Looking California, Feeling Minnesota

This time tomorrow, I’ll be in the Twin Cities for the first time since 2001.

Sometimes, these sorts of power weekends fall together so perfectly you’ve gotta wonder if some kind of divine intervention was involved. Up first: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Xcel Energy Center (one of the best concert venues I’ve ever been in, by the way). I haven’t seen Springsteen since the Rising Tour played to an open SkyDome in September 2003; I had to miss Devils & Dust because of a wedding/crippling financial limitations, and the recent tour with the Sessions Band didn’t come anywhere near Toronto. Not that St. Paul is near Toronto, either, but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Bruce and the band have been mixing it up a little bit–but barring a few minor curves, tomorrow’s setlist will probably look something like this:

Radio Nowhere / No Surrender / Lonesome Day / Gypsy Biker / Magic / Reason to Believe / Candy’s Room / She’s the One / Livin’ in the Future / The Promised Land / Town Called Heartbreak / Backstreets / Working on the Highway / Devil’s Arcade / The Rising / Last to Die / Long Walk Home / Badlands // Girls in Their Summer Clothes / Thundercrack / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / American Land

Not that there’s anything wrong with that; still, I figure it’s worth at least mentioning that “The Promise” would make my life complete. The new album is worth your while, by the way–and if you’re cheap, at least do yourself a favour and download “Last to Die”.

Up next: the Minnesota/Calgary game on Saturday night, and then finally–finally!–the Minnesota Vikings against the San Diego Chargers at the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon, which’ll actually be the very first time I’ve ever used my Vikings season tickets. Tarvaris Jackson looks set to start the game at quarterback, which (depressingly) is good news; at least we’ll get a closer look at Adrian Peterson before the Chargers run the Vikings out of their own building. Really, though, I’m just excited to be going to the Twin Cities: if you’re from Thunder Bay it’s a city you’ve visited more times than you can possibly count, and it’ll be good to reclaim a little piece of my childhood.

Two other quick hits: one, I made a few small “27-for-27” updates, so click on the link to your right; and two, there’s a new Torontoist posting coming in, oh, ten minutes or so. Enjoy! Pictures from the Twin Cities to follow.


2 thoughts on “Looking California, Feeling Minnesota

  1. I thought u had a setlist BLACKOUT policy with upcoming concerts???on a separate note, just saw ‘Reign over Me’…fantastic…how’s Cowtown? have u actually seen it yet?? lol

  2. Nah, that’s just for Pearl Jam, and even then it was only really a Canadian Tour thing. Springsteen usually mixes things up a lot more than he’s done so far on this tour, so I wasn’t being too dogmatic about it.Also, note the stunning inaccuracy of my football prediction.

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