2003-09-07, Fenway Park, Boston, MA

The Rising Tour
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Notes

Appr. 3 hours.

"Frankie" is a tour premiere and the only second performance of the song since 1976.

Jon Landau plays guitar

Eyewitness accounts

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Mike B. wrote: It was "magic in the night" on a lovely evening at Fenway Park. From the perfectly sculpted infield grass that contained the letters b-r-u-c-e around the pitcher's mound (musical notes underneath), to Bruce's full name spelled out on the old scoreboard in the Green Monster, the excitment in the air was palpable.

The Boss started with the same three songs as the previous night, then fired off the always powerful Adam Raised a Cain. The next songs gave indications of a special night. Something in the Night and Spirit in the Night were excellent choices. In between, was a powerful Empty Sky. This song evoked sad memories of 9-11. The song was especially powerful since Fenway Park lies in the shadows of Boston's two skyline buildings; the Prudential and Hancock towers. Frankie was also a wonderful surprise. It also seemed to surprise Danny since he seemed to begin playing Independence Day before Bruce ran over to him and playfully clarified the next tune on the list. Jungleland was awesome and I loved hearing Further On for the first time live. My friends and I (and some newly made New Jersey acquaintances)ended a perfect evening by singing many of our favorite Springsteen tunes a-capella while waiting for the subway trains to take us home. Fenway Park was a perfect venue for a perfect artist.


TC wrote: A dynamite show with "Frankie," which he played during the sound check, a highlight for the aficionados. Bruce also howled at a near full moon shown on the video screens.

A rollicking Glory Days had the crowd, which stood en masse the whole show, jumpin', clappin' and singin'. Fenway is probably the best ballpark to see a show. It's way more intimate than the Meadowlands and the crowd could have been from Jersey. Take Me Out to the Ballgame was played at the start, with Bruce conducting. One of the best shows I've ever seen. Seven Nights to Rock is a howl. Right up there with the Born in the U.S.A. tour.

"DrZoom" wrote: Of all the shows I've seen, this was the best display of what rock 'n' roll is all about, and can be.
Bruce opened the show- a beautiful night in Boston- to Danny playing "Take me out to the ball game", led us through two times, thanked us for coming out and sharing Fenway, and then ripped into his set. We should have known then that it was going to be a fun-filled, spontaneous, and overwhelmingly energizing night. By the end of the third song, Bruce was hanging upside down from the microphone stand, staring at the crowd and egging us on.

Bruce played to all the emotions with the set list- you can tell from the titles that he pulled out all the stops for us- and the band was there at every break, every call, and every ad-lib. Is there a better band than the E-Street Band? I think not.

During 'Frankie' they showed why. After a couple of shots at getting it started, Bruce laughed, told us they hadn't played it in a while, so it figures they'd be rusty. He walked over to the Professor, counted out the beat, stalked over to the mic- and the band ripped through it like they had been playing it straight since 1976.
It was a magical night, from the baying at the moon (broadcast on the screens, superimposed over Bruce and Stevie leading us in the howls) to the exorcism of the Babe's curse.

Peter Wolf did an encore with the band on Dirty Water- gave Bruce his coat a'la James Brown!
Too cool!

Thanks, Bruce and E Streeters, for bringing magic in the night to my hometown.

Mark Bailen wrote: Amazing! Magic in the Night! A pefect late summer evening and an almost full moon were the setting for the greatest rock'n'roll show in the world in the most charming baseball park in the U.S. Bruce has a special relationship with Boston dating from his early successful club appearances there and continuing through John Laundau's declaration that he was "the future of rock'n'roll" after seeing a performance in Harvard Square. Sunday Bruce was in top form and he seemed genuinely excited to be in Boston and in such a unique venue. I've seen him about a dozen times over the years and was a bit disappointed by the show at the Providence Cvic Center last December. It seemed to me that the impending Iraq war and perhaps middle-of -the -tou doldrums made for a rather joyless event. I would have to rank the Fenway Park show as the second best of all the shows I've seen him do (the Boston Music Hall,spring 1976 is still the most amazing performance of any kind I've witnessed in my life). It was a priviledge to wander the historic ballpark and share the experience with my 15 year old daughter who finally was able to see firsthand what I've been carrying on about all these years. It would be a little ridiculous to point out specific high points as the energy and excitement just kept on building especially after the relative lull of the rare but calm ""Frankie". The mix of old and new songs was amazing . It was one hell of a party. An added positive note is that true to his usual "good guy" image Bruce made plenty of tickets available online and at the park immediately prior to the show so that the loyal fans could have a fair chance to score an un-scalped ticket. Long Live The Future of Rock'n'Roll!!

Glen Graubart wrote: This is the third show on the Rising tour. Each of the shows that I have attended have been very special. september 7th was my 11th show and by far the very best that I have ever seen.

