Josh and I were invited by a good friend and his son to go see Bruce play an acoustic solo show last night, part of the Devils and Dust tour.
We all would have preferred an E Street band show, particularly in light of the 30th anniversary of Born To Run, but all we got was Bruce and that was pretty good.
The highlight was Backstreets, which he dedicated to his good friend Jon Landau. Bruce sat at his piano and pounded on the keys and gave us a wonderful version last night.
Hearing Jon Landau’s name got me thinking about his seminal piece in The Real Paper in May 1974 where he wrote "I saw rock
and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen". Here’s the link to the full column. It’s as great a read now as it was 31 years ago.
We didn’t see the future of rock and roll last night. We saw one of its masters. And with 9 year old kids in tow, that’s always a good thing since they and their friends and contemporaries are the future of rock and roll.