For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: A Guitar, A Bowling Alley and The Boss In January '96

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"I think I'll be playing only bowling alleys from here on out. There's something to it. I have to admit, I had a little trepidation when the guy said, 'Oh, it's a bowling alley.' I was a little nervous."

That was Bruce Springsteen on January 26, 1996, sitting on the stage of the Bronco Bowl, which was reopening after $6 million worth of renovations. He didn't have a band that night, just a row of acoustic guitars and a harmonica. My then-girlfriend and I sat in the Golden Horseshoe, a few rows from the stage; our tickets costs around $70. Total. On my list of Greatest Concerts Ever, it's No. 2 ... and 4 and 6 and 7 and 10.

Springsteen was early into his Ghost of Tom Joad tour. He would, through the course of the night, play the entirety of that record. There were the immortals too: "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Born in the U.S.A," "State Trooper,"  "Mansion on the Hill," "Does this Bus Stop at 82nd Street?," "Adam Raised a Cain." And the Oscar-winner, of course.

Occasionally, somebody in the audience would shout, "Brooooooce!" Even after he said: Don't. "It's a community event," he said after opening with the title track, "so if there's somebody around you just kinda making a little too much noise, you should feel free to band together and, in a very constructive spirit, just ask them to please shut the fuck up." It was that kinda night.

I've been looking for this on and off since forever and stumbled across it just a few days ago while searching for an entirely different Bronco Bowl memory. The Bronco Bowl's gone, of course. It fell into Chapter 11 and was 'dozed about eight years back for that Home Depot. But this moment, which I thought was lost, lives forever.
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Gabe
Gabe

Weird...saw this...just heard Clarence Clemons (The Big Man) has passed, tonight in jungleland...

LaceyB
LaceyB

And, so cuuuuute that guys paid on dates back then--$70!--musta been a busty one. Now, that's a memory worth *sobbing* over.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I wonder, is she the mother of the 7 year old that lives in his house?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Nope -- that was several months before I moved to L.A. and met her.

LaceyB
LaceyB

She was a non-Dallas woman? Oy vey--or, how do you say "cardinal sin" in Yiddish?

LaceyB
LaceyB

Robert, don't you EVER stop writing music prose! Admittedly, I'm all emo today, but I think I felt a tear of "ahh the memories" at the end of this post.

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

The show sold out in less than an hour, but a bunch of them went to scalpers who forgot that Dallas loves it's Bruce only with "and the E Street Band" after his name.  I got a ticket to this show for $30 from a scalper out front.  Got a cheap ticket to the other solo show a decade or so later, and got in cheap to the 1992 alternate band show at Reunion.

pak152
pak152

always love Music Fridays

ChrisU
ChrisU

yeah! always remembered he did a song about TV that was better than his '57 channels' song from a couple years earlier, and now I know the title - Sell it and They Will Come. Bruce had a good mix of humor to balance out the seriousness of most of the set. thanks again for Bronco Bowl memories it will never be replaced.

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