AOL Music has partnered with Bruce Springsteen to stream footage from the singer’s current US tour with the Seeger Sessions Band. While AOL has previously webcast entire concerts, this is the first time they are following an artist throughout an entire tour, according to an article at Online Media Daily.
The current tour is centered around Springsteen’s latest CD release, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which consists of a collection of (mostly) American folk songs, all of which have been sung by iconic American folk singer Pete Seeger. Accompanied by a very large band (occasionally twenty musicians strong during the live shows), the music is not so far removed as you might think from Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band performances.
The streams, which began going live on Sunday, May 28, the night after the tour opened in the Boston exurb of Mansfield, Massachusetts, consist of one song from each show, personally chosen by Springsteen himself. The chosen video goes up the day after each show.
The selections available so far are as follows:
- “John Henry” (May 27, Mansfield, MA)
- “Erie Canal” (May 28, Washington, DC)
- “O Mary Don’t You Weep” (May 30, Columbus, OH)
- “Old Dan Tucker” (May 31, Indianapolis, IN)
The next show is June 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, so we can expect another song selection to go up on June 4.
The 18-show tour winds up on June 25 in Holmdel, New Jersey. By the end of it, AOL will have collected nearly an entire concert’s worth of video, which will remain online.
In spite of initial misgivings about this particular tour from long-time fans who wondered why Springsteen wanted to go all folky on them, the shows have been packed and audience response has been enthusiastic, to say the least. A perusal of the fan boards at Backstreets suggests that many of the doubters have been converted.
If you’re interested in seeing what the fuss is all about, enjoy the streams. The fact that all of the shows are being taped gives rise to the thought that there may be a DVD in the offing at some point. There’s been no official word on that, but hey, I can dream, can't I?