Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Monday, 2/27/12

The band is extremely well rehearsed.  Obviously things are going to be a bit different in a cramped TV studio than the big arena stage but the performances were tight and energetic.

The intro to Wrecking Ball (with a big chord/percussion introduction) will help it go over better in the arenas, rather than starting with just Bruce’s guitar strumming.

After the Grammies it seemed obvious that We Take Care of Our Own would open the show but having heard the two songs in order (albeit slightly disjointedly, with the commercial break in between) it may work better to have Wrecking Ball open and then We Take Care of Our Own as the second song.  Similar to the pairing of The Rising and Lonesome Day at the top of the setlist on the Rising tour.  It’ll probably also serve as a better lead-in to the third song of the show, the inevitable “wild card” slot of an older song.

No horn section present which was a slight disappointment but the Late Night stage is extremely cramped given the number of people in the band.  I still hold to my prediction that we’ll see something with a saxophone on Friday night.

Curtis and Cindy don’t have a huge vocal role on either We Take Care of Our Own or Wrecking Ball but they are being given more to do – playing percussion, plus Curtis now is doing the triggering of the loops on We Take Care of Our Own.

[Update: Video now available!]

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The “Springsteen week” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon makes a lot of good sense for album promotion.

In some ways, this is merely a matter of convenience, as Bruce and the band aren’t going to go to LA to appear on Leno or Conan. Bruce needs no help getting the people who watch Letterman to buy tickets to his show — or his records, which leaves Fallon as the remaining choice.

It’s a good choice, though.  Fallon’s target demographics are a lot younger, and it seems a big part of Bruce’s touring activity these days is about ego and legacy.  He may never have the wide multi-generational appeal of U2 or Prince but in the reunion era, there has been at least a moderate increase of younger fans at shows, seemingly there of their own volition.  Maybe this will help build on that, even just a little.

Bold prediction time:

Two new songs on Monday: We Take Care of Our Own and Shackled and Drawn.

Two songs on Friday: Wrecking Ball and something from the back catalog.  One of the big hits (Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark) is a possibility but I think we’ll see something from the set of songs that Bruce sees as central to his show – Promised Land or perhaps Born to Run.

Plus the comedy bit.  Let’s hope it’s funnier than “Whip My Hair” was.

Tour Time

It’s Bruce Springsteen tour time again.

So, why a blog instead of just discussing things on message boards as in the past?

  • Better signal to noise ratio;
  • No need to wade through countless duplicative topics; and
  • On a self-centered note: it keeps everything I want to say organized and in one place.