Bruce opens night one in LA with Badlands. I am with my husband. He is a Bruce fan because he has lived with me for eight years. In 2000, Bruce did ten MSG shows and I don't know-- but I went to most of them. It was the first time I was in charge of tickets. Those days, you could show up at the venue at 4am the day of the show, and wait for the best tickets to be released. I waited all night for tickets with my friends, many times. My mom had created a monster. This is not something that happens anymore, of course, but it was a lovely time when the fans that wanted it most were the ones to be rewarded.
MY CITY OF RUINS
This was a song Bruce wrote for Asbury Park, a falling apart, decaying seaside city. He started to play it after 9/11 for New York. We may tiff with New Jersey but we love each other. In our hearts, we claim the other as ours. There is very little difference between Jersey and Queens. Bruce gives us songs, at these live shows, that are relevant for us. They are songs we need to hear. New York needed this song. We raise our hands. WITH THESE HANDS. He has brought the song back for this tour, because we are struggling. You took my heart when you left. We have lost people and we have lost jobs and we have lost our sense of safety, of security.
THE PROMISED LAND
There's gonna be a twister to blow everything down, blow away the dreams that tear you apart, blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted. He instructs us. He points to kids in the pit, dancers in corners, people in the back. He makes you feel like he is looking right at you.
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD