On India’s 60th republic day, there was a lot of buzz on social networks about a new version of the amazing song, “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”. It is called “Phir Mile Sur”. I really loved the original song from 1988 and wanted to see the updated version (part 1 and part 2) despite warnings from many people about its badness. I had to watch it myself to find out how bad it was and it is truly horrible. First of all, it is 3 times as long as the original and did I say that it is horrendous? It shows what is wrong with today’s India: unduly high importance/reverence towards Bollywood stars and Rahman’s electronic music which is mediocre at best.
Friends, I have taken a bullet for you. If you haven’t seen the new version yet, please don’t. Here is a link for the original song again. Watch it 3 times instead of the new crappy version.
This reminds me of another lost video footage in a very similar manner. Back in late 70’s or early 80’s, Pu. La. Deshpande performed “वारयावरची वरात” and “एक रविवार सकाळ” on Doordarshan. It was probably some of the best TV programming ever. Doordarshan decided (hopefully unknowingly) to erase the original recordings to reuse the tapes. I found this recording (probably from somebody’s VCR recording) on Youtube. I hope this recording is available as VCD or DVD in the market. If anyone knows any information about it, please let me know or just buy it for me and I’ll pay you back.
The concert was just amazing. Springsteen and E-street band were very entertaining. They know how to handle and manipulate the crowd. It was hard to believe that Bruce is 59 years old. His non-stop high energy performance for almost 3 hours was just great. These days none of the bands take a break during the shows.
- A good mix of old new and old songs. A good mix of slow and hard-hitting rock ballads.
- Nils Lofgren was great on the guitar. His riffs during “Ghost of Tom Joad” were fascinating.
- During one of Bruce’s close encounter with the front row crowds, some women grabbed him and tore the sleeve of his shirt. He had to get some medical attention to treat some nail scratches, I guess. He was very happy to fold up his other sleeve and show-off both of his buff arms.
- Drummer Max Weinberg’s 18-year old son, jay played the drums for a few songs. He was very good.
- Bruce took requests from the crowd and did 2 cover songs: “Wild Thing” by The Troggs and John Fogerty’s “Rocking all over the world”
2. Outlaw Pete
3. Jackson Cage
4. She’s the One
5. Working on a Dream
6. Radio Nowhere
8. Johnny 99
9. The Ghost of Tom Joad
10. Raise Your Hand
11. Wild Thing
12. Rockin’ All Over the World
13. The E Street Shuffle
14. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
15. The Promised Land
16. The Wrestler
17. Kingdom of Days
18. Lonesome Day
19. The Rising
20. Born to Run
21. Cadillac Ranch
22. Hard Times Come Again No More
23. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
24. Land of Hope and Dreams
25. American Land
Looking forward to seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E-street Band in Hartford tonight. From all the reviews on the internet, it seems like a very entertaining show, not that I had any doubts about it. Two nights ago in Boston, they played 27 songs for almost 3 hours. It will be a treat to hear quite a few songs from “Born to Run“, one of my most favorite albums.
“Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” provided the half-time entertainment at Superbowl XLIII. It was 12 minutes full of great music and energy. Can’t believe that they played 2 songs from “Born to Run”, one of my most favorite albums. They played: Tenth Avenue Freeze-out, Born to Run, Don’t know the title of the new song (from new album to be released in March), Glory Days.
This was a great marketing strategy. During an interview before the game, Springsteen confessed that he is not a football fan and doesn’t watch NFL games. After being pursued by the NFL to play in the halftime show for 10 years, he agreed to play this year, to promote his new album.
Sale of tickets for many of Springsteen’s concerts opened this morning, after that great performance last night. Their marketing strategy worked very well on suckers like me. I bought tickets for the show on April 24th in Hartford, CT. Eagerly looking forward to be at the concert. It will be great.
It is almost 4 years since we saw Springsteen in concert back in Detroit. He was performing solo at that time, promoting his “Devils and Dust” album. That was one great summer of rock music for us. From May to October 2005, we saw Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and U2. Adit got to rock with these legends even before he was born. Hopefully, he’ll develop some musical talent.
Lately, I have been listening to Grateful Dead songs again after a long time. Kids seem to like a few of those tunes as well. They pick up words of any songs they hear even Marathi and Hindi ones that they don’t understand. It was funny listening to Adit sing “Friend of the Devil” while playing with some blocks:
the second one is prison, baby, sheriff’s on my tail.
if he catches up with me, I’ll spend my life in jail.
Went to Billy Joel concert last Thursday (7/3/08) at Mohegan Sun. It was one of the concerts ever. Billy Joel was so lively and gave a great performance. Looked like he was enjoying himself a lot on the stage. 20+ songs in just over 2 hours: It was a treat. He sang most of his popular songs but also some obscure ones and his band was awesome. Here is a setlist that I found on the internet.
Prelude/Angry Young Man || My Life || The Entertainer || Zanzibar || New York State of Mind || Downeaster “Alexa” || Root Beer Rag || Allentown || Don’t Ask Me Why || Room Of Our Own || Movin’ Out || She’s Always A Woman || Captain Jack || River of Dreams || Matter Of Trust || Highway to Hell* || We Didn’t Start The Fire || Its Still Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me || You May Be Right || Scenes From An Italian Restaurant || Piano Man
Highway to Hell was performed by Joel’s guitar tech named “Chain Saw” and it was funny that Billy Joel introduced it as a religious song.
‘Raising Sand’ is the best album that I have listened to and bought in the last couple of years. I like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as musicians by themselves, but together they have made a really great sounding album. Their voices compliment each other and it is just wonderful. It also helps to have T Bone Burnett as the producer to add to the magic. It is worth a listen.