Bruce Springsteen tribute

“Whenever I hear someone say, ‘Oh, I don’t really like Bruce Springsteen,’ I say, ‘No, man, you’re thinking of John Cougar Mellancamp,” says Phil Churchill—comedian,guitarist, singer, and self-professed Bruce Springsteen super-fan.

He is one of more than a dozen local musicians paying tribute to Springsteen’s music this Valentine’s weekend. The lineup for the evening reads like a who’s-who of local music, featuring vocalists Tim Baker, Blair Harvey, Sean Panting, Jody Richardson, Mark Bragg and the list goes on. Backing them all up will be Mark Bragg and the G Street band, an 8-piece group.

What is it about are so many people getting up to sing the songs of Bruce Springsteen?

“We’ve pushed him up on the soapbox for the blue collar worker,” says Churchill. “He’s a kind of loveable loser who really has nothing, but is still gonna put on his jean jacket and go down and knock on that girl’s door to ask her out.”

“The tunes just kick ass too,” he says.

Springsteen has been tributed by the same bunch twice before here in town, and, again, both times were during the most forbidding days of winter. The first show at The Ship coincided with a snow storm that knocked the power out just as Sean Panting was breaking into the first 10 seconds of “The Ghost of Joad.”

“He kept going,” says Phil, “and we filled in behind him the best we could.”

Once the song ended, they called a break and Churchill and Bragg ran to an apartment to fetch a guitar amp powered by a car battery, as well as whatever else they could carry that made sound and didn’t have to be plugged in. They returned to The Ship to finish the set.

“Everybody moved a bit closer to the stage, and we lit candles.” he says. Definitely appropriate for the sensitive tough-guy sound of The Boss.

St. John’s Does Bruce Springsteen will take place Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at the Rock House. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Fred’s Records and the Rock House. Show starts at 11pm.

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19 July 2007

  1. Susan · July 19, 2007

    Set list (not necessarily in order.

    Born in the USA…………….. Blarvey
    State Trooper………………. Blarvey
    The Promised Land…………… Doug Rowe
    Radio Nowhere………………. Doug Rowe
    Badlands…………………… Phil Churchill
    Glory Days…………………. Geraldine Hollet
    Spirit in the Night…………. Luke Major
    I’m Going Down……………… Luke Major
    Hungry Heart……………….. Adam McGrath
    Tougher Than The Rest……….. Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill (Fri) or Mark Bragg (Sat)
    Working on the Highway………. Mark Bragg

    Reason To Believe…………… Geraldine Hollett
    Murder Incorporated…………. Sandy May and Ian Cornelissen
    Prove it all Night…………… Sandy May and Ian Cornelissen

    Cover Me…………………… Jonny Harris
    The River………………….. Sean Panting
    The Ghost Of Tom Joad……….. Sean Panting
    Girls In Their Summer Clothes… Sean Panting
    Pink Cadillac………………. Mick Davis
    Fire………………………. Mick Davis
    I’m On Fire………………… Phil Churchill and Geraldine Hollet
    Thunder Road……………….. Tim Baker
    Streets Of Philadelphia……… Tim Baker
    Dancing in the Dark…………. Tim Baker
    Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out……… Jody Richardson
    Atlantic City………………. Jody Richardson
    Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)….. Jody Richardson

    Encore:

    Cadillac Ranch……………… tout les ensemble
    Born To Run………………… tout les ensemble

    From http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47728877513
    Thanks to Craig Ryan, Doug Rowe & Geraldine Hollett.

    Really Liked the St. John’s does Bruce Springsteen Event & would attend any collective venture that Mark Bragg, Phil Churchill or Luke Major put together or anything a similar collective of artists put together. Thanks guys.

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