…from a badass Santa in Paris!
Thu 20 Dec 2007
Sat 15 Dec 2007
‘Santa’ Boss was coming to town…
After a 2 and 1/2 hour show and a long ride home, some rest, and my voice not as hoarse as yesterday, I’m still speechless and borrow a review from Backstreets (couldn’t agree more):
December 13 / Cologne, GER / Koln Arena
A smoking show, both literally and figuratively — the Koln Arena must be one of the last such venues where lighting up is still permitted, and when the lights came up they revealed quite a cloud overhead. A surprisingly simlar set to the previous night, considering it’s just a couple hours’ drive. But the enthisiastic Cologne crowd, on their feet all night, set this one apart — and who can complain about “Because the Night” two nights in a row? “The Promised Land” had that newly added “People Get Ready” gospel coda again, too. “Kitty’s Back” was absolutely smoking, particularly Roy’s solo — a killer, jazzy improvisation, which Bruce echoed as he followed it with an extended solo of his own.
The end of “American Land” brought a patented James Brown routine, as Bruce fell over backward, “exhausted,” still on the floor as the band went into a bonus “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Nils and Steven helped him up to sing, and a special guest joined in, too. “Wolfgang, do you believe in Santa Claus?” Bruce cried to Wolfgang Niedecken — like Joe Grushecky in Pittsburgh, you can pretty much bank on Niedecken joining in when Bruce comes to Deutschland. The German rocker didn’t really seem to know the song, rarely stepping to the mic, but all eyes were on Bruce anyway, especially once he put that Santa hat on. How does he manage to make that thing look good? Tilting it at a rakish angle, twirling the pom-pom around like a helicopter… no one wears a Santa hat like Bruce. Hey, the guy’s a professional.
Radio Nowhere / The Ties That Bind / Lonesome Day / Gypsy Biker / Magic / Reason to Believe / Because the Night / She’s the One / Livin’ in the Future / The Promised Land / Waitin’ on a Sunny Day / The River / I’ll Work for Your Love / Devil’s Arcade / The Rising / Last to Die / Long Walk Home / Badlands
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Girls in Their Summer Clothes / Kitty’s Back / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / American Land / Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Fri 7 Dec 2007
Und falls jemand seinem Winterpelz auf die Pelle rücken will… that’s the way to do it!
Tue 4 Dec 2007
… my new wallpaper: shot of a great singer (A.W.)
by a great photographer (H.S.)
Sat 1 Dec 2007
Best test bed for this seemed to be all time favorite list…
“I’m reorganizing my records tonight. It’s something I do in times of emotional distress. When Laura was here I had them in alphabetical order, before that, chronologically. Tonight, though, I’m trying to put them in the order in which I bought them. That way I can write my own autobiography without picking up a pen. […] What I really like about my new system is that it makes me more complicated than I am. To find anything you have to be me, or at the very least a doctor in Rob-ology. If you wanna find Landslide by Fleetwood Mac you have to know that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 and then didn’t give it to them for personal reasons. But you don’t know any of that, do you? You would have to ask me to…” * (Nick Hornby, High Fidelity)