With my ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’ 1978 Tour t-shirt on, we set off through the darkness on the edge of town.
It was 04:30 and mum and dad were driving me from Hyams Beach to Bomaderry to catch the 05:13 train service to the Domestic Airport. I was on my way to see The Boss! And indeed all good journeys start somewhere. In the darkness. On the edge.
Later today at the base of the famous Hanging Rock in the ancient Mount Macedon Ranges, my mate B and I will be joining the faithful for the open-air ‘Wrecking Ball’ concert by Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. It’s sure to be a special one at this hallowed ground – historically already the place of picnics and swooning ladies.
Temperatures have dropped they tell me and a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius is expected. Lets hope we warm things up down there!
The last time I saw Bruce Springsteen was early 1985 at the newly-built Sydney Entertainment Centre. It was his first tour Down Under. It was my first ever live music experience! I was 17 years old. He was 35. And boy we’ve both done some ‘Growin’ Up’ since then!
The new album and tour is called ‘Wrecking Ball’. And ironically my mate B’s construction company is the one currently responsible for the massive Darling Harbour redevelopment. This will involve the complete destruction -amongst other things – of the Sydney Enterntainment Centre.
So bring on the Wrecking Ball! Bring on the power of words and music. And bring on the memories that no wrecking ball can ever destroy!
On board a South Line train
31 March 2013