Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (1973)

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“…that dissolves into a circular piano figure that…” leads into the rolling guitar riff that opens “Rosalita,” my favorite Springsteen song. Well, unless you ask me on the day that my favorite Bruce song is “Thunder Road.” Really, I can never decide.

A rambling rave-up during which Bruce wants to convince Rosie’s parents that maybe he’s not so bad after all, it’s one part Romeo & Juliet, one part romance, and a thousand parts crazed enthusiasm. Before “Thunder Road” came on my radar, “Rosalita” was the song that just had to be played before all important events: before leaving for vacation, before leaving for work on a Friday, before cracking open that first cold one on a Saturday night. Heck, it was even played it right before my wedding.

Back when “Rosie” was a staple of nearly every E Street show, they played it with an intensity that approached the unhinged. And speaking of unhinged, the first Bruce show I went to (back on July 30, 1981) featured Bruce busting out a late-set “Rosalita” followed by a surprise appearance of Southside Johnny for “I Don’t Want To Go Home.” I almost lost my mind.

Remember, Bruce wasn’t there for business: he was only there for fun. Apparently, there were a lot of takers in the Phoenix crowd that night.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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