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Bruce Springsteen concert review: Dedicates 'American Skin' to Trayvon Martin, collapses into
Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ken Tucker

Posted on 03/29/2012 10:49:33 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Bruce Springsteen played the first of two nights in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

If the news headline is that he pointedly directed his audience to hear his 2000 song “American Skin (41 Bullets)” now as a parable for Trayvon Martin, the music story of this show is that Springsteen has broken through to a new level of interest in beats, rhythms, and ways to keep his old music fresh, for himself and for his fans.

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1 posted on 03/29/2012 10:49:42 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good old Bruce. You keep bein’ relevant now, ya hear?


2 posted on 03/29/2012 10:53:38 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So you release 3 very good albums, over 30 years ago, and now we have to listen to your utter Communist ignorance for the rest of your clueless, pampered life?

Not even close to a fair trade.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 10:54:01 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy

Guy sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball....in the Dictionary with the word “Overrated”, you see his picture.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 10:55:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I know that a lot of people like him, but listening to his pseudo working class vapid ‘rock’ makes me want to vomit when I hear it out in public. It’s just my opinion, but I think I might rather gargle liquid Drano than listen to that crap.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 10:55:39 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I wasted 3 bucks to see this commie tool back in the early 1970s. Hey “Boss” take a nice stroll down Federal Street in Camden,NJ some summer night. You will have an attitude adjustment.
6 posted on 03/29/2012 10:56:19 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Sorry,no tag line today.)
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To: dfwgator

“Guy sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball....”

Now that’s funny...


7 posted on 03/29/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ahhhhhhhhh the tolerant liberal left, I thought their motto was “Innocent til proven guilty” but hey, its an election year and they need the votes, so its “Guilty til proven innocent”


8 posted on 03/29/2012 10:57:09 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Free ThinkerNY
And how does one interpret the fact that the Philadelphia audience — and, reportedly, other cities’ audiences on this tour — cheer when Springsteen gets to the “Jack of All Trades” line, “If I had me a gun I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight”? I’ll tell you how: People really like to hear otherwise mannerly rock stars talk tough, especially after many of those people have had a few beers. Now, as to whether a black rock star could utter those words and not get certain elements of the political spectrum calling for such a singer’s arrest to incite murder? That’s a different question, one that you can bet Springsteen thought about in writing that line.

The mind boggles.

This guy wonders aloud if a black singer could ever get away with singing a song about shooting somebody.

If only some black singer would have the guts to do such a thing a find out!

9 posted on 03/29/2012 10:58:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Of course that’s when he isn’t trying to sing with a fake southern twang.


10 posted on 03/29/2012 10:58:51 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

BS always looks likes he’s taking a poop when he sings.


11 posted on 03/29/2012 10:59:49 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: dfwgator

He should see if he can get a group discount with Michael Bolton on a high colonic. Maybe those boys wont sing so... frustrated.


12 posted on 03/29/2012 11:00:18 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Bacon wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I still love his music, but I wish he and his colleagues in entertainment would just entertain.

BTW, rest in peace, Clarence Clemmons. Truly great sax player.


13 posted on 03/29/2012 11:00:35 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I guess everyone has figured out a way to milk this...

Yep, they're going to gin this right into a full scale revolution, complete with marching songs...while they march to the bank.

There's a new generation of fools to part with their money out there...

14 posted on 03/29/2012 11:01:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bruce Springsteen = Yoko Ono
...that's about right. :-D

15 posted on 03/29/2012 11:04:48 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass ( Kill all the terrorists, Protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Then he started rambling about how those neighbor kids need to stay outa his lawn...

16 posted on 03/29/2012 11:05:32 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Never liked his music, never liked him.

Just don’t get the Jersey thing I guess...

Artists might do better if they didn’t go out of their way to piss off half or more of their potential audience.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 11:10:37 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Uh, Such a partisan, high-drama guy. He and Spike Lee don’t appreciate what God and America have given them the opportunity to become.


18 posted on 03/29/2012 11:13:27 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Springsteen, I remember when he got popular and I couldn’t understand it. I still don’t, lame lyrics, guitar playing and his voice, WTH? I think I like him less than Phil Collins and that’s saying something.

I’m glad he’s so true to his word that he donates all his money to the UN and the Feds and doesn’t surround himself with armed guards.

His and Johnny Cougar’s fake down home workingman B.S. makes me dislike them even more. At least Phil Collins (as far as I know) isn’t a self hating uber liberal but I could be wrong.


19 posted on 03/29/2012 11:17:57 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

They go out and whore themselves to the record companies until they make it then sing songs condemning those who gave them their shot.

Not unlike a soldier protecting some a$$hole libs first amendment right to call that soldier a baby killer.

Advice to Springsteen. Shut up and sing you irrelevant POS.


20 posted on 03/29/2012 11:25:36 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: servo1969

Maybe he can write a new New Jersey hit titled; “I just want to be Spike Lee’.


21 posted on 03/29/2012 11:27:07 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll bet he’s putting slicks on his scooterchair.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 11:40:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What? He plays from his wheelchair? This guy is so has been he hasn’t even been!


