Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Bruce’s 8th studio album came out in 1987, which means Russ and I saw all the shows he did in Chicago. Russ and I are friends from college and bonded over Springsteen. I believe these Chicago shows were at Rosemont Horizon and one of them was on St. Patrick’s Day.
The album only used the E Street Band here and there, and it is not considered an official E Street Band album. We all know what was going on during this period, and it is proof that while heartbreak and divorce sucks, in the right hands it can make for some damn good music. “Brilliant Disguise“ may be the best representation of this. The album went ” triple platinum in the US, with “Brilliant Disguise” being one of his biggest hit singles, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Tunnel of Love“ also making the Top 10, reaching #9, and “One Step Up” just falling short.”
The whole album is a look at love and it’s power on both sides… power to heal, power to hurt. Springsteen is such a gifted storyteller. His songs and albums take you through so many truths and so deep into the details. I laugh at those “friends” who used to say all he is singing about are cars and Jersey… Uh, okay… whatever you say! The man is so insightful, his songs can move or cut through the bullshit and darkness. He writes about life, his own and the ones he sees, or feels. His music is just so damn good and powerful and moves me like nothing else…
“It ought to be easy ought to be simple enough
Man meets woman and they fall in love
But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough
And you’ve got to learn to live with what you can’t rise above
If you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love.”
Bruce never shies away from looking as deeply at himself. If he is to blame, he will say it like it is…
“Now look at me baby struggling to do everything right
And then it all falls apart when out go the lights
Im just a lonely pilgrim I walk this world in wealth
I want to know if it’s you I don’t trust cause I damn sure don’t trust myself.
Now you play the loving woman I’ll play the faithful man
But just don’t look too close into the palm of my hand
We stood at the alter the gypsy swore our future was right
But come the wee wee hours maybe baby the gypsy lied
So when you look at me you better look hard and look twice
Is that me baby or just a brilliant disguise”
The best part was the tour with the E Street Band. These were some great and fun shows. It is definitely worth seeking out of some of the bootlegs from the Tunnel of Love Express Tour. I have a few and they are always a great listen.
“When you’re alone, you ain’t nothin’ but alone.”
So find the right one, grab their hand tight and take a ride into the deep, dark, but fun tunnel of love.