Review: The Springsteen Sessions - there’s magic in the night

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The Springsteen Sessions, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

It’s easy to see why The Springsteen Sessions aren’t entirely comfortable with the term ‘tribute act.’

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

It’s easy to see why The Springsteen Sessions aren’t entirely comfortable with the term ‘tribute act.’

They don’t set out to be the E Street Band in name or look, and don’t copy the moves of The Boss.

What they do is perform his music with a huge amount of energy and fun - and the end result is an absolutely cracking two hour show.

Not so much a tribute to, more ‘a celebration of ...’

There are only a few Springsteen ‘tributes’ around, largely, I suspect, because his own mammoth shows are nigh impossible to reproduce, and perhaps because us diehard Springstonians - if that’s what we are (Boss-ites?) - can be a bit sniffy about anyone other than the man himself handling classics such as ‘Born To Run’ or ‘Thunder Road.’

And yet ... one blast of ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’ to herald the start of this show underlined just how good The Springsteen Sessions are.

It’s a Bruce classic, and a cracking way to kick-off a superb show which rattled through a handful of blistering songs even before pausing to say good evening. Once set, the tempo didn’t drop.

The band covered everything from ‘Rosalita’ to the ‘Wrecking Ball’ album and they did so with great enthusiasm, style and enjoyment; factors that quickly transmitted to the crowd.

There was more than enough for any Springsteen diehard to enjoy - some choice tracks from ‘The River’ a spot-on rendition of the sprawling ‘Jungleland’ and a rollicking ‘Glory Days’ to name but three - while those who perhaps know him best through the multi-million selling ‘Born In The USA’ were well catered for.

Great music in the hands of a quality band which had as much of a blast as its audience - what more can you ask for on a Saturday night?

Special mention also to the Coaltown Daisies who performed a fabulous five-set support slot of entirely self-penned material; incredibly for such a busy duo it was their first gig in their home town. Not a bad venue to make your local debut ...

>> The Springsteen Sessions are at the Beat Generator, Dundee on Friday, February 21; Howden Theatre, Livingston 22nd and Brunton Hall, Musselburgh, March 1

>> The band line-up is: Dougie ‘The Boss’ Robertson (Lead vocals & harmonica); Gary ‘Boom Boom’ Johnston (drums); Cammy ‘The Talent’ Maxwell (bass); Gavin ‘The Piano Man’ Paterson (piano); Pete ‘The Phantom’ Clarke (keyboards); Miami Pete (guitar); Tom ‘Captain T’ Brogan; (saxaphone & guitar)