"Running Man's Bible" in St. Paul was when it all clicked for me.
A new song off Mojo, "Running Man's Bible" reads like the midnight ruminations of a man looking back over a lifetime spent on the highway between the centerline and the ditch and lived to tell the tale.
"You're with me tonight on this dark highway
We've run it together
So many times
We've run it for money
We've run it for music
We've run it to pay for our innocent crimes"
And standing in the last row of the arena tonight, it suddenly dawned on me that "Running Man's Bible" isn't only a retrospective on days gone by, but also an ode to longevity and resilience.
"Here's one to glory and survival
And stayin' alive
It's the running man's bible."
And the band certainly has not only survived, releasing a celebrated hit new album (#2 on the chart this week!) that the fans on this tour have really embraced.
But of course it's the classics that still inspire the crowd most. As the Heartbreakers cranked out hit after hit from their three-decade-plus catalog in St. Paul Tuesday night, fans hugged and high-fived each other while seemingly reliving the first time they heard each song. Eleven thousand voices rose up to sing along to "Free Fallin'" and "Learning to Fly," but it wasn't until the "American Girl" finale that the Xcel Energy Center truly exploded, erupting into a blast of energy, sound and light.
Opening the show was the fantastic Drive-By Truckers, who will be joining us on the road through Pittsburgh next month. Make sure to come early and check these guys out!