I first caught Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band there on Aug. 18, 1985 with two friends from college. Our elaborate tailgate was a cooler of cheap beer in the trunk of my 10-year-old Chevy. But it seemed like the best time in the world.
In the 23 years since, the car and beer have been upgraded but the Stadium hasn’t changed and neither has the band.
Giants Stadium will be torn down soon and Bruce seemed intent on getting that started tonight. He played for nearly three and a half hours, cranking out 28 songs. I swear the place was shaking when he did Born to Run.
People who aren’t Bruce fans haven’t seen him play in person. The dude turns 59 in September and he didn’t let up for a second. At one point he ran across the length of the stage and slide on his knees like he was making a tough catch in center field.
Beyond the company and getting to see an assortment of friends, the highlights included the second-ever live performance (the first was in 1980) of Held Up Without A Gun. They also did Drive All Night, a personal favorite. Max Weinberg’s son, Jay, stepped in for his pop on Born to Run and showed that drum chops run in the family.
If you get a chance to see Bruce this summer, take it. And if you do, send an e-mail and tell me all about it. If anybody is going to at the Foxboro show on Saturday, please swing by and have a beer with us. The more, the merrier.
Here’s the setlist:
Out in the Street
The Promised Land
Tunnel of Love
Held Up Without a Gun
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Because the Night
She’s the One
Livin’ in the Future
Drive All Night
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Born to Run
Twist and Shout
If you’re interested in learning more about Springsteen and his roots, get a copy of Rock & Roll Tour Of The Jersey Shore. Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle’s book has dozens of great photos and an insider’s view of the music scene on the Shore, especially how it relates to Bruce.
Go to this site to learn more and get a copy.