The Boss Is Back With "Born to Run" - What Next?
It seems that we've been saying this a lot lately, but -- the Boss is in town. It's his third trip to D.C. in just under three years but is the first time he won't be pushing a new album. Instead, he'll be pushing an album that needs no pushing at all -- his 1975 classic "Born to Run." Springsteen is just the latest performer to hop on the overflowing perform-an-album-in-its-entirety bandwagon, which surely has no more room left on it now that the entire E Street Band on board. Right? If you're going to tonight's concert at Verizon Center you'll hear the eight songs on the album, in order, probably in the middle portion of the show.
During a recent run of concerts at Giants Stadium Springsteen highlighted three separate albums on three separate nights -- "Born to Run," "Born in the U.S.A." and "Darkness on the Edge of Town." So what other album could Bruce successfully devote (a small portion) of his show to? To us there's only one answer, after the jump...
That would be 1982's masterpiece of bleakness, "Nebraska." While it would leave the rest of the E Streeters without much to do for 45 minutes or so (although full band versions of some songs -- well, mostly "Johnny 99" -- have worked their way into set lists) it would be a treat to see Springsteen take to the stage alone and play those tunes of hopelessness and despair. It might be more fitting for the Warner Theatre than the Verizon Center, but if it was just an interlude in an otherwise rockin' E Street set, it could be pulled off.
Who wouldn't want to see Springsteen sing about a killing spree on the title track and then indulge his Suicide influences on "State Trooper?" You're bound to hear at least half of the songs off "Born to Run" during any given show as it is; hearing "Nebraska" in its entirety would truly be an event.
Besides the three that have already been performed, is there any other album by Springsteen that deserves this treatment? That's our question to you.
Be sure to check back here tomorrow morning. We'll have a review by Chris Richards posted bright and early. And dig through our http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postrock/springsteen/ to get yourself ready for tonight's show.
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