Having last seen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play live in Sacramento on his “The Rising” tour, Joe and I eagerly awaited the opening lines to whatever his first song would be this time out. Bruce and Band did not disappoint, he came on stage typically about 45-50 minutes late, launching in to an energetic rendition of “Spirit in the Night.”
Arco Arena was the setting for Friday Night’s concert, and most of the seats were filled in this smaller venue. We had excellent seats directly opposite the stage and only few rows up, close enough certainly to see the sweat drop off his forearm as he played his guitar.
Bruce’s mood seemed very playful the entire night and there was a lot of interaction all the way through. He did say that wife and E-Street member, Patti, was “home, holding down the fort with their 3 teenage kids.” He said as he was leaving home, his wife was there to prevent “the beer kegs rolling up the driveway, the pot brownies in the oven and the Girls Gone Wild van pulling up front.”
There were many notable moments during the night: The crowd pleasing numbers that rocked the place including “Murder Incorporated,” “Born to Run,” “Badlands,” “Rosarita,” and E- Streeter Nils Lofgren’s solo on “Because the Night” was an exceptional display of guitar mastery!
Joe and I were happy to see an old favorite- “Sherry Darling” from his “The River” album. er… I mean CD. The E Street Band were brilliant; loved Steven Van Zandt’s classic headband, guitar leads,and duos with Bruce. Max on the Drums, Nils on the Guitar, Soozie filled in for Patti just fine. Clarence Clemons on the sax was timeless and energetic. Clarence did move slower when compared with his last appearance, plus he had a noticeable limp. Made me wonder about his age and his health.
Speaking of age, the average attendee was probably somewhere about 50. Some older, many younger… a gentle reminder that his fan base is certainly aging along with Bruce and the Band. One of the funniest sights I saw that evening came right before the band hit the stage. The crowd was chanting and cheering like mad, hoping to entice Bruce out with the sheer energy of the arena. Out in the center of the mosh pit, a man raised a crutch and waved it frantically, a silent testament to how we have all aged.
I’ve posted his setlist below. All in all, it was a memorable night, fun was had by all. Bruce closed the evening with 5 encores, plus a typical Bruce moment where he shouted to the fans, “You’ve just seen the “heart stopping, pants dropping, earth quaking, booty shaking, love-making, viagra taking, history making, E- STREET BAND!!!” You left with a smile.
Spirit in the Night
Because the Night
She’s the One
Livin’ in the Future
The Promised Land
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
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Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Born to Run