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The 1975's 'At Their Very Best' tour is underway, and they just performed new songs live at their Uncasville, Connecticut tour opener. Check out the incredible live set below.
The band have always sought to combine music with visual arts and rhetorical aesthetics, but this tour takes it to the next level. Check out the full setlist and reaction from the band below.
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, the 75th and final show of the tour, provided an enchanting display of musical talent. Additionally, it was one of the most profitable events with ticket sales topping $2 million for the entire run. The set featured some of the band's best work from this year, including several songs which were performed for the first time in North America and would have been unheard-of onstage less than a decade earlier. One notable absence was bassist Steve Vai, who suffered injuries sustained during the previous night's show. Keyboardist Wilson Pickett and guitarist Billy Joel completed the band for an unforgettable one-hour jam session which set a new record for them as it featured all five members together. The show also produced The Big Boss, only the second album in E Streeters' illustrious history. Plus, during a one-hour soundcheck featuring no less than three E Streeters and their entourage--complete with plenty of horn players--there was plenty to marvel at!
Bruce Springsteen's first recorded song, "Spirit in the Night," is an example of his ability to craft captivating narratives through music. This track was originally featured on his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and later covered by British rock band Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Though Springsteen's original version never charted, Manfred Mann's version became the #1 hit on the charts - marking one of three Springsteen songs Manfred Mann would cover; others being Blinded By The Light and For You.
This song is an inspiring tale about a boy witnessing the devastating effects of broken dreams on his father. It can be enjoyed by listeners of any age group.
Bruce's song 'Hummin' A Lunar Tune' from the film 'Blinded By The Light' includes a quote from that same scene: "Humming a deuce coup, another runner in the night" -- another testament to his unique ability to craft music that appeals to people of all ages.
The E Street Shuffle is one of Springsteen's most captivating performances. It includes a brief excerpt of "Theme From Shaft" at the midsection and an unexpected inclusion of Jay & the American's "Come A Little Bit Closer".
This song was originally composed for a friend who had fallen out of love with her husband; on a more personal level, it can be seen as a tribute to guitarist Steven Van Zandt who left the E Street Band after recording of Born To Run album. Although this friendship had been difficult in its early stages, as the song suggests, it can now be healed.
The E Street Shuffle setlist is one of Springsteen's longest ever recorded as a single-show concert. It also includes some of his most beloved and moving songs, such as "Spirit In The Night," which wasn't included on his previous tour's setlist. Following that comes a cover of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," performed in duet with Miami Steve for the first time on this tour.
Bruce kicks off the show by visiting DJ Ed Sciaky and spending half an hour spinning some of his favourite platters from The Drifters and Sam & Dave. Additionally, Bruce informs Sciaky that he will be back at Tower Theater for another concert the following night.
The setlist is incomplete, featuring an unknown 50s rocker as well as a slow version of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". Additionally, this show marks the first show not to feature "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", featuring solo piano by Roy Bittan for "For You", followed by "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", featuring excerpts from Shaft's theme in its midsection.
Another highlight is Bruce Springsteen's slow version of "Thunder Road," featuring him on harmonica and vocals with Roy on piano accompaniment. This joyous tune is one of Springsteen's greatest hits, making for an especially joyous performance live - perhaps the best we've yet seen.
One of Bruce Springsteen's biggest solo successes, the 1975 tour marked his first solo tour and first tour produced by Bill Graham. Additionally, it marked the first time he performed an extended two-and-a-half hour show he affectionately referred to as a "marathon."
This setlist was assembled using a variety of sources, such as partial audience recordings, newspaper reviews and the memory of what fans saw at the show. With only 14 songs recorded so far (probably missing only a few), we would love to add any of the following:
She's The One would make an ideal stadium tour opener. A glittering stadium, fans wearing bracelets that light up or other visual effects could provide for an electrifying and unforgettable start. Plus, this song has never really been retread on any tour so it deserves to be given its biggest stage yet.
