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JUL-AUG 2017

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July/August 2017 • 40 and the band comes out for a much differ- ent set than opening night — Jake plays more electric guitar and there's a punchy bar band feel. It stands to reason that Clemons has learned some things from the Boss about commanding the stage, and you get a glimpse when his band vamps the intro to "Overshadowed" and Jake steps to the mic: "Picture with me if you will, you're siĴing on this train. You're headed some- where, you don't know where, but you've got this sense that when you get there you'll find everything you want, every- thing you need … but everything you want, everything you need, it's not going to be at that destination. Because all those things, they're already inside you. They're already yours. They're already yours. They're already yours …" The end of the set nears and it's Bea- tles time again. Andy Forgie, who sings in RashoĴe's other band, All You Need Is Love, joins for a reprise of "(With) A LiĴle Help From My Friends," and they roll right into "Helter Skelter." But they're running long, and the sound guy cuts their microphones as the band rocks on and the crowd fills in the words. I send an outraged/bemused text to my friend Thom, who reminds me that Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney once had the plug pulled after breaking curfew in London's Hyde Park. And it occurs to me that this could be a great inside joke. MONDAY, MAY 29 Monday is laid-back like the last day of school. Nervous Melvin play the main stage and pack their set with old Who songs. I fixate on Dennis Ledford and try to make sense of what he showed us two days earlier. I rendezvous with friends Phil and ScoĴ (No. 2) for pizza at Parlour, just across Pearl Street from the festival, then watch Classicstone nail their fifth set in five days — a Queen tribute. Three hours later they close the main stage with a Pink Floyd tribute. Hardest-working band ever. Five days down, just like that. It's been quite a run, an immersion in real- time music and memories near and dis- tant. The area of Jeff near Big Four Park looks a lot different than it did when I was a kid and my long-gone grandfather and maverick hero Claud Kaelin plied me with tales of growing up along the wild Ohio River. He had a hardware store just blocks away. I have re-walked the halls of the ho- tel where I worked when I saw my first Springsteen show — Aug. 5, 1978. I have felt the presence of my music bestie, Jimmy, who would've goĴen preĴy excited over that Zombies cover, and ex- brother-in-law John — we saw so many Springsteen shows together. When news of Gregg Allman's death broke during the festival, I recalled a long-ago conversation with John about naming his daughter. The Allman Brothers song "Melissa" was too obvious, but he loved my suggestion of "Jessica." Now she's my connection back to John. I think of Springsteen's "Indepen- dence Day," which details a son's strug- gles to relate to his father, and these lines: There's just different people coming down here now and they see things in different ways And soon everything we know will just get swept away Walking to my car, I feel hopeful about all of the young people who come from near and far to listen to music that was wriĴen more than 50 years ago. As the Beatles told us then, and people like Jake Clemons are reminding us now, it's still about love. And I think the kids are ready to carry that weight a long time. •

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