With Bruce Springsteen back out on tour and his audience armed with thousands of mobile devices capable of shooting video, the predictable avalanche of shaky, hand-held videos have been finding their way to YouTube. While I often find these challenging to watch, today I stumbled upon one that brought a smile to my face from how well it conveyed the joy and energy of a Springsteen show. Have a look.
Then I found this full length version of the exact same performance of Eddie Floyd's 'Raise Your Hand', shot from a different angle, but also incorporating key pieces of video from the previous clip.
Naturally, this caused me to search for a few other examples of 'Raise Your Hand' from other tours. Bruce has generally used this song as a way to crank up the party atmosphere, generally late in the proceedings, or at song request sign collection time. His relentless, man-possessed energy is on full display.
From 1976 (audio only)
Last, but not least, here is Eddie Floyd himself.
Happy Friday, and don't forget to Raise Your Hand!