One year ago today: Springsteen Albany “High Hopes” tour

Hometown Springsteen shows are special moments. The Times Union Center in Albany is the only venue to be included in every Springsteen tour since the E Street reunion — Reunion, Rising, Magic, Working on a Dream, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes — plus an appearance on the 2005 solo Devils & Dust tour. We have been fortunate.

Here’s a terrific review, with videos, of the show.

It was a night to remember, forever. Here’s a gallery of memories.

tshirt
Concert shirt, check

Had a few beers at Stout on Broadway and headed over to the show. My sister, niece and her husband were in line for wristbands just ahead.

Team Bassett
Team Bassett
Sister Judy and family
Sister Judy and family

 

So my sister and family were 160s and I was 222. Here we are in line and before the show.

My sister and her family made it into the pit. We were about 20 people from the cut. I was devastated but knew we would get an awesome spot in the secondary floor section.

We secured a terrific spot with a nice lean on the ramp, center stage. My niece took these incredible photos of the Albany show from the pit area.

We were fortunate to hold Bruce’s legs during “10th Avenue.” During my first Springsteen show, in 1978, I also held Bruce’s leg during an encore. He looked down and remembered me from that Troy show, I’m certain. If anyone has a video of the Albany “10th Avenue” I’d love to see it! The ones on YouTube show Clarence on the screen and don’t show Amanda and I as we clutched his legs. My brother-in-law took a photo of Bruce’s behind.

View from the top
View from the top during 10th Avenue.

We got a copy of the setlist. Would have enjoyed “Dream Baby Dream” but “Thunder Road” took its place.

Albany setlist 2014 High Hopes tour
Albany setlist 2014 High Hopes tour

The next day our sign appeared in a concert photo display on Page 1 of the Schenectady Gazette newspaper.

Schenectady Gazette
Schenectady Gazette

A few weeks later this not-very-flattering photo of us appeared on http://brucespringsteen.net/

Jo Lopez also took photos of me clinging to Bruce’s boot, I hope to someday get one of his interns to find it in the archives. I will make a deal with the devil for that image.

By Jo Lopez
By Jo Lopez

Take me to church, Bruce

Bruce and the Bible: Inside the Rutgers course on ‘Springsteen’s Theologies’

Check out this story by Bobby Olivier, music/entertainment reporter published on @njdotcom and in @starledger.

@BobbyOlivier

“In ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen believes salvation is a real possibility,” Yadin-Israel tells his pupils. “But in ‘Darkness,’ he’s much less sure of that.”

I wonder if this class is available online next semester?

Nassau Coliseum 1980: Revisiting the Show’s Length and All-Time Ranking

Joyce Bassett:

I sat outside ticketless for the Nassau Coliseum show. Had a chance to sneak in and chickened out. I should have gone for it.

Originally posted on Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive:

The glorious official release of the December 31, 1980 show from the Nassau Coliseum from the Springsteen archives now calls for a re-evaluation of the show’s length and its ranking among the longest-ever Springsteen shows.

That topic is of particular interest here, and was previously explored on this site in June of 2012, when Bruce was playing a remarkable series of shows in Europe, approaching his all-time records and finally, on the last night of the tour in Helsinki, cracking the four-hour mark.

The Nassau show had for years been regarded as the longest-ever (until July 31, 2012), and with the benefit of a complete recording running at proper speed, it can now be properly measured…and perhaps properly ranked.

Obtaining an accurate measurement:
The official recording of the Nassau show runs 3:47:21. Applying principles previously explained here, the measurement of the show starts with Bruce’s first words to…

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