The Boss de­liv­ers on Valen­tine’s Day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Belinda Seeney

BRIS­BANE’S love af­fair with Bruce Spring­steen con­tin­ued with The Boss de­liv­er­ing a Valen­tine’s Day date to re­mem­ber.

The ever­green en­ter­tainer started slow, woo­ing the 13,000-odd fans at Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Tuesday night with an ar­range­ment of

ac­com­pa­nied by an eight-piece string sec­tion.

The re­worked track from 1973’s

al­bum has opened most of Spring­steen’s Aus­tralian shows and clocked in at 12 min­utes.

But true to form, The Boss demon­strated no two shows are ever the same, com­pil­ing Tuesday night’s setlist on the fly and tak­ing au­di­ence re­quests, plucked from a now­cus­tom­ary sea of hand­writ­ten card­board signs.

With a boom­ing “Good evening Bris­bane, we’ve got a Valen­tine’s Day spe­cial for you”, Spring­steen and the E Street Band launched first into the rock­ing from the 1992 al­bum of the same name, then a fit­ting tril­ogy of love song ded­i­ca­tions:

and The au­di­ence lapped up this ban­ter as he riffed on

declar­ing it a day of love and heart­break, re­mind­ing lovers to buy flow­ers and re­flect­ing on love, loss and mak­ing amends once you’ve “blown that one good thing in your life”.

Picture: MARC ROBERT­SON

Bruce Spring­steen at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre

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