts ranging from The Who, Billy Joel, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, Foo Fighters, Bob Marley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, David Bowie, the Grateful Dead to name a few. It was the arena that inspired Roger Water to write Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”
    To close out the legendary arena, Pearl Jam played a four-night stand as that Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees played a World Series across the street. The run concluded in an epic 41-song, 3 ½ hour show on October 31st, 2009. While the band had only released audio of the show (as they do for all of their concerts), they have yet to release an official DVD. Thanks to someone’s time consuming work it is now all available through youtube through pieced together recordings. Enjoy: