Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Bruce and Friends
In what has all the feel of one hell of a victory lap, Bruce Springsteen has had some absolutely fantastic special guests on this leg of the E Street Band's Magic tour.
And what I like best is the fact that aside from the obvious (and gag-inducing) guest spot for fellow Jersey rat Jon Bon Jovi, Springsteen has drawn out some less-likely guests, with fantastic results.
The unquestionable influence of Springsteen (and I'm guessing Dylan and Iggy Pop, probably in that order) is perhaps the only thing that really ties together the likes of Alejandro Escovedo - No Depression's artist of the 90s - and Tom Morello - who thankfully hasn't lost his revolutionary spirit since joining Audioslave.
These tremendous guest performers and the outstandingly variable set lists seem to be well on their way to defining yet another chapter in the history of Springsteen's live performances.
Alejandro Escovedo - "Always a Friend," from Escovedo's upcoming Real Animal record:
Tom Morello - "The Ghost of Tom Joad," which features the two trading verses before Morello turns in a guitar solo that absolutely demolishes the song:
Find more videos from Springsteen's Magic Tour on YouTube and BruceSpringsteen.Net.