Turning Devils to Dust

Bruce Springsteen
July 14, 2005
Walking into the Air Canada Centre for an acoustic evening with Bruce Springsteen, I couldn't help thinking that Bruce was taking himself just a little too seriously. Ushers were handing out a printed sheet of do's and don'ts to concert goers - no entering or exiting during songs. No standing. God forbid we should feel inclined to clap. Not that clapping was much of an issue this time out. You see, this wasn't Bruce the rock star. No, this was Bruce the artist, which meant no E Street Band.

Instead, 8,000 fans were treated to solo acoustic numbers, including a handful of tracks from the recent "Devils and Dust". There were highlights, to be sure, classics like "Brilliant Disguise", a number of selections from 2002's "The Rising", not to mention "Darlington County" and "Bobbie Jean" from the zillion-selling "Born in The U.S.A." But there was real air of pretension throughout the entire evening. And while Springsteen had no problem keeping the diehards attention, I couldn't help thinking that someone like Neil Young doesn't need to hand out rules when performing with just guitar in hand. But then again, nobody ever called Neil Young, "The Boss".

Writer: Andrew Burns

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