I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen many times but I’ve never been one of those people who waited all day for the chance to be up close. I’m actually one of those people who feels lucky just being in the building with him and 15,000 others and the Sports Arena is fairly small and intimate for a big box. But I got an email from Ticketmaster about the chance to be in the lottery for a pit wristband and I asked my wife, Marci, to indulge me and head out to the arena early in the day to get a number. We grabbed two friends and all of us got one. Went back home, scrambled to be ready to go into the show two hours before the rest of the crowd.
Five hours later we were 4 of the lucky 500 that got to be in the pit sandwiched between two stages with friends we knew and many that we made. With only the few of us in attendance, Bruce treated us to a solo acoustic version of “For You”. Grown men my age were crying. I hugged strangers. All of us touched by this rare moment with one of our greatest heroes.
The excitement built long before the real show began, knowing that he’d be crowd surfing above us and walking the rails around us for us to touch and be close to. I’ve never seen Marci so excited to be at a show. She held her position along the rail and waited for her moment. Bruce came off the stage and walked around the audience, down a special aisle where we were able to hold him captive for what seemed like hours. We held him, passed him from one to another and marveled in the intimacy of this night. We felt Clarence’s presence and were treated to the amazing Tom Morello’s guitar on “Ghost of Tom Joad” and songs from the new album.
Time and again, Bruce delivers a powerful, emotional, driving show that reminds me why I love rock and roll and how music inspires me and everyone around us. Back from the show, last night, when the crowd was gone and it was just Marci and me, I had a chance to let the day sync in. I found my fingers flying on my phone and when I was done, this is what I was left with…
A day of adventure to remember. Started with no surrender and became a night so tender.
He blew doors off and smashed windows, came for you and showed us badlands. Led his band as we raised our hands and we waited, together, on a sunny day.
Nephew Jake took the big man’s place and there was Clarence before he was gone without a trace.
We stood on 10th avenue to freeze out the problems of the day and to remember that America has lost its way.
We chased ghosts and Tom Joad with Morello a fucking great guitar fellow.
We met folks from Vancouver able to maneuver us to the front rail to hold and hail our man Bruce.
He played us fast and let us loose to stir in our own sweaty juice. He motioned little Stevie and Stevie moved Garry and Garry brought Jake and the music began to snake from horns to percussion and ivory keys that rattled hard.Till it came round to the Boss who left us at a loss for the words we won’t hear until maybe next year.
But at 62 how long will he do what we love so much? That’s why we come back. So we track back to when we all fell in love with The Scooter and the Big Man now above.
For You (solo acoustic) [Pre-show]
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We Take Care of Our Own
Death to My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
My City of Ruins
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Jack of All Trades (with Tom Morello)
Prove It All Night
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Racing in the Street
We Are Alive
The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Tom Morello)
Land of Hope and Dreams (with Tom Morello)
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Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (with Tom Morello)