Archive: Set Lists

Spoon: Untouchable For Life

Spoon played at George Washington University's annual spring concert on Saturday. It was a students-only affair but there was no way I was going to miss it. So I put my mad Photoshop skills to work, made myself a fake student ID, got it all laminated, even shaved to...

By David Malitz | April 27, 2009; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Boss at the Super Bowl

Now the Cards have drawn a rough hand. . . (Associated Press) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the Super Bowl half-time show, and Malitz and I watched because, well, Liz Clarke just wasn't gonna report on it for us. The 12-minute set featured shortened versions of four...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 1, 2009; 08:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

What Your Halftime Performance Says About You

Since the Arizona Cardinals are involved, it's pretty hard to get excited about Sunday's Super Bowl. Maybe that's why everyone is so pumped for the halftime show with Bruce and the E Street Band. Predicting the set list isn't just for bloggers and Bruceologists who spend too much time refreshing...

By David Malitz | January 29, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Predictions

Malitz and I already predicted Springsteen's half-time set, back in September. He liked this foursome: 1. "Rosalita" Perfect upbeat opener, those few thousand superfluous dancers sure to be on the field can easily choreograph something to this. 2. "Glory Days" It's the Yankees victory song (retired until 2009, suckers!),...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 28, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (7)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 4

Hold on hold out ... for the new stuff. Another entry on our list of things artists should never, ever do on a concert stage. 6. Do not make a big deal about inserting new songs into a set list heavy on old, familiar fare. (And especially avoid asking permission...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 16, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (8)

First Dance

Food, centerpieces, invitations, location, gown/tuxedo ... those are all very important elements of a wedding that require plenty of decisions. But the decision that says the most about you as a couple is the song you choose for your first dance. So don't mess it up! To help we...

By David Malitz | September 11, 2008; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (57)

Talk About the Passion

Michael Stipe, in his finest worksuit. (By Ricky Carioti) At the end of R.E.M.'s concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, the three musicians who form the core of the band convened at the center of the stage. Frontman Michael Stipe waved and winked. The stoic guitarist Peter Buck...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (15)

Dan Tyminski's Well-Timed Encore

'Of everything that stands, the end.' Saturday night at the Birchmere. The Dan Tyminski Band is kinda-sorta closing out a red-hot set of bluegrass by blazing through "Freeborn Man," the Paul Revere and the Raiders song that's become something like a modern bluegrass staple. It's an absolutely explosive finger-picking...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 3, 2008; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hey Hey, My My (Into The Bathroom)

Over on the Nightclub 930 Forum (user name and password required), somebody suggested that you might not want to go to the bathroom during Neil Young's Constitution Hall concerts tonight and tomorrow. Just a word of warning: Neil Young's policy on this tour is that if you get up to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 15, 2007; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

Incident on 7th Street Redux

And the band played on. The second half of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's double-header was a very slight letdown after Sunday's terrific opening salvo. Nothing wrong with Monday's performance, per se - just that the intensity seemed to be off early in the show. Less energy...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 13, 2007; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

In introducing the title track from "Magic" at the very much sold out Verizon Center last night, Bruce Springsteen said the tune is about how "the truth gets twisted into lies, and lies get twisted into the truth." In other words: A perfect song for Washington! "Hey," he said, "this...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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