Monday, April 16, 2012

Springsteen Video of the Week - Prove It All Night




Your three blog editors have engaged in numerous friendly debates about the Boss.  One such conversation has always intrigued me: Say you had a time machine, and could go to any point in Springsteen's career to watch him perform.  Where would you go?  Would you want to see him in the early 70s, as he is just cutting his teeth in the South Jersey scene?  Perhaps the mid-80s, at the height of his popularity?  Or do you prefer Rising-era Bruce, with a full catalog of hits and a renewed energy?

Personally, I'd prefer to go to a late 70s show - post-Darkness and pre-River.  The above clip is from 1978, and shows Bruce at what I believe is his peak performance.  In addition, Bruce would have a solid collection of hits at the time that he wouldn't be burnt out on playing - you'd have a good chance of hearing "Jungleland" on any given night.  Furthermore, Bruce may give you a sneak peek at tracks he's working on, such as "The River" or "Out in the Street".  Finally, Bruce's popularity wasn't as overwhelming as it would become, so you'd be able to see him in smaller venues, with easier access to tickets.

So, what say you?  Let us know when you think Bruce was at his best in the comments.