Special Notes from the evening:

Adam Raised A Cain: I absolutely think this song shows Bruce's vastly underrated guitar skills as a master of the instrument. Having seen the 8/2 show, I was afraid that I was going to get a lot of the songs I saw on that night as well as 10/4. How wrong I was!

Something in the Night: Absolutely spellbinding. Most of the crowd did not know the song.

Spirit In the Night: This was the song showed Bruce that the crowd was really into it. Great version - absolutely jammed.

For You: This was an audible from what we could tell. What a great One - Two punch from Greetings for this very special show.

Because the Night - Although I like World's Apart - he could not have picked a better song to replace. Another song that really shows Bruce as Great guitar player.

Badlands - Just a fabulous version. Great song. Nice Coda at the end.

Frankie: What a special treat for the real fans that showed up at Fenway.

Jungleland: Wish this was a standard. Maybe that is why I love this song because he plays it so rarely. I have seen it three times (9/19/88, 7/18/99 and 9/7). All of the songs that I have seen him play this sot have been the show stopper.

Thunder Road: Great way to end the set. Again because he is not playing it every night makes it special.

Glory Days: The howling at the moon was truly great. Fitting song for Fenway - just miss the great stories he used to give before this song in 84-85.

Dirty Water: He did it much better than the 10/4 show.

Dave D. wrote: This was my fourth and favorite show on this tour and twenty-fourth overall. It even beat out Atlantic City for me. A perfect night for music. The temperature was just right in the mid 60's.The almost full Moon and Mars were staring at Bruce and the Band in a cloudless sky. The world's greatest house band was just that.

The crowd (including former Celtic Bill Walton 20 feet to my right) was having as much fun as the band. Given the current athletic movement and stamina of Bruce, I'd pick him in a game of one on one basketball over Bill Walton at this point. I'm not trying to disrespect Bill, but most people are just awed at Bruce's ability to maintain himself night after night. How many athletes about to turn 54 able to do what Bruce does on his tours?

My companion got her wish for Thunder Road as I got mine for Jungleland. It was her first Springsteen show and it was just awesome for me to see someone so mesmerized by everything. Other big highlights for me were Adam Raised a Cain, Spirit in the Night, Because the Night, She's the One, Furthur On Up the Road, and Rosalita.

Bruce's commitment to excellance, spirituality, responsibility, and accountability of those in government are all important pieses to the show, which I hope we can all learn from.They played for three hours and even though we had some fatigue, we wished the show would never end. Another classic night that I'll never forget.

John Malone wrote: This was THE ONE. Anyone who was there knows what I'm talking about. This was one for the ages....the setlist, the performance, the venue, the weather, the expectations, the atmosphere, the history, the electricity, the 36,000+ sold out out of there mind crowd. Bruce and crowd weren't just rocking hard, they were delirious. I started in 1980 and have seen 40+ shows all over in Boston, NJ, New York City, Cleveland, Wash. DC, Tampa, Orlando, St. Louis, Providence, Philadelphia, Hartford, Toronto. For all of those reasons about, this one was like none I had ever seen before. Like I said, those that were there know what I'm talking about.

Ralph wrote: This was my 10th show, dating back to 1980. I was flanked on either side by my friend Dave who is a big fan (like myself) and another friend who was attending his 1st Bruce show (and was there to see Fenway almost as much as Bruce!).

Anyway, when Bruce followed "Adam..." with "Something in the Night", Dave and I knew we were in for a special night! Then, later in the show, in this order: "Spirit...", "For You", "Because the Night", "She's the One", and "Badlands" before we finally got back to the 'normal' set with Mary's Place.

My other friend confessed that it was the "best show" he'd ever seen, and, for two more experienced fans, we couldn't help but agree! What a night!

Mike B. wrote: It was "magic in the night" on a lovely evening at Fenway Park. From the perfectly sculpted infield grass that contained the letters b-r-u-c-e around the pitcher's mound (musical notes underneath), to Bruce's full name spelled out on the old scoreboard in the Green Monster, the excitment in the air was palpable.

The Boss started with the same three songs as the previous night, then fired off the always powerful Adam Raised a Cain. The next songs gave indications of a special night. Something in the Night and Spirit in the Night were excellent choices. In between, was a powerful Empty Sky. This song evoked sad memories of 9-11. The song was especially powerful since Fenway Park lies in the shadows of Boston's two skyline buildings; the Prudential and Hancock towers. Frankie was also a wonderful surprise. It also seemed to surprise Danny since he seemed to begin playing Independence Day before Bruce ran over to him and playfully clarified the next tune on the list. Jungleland was awesome and I loved hearing Further On for the first time live. My friends and I (and some newly made New Jersey acquaintances)ended a perfect evening by singing many of our favorite Springsteen tunes a-capella while waiting for the subway trains to take us home. Fenway Park was a perfect venue for a perfect artist.

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