Sound Advice: Al Green, Bruce Springsteen To Play In NYC Area
Two legends of rock and soul will perform in the New York area as Al Green performs at the Beacon Theatre Wednesday and Bruce Springsteen heads to Metlife Stadium next month. Eric Holland filed the following report.
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Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre, NYC welcomes the legendary Al Green. Al Green immortalized himself with a string of classic songs in the '70s and whose recent work stacks up well against them, especially 2008’s Lay it Down produced by Questlove.
The Reverend, who is afforded time off from his flock at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis for touring, returned to R&B about a decade ago after singing mostly gospel music in the '80s and '90s.
The 63-year-old Green, known as a great showman who throws roses into his audience, will be supported by a 13-piece band featuring his daughters Rubi, Kora and Alva on backing vocals.
One year younger than Al Green and following a "Wrecking Ball" tour of Europe, Bruce Springsteen made a triumphant return to the U.S. last week with two shows at Fenway Park and one at Gillette Stadium. I caught the latter two and they were equally epic.
The highest high Wednesday was the 1-2 punch of rarities Thundercrack and Frankie into Prove It All Night. Saturday featured a handful of tracks from Springsteen’s debut album "Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ" and peaked with Lost in the Flood giving way to Because the Night, plus Dobie Gray's Drift Away as an encore. All told, there were 62 different songs over the three nights.
If you plan on getting to one of the Metlife Stadium shows on September 19, 21 or 22, you can expect a tasteful tribute to the Big Man and the E Street Band to be playing hungry, not like they’re just intent on living up to their reputation but expanding on their legacy as one of the world’s most exciting and compelling live acts.