Thursday, September 1, 2011

6/22/03, Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden

Debatable, but this has been considered the best show on the European leg of The Rising Tour. The original Crystal Cat bootleg (known as Midsummer Night Two), released in 2005, brings me back loads of wonderful memories; it was the first full bootleg I ever owned, and still the best sounding one post-Reunion Tour, in the 'audience recording' category of course. I listened to the shit out of that boot everyday for at least a year.

And somehow, someone managed to make this show sound even better, by combining both audience and IEM recordings together to create almost soundboard quality that could easily be mistaken for an official release. The mix isn't perfect though, the guitars are pretty low, with the rhythm section overpowering it, but you can hear Max, Garry, Danny and Roy killing it on their instruments. Also the audience is mixed so low that you lose a bit of the celebratory mood, especially during the many sing-alongs (I don't have any problem with this issue).

It also doesn't hurt that the Gothenburg show boasts a kick-ass setlist, specifically made to break stadiums, with some kick-ass versions of She's The One, Jackson Cage, Growin' Up, and the showstopping Ramrod. Finally Detroit Medley, which is pretty much the most definitive version you'll ever find anywhere. It is like holy shit good. Down In The Gothenburg is the perfect starter for anyone looking to hear the power of the E Street Band live. Of course, the Darkness shows from '78 are quintessential too. Listening to this now, not to mention a song like My City Of Ruins, is even more poignant, given Clarence's passing.

  1. The Promised Land
  2. The Rising
  3. Lonesome Day
  4. Jackson Cage
  5. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  6. Atlantic City
  7. Empty Sky
  8. The River
  9. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
  10. Darlington County
  11. Growin' Up
  12. Worlds Apart
  13. Badlands
  14. She's The One
  15. Mary's Place
  16. Racing In The Street
  17. Into The Fire
  18. No Surrender

  19. Thunder Road
  20. Hungry Heart
  21. Ramrod
  22. Born To Run
  23. Detroit Medley

  24. My City Of Ruins
  25. Land of Hope And Dreams
  26. Dancing In The Dark
  27. Twist And Shout
[Total running time: 3hrs 10mins]