The She Street Band @ Arts Club Liverpool
Bruce Springsteen has visited the UK many times during his career spanning almost half a century, but a notable absentee in his tour lists has always been Liverpool. Nevertheless, his spirit was very much in town as the She Street Band rocked the Arts Club on the 11th October with a set list that left the crowd returning home on a real high.
The 7 piece, all female band entered the stage and immediately got the crowd in the mood with a brave but well executed rendition of ‘Thunder Road’ before the crowd was brought to life with the feel-good track ‘Rosalita (Come out tonight)’.
It would be easy to write about how good a tribute band these women are, but to call them a tribute act would take away from their originality and style. Though they brilliantly encapsulated the feeling of a Springsteen concert, they brought a real originality to the show with a twist on songs such as ‘Tougher than the Rest’, where the 6 vocalists produced a quite spectacular harmony in an emotional rendition of the track. In a similarly bold and original way, Springsteen’s classic harmonica in the track ‘The River’ was replaced by a spine tingling sax solo. Indeed a special mention must be made of Yasmin Oglive: the talented saxophonist made a magnificent ‘Big Man’ during tracks such as ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’ and really stood out on the night.
As the show came to its conclusion, the energetic band announce that they were about to begin their encore, which was followed by some of Springsteen’s greatest hits. ‘Badlands’ was met well by the crowd and the chanting of its iconic tune made it feel just like The Boss was around. This was followed by ‘Dancing in the Dark’, where one lucky lady in the crowd was made to feel like Courtney Cox, as she danced with the band’s architect Jody Osborne. The night was concluded with an energetic performance of ‘Born to Run’ before the crowd petered away into the night, left satisfied with a fine evening of music and a great performance.
If Springsteen is ‘The Boss’ then this talented group are certainly sat somewhere in the boardroom: what a performance, what charisma and what energy. Let’s hope this tour, which has now concluded, isn’t their last!
For those less familiar with the work of Bruce Springsteen, or if you are interested in the full setlist, see this Spotify playlist.