Bruce Springsteen has no equal or even an apt comparison

A 73 year old rocker and his equally old band are still playing close-to three hour shows, doubling the length and intensity of acts half their age.  We’re in uncharted territory and few things illustrate it better than a live performance of “Jungleland” at Madison Square Garden. Last Saturday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street… Continue reading Bruce Springsteen has no equal or even an apt comparison

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Bruce Springsteen is back and a little reminiscing across over thirty concerts is in order

After seven years, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band begin their world tour tonight in Tampa.  It’s been a short eternity for die-hard fans, prompting a little reminiscing about prior concerts, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and the magic inherent in the live performance of rock and roll. Bruce Springsteen and the… Continue reading Bruce Springsteen is back and a little reminiscing across over thirty concerts is in order

Phish: The legendary jam band played to an empty theater on New Year’s Eve. Is it still an epic jam if no one is there to watch?

It’s tempting to impart all sorts of symbolism to the sight of Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, and Jon Fishman on stage as they normally would be, except with no one watching or cheering, no wafts of marijuana smoke drifting in the air from the crowd of assembled, self-proclaimed Phish-heads.  Phish isn’t exactly easy… Continue reading Phish: The legendary jam band played to an empty theater on New Year’s Eve. Is it still an epic jam if no one is there to watch?

The Lord of Misrule and other Christmas traditions through the ages merge in a classic Western holiday

Christmas 2020 is different from any other, but the spirit can remain the same even as we gather in smaller groups to celebrate without Phish shows at MSG  The modern celebration of Christmas is a wonderful combination of ancient festivals and traditions, crass commercialism, and religious observations developed over two millennia.  Even as an atheist,… Continue reading The Lord of Misrule and other Christmas traditions through the ages merge in a classic Western holiday