23 posted on 03/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: All

Two things people forget when they consider the left leanings of famous entertainers.

The almost universal lack of education among actors and musicians. It is very rare for any of them to graduate from college. In fact a large percentage of them aren’t even high school graduates. Even a cerebral song writer- poet like Bob Dylan dropped out his freshman year of college.
A large majority of successful actors and musicians quit there formal education to work on their craft in their teens.
While attending college opens you up to further leftist brainwashing; there is at the very least some time during the 4 years, that some effort is made, to teach the basics of critical thinking to students. The very interaction with other students the late night debates in the dorms or the discussions in the student union; help develop at least an rudimentary inkling of there being two sides too some issues. At the very least some people who get a liberal arts degree, develop a bit of intellectual depth, which is largely lacking from most high school drop outs.

So you take a young artist and surround them with people who are in most cases more much more educated lawyers, accountants, film directors recording engineers, media entrepreneurs, who are almost universally left of center and quite often come from secular family and backgrounds, the result is predictable.

All the intellectual forces in their life push them left none of them are critical of the left thus they mouth left wing swill. I understand how they got so stupid politically, so I try not to hold it against them, they are victims in away, themselves.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I've never understood the fascination with Springsteen. I guess he's got music that's loved by Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York steel town Vinnies.

'Regional Rock' sucks. Namely, Rock music ballads where you have to be born and raised in a certain part of the USA to identify with: Like the stuff put out by Springsteen and whatever John Lemon Cougarcamp is telling people to call him these days.

I just don't have patience for Springsteen's Rust Belt steel foundry warbling, or John MellonCougarLip's lousy 'blood on the scarecrow/blood on the plow/blood on the haystack/blood on the International Harvester rotary soil cultivation combine' lyrics.

So, Springsteen has been desperately searching for a new schtick. So I guess he found one down in Florida. Maybe he'll add Latin timbales drums to the E-Street Band.

25 posted on 03/29/2012 11:51:51 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Squirrel Jail
26 posted on 03/29/2012 11:55:39 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: bigbob
Artists might do better if they didn’t go out of their way to piss off half or more of their potential audience.

Anyone who thinks "American Skin" is left-wing agiprop hasn't heard it. The song reflects the policemen's dillema as well as the victim's:

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life

The song is a powerful portrayal of a tragedy, in which everyone meant well but an innocent man nonetheless died. It is most emphatically not a condemnation of the police (who are also depicted in the song as kneeling on the floor and praying for Diallo's life.)

27 posted on 03/29/2012 11:58:36 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bruce, if he didn't have a gun we might have one dead community watch captain rather then one dead blossoming thug

Which would you prefer?

28 posted on 03/29/2012 11:59:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A sorry-ass entertainer and even worse human being.
29 posted on 03/29/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Quit poking holes in the life raft!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
They go out and whore themselves to the record companies until they make it then sing songs condemning those who gave them their shot.

I agree, especially with Cougar-Mellancamp. Their managers or record co or both make them write songs that will become hits. After they have a hit or two, then they have the clout to making the America hating songs that were always in their hearts.

Cougar had some decent songs on his first album. I think it was the second album was when he started whining about having to use the name Cougar so it became John Cougar-Mellencamp then just John Mellencamp. With each iteration of his names, his songs sucked more and more but I'll never forgive him for the treacly, Jack and Diane.

As for Springsteen, I've never heard a song of his I liked, from his first song on the radio to today.

I'll never understand why someone in Reagan's camp thought Born in the USA would be a good theme song for his second term's election; did they not listen to the song or did they have a David Brock or Huffington type turncoat(s) in his campaign?

30 posted on 03/29/2012 12:25:50 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Bruce is a mannequin of what he thinks a working man is supposed to look like. Glory Days....they passed him by.


31 posted on 03/29/2012 12:37:44 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In order to get what he got out of his career, one has to be a shameless self promoter. It’s one thing to promote your act, another to try to baptize it. Viz.


32 posted on 03/29/2012 12:37:53 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (tick..tick..tick...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was at the concert last night. Having sat in Bruce’s seats, eaten his food, and drank from his beverages, I won’t deride his misplaced tribute to Trayvon Martin. That would be ungracious. I will say this, I don’t agree with his politics. I don’t, however, agree that he is somehow a “regional rocker” or that he has had 3 good albums. Moreover, since I watched him perform for 3 hours non-stop, including diving into the audience, sliding 30 feet on his knees across the stage, and jumping all over the place, that he is in a wheel-chair or walker. It is one thing to disagree with Bruce’s politics. It is one thing not to like his music, musical taste is subjective. To deny his rock n’ roll hall of fame, international celebrity, is silly and discredits only those who say so. Moreover, to suggest he is a geriatric incapable of playing, only proves that the commentor has never actually seen a Springsteen Concert. That’s shame. There is no better show in Rock n’Roll.


