Last Tuesday night saw thousands upon thousands of people pour into Hampden Park to see the one and only Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band perform. With a band of 15 the Boss sang and entertained the crowd for a total of 3 hours 10 minutes. The man is 63, and has had been touring the world for almost 40 years. Wow.
A mixed crowd danced and sang to new and old tracks, the best in my opinion being ‘Dancing in the Dark’, ‘Atlantic City’ and ‘Born to Run’.
The power of his performance is indescribable. For those who have never seen him play, he does not have a set list. The New Jersey born rockstar picks boards from the crowd, and plays the songs they have written on them. He holds the board up for the rest of the crowd to see, signals to the band what chord or key they need to play in, and away they go and play the song.
An acoustic version of ‘Thunder Road’ closed the show and I truly felt goosebumps as he sang the words ‘come take my hand, we’re riding out tonight to taste the promise land’.
Instilling a sense of hope, unity and a buzz like no other through the crowd at Hampden, Springsteen’s show is in a class of its own. You show me one other artist who can play songs spontaneously, perform for over 3 hours and hold a career for so many years and I will bow down.
Thanks Dad, without you I wouldn’t be such a fan!