Promised Land

SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND: If you weren't at the Austin Convention Center at the crack of noon Thursday, then Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's mythic three-hour set at ACL Live that night would not have affected you the way it did those of us who dragged ourselves out of bed to listen to the Boss speak. The keynote and the show went hand in hand: Touching on his influences and his craft, and only glancing at the state of the industry, Springsteen's hearty, hilariously profane speech was the promise; the show nine hours later was the fulfillment. Three hours and more than two dozen songs still wasn't enough, with the abundant special guests the proverbial icing on the cake: The Animals' Eric Burdon, Jimmy Cliff, Tom Morello, Joe Ely, openers Alejandro Escovedo and the Low Anthem, even some stray Arcade Fire members. I was all but expecting Woody Guthrie's own specter to appear onstage during closer "This Land Is Your Land," but maybe he was just being shy that night. Or he was at a showcase across town. CRAIG HLAVATY

See more coverage of this year's festival at blogs.houstonpress.com/sxsw.

chris.gray@houstonpress.com

craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com

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Good one, guys.

 

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