Skip to comments.Springsteen ends world tour at Harley celebration (Silent Audience at Rendition, Wiretaps?)
Posted on 08/31/2008 9:14:26 PM PDT by Libloather
Springsteen ends world tour at Harley celebration
By CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer
Sun Aug 31, 9:36 AM ET
MILWAUKEE - Bruce Springsteen ended his world tour over the weekend, toned down but revved up.
Springsteen played more than 30 songs over 3 1/2 hours Saturday night on Milwaukee's lakefront for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary celebration. He made few comments between songs.
Only for a few moments before "Livin' in the Future" did the rocker who often brings his liberal-leaning political comments to the stage stray into politics.
Springsteen performed to a crowd not unlike the one that gave Republican presidential candidate John McCain a warm welcome Aug. 4 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. Many roared their motorcycles during McCain's speech.
Springsteen said "Livin' in the Future" was about what was happening now: cheese, Harley-Davidson motorcycles (tailoring it to his Wisconsin crowd), transfats, "500 channels of nothing on" and the Bill of Rights.
But he also mentioned wire tapping and rendition the secret transport of terror suspects from one country to another.
"Things that basically at the heart are un-American," he said. The crowd gave spattered groans but mostly stayed silent.
He did not play "Born in the U.S.A," his anthem about the difficulties Vietnam war veterans faced, or the anti-war ballad "Devils and Dust" about Iraq.
Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson expected more than 100,000 people from around the nation and world to participate in the four-day celebration that officially started Thursday in Milwaukee and its suburbs. It included a parade through the city, a party along the lake, activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum, a special exhibit at Discovery World and other big-name bands.
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And Sarah Palin starts hers. I'm jazzed.
All that (Mostly Silent Audience at Rendition, Wiretaps Mention) came from freaked out RAT fans. They AREN'T jazzed.
Does he even realize that Rendition started during the Clinton administration? Do any lefties even know that?
bikers are too civilized, I was sure they were going to make him eat his guitar.
Doesn’t sound as though bikers are overwrought about relocating terrorists.
I love your post! ROTFL!!! Thanks!
I once taped a bunch of Springsteen stuff for a retired school administrator, it droned on and on, so long I can understand the silence, call it boredom
Springsteen is an idealogical idiot who didn't do his demographic homework.
“...wire tapping and rendition the secret transport of terror suspects from one country to another...” “...Things that basically at the heart are un-American.”
Horseshit, you unhappy big mouth. Siding with terrorists against a Republican administration.
Since when is it “un-American” for the executive branch to defend our citizens against a vicious and unrelenting enemy that seeks to destroy our way of life.
Typical delusional leftist. Oh and your songwriting talent ended somewhere in the middle of Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1979.
Springsteen always sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball.
I've no doubt that many mentally entertained the notion, but decided that it wouldn't be worth the hassle...
You mean, he isn't?
Eric Bloom takes his Hog on tour....and onstage;
And they NEVER whine about politics.
Buck Dharma is even openly Republican.
No the silence came becuase most of the people in that crowd are vets and conservatives. They were mostly thinking shut up and sing he’s lucky he didn’t go further.
Springsteen would be more at home with the Ducati and Honda crowd.
“Do any lefties even know that? “
Don’t know it, and you can’t tell them.
Maybe Bruce is not the old Bruce.
Does this no talent(to me anyway) hack know that rendition was started by Clinton.
1. Building roads.
2. Keeping foreigners from invading.
Other than that, government is a waste of money.
To be honest, I like that definition of government also.
“Most Harley bikers are up in your face conservatives.”
Thanks, I’ll take that as a compliment. ;>)
what is it that these “celebrity idiots” don’t understand?
people want to hear you sing, not to pontificate about your fave politician
that said, i wouldn’t waste my time or spend my dime going to see him
Bikers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are rich and some are poor. Sometimes they have their differences one another. But the one thing that unites all bikers everywhere into a single brotherhood is their deep and abiding love for community organizers.
