Thunder Road Thursday: Streets of Fiyah
Don’t look at my face!
This performance of “Streets of Fire” is circa 1978 after Darkness On the Edge of Town (which battles with The River for my favorite Boss album) was released. There is a lot of posing going on in this show, but Bruce is no poser, the undercurrent of anger and frustration going on here came after a year-long legal battle with Bruce’s former manager. This Bruce unleashed back on the world. It’s pissed, but triumphant. The tour for Darkness was marked by long, fierce shows. Bruce doesn’t over do it though, the verses are seething, but he’s restrained. He nails the slow burn, and each verse builds up into each solo and up again into each chorus. Look at him holding it back as he sings, “I walk with angels/ that have no place” before launching into the final chorus. I think Bruce might be the only rock star who can get away with the ol’ “Talkin’ to my Geetar” during a guitar solo. And indulge me for a second here, but those solos are just perfect. Showy, but simple and straightforward. Goddamn, Bruce.
Thank you, internet for allowing those of us who were 3 years old at the time to be able to catch a glimpse of one of the Boss’ greatest tours.