VIDEO: Wagon – “State Trooper” (Bruce Springsteen cover)

wagons_promoI call it one of the top 5 Springsteen covers of all time…you pick the rest.

From the Australian band Wagons (whose singer, Henry Wagons, is working on a solo record). The song has been a staple in the Wagons live set, and the video clip documents the band in Henry’s studio on Mount Martha on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, as they laid down the track completely live. The song is recorded without an overdub.

…and why I would love to hear Bruce do his own unhinged, fully electric official version of Nebraska.  It would never be better than the influential demo-turned-album, but appealing because of that unattainable goal.

“STATE TROOPER” – from NEBRASKA
… Bruce lets out an unhinged scream in the original as the song fades. “I don’t know if it’s even really a song or not,” Springsteen wrote in a note to Jon Landau. “It’s kinda weird.” — as told to Rolling Stone

Read more from RS: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-bruce-springsteen-songs-of-all-time-20140116/state-trooper-19691231#ixzz3g61Bz87b

VIDEO: U2 at the Roxy in LA

In case this one slipped past your YouTube filters, U2 played and sweaty, old school show LA’s legendary 450-seater Roxy nightclub on May 28, in the midst of a 6-date run in the city.  Tremendous video from the night, emanating a throwback vibe to the days when the band was scratching for fame.   “I Will Follow” is a highlight.

The band wraps up a 5-night Chicago run with a show at the United Center on Thursday night (July 2).