But mostly I thought of how Sunday's nearly 4-hour journey contrasted with Saturday's Born in the USA-dominated show, and how no other touring band of any kind delivers such unpredictability on a nightly basis as Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
Hunters and Collectors (left), who are using their pre-Springsteen appearances to launch a reunion tour. They're unknown in the States but were big players on the Aussie charts in the '80s and '90s. I saw them open for Midnight Oil in the early '90s. Strangely, Springsteen didn't thank them for opening on either day, which makes me think their inclusion on the bill was part of a deal with whomever promoted the show. Jimmy Barnes was brought out to sing 'Tougher than the Rest' with Bruce at Hanging Rock last year, but H&C frontman Mark Seymour was given no such opportunity.
But I'm going to pump my fist and sing 'til I'm hoarse regardless. Not to show off at knowing the words. But because it fucking feels good.
|Show started at precisely 8:00 pm, which is twilight time in Melbourne in February.|
|Bruce spent the bulk of 'Growin' Up' sitting on the lip of the upper stage, rambling.|
|Two musicians only Bruce Springsteen could put together on stage: Tom Morello and Charles Giordano during 'High Hopes'.|
|I heard 'Just Like Fire Would' on the radio yesterday while driving around Sydney. As shown here, Bruce seems pleased with the song's effect on his Aussie audience.|
|An intense 'Lost in the Flood' brought memories of MSG in 1999, when he nearly caused hundreds of cardiac arrests among fans who'd waited 25 years to hear it live.|
|Without a mid-floor walkway Bruce and Jake did their 'Spirit in the Night' jaunt on the wings of the main stage.|
|Close-up on Jake during his 'Jungleland' solo.|
|While 'Waiting on a Sunny Day' brings yawns from repeated concertgoers it thrills newbies. Here, Bruce and Steven goof off a bit ...|
|.... before Bruce coaxed reticent guitar tech Kevin Buell to contribute backing vox, all to Steven's amusement.|
|People and their signs.|
|Springsteen clearly loves using the remarkably sharp rear screen throughout the show, here standing in front of the camera within Max's drum kit for a rock and roll hero shot during 'Land of Hope and Dreams'.|
|Steven's look says it all during another raucous 'Dancing in the Dark'.|
|There is no simpler bar band song than 'Twist and Shout' but in the hands of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band it becomes a epic, teased out party.|
|Bruce had nearly everyone squeeze onto the main stage thrust ...|
|... before closing 'Twist and Shout' with a big finish.|
|The show ended at 11:40 after Bruce performed a perfect solo acoustic 'This Hard Land'. His now customary closing declaration "The E Street Band .... loves ya" was followed by a non-committal "We'll be seein' ya."|