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Springsteen and his E Street Band Rocked The BJC

Posted by Mike Moynahan on 11/12 at 06:05 PM

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rolled into University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center on November 1 and they made sure to rock while they were there.  They set started off with a couple of new tracks off of Springsteen’s latest release Wrecking Ball.  While new songs like “We Take Care of Our Own” and “Death to My Hometown” may not have been known by all in attendance, they were still very fun to listen to and got the crowd on their feet from the beginning of the set.

Throughout the night, Springsteen alluded to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in his home state of New Jersey.  As Bruce himself explained, they are a glorified bar band who people will always associate with the Jersey Shore.  Before beginning the sixth song on of the set, “My City of Ruins”, a song from his 2002 album The Rising, Springsteen said some emotional words about his hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey.  He reflected on how the town had faced hard times before and he portrayed a strong belief his home city and state would remain strong and fight back against the unfortunate circumstances brought upon them.

The set continued with a great mix of songs that spanned Springsteen’s more than thirty-five year career.  One might suspect it would be hard to choose just under thirty songs from such an eclectic catalog but the proportions were pretty much perfect.  While older songs like “Backstreets” and “Badlands” might have had more people singing along, newer ones were played with emotion and energy as well.  The group closed the first part of the set with “Land of Hopes and Dreams”, a newer song, before taking a bow and going right back to it for a fantastic encore that consisted of classics like “Born to Run”, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, and “Dancing in the Dark”.

As Bruce and crew played an amazing “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” featuring a nice tribute to deceased saxophonist Clarence Clemons, many fans headed towards the exits as this is the group’s usual closer.  However, as the band played it’s final notes, Springsteen was already attempting to tune a guitar for one more song.  He said when the group is in a college town they like to play this song.  After a bit of a struggle finding the perfect tuning, the band ripped and roared through a rousing rendition of The Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” As the group finished they all journeyed to the front of the stage for one more bow with Bruce in the middle.

At sixty-three years of age, it’s incredibly safe to say that Bruce has still got it.  The set lasted more than three hours and was spiced up with humble acts like bringing a youngster up to sing part of a song and allowing around twenty girls on stage to dance along with “The Boss”.  Springsteen and his E Street Band are seasoned performers and it shows.  At the end of the show it seemed as though they could have played through the night.  Although Springsteen sang into the microphone how tired he was, it certainly didn’t show.  The crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center certainly got their money’s worth.

{name} Author: Mike Moynahan
Bio: Mike Moynahan is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Media Studies. In addition to writing, he co-hosts the Indie 500 show every Wednesday at 7PM on The LION 90.7fm. He enjoys watching T.V. (especially Breaking Bad), digging deep into the bowels of Netflix for instant viewing when he’s bored, reading and napping in his free time. No artists will ever be greater than the Beatles or Elliott Smith but he commends the rest of the pack for trying their best. Some of his current favorites include The Gaslight Anthem, The Weakerthans, Death Cab for Cutie, The Front Bottoms, Titus Andronicus, Arcade Fire, Built to Spill, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, The Hold Steady, Los Campesinos!, Bon Iver, and Coldplay. Especially Coldplay.


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