Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce

Last night, I had the extraordinary privilege of seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Boston Garden. For nearly three-and-a-half hours, Bruce and the Band fired on all cylinders and then some. A few highlights:

  • They played the entire 1980 double album The River. All 20 songs!
  • During “Hungry Heart,” Bruce went into the crowd and actually crowd-surfed! He made his way from the center of the pit all the way to the stage on the hands of his fans.
  • After concluding The River, the band launched into another set of hits, covers, and deep cuts. For the final song, a cover of “Shout” by The Isley Brothers, Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band joined Bruce onstage.
  • Fun fact: I also heard Bon Jovi do “Shout” at the Garden in 2008 (on my 18th birthday!)
  • Chris Christie and Charlie Baker were both in the crowd. While I may not agree with them about politics, it seems that music and concerts are the ties that bind…
  • Also, a shout out to DJ Gary Titus (at his 37th Boss show) who I managed to bump into in a crowd of 17 thousand! Small world.
  • This was probably the longest concert I’ve ever been to, rivaling only Paul McCartney and the Foo Fighters. Both of those shows got right around the three hour mark, but Bruce pushed closer to 3.5…
  • During “Dancing in the Dark,” Bruce pulled a little girl from the crowd and danced with her, as in the iconic Courteney Cox video.
  • They were just so good. Amazing night. Here are a few terrible pictures (Bruce is in the crowd, wearing a grey shirt and black vest.)

Here’s the setlist, courtesy of setlist.fm:

Meet Me in the City
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Jackson Cage
Two Hearts
Independence Day
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Crush on You
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
I Wanna Marry You
The River
Point Blank
Cadillac Ranch
I’m a Rocker
Fade Away
Stolen Car
Ramrod
The Price You Pay
Drive All Night
Wreck on the Highway
Roulette (Tour premiere)
Prove It All Night
She’s the One
Candy’s Room
Because the Night (Patti Smith Group cover)
Human Touch
Play Video
The Rising
Thunder Road

Encore:
Badlands
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Shout (The Isley Brothers cover) (with Peter Wolf)

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