VIDEO – “Louie Louie” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – live in Charlotte – 4.19.14

I’m gonna call it the greatest version of the roadhouse/garage rock classic “Louie Louie” since The Kingsmen did it.  Bruce turns in a marvelously slurred vocal, a wicked and raw solo, and mines his inner Joe Strummer throughout.  The other videos from this show from somewhereinjersey75 are really good and worth investigating because the show looks like it was the best of the US dates so far in 2014.

Drummer for legendary punk rockers The Stooges dies

Scott Asheton, drummer for Detroit rock/punk band the Stooges, died Saturday. He was 64. Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he’s “never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother .”

Asheton was part of the Stooges when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich. His older brother, Ron, was the group’s guitarist, died in 2009.  Scott suffered from undisclosed illnesses in 2011 and was unable to perform at summer music festivals in Europe with the Stooges.

VIDEO – Bruce Springsteen – “Human Touch” – Live in Australia

Bruce Springsteen just wrapped up a month-long residency-of-sorts in Australia, touring from west to east, and finishing up in Brisbane on February 26 with what is being called one of his greatest shows ever: a nearly four-hour long set that swerved away from the setlist after the first song, and included a live, in-sequence take on entire 1973 album The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.

But here’s the hidden secret: it was a few nights before, on February 23 at a place called the Hope Estate Winery, that Bruce blew the doors off “Human Touch”, a forgotten, 1990′s non-E Street song that, in the middle of a winery,  captured his – and the band’s – skills, all in high gear.  Start with what is at the end: a long, impassioned, rising, killer guitar solo.  The song, in slow-burn early, builds slowly. Mid-song, check out how he waits.  And waits.  And waits some more for the right moment to kick it in after resting on drummer Max Weinberg’s 1-2-3-4 cymbal ride.  Here’s the YouTube clip.  How the hell does he create a rock and roll gospel-like firestorm at nearly every show?  Don’t know, but the audience is blessed.

read more about the Australian shows

VIDEO: “Highway to Hell” (Live) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

buce2014_hiwayEarly candidate for out-of-leftfield, knock-it-out-of-the-park killer cover of 2014.  Bruce and the band opened their show Saturday night in Perth, Australia (hometown on Bon Scott) with the AC/DC song.