|Photo: Kevin Sullivan, The Orange County Register More photos here.|
Offering up twenty-eight songs during a three and a half hour show at Orange County's Honda Center 12/4/12, Bruce Springsteen appeared genuinely giddy to be throwing himself into his work, crowdsurfing with the help of enthusiastic Anaheim fans. At sixty-three, Springsteen's energy was unstoppable and his voice sounded expressive and strong. Guest artist Tom Morello's guitar sounded equally expressive, intense, and also somehow guided by angels. Mesmerizing.
|Photo: Nightwatchman Music.|
A Mike Ness guest appearance, sharing ""Bad Luck" with Bruce, was also a gift cherished by OC locals who adore Social Distortion. The photo tribute to saxman Clarence Clemons who passed away June 18, 2011 felt cathartic on an evening filled with every human emotion, devastation giving way to celebration. My fave jam of the night was fan request "Reason to Believe" which, given the full E Street Band treatment, sounded like a child produced by ZZ Top and God, even more belief-baiting than the original version from the Nebraska album.
This year I've seen Springsteen give a raw and revealing Keynote at SXSW, help re-elect a president, and grab rave after rave after rave for his recent shows. On 12/12/12, he'll push back against the damage done by Hurricane Sandy with a benefit concert from New York's Madison Square Garden. Let's bet on the force of nature called Bruce.
|To find where to watch the concert for Hurricane Sandy relief this Dec. 12, check resources here.|
|Springsteen asked for holiday donations to Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank. Donate here.|