On their most recent tour, The 1975 swapped out some of their more popular songs for lesser-known tracks such as "Be My Mistake" and "Medicine." This was done intentionally to keep things interesting during the duration of the tour. Although we've only seen this setlist once so far, it's not the first time they've changed up their sets this way.
As an added bonus, Springsteen and The E Street Band played a stunning solo piano version of "For You" during this date. That's not often heard live, but when Springsteen and The E Street Band strum it together it becomes an enchantingly tender moment.
One track that could've been a hit on the tour is "Paper Rings." Mark Pender provides stunning trumpet backing and it has an infectious Spanish-flavored brass riff. However, with bigger guitars it would sound much better and could even serve as an anthem - however at present it feels like one of those power-pop side projects that never quite lives up to their potential.
One of Bruce Springsteen's signature songs, Born To Run carries a powerful message with Bruce singing: "So you're scared, and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore". Released on July 18, 1975, it became an instant classic for Springsteen.
This was the opening concert of Born To Run's tour, which ran from August 13-17. The setlist below has been taken from audience recordings, newspaper reviews and fans' memories; there are a few songs missing from this 16-song performance.
The concert opens with a full band rendition of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", as well as the first live version of "Spirit In The Night". Additionally, there is an exciting encore featuring "The Detroit Medley", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", and what may be only the second known performance of "Little Queenie".
Bruce's performance of "Born To Run" and a furious solo on "Lost in the Flood" are other standout moments, while Bruce's album opener "First Song" serves as a reminder of just how great this music can be. Additionally, Bruce and Roy Bittan's chemistry is amazing as they sing and play together like no other before.
The 1975 setlist is an absolute gem. Not only is it the longest single-show of their career, but the audio quality is top notch as well. Plus, there are some rare gems hidden away! The most notable is the gimmick itself - the first known in-concert performance of the most luxurious item in any bar (aka: devil's tattoo). Other worthy contenders include the legendary etiquette class at the Ballroom, their first concert as the gent, and perhaps most poignantly, their best and worst time at Music Inn - which marked their shortest tour ever and remains a fond memory for those who attended or not.
The NBA is known for its fierce rivalries, but Charles Barkley and Draymond Green's may be one of the most heated.
Over the past year, they've been engaged in fierce disagreements. Ultimately, however, their disagreements have been put to rest.
Feud is an expression used to describe an ongoing and mutually-repeated situation between two parties or entities. Typically, the beef revolves around one issue or several issues and the parties involved tend to have very different perspectives of the situation.
Sometimes, what one person or group says and how they say it can make all the difference. For instance, when Charles Barkley criticized Draymond Green after being ejected from a February game against the Los Angeles Lakers, most of the public supported Green.
However, the relationship between Barkley and Green took an unexpected turn when Green began labeling the NBA a "quarantine." In other words, it's not just games that cause this kind of friction that has made the NBA such a source of frustration for many fans.
This year the NBA has seen a spike in rivalries. From players and coaches to TV analysts and analysts - the league's competitive nature can create some intense rivalries.
On Tuesday night, Saginaw native and former Michigan State star Draymond Green ignited the newest battle of the Western Conference semifinals by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 2-0. Green appeared on TNT's Inside the NBA program with Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith for an extended discussion about their series victory.
At one point in their conversation, Barkley questioned Green about his toughness and whether or not it could be hurting the Warriors. When Green replied that he had no intention of failing his teammates, Barkley labeled him a liar.
Green is renowned for his toughness on the court, but he's been caught on tape verbally abusing coaches and teammates, including Shaquille O'Neal. Indeed, O'Neal even took to Twitter to criticize Green for his insensitive words.
When Barkley and his team are in the studio, they often hurl insults against players out of anger. While these can be annoying at times, there's no doubt that some of their criticism can be entertaining and even insightful.
But sometimes the aggression can get out of hand. Green and Barkley have a longstanding tradition of calling each other names.
