-- 17 July 2003 --

2003 Index


DATE: 17 July 2003
Pinnacle Centre
Grand Rapids, MI, USA


  • Tried And Tested
  • Lovers In A Dangerous Time
  • Mighty Trucks Of Midnight
  • All Our Dark Tomorrows
  • Let The Bad Air Out
  • Postcards From Cambodia
  • Burn
  • Southland Of The Heart
  • Wait No More


  • Wondering Where The Lions Are
  • Pacing The Cage
  • Open
  • You've Never Seen Everything
  • If I Had A Rocket Launcher
  • To Raise The Morning Star
  • Last Night Of The World


  • Put It In Your Heart
  • World Of Wonders
  • Celestial Horses


    Submitted by Melissa Caputo.

    When he introduced the song You've Never Seen Everything, he said, "When my girlfriend at the time first read the song she said 'I hate this song.' When she heard the song she said 'I still hate this song.'" Laughing, Bruce added, "A year later we broke up. I guess it pays to be strong willed. Right."

    Rich Blatt contributed this:

    This band really gels; it is very tight. Each player is a giant in his or her own right, and each got a chance to shine throughout the night. Bruce's guitar playing is absolutely phenomenal. That said, however, is not in any way to diminish his voice, which is also in really great shape. It had not struck me until I was sitting there watching him sing all these different songs what a great range he has. There were many times for that wonderful, dark, gritty baritone to roll out, but often there were spots where he was flawlessly punching out lyrics in a high tenor range
    as well. Julie Wolfe is a wonderful addition, lending a wide palette of textures to Bruce's music. The rhythm section was in the pocket all night, grooving through upbeat songs like Open and lending a sinister backdrop of sound effects and funky beats to the spoken word pieces like Postcards from Cambodia. A bravura performance by all.

    Bruce prefaced Burn by remarking that "There are two things that led me to bring this song back. There is a boy I know who is confined to a wheelchair because of a horrible degenerative disease. "He's been urging me to bring it back for a while. The other is George Bush."

    It was wonderful that Bruce chose to play Pacing the Cage at this concert. It is a fantastic piece of art, and I connected with it on a visceral level from the very first time I heard its very first line. After Bruce plucked out the first few notes, the audience reacted with cheers, and then listened raptly. At the end of the song we gave him
    what was probably the strongest reaction to any single song. He grinned wryly after the applause had died down and said, "I always feel a little strange when we play that song and people respond like that. If you have
    had an experience that makes you get that song, I feel bad for you! Hopefully you've also experienced something like this..." With which Bruce and band launch into the next song, Open. This was in some ways a theme of the evening: balancing the light with the dark.

    For more about this show and photos, see the reviews From The Road.



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