Friday, 10 February 2017

Springsteen in Sydney, night 1, 7 Feb 2017

From my report on Backstreets from the first of two nights at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena:
A commonly held perception of Australia's two largest cities — by Aussie blokes, at least — is that Sydney's the girl you'd take to Vegas, Melbourne's the one you'd take home to momma. Following a torrid show in Melbourne Saturday, Tuesday's first of two in Sydney had Bruce and the band seemingly poised to sweep Australia's glamour capitol off its feet with a grand gesture or two.

Nope. What we got were three hours of steel and smoke, heart and bone. Another fat-free extravaganza included one Aussie tour premier — Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" — and 27 tried-and-true scorchers. Sydney was soaked by massive rainstorms throughout the day, so temperatures were manageable outside, but by the time Bruce swung the "Wrecking Ball" the pit radiated with bouncing, perspiring bodies. It may not have been the most youthful of crowds, but tonight's energy was intense on the floor and in scattered chunks throughout the 21,000-capacity arena.
Pro photographer Rene van Diemen took the photos that appear with my report. Here are some I took myself.

New York City Serenade.

American Land.

Out in the Street.

My Love Will Not Let You Down.

Hungry Heart.

Hungry Heart.

American Skin (41 Shots).

The Promised Land.

Mary's Place.

She's the One.

Thunder Road.

Thunder Road.


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