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Pop music: Springsteen wows the kids


by Manuel Mendoza 14 Apr 2008

The conventional wisdom is that rock ‘n’ roll is dead, nostalgia for fogeys, passe. At least for one night, a group of grade-school girls rockin’ out down front at Bruce Springsteen’s Dallas concert Sunday — and later pulled onstage by Boss Broooose, a la Courtney Cox in that music video made before they were born […]

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The conventional wisdom is that rock ‘n’ roll is dead, nostalgia for fogeys, passe. At least for one night, a group of grade-school girls rockin’ out down front at Bruce Springsteen’s Dallas concert Sunday — and later pulled onstage by Boss Broooose, a la Courtney Cox in that music video made before they were born — said wait a minute: Loud, melodic, anthemic guitar rock can transcend generations and what’s in or out of fashion.

Thor Christensen of the Morning News and the Star-Telegram’s Preston Jones captured the AAC show in this morning’s editions, including the surprise appearance of Jon Bon Jovi, who plays there tonight to complete a trifecta of Dallas arena shows that started with Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z on Saturday.

Last week, the Observer weighed in on Springsteen’s influence on local musicians. Bruce Blog says the Internet is abuzz with reports on the young fans and provides a set list. My favorite moment was “Trapped,” the Jimmy Cliff tune Bruce has been covering since The River tour.

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