‘We may not look like them ,but we sure sound like them’’ - singer Dougie Robertson’s opening remark to a smashing Springsteen Sessions live gig which had a near full house at the Byre Theatre up and dancing long before the finale.
The band are one of the few around to pay homage to the music of the Boss, and do so with great fun - they’re true to the original music, but clearly have a ball playing it too.
With rumours of a possible return to the road for Springsteen and his E Street team swirling round social media in recent days, this was as good a way of any of enjoying his music while we wait on the man himself travelling from New Jersey to the UK.
The Byre did good business for the arrival of the Springsteen Sessions and it took just four or five numbers to get the crowd warmed up. After that it was simply a night to enjoy the music of Springsteen - from his early works such as a rollicking ‘Rosalita’ to a rare outing for the jubilant ‘Sherry Darling’ - a track so often overlooked from ‘The River’ double album circa 1980 which still sounds such fun 35 years on - to a mighty ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’ from the phenomenal ‘Wrecking Ball’ album.
I’ve seen the Sessions more than a few times now, and this was a smashing gig - the venue was the perfect size for them, the sound was spot on, and the set just rolled from song to song as they delved deep into the works of Springsteen.
Highlights included a towering ‘Jungleland’ and a rendition of ‘Born To Run’ which had everyone up and out of their seats.
Really can’t ask for more.
>> The Springsteen Sessions return to Fife with a gig at Rothes Halls on April 23. They also play Edinburgh’s Teviot Row debating hall at Edinburgh University on January 29. Full gig listings on their Facebook page.