What Do Bruce Hornsby and J. Robert Oppenheimer Have in Common?

Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Lensic Theater Monday night. He and his Noisemakers band played two sets for several hours. He played a few new tunes as well as many of his old classics. The second set was totally devoted to requests from the audience. I think the loudest applause he got was when he dedicated his poignant song, The End of the Age of Innocence, to Oppenheimer. Hearing Hornsby sing, “O’beautiful for spacious skies, but now those skies are threatening. They’re beating plowshares into swords,” echoed in time with the oft-quoted line from the Bhagavad Gita  that Oppenheimer claimed came into his head as he watched the explosion of the bomb, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”.

Time continues to march on with many echoes of the past reaching out to us in the present. My husband, Rob, and I saw Hornsby and his band play several years ago at the Paulo Soleri where the crowd was much more boisterous. As I watched the more “grown-up” version of Hornsby at the Lensic, I recalled the Paulo Soleri performance ending with women climbing on the stage and dancing on top of his piano while he happily banged away on his piano keys. I am sure all agree, that we hope they keep the Paulo Soleri open  – so many great memories have been made there and the venue lends itself to going back to that age of innocence when we all enjoyed going a bit crazy in sync with the beat.


2 Responses to “What Do Bruce Hornsby and J. Robert Oppenheimer Have in Common?”


    Hey Norm. Long time no see. Hope you and your band are still rocking out around Phoenix!

  2. I saw Hornsby in 2005, opening up for CPR (David Crosby and his son) at an outdoor venue in Scottsdale, Arizona. I though that maybe CPR should’ve opened for Crosby. Both acts were great, but Hornsby definitely took the evening by storm and left no prisoners. He touched on all genres from BeBop Jazz, Blues, Jam Band (Grateful Dead Alumna) and country. Great sound reinforcement and crowd support. Made for an unique and memorable evening.

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