What began as an on-air spat between Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has now escalated into personal animosity - and shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
Recently, Draymond Green shared with Showtime's "All The Smoke" podcast his belief that Dwyane Barkley's verbal jabs at him are motivated by jealousy. According to Green, Barkley feels superior because he makes more money and has a larger platform in today's NBA environment.
Green reports that he and Barkley haven't had much of an off-the-court connection in the past, but they both possess strong personalities. That may explain why Barkley has such a prominent role on TNT's Inside the NBA; he and other ad-libbed analysts (Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith) don't hesitate to express themselves and get into heated arguments while on air.
The rivalry between Barkley and Green began after Barkley declared the Warriors "cooked" on his NBA on TNT broadcast. Green had joined the show as a guest on the sidelines for this year's All-Star Game, but he quickly refuted Barkley's assertions.
Eventually, however, their feud escalated into physical confrontations between both players. Both were fortunate not to sustain any serious injuries during these exchanges but they still provided plenty of excitement in the NBA.
But the most recent exchange of words occurred after a TNT broadcast where Barkley ridiculed Green's stats this season. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging a triple-single, which means he's scoring fewer points than usual, pulling down fewer rebounds and providing fewer assists than usual.
Green's recent struggles have proven costly for him financially this season, as the Golden State Warriors are struggling with the NBA's worst record and Green hasn't had many good games to speak of.
Though Green has been disappointed with his season thus far, he also understands the importance of doing his part to help his team win. After helping lead them to three NBA championships over five years, it's essential for him to continue this success.
Charles Barkley and Draymond Green have had some friendly debates on live television before, but this is the first time they've done so publicly. On Monday they'll be co-hosts of TNT's newest NBA show "The Arena."
The show boasts a number of high-profile guests, such as Shaq, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal - but this will be their first time being filmed together. They'll be on for an hourlong segment where they are expected to discuss topics ranging from basketball to booze.
For starters, the show will showcase Barkley's signature dribble. Its purpose is to teach players how to perform it and in doing so, it should help them hone their moves. While some might consider this overstated, it does provide some valuable insight into dribbling's subtleties.
Though the dribble may no longer be as popular, it still plays an integral part of the game and should still be available when necessary. Players should also strive to instill a sense of self-awareness in their opponents through this action.
To make this work, Barkley and Green must come to an agreement on how best to communicate their perspectives to their respective audiences. That may require altering their approach or finding a new platform for discussion to take place on.
The NBA is a sport where beefs are always present, whether between players or the media. This year, one of the biggest controversies in the league has been between Charles Barkley and Draymond Green.
For years, there has been an ongoing feud between the two stars, but it recently reached new heights when Barkley mocked Green's stat lines during a recent broadcast. This comment was particularly controversial since Green is currently recovering from his disc injury that occurred earlier this season.
On Friday, Green finally responded to Barkley's insults and stated he wouldn't be holding back any longer. To honor his words, Green shared an image of himself on the court with "I'm ejected" written across his chest - no doubt in reference to last week when Green was ejected from a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
During an interview with Barkley, Barkley noted that the Warriors aren't as good as they used to be and he believes they won't make it past this season. While this isn't his first prediction that they won't reach the NBA Finals this year, it is his latest prediction during this current Warriors campaign.
With the Warriors seemingly on the cusp of a deep playoff run, Barkley isn't sure he can trust this team this season. After suffering several injuries this year - including to Stephen Curry - and averaging the second fewest points per 100 possessions in the NBA, it's understandable that Barkley may feel untrustful this time around.
According to Barkley, the Golden State Warriors aren't as good as they once were and don't possess enough talent for another title this season. He believes that they've reached their peak and will soon lose their dominant position in the Western Conference.
Green's comments have always caught his attention, and Barkley has previously threatened to punch him in the face when appearing on TNT's The Arena last summer. When Green joked about a potential fight with Barkley on TNT's The Arena last summer, he expressed that he wished he could punch him in the face.