The Ghost of Tom Joad Tour was a worldwide concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen performing alone on stage in small halls and theatres, that ran off and on from late through the middle of It followed the release of his album The Ghost of Tom Joad.
The first group of shows ran through the end of the year in major media centers such as Los Angeles, the San Francisco area, Washington, D. After a winter holiday break, the show visited other North American cities in Januaryincluding a stop in Youngstown, Ohio due to " Youngstown " being the album track most relatively played on radio. February and March saw shows in Western Europe, followed by a three-week break during which Springsteen attended the Academy Awards show in Los Angeles.
The tour resumed in Europe through early May. A family man with three small children at the time, Springsteen took off the summer of and then started again in the U. Rose of Lima School in Freeholdand finishing in mid-December. Another winter holiday break was taken, then in Αν Μ Αγαπάς - Various - Τα Μεγάλα Τραγούδια Του 80 January Springsteen took the show to Japan and Australia for three weeks.
While the Ghost of Tom Joad album was in the more acoustic, somber vein of his earlier Nebraskait did contain some limited additional instrumentation and arrangements. However, Springsteen decided to perform the new material completely by himself, using only acoustic guitar and harmonica. A couple of the dourest Joad numbers did have a hidden offstage synthesizer being played, by Springsteen's guitar technician Kevin Buell.
Given that Springsteen was famous for his full-band, high-energy, crowd-rousing concerts, this tour was sure to be a surprising departure. Advertisements tried to make this clear, and all show tickets were printed with Solo Acoustic Tour on them  to give audiences a firm understanding of what to expect and leading some [ who?
After an opening rendition of " The Ghost of Tom Joad ", which featured audience members whooping and "Brooocing" by habit, Springsteen regularly addressed this audience with some variation of this speech:. Sometimes Springsteen felt the need to reiterate parts of the message after subsequent songs, especially if Brooocing continued. The whole bit created quite an impression among Springsteen fans, some of whom would always refer to this as the Shut the Fuck Up Tour as a result, and others of whom [ who?
The performance style of the tour varied greatly depending upon song. Some older numbers such as "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and the recently exhumed "Murder Incorporated" were vigorously strummed on guitar and bellowed in voice.
Slide work also sometimes lent musical dynamism. But most selections, including almost all of the Joad material, were indeed arranged with silence as the leading accompaniment. Even normal fan favorite " Born in the U. Based on the fates of lost American workers and Mexican immigrants in Californiait suffered from some of same lack of melodic interest and forced didactic purpose that the album had been Various - Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album) for.
As the tour wore on, shows became a little looser. Springsteen introduced some humorous songs he had recently written, including "In Freehold", a ribald homage to his growing up, "In Michigan", a homage about the folks in Michigan, "Sell It and They Will Come", a tribute to the The River - Bruce Springsteen - Live In Vienna 1997 - Acoustic Night of late-night infomercialsand "Pilgrim in the Temple of Love", a tale of Santa Claus doing something naughty.
Indeed, explicit sexual mentions became something of a theme of the tour, with Springsteen telling any children in the audience that words they didn't understand were Latin for "doing your homework", or "cleaning your room". Springsteen also engaged the faithful by unearthing some old numbers that had not seen concert action in a long time, Cake Soap - Vybz Kartel - Kartel Forever (Trilogy) in the case of Greetings from Asbury Park, N.
The tour also marked the first time that Springsteen did not perform anything from the Born to Run. Nothing from the album was sound-checked although on the third to final date of the tour, Springsteen treated fans in Italy to a post-show singalong performance of " Thunder Road " from the venue's balcony. Due to the small venues played on the tour, often in the 2,—3, capacity range, tickets were often hard to The River - Bruce Springsteen - Live In Vienna 1997 - Acoustic Nightcreating a "ticket scalpers' heaven".
The lyrics are bleaker than usual for Springsteen and the music reflects the solemn mood. But with that material, he has turned himself into nearly a one-note performer. The biography Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie by Robert Santelli and Emily Davidson found praise for the tour, saying the album's songs gained onstage and that the shows, "although hushed and void of the anthemic rockers that made him the greatest performer that rock has ever known, managed to bring Woody Guthrie back to life again.
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