Submitted by Todd Rogers:
Excellent venue (surprisingly), now one of
my top two favorite venues where I have seen Bruce play in Oregon. Extremely
small and "cozy" it will
probably be "spoiled" when Portlanders find out about it, though. Opt for the reserved seats - at second row mid-section we were less than 20 ft.
from The Man!
The opening act was Victor Johnson, solo blues guitarist from nearby The Dalles, Or. Excellent performer!
During the preliminary, Bruce tuned his guitar to something that sounded like the intro to Sahara Gold.
Explaining the inclusion of the new songs on the Anything,
Anytime, Anywhere album, Bruce said radio stations expect for you to put
songs on a compilation album so that they have something to play while they continue to ignore the ones "they ignored the first time around".
Bruce said that he wrote two songs inspired by New York, and that Rumours
of Glory was one, but he couldn't remember anymore if pen was
actully put to paper there.
He talked about moving to Montreal. He joked that when he realized he had
lived in Toronto longer than he had lived with his parents while growing
up, he figured that he was going to move as soon as he could figure out where to move to. However, in more than a year since he moved he has only been home for two weeks at a stretch, so he doesn't know that much about Montreal. He also talked about the hazards of riding a bike in an urban environment; you don't have much of a chance to think of other things - it "keeps you in the moment".
Bruce said that like everyone else he was "struck dumb" by the
events of 9/11/01, and that his first reaction was that somebody should "shoot
fucker" referring to Ben Laden, but that his feelings could not stay there as it was against his beliefs. He was critical of those who quickly wrote
songs about the tragic events - saying it was about the stupidest thing that anyone could do - and "going off and being a garbage hauler" would be more useful.
He also went into a fiery, humourous rant against Jimmy Swaggert, Jerry Falwell,
Pat Robertson, and the 700 Club and their "inspired" view of
9-11, but for liability reasons I will omit discussion of those sometimes conceiveably inflammatory comments here.
He said that the fires of 9-11 were fueled by "fears of extremist views,
hatred, and fear of change". In that light, he compared Pat Robertson
Osama bin Laden, as bin Laden was the one who wears the turban.
Put It In Your Heart was the other song that was inspired by New York and as close to a song about 9-11 that he "could come up with".
Bruce tried to get the crowd involved in a sing-along on Wondering Where The Lions Are; however, before the concert started the concert promoter had admonished everyone not to talk during the performance, which had been a problem at the venue before. Fortunately, by this time the wine and microbrews were beginning to set in and a few people were lively and brave enough to help out.
There was no band, so Bruce played heavily to backing recordings during the
regular set (minor disappointment). But it was during the encore
numbers that Bruce really rocked, playing everything live and very well. Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long was so hot, it was even better than the original recording.
If I Had A Rocket Launcher and Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long were requests shouted out by name; then somebody shouted out for something new and Bruce obliged by playing Messenger Wind.
Disclaimer: Since I was not legally allowed to use recording devices at the
concert, and I do not have the clarity of other posters who must have
"tape-recorder" like minds, most of the quotations contained herein were accurate to the best of my abilities and knowledge. However since certain
events in the 1970's (during which they tell me I had a fun time) my memory is not as sharp as it used to be, I hereby apologize in advance for
any errors that I may have made. Similarly, Bruce's comments are paraphrased for brevity, but I have made every attempt to keep them true
to the original intent and have tried to identify actual quotations to the best of my ability. Once again, if there are any other mistakes, I apologize; no other liability is implied or expressed; your actual mileage may vary. Void where prohibited or licensed by law. Some assembly required.