High Hopes! Check the great solo from @tmorello, fantastic horn arrangement, and PERFECT THEMATIC FIT FOR THE SET.
I fucking love this song. Only regret is that there are less harmonies because Patti’s not around.
This was on the setlist for night one as an alternate and at the time I posited it was a rehearsal for Norway because Tim Scott (who wrote the song for his band the Havalinas in the 90s) lives there now. But now I just think it’s there because it’s got a point Bruce wants to make crystal clear.
The Apollo Medley is back for the Aussie tour, but based on the utter lack of response from the audience, my prediction is that it doesn’t come back. I think he’ll try it one or two more times before tossing it out if it continues to lay flat. If you watch closely, those journeys into the crowd were NOT planned (he was probably originally going to that platform at the back of the pit), but he was trying his hardest to get the crowd engaged (and even that didn’t seem to have much effect).
Australians claim that no one knows these songs because “Australia doesn’t have a tradition of soul music.” It’s not like Europe does either but damn, RNB artists in the 60s were royalty there, far more than they were accorded respect in the States. So I don’t know how true this actually is.
However - Bruce! What a terrible intro. Long and explain-y. And “stairway of communication” is going to be this tour’s “building a house” if he’s not careful.