I listen to my iPod most days on my bus journey to and from work.
Always on shuffle - sometimes the whole library, sometimes just Bruce.
This is a series of posts inspired by one of the songs I have heard during the previous week.
Some tracks bring back memories of particular shows and when Incident popped up this week as I was walking along it immediately took me back to Wembley Arena 2002.
I've talked about this before but I've remembered it before too, and of course, it doesn't stop me remembering again so I figured I could talk about it again. This might be a strange logic but I'm sure you know what I mean?
It was only our third Bruce show and although by this time I think we had most of the back catalogue to be honest the older stuff didn't really interest us. We both loved The Rising and were looking forward to hearing a lot of the songs from the new album. Being relative novices we didn't know a rarity or two might turn up that would possibly make several people in the crowd cry with joy.
I think by this time I had done a little preparation and learned the words to Born To Run. I listened over and over with the lyric booklet until I got it right. The toughest bit was the last verse where, let's be honest, it doesn't quite scan - 'Someday girl I don't know when we're going to get to that place where we really want to go and we'll walk in the sun'.
I also had a little note book with me to write down the set list. In those days we didn't know that we could find the details later on the internet and anyway sometimes you want to discuss it straight after the gig. Although now we could probably remember everything Bruce played during our walk back to the car or hotel in those days with our sketchy knowledge we weren't even sure of the title of each song.
I carried the tickets to that show and the note book around with me for ages but I don't have them any more. I didn't start keeping that sort of stuff until later - shame. Anyway I had no idea of the title of Incident and no idea that it was a rarity so it was lost on me. A few bars in I looked at Mike who was obviously no wiser and I think he suggested I listed it as 'Spanish Johnny'.
When we got home I trawled through our CDs, and yes, there it was. I put this track, along with all the others I could find, on a cassette - my way of reliving a show before we discovered the world of the bootleg! I don't have the cassette any more either but I do have a bootleg - a very good one.
So we've only heard Incident on 57th Street once since - at MSG on 7th November 2009. It wasn't a surprise that night, of course, as Bruce was playing WIESS in it's entirety.
I can't let this week go by without wishing Bruce happy birthday.
We might have been hoping for some good news to go along with this instead we hear from Steven that the band members are meeting up within the next few weeks to discuss their future. My first thought was a break up but Mike pointed out they might decide to carry on. Perhaps they already know they are continuing and are just chatting about how to go about this. In any event at least we might know one way or the other soon.
This week was my birthday too and to celebrate Sinead, one of my Bruce buddies sent me a YouTube clip of... Incident on 57th Street. I like the song although it might not be in my top ten. Mind you it's pretty cool to hear Bruce sing 'Goodnight it's alright Jane'
See you all next week