Bruce Springsteen has tapped only his second 2006 Sessions Band concert as his latest archival release. Out now is Wembley Arena, UK – November 11th, 2006 — which follows the last Sessions Band release, Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans – April 30, 2006.
Springsteen's Sessions Band was named after his then-new album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. In addition to the Americana heavy set, the 2006 Wembley show featured such Springsteen favorites as "Blinded By The Light," "Atlantic City," "Growin' Up," "Devils & Dust," "Long Time Comin'," "Open All Night," and "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)."
Billy Joel told us he was a huge fan of Springsteen's 2006 folk-driven Seeger Sessions album and tour. He believes that one has to get into a very specific mindset to do any type of covers project — let alone one with such socio-political implications: ["Sure, Pete Seeger wrote a lot of great stuff, but I think you kinda have to put yourself in that place. I think you kinda have to feel like Pete Seeger to do that. And I know that Bruce is very social-minded (and) political minded — and of course that's what Pete Seeger was. I don't think that way. I. . . I'm an abstractionist. The music comes first. The music is the message."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . is the message)
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey recently discussed the hurdles in creating new Who music together, and Townshend touched upon how artists need to move in different directions — much like Springsteen's Seeger Sessions project: ["I think it's interesting that when you look at other artists, for example, as a Bruce Springsteen fan from the very, very start, y'know, I wanna hear him grow from within the framework from what I recognize, and what I believe is Bruce Springsteen at his best. I don't want him playing all that hillbilly music! All that hee-haw on the Hudson River nonsense, y'know? So, I think in a sense, we're in the same boat. (Roger Daltrey): Maybe we can do that? (laughter)."] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . can do that? (laughter))
The tracklisting to Wembley Arena, UK – November 11th, 2006 is:
"Blinded By The Light"
"Old Dan Tucker"
"Eyes On The Prize"
"O Mary Don't You Weep"
"My Oklahoma Home"
"Devils & Dust"
"How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?"
"Long Time Comin'"
"Jesus Was An Only Son"
"Open All Night"
"Pay Me My Money Down"
"Long Walk Home"
"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"
"When The Saints Go Marching In"
"This Little Light Of Mine"
"Froggie Went A-Courtin'"
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