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Bruce Springsteen Manchester 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Ethiad Stadium, 25 May 2016

Bruce Springsteen The Substantive illustration by Lilly Allen (portrait)

Paul Johnson shares his personal experience of seeing The Boss bring The River Tour to the UK. (Links in Bold.)

One soft infested summer me and Peter became friends…

I have total and complete recall of buying, playing & learning The River way back in 1980 – a damp, dark winter alone in the lounge, playing the 4 sides again and again and again. It’s how people my age used to consume their music. It was a study, a task, an effort to understand the album, to consider the meaning, the order of tracks, the highs and lows. You needed to “get it”. You listened to your music, you didn’t just hear it.

I’d met Pete the year before, at college and he would become my lifelong best friend, who I speak with almost every day.  It was therefore particularly fitting that we walked into the damp, over cast, unseasonably chilly Etihad together, 36 years after The River was released (& 37 years after we’d met) to prepare for its first full live airing in Europe. Continue reading…

Iggy Pop Royal Albert Hall, Friday 13th May 2016

Lust For Life: Iggy Pop at the Royal Albert Hall, Friday 13th May 2016

Iggy Pop Royal Albert Hall May 2016

Richard Pearmain with words and phtopgraph on Iggy Pop in London.

The only UK stop on a tour promoting what may well be his final album, Iggy Pop at the Albert Hall was always going to be a more than just another gig. The portents had proved promising, with an acquaintance who’d seen him in Berlin a few days earlier telling me that they’d been blown away by his performance.

With a sell out crowd, and a preponderance of Bowie t-shirts on display, I also spotted Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream dashing through one of the venue’s entrances – clearly, Kensington Gore was the place to be tonight.

Co-written and produced by Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and featuring bandmate Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, Post Pop Depression is a fine swansong, and occasionally redolent of Pop’s collaborations with David Bowie – indeed, The Idiot and Lust For Life figured heavily in tonight’s set list. Continue reading…



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