Friday, November 5, 2010

Joe Grushecky Delivers For Pittsburgh, Again

Pittsburgh has plenty of proud past, and two elements of it -- Joe Gruschecky and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall -- cooperated to bring a rare and welcome shot of glory to Pittsburgh's present Thursday night.

Joe invited Bruce Springsteen, and the hundred-year-old Hall was a grand host to the first show of a two-night stand. The band -- Joe and his current Houserockers with Bruce and, at times, Rick Witkowski -- was outstanding, the songs superb, the evening magically reminiscent of The Decade.

Some of the work was just unfamiliar enough -- as the Houserockers nailed Darkness On The Edge Of Town and The Promised Land, and Bruce relived his days as a teenage guitarslinger -- to intensify the experience for everyone. Bruce sang about Pittsburgh, Joe about Homestead, then both sang about Pittsburgh (perhaps Friday's show will be Johnstown's turn, or Youngstown's, or Johnstown's again).

Joe Grushecky, one of Pittsburgh's treasures, delivered another gift to his hometown tonight. Thanks, Joe. For everything.

UPDATE: The second show was equally great.

Infinonytune: Homestead, Joe Grushecky (from the Pittsburgh G20 soundtrack)

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