33 posted on 03/29/2012 12:42:11 PM PDT by Iron Eagle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was at the concert last night. Having sat in Bruce’s seats, eaten his food, and drank from his beverages, I won’t deride his misplaced tribute to Trayvon Martin. That would be ungracious. I will say this, I don’t agree with his politics. I don’t, however, agree that he is somehow a “regional rocker” or that he has had 3 good albums. Moreover, since I watched him perform for 3 hours non-stop, including diving into the audience, sliding 30 feet on his knees across the stage, and jumping all over the place, that he is in a wheel-chair or walker. It is one thing to disagree with Bruce’s politics. It is one thing not to like his music, musical taste is subjective. To deny his rock n’ roll hall of fame, international celebrity, is silly and discredits only those who say so. Moreover, to suggest he is a geriatric incapable of playing, only proves that the commentor has never actually seen a Springsteen Concert. That’s shame. There is no better show in Rock n’Roll.


34 posted on 03/29/2012 12:42:19 PM PDT by Iron Eagle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wish I had the money I wasted on this man’s concerts and discs. What a disappointment. If a guy will cheat on his wife, his country may be next.


35 posted on 03/29/2012 12:42:39 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was at the concert last night. Having sat in Bruce’s seats, eaten his food, and drank from his beverages, I won’t deride his misplaced tribute to Trayvon Martin. That would be ungracious. I will say this, I don’t agree with his politics. I don’t, however, agree that he is somehow a “regional rocker” or that he has had 3 good albums. Moreover, since I watched him perform for 3 hours non-stop, including diving into the audience, sliding 30 feet on his knees across the stage, and jumping all over the place, that he is in a wheel-chair or walker. It is one thing to disagree with Bruce’s politics. It is one thing not to like his music, musical taste is subjective. To deny his rock n’ roll hall of fame, international celebrity, is silly and discredits only those who say so. Moreover, to suggest he is a geriatric incapable of playing, only proves that the commentor has never actually seen a Springsteen Concert. That’s shame. There is no better show in Rock n’Roll.


36 posted on 03/29/2012 12:42:43 PM PDT by Iron Eagle
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To: fatnotlazy

I’ll never get over the loss of David Sancious, personally. At one of the E St Band’s first-year performances in a tiny club on the shore, I watched Sancious reach into the body of the baby grand and pluck a few strings with his fingers at a key point in the song. Nearly swooned. Went up to talk to him afterward, and went backstage to talk to Bruce. What a waste of energy, it now seems.


37 posted on 03/29/2012 12:46:52 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Iron Eagle

The problem appears to be that no one drinking the beverages of these celebrities known mostly for being known has the nerve to tell them what they don’t want to hear. That would be ungracious. Elvis’ Memphis “Mafia” of half-witted hicks carrying his handkerchiefs on stage comes to mind.

Bruce has been the Rolling Stone Lefty rock critics wet dream, after Dylan refused to play for them the little marxist game. His “discoverer” and manager Jon Landau had been a critic (a good one at that.)

Keith Richards once described Bruce’s musical output in one perfect word: “contrived”.


38 posted on 03/29/2012 12:53:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lx
At least Phil Collins (as far as I know) isn’t a self hating uber liberal but I could be wrong.

Collins was a back-up drummer for Peter Gabriel in Genesis for a long time, which was a stunning act to be sure. Gabriel has lately proven himself a Kool-Aid drinker.

Peter Gabriel Pulls Music From 'Rush Limbaugh Show'

39 posted on 03/29/2012 12:54:18 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

20 years ago I’d have paid anything to see him.Today you couldn’t pay me to want to see him.


40 posted on 03/29/2012 12:58:37 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Lx

I still listen to Thunder Road when I get ready for roadtrips. I think Darkness is his best album although Born to Run created the most hits. (Grew up off of highway 9)

With 57 Channels and Nothing On, it was confirmed; Springsteen jumped the shark.


41 posted on 03/29/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
@ LX — the Thunder Road version last night was the best I have seen in 25 years or more. Clarence's Nephew brought the house down on several sax solos.
42 posted on 03/29/2012 1:07:12 PM PDT by Iron Eagle
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To: EQAndyBuzz
@ LX — the Thunder Road version last night was the best I have seen in 25 years or more. Clarence's Nephew brought the house down on several sax solos.
43 posted on 03/29/2012 1:07:12 PM PDT by Iron Eagle
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To: Lx
At least Phil Collins (as far as I know) isn’t a self hating uber liberal but I could be wrong.

In the 80s one of his videos prominently featured the 6-million-homeless lie that was then making the rounds.

44 posted on 03/29/2012 1:17:34 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Iron Eagle

Having been to many Springsteen concerts as well as others I would give AC/DC, KISS Aerosmith,Bon Jovi,Cheap Trick and ZZ Top a notch up on Springsteen when it comes to R&R.


45 posted on 03/29/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Iron Eagle

BTW the # 1 R&R band is The Rolling Stones IMHO.


46 posted on 03/29/2012 2:07:38 PM PDT by Renegade
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draft dodger

47 posted on 03/29/2012 3:05:41 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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