Bruce Springsteen in Charlotte – LOUIE of the Week

It’s been a long time since Bruce Springsteen performed LOUIE LOUIE. According to Stan Goldstein of the (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, the last time Bruce ever played LOUIE LOUIE was on May 7, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. The spell was broken a few days ago on April 19th at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. It was a very special show featuring a lot of rarities, surprises and special requests.

LOUIE LOUIE was the first song of the event performed as a result of a sign request. There were 8 other songs performed in response to fan requests, including Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” another one of my personal favorites.

Rob Nichols of ROCKforward Music had some high praise for this very special performance of LOUIE LOUIE:

I’m gonna call it the greatest version of the roadhouse/garage rock classic “Louie Louie” since The Kingsmen did it. Bruce turns in a marvelously slurred vocal, a wicked and raw solo, and mines his inner Joe Strummer throughout.

Big thanks to my friend Clay Stabler for sending me the info.

Big thanks to SomewhereInJersey75 on YouTube for documenting this magnificent moment.

… and a very BIG THANKS to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the music!

The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger article by Stan Goldstein, including a set-list.
Rob Nichols of ROCKforward Music on LOUIE LOUIE


if you visit the Bruce Springsteen Official Store, you can purchase an excellent live recording of this show in South Carolina. It’s available in both MP3 and FLAC formats, and it sounds WONDERFUL!

The Strypes – LOUIE(s) of the Week

I’ve just found out about The Strypes = four teenagers from Cavan, Ireland that transcend their youth, playing a sweet fusion of rhythm and blues that feels like a pub band that’s been playing for many years to perfect their craft.

I had no idea who these guys were until a few days ago. As I learned more about this band, I found out they were the subject of a major bidding record label war, had their debut album produced by Chris Thomas (famous for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pete Townshened, among others), and was initially signed by Elton John‘s management company.

During a Feb. 2013 television appearance on the “Chelsea Lately” show in UK, which happened to be guest-hosted by Dave Grohl, Sir Elton said of The Strypes, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.”

I wish I knew about them before Saturday – I could have seen in San Francisco for only $12!

Anyways, here’s three great versions of LOUIE LOUIE by the Strypes, captured live within the past 7 days – the final stops of their recent American tour…

Thursday, March 27th – Crocodille Cafe, Seattle, WA – LOUIE LOUIE

Saturday, March 29th – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA – LOUIE LOUIE

Monday, March 31st – the El Rey, Los Angeles, CA – LOUIE LOUIE with “Rockaway Beach”