Setlist, comments and first two photos submitted by Mark Medvin. Third and fourth photos from Jeni Enck.
Bruce was in his normal amazing form. He sounded phenomenal. The energy level of the band was super high. It was another magical night.
There were many little interactions. In no particular order, someone screamed out, “Bruce, I love you.” Bruce looked up and out, put on a big smile and placed his hands over his heart. There were the typical song shout outs. Some got no response from Bruce. Someone yelled out Franklin. That got an “Ohhhhhh Nooooooo” from Bruce. Someone shouted out Birmingham Shadows. That was me. Bruce made no comment. Then someone shouted out, “Freebird”. Everyone laughed and Bruce said, “Believe me, that’s not the first time.” Someone else then shouted out “I Wanna Be Sedated”. Bruce said, “You’re the first for that one. We don’t know that one. Not yet anyway.”
Gary and Julie were in super form. Julie’s solo in Slow Down Fast rocked. Gary is so in the moment of Bruce’s music that he himself probably couldn’t tell you what he is going to do before he does it. One example was at the beginning of Nude Descending A Staircase, when he picked up the mallet and prepared to hit one of his pipes, changed his mind and replaced the mallet and picked up his big drumstick to work on a cymbal, all the while providing spot on percussion. The amazing thing is, we would never know what we were missing if he weren't playing exactly as he was.
But the show belongs to Bruce. It's his show. His lyrics, his guitar, his voice. However you could perfect perfection, he does that.
For Wondering Where The Lions Are, Bruce asked if everyone was ready to sing along. “For those of you who don’t know it, try to follow those who think they do.” In the middle of the song, in between his own singing, Bruce shouted out to everyone to not lose it now, that we were doing so well. It was a lot of fun.
Bruce played Jerusalem Poker with no introduction and simply revealed the title at the end and that it was from his latest CD to which he announced the title song, Life Short Call Now.
After this, Bruce said a friend of his told him that was the saddest song she had ever heard. With the proper beat, he added, “Until she heard this next song.” Everyone laughed. He played Beautiful Creatures.
When Bruce came back on at 9:30, he said, “Thanks for not going home.” Everyone laughed.
Bruce introduced Tell The Universe as a song he co-wrote with Julie Wolf. There may be a third person in there too.
Bruce prefaced See You Tomorrow with a story about when he was 19 years old and was a music student in Boston. There was a friend of Bruce’s who asked Bruce to go with him to run guns in Cuba. In Bruce’s own way he told his friend that he was not going to do that. Bruce later found out that the reason why his friend wanted Bruce to go was so he would have someone to stand between him and the bullets. Well this guy shows up in this song. “This guy is in it... for a minute.”
Bruce was pretty beat after the show and with industry and family and friends and with heading out to do a show at the Boston Folk Festival the next day, we were told that he probably wouldn't be hanging around entertaining. But it was the birthday of my guest and I asked one of the crew who took our sleeve to Life Short Call Now and got Bruce to sign it for her. He did.
I can't wait until my next show.