Okay then, so we got to the concert yesterday - Vieille Charrues and I hobbled around due to the back ache (see previous post) and thought how mad I must have been. There was no way we were going to go up to the scrum at the first half of the concert area so we resigned ourselves to watching the stage action on the giant screens.
I'd smuggled my camera in down my bra and we must have looked pretty honest because our bags were barely looked through and they didn't pat us down as they were doing to hundreds of others. It is years since I've been to an open air concert (this was the first day of a four-day festival) and, because Springsteen was topping the bill, all 44,000 tickets had been sold.
There were quite a few interesting things that I could have taken photos of but, being slightly paranoid about having it confiscated, I saved my camera for what I thought would made a good picture.
Like the toilets!
Even thought I've always been a fan of The Boss, my main reason for getting these tickets that sold out in a day back in February was because The Killers - my favourite group - were the support act. I put myself through the pain barrier of a really bad backache and the thing is that unfortunately their sound was absolutely terrible. Every song they began sounded tremendous and then, as soon as the band joined in with Brandon's opening vocals, this reverberation started. People were walking round with their fingers in their ears and if I had not known each song that they performed, well I would not have been able to recognise any lyrics. (Ann - this was so disappointing, you can imagine).
Every image I have of them is from afar and I'm just glad that I could see their image on the screens fairly well.
I tried taking a few of Springsteen and the amazing E-Street Band (Nils Lofgren is such a legend) but by the time he came on at 9.15 there were thousands and thousands of people in my way. I was too short to reach up and get a good shot of them on the screens. But they rocked - they are easily the best live band I have ever seen, even surpassing The Stones who had been my Best Live Act up until last night. I've been lucky enough to have seen a lot of big names live - Clapton, The Who, Led Zep, Free, Ten Years After, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Dylan, Aerosmith, - to name but a few, but Springsteen wiped them all away.
I just wish that my back didn't hurt so much more today. Still, it was more or less worth it, even though I am upset that the sound for Brandon and the boys was so bad.
To give you a French view of it - I've c&p'd an opinion from another site
*un vrai moment de pur bonheur pour les oreilles hier soir!!!! Merci a ce grand artiste qu'est Bruce springsteen!!! Pas de born in the USA soit mais un show de 2H30 non stop!!! Ca c'est un prince du rock!!! Et cette version de twist and shout! A couper le souffle!!! Merci à ce grand monsieur qui m'a entrainée à faire mon retour aux vieilles charrues après 10 sans festival!!!Même s'il n'aime pas ce titre... il est quand même LE BOSS!!!!!*