Just stating the facts....:)
[sadly, I’m so small that I have to stand on my seat to ‘get up in faces’]....;-D
He made “The River” and then jumped the shark.
[but “Nebraska” was tolerable if not remarkable]
Hey Brucie... don’t you have something better to do like go blow $500,000 on a show/jump horse for your daughter or something?
Are they going to have a flag burning session from now on? Maybe I'll buy a Honda.
Harley is becoming “multinational”.
The premier American made bike now has mostly Chinese parts, the Buell is a German design and their new “trikes” will be made by a Canadian company but assembled *here* so that they can still claim to be “Made in the USA”.
When people shrieked about the Canadian collaboration, Lehman [the CA trike manufacturer] built a token brick & mortar in SD just to say they have a USA “presence”.
It used to be all about taking pride in an all-American ride....now it’s pure profit.
They’ve gotten into the “custom choppers” market because most bikers take their new Harley home and start modifying it anyway.
There’s an old saying...”if you bought it off the showroom floor “custom”, then it ain’t.
Honda actually now uses more US made parts.
Next year, they’ll probably have REM whining about “social injustices” onstage.
All of that can sure make a biker feel conflicted....:-\
I always found Springsteen to be boring, bland music at best...
Bored to tears... Springsteen is as crappy as Bon Jovi...
Give me something like Johnny Cash or Judas Priest.
Yeah, why didn't they do some REAL biker music like Motorhead, ZZ Top or Judas Priest???
SFD, I am on the same page re Springsteamer...I still get a kick when my Boomer Lib friends pay $80-100 to go to his concert and stand around for 3 hours listening to his crappy music and then complain about it...what a bunch of fools.
Yep, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, Western Swing 1930’s
The Brownies played their spirited, jazzy brand of Western Swing with hilarity and virtuosity. To get an idea of their sound, think of Bob Wills with a hearty dose of Django Reinhardt and Cab Calloway - and a dash of electric steel guitar for good measure!
And Blind Willie Johnson are a couple of my favorites
Trouble Soon be Over
No Speinsteen, No Jovi (Speinsteen, must be the J Elder in me)
“bikers are too civilized, I was sure they were going to make him eat his guitar.”
LOL!! Or at least hit him with empty beer bottles while exiting with the middle finger held high!
that’s great, looks like he’s playing an older DanElectro. There was a Metal band back in the 80’s Slave Raider, that also had a Lady on bass
Slave Raider-Survival Of The Fittest
Don’t know how political they were, but President Reagan says we are able to deliver anywhere, in reference to the Nuclear bombs presented in the video
And they have cowbell.
Springsteen was good when he was singing about the working man. The working man don’t give a crap about wiretaps. He wants to come home, wash up and go racing in the streets.
At that time, it was a virtual ghost town, pretty much deserted until the weekends.
I drove down Monroe and Kingsley in the wee, dark hours of the night.
I drank and danced at the Stone Pony and Park Place [before it “mysteriously” burned down] and heard the best Moody Blues cover band, ever.
I wandered around the old empty convention center and wandered the boardwalk for hours, checking often to see if Madame Marie was still alive.
The arcade was in ruins as was most of the boardwalk amusement park but it suited me as such.
The melancholy atmosphere was poignant and haunting.
It was somewhat like being the last person on earth.
I had the best surf & turf at a little roadside eatery called “Some Other Place”.
There was a corner bakery downtown that made the best corn and blueberry muffins and I snacked on them, happily, unaware that even stepping out of my car in “that part of town” was tantamount to suicide.
Naturally, I visited Freehold and Red Bank, just because.
I sat under the boardwalk and watched the gray waves rolling in.
When Bruce “went stupid”, I just stopped going.
Someday, I'd love to go back but I read that it's become a summertime homo-Mecca.
So, I probably won't ever go...the memories of being alone with the ghosts and faded glory of a seaside resort are probably best let be.
it’s funny how soon they forget what got them there in the first place