Tino G: I saw Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band back in the late ‘80s, at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. It was the ’Tunnel of Love’ tour. I was playing drums with The Urbations, managed by MC5 Activist John Sinclair.
We were playing St Andrew’s Hall and we got a call that Nils Lofgren and Max Weinberg were in town, and coming to our show. I’d heard of Springsteen, but had no idea what it was all about. Nils and Max were very cool and insisted we come to their show the next night at The Joe.
Detroit is a LIVE Music town, and you have to bring it live to get any love. This show was absolutley jaw dropping, in a James Brown ‘LIVE at The Apollo’ kind of way. The energy between Bruce and the audience was ecstasy and the band had this well-worn, in-the-groove, tight… but loose, revival tent-show power.
The audience were in a rock n roll FEVER, and would sing any verse,, to any song, at any time he pointed the mic toward the crowd. I’ve witnessed a lot of great shows, but this night was unforgettable.
Tino G and the Boss: Tino G’s Dumpster Machine’s new album GTO is out now via Funky D Records.
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