Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Guess Who....

Guess who I saw last week?

That's right! I saw Bruce Springsteen...

... and the E Street Band!!

I'll warn you now, this is a picture -heavy post and not one of them is scrapbook related.

So, here's a view from our seats:

It had been more than twenty years since I last saw Bruce in concert and, let me tell you, he still knows how to rock the house! Opening with Badlands and No Surrender, he remarked that millions of years ago, Long Island and New Jersey were one continuous landmass so he and the band were glad to be back with their "lost brothers and sisters!" Talk about knowing how to get the crowd going! Here's a video of part of the opening set. (Note: You need to scroll down and turn off the playlist music before playing the video.)

The concert offered a mix of old and new both on and off the stage. When I saw him years ago, Giants Stadium was filled with twenty somethings. This time around, the Coliseum was packed with people of all ages ranging from the very young (like the 5-year-old in the seat in front of us) to his original fans who are now forty and fifty something! Springsteen and Little Stevie seemed to have a soft spot for the kids this year. Instead of Courtney Cox, it was a tween who got pulled on stage during Dancing in the Dark. His youngest fans were also the lucky recipients of several guitar picks and a harmonica.

The E Street Band put on a great show, playing for over two-and-a-half hours. The only member of the band who seemed to age was Clarence. But even an older Clarence still knows how to blow that sax!

Bruce and company raised the roof when they closed their first set with Born to Run. I must warn you that this video is a little shaky. After all, who can sit still during this classic?

Two encores later, we were treated to the rarely performed Roselita. And, again, I apologize for the shaky video. Notice the woman in front of me towards the end of the video. She was on her blackberry all night. At first we though she was twittering but then we realized she was googling the lyrics to all of the songs. She spent the night reading the lyrics off the Blackberry instead of watching The Boss. Could you even imagine doing that?!

I'll end this post with a picture of the band's final bow. Thanks, Rich and Sandra, for asking me to join you for such a great night!! Come back tomorrow for a scrappy post.

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