2012-09-22, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Wrecking Ball Tour
The show is delayed two hours due to heavy rain passing over the stadium. The fans are kept in the concourse and under the roofs of the grand stand until shortly before 10:30 p.m. when the show finally kicks off. Due to the delay the show doesn't end till around 2 a.m., well into Bruce's 63rd birthday. "Into the Fire" is dedicated to Rich Nappi, a firefighter, 9/11 hero, Bruce fan (and Greasy Lake member) who died earlier this year in connection with his work. Gary US Bonds again guests during "Jole Blon" and "This Little Girl". Before "Twist and Shout" Bruce's mother, sister, mother-in-law and other relatives appear on the stage with a birthday cake that Bruce shares with the audience.
Were you there? Write about it!
cathy cerutti wrote: epic!
Joe Reilly wrote: Worth the wait! Crowd was great and Bruce seemed to really have a blast on his birthday!
T.Cantillon wrote: DAMN! Flat out TERRIFIC show start to finish!
The night started with the rain/lightning delay and concerns Bruce would shorten the show or cancel until the next night, which probably would've made for an entirely different show than what we were treated to.
I'm glad the show went on that night because Bruce and band gave his patient and loyal fans a truly kickass night of rock 'n' roll.
7 songs before even touching the new material.
A rousing Out in the Streets, Ties that Bind, Cynthia, Badlands, Who'll Stop the Rain, a killer Cover Me and powerful Downbound Train set the bar high for the night's expectations. And Bruce and band delivered with all cylinders firing constantly.
The new material rocked hard and Bruce kept it going with a pumped up Saint in the City. Great to see Gary Bonds back for Joel Blon and This Little Girl. Bruce and Bonds were obviously having fun reprising the 2 songs from the previous night, which added to the party atmosphere.
The horns and band really jammed on a terrific Pay Me My Money Down. Then came a soulful version of Midnight Hour--AMAZING!
A really heartfelt and powerful Into the Fire was a highlight of the night. Wish Bruce would rotate this one with The Rising and Mary's Place so as to save the Rising from being so overplayed.
Into the Fire is just as powerful, equally as good for honoring the lost and fallen of that day.
Because the Night and She's the One smoked, taking the show to another level and burning away any worries that Bruce was going to slow the show down and bring it to encore time.
Meeting and a Big Man worthy Jungleland had the enthusiastic crowd cheering long and loud.
If Bruce was feeling any ghosts that evening, it was apparent with his song selections: Because the Night, She's the One, Jungleland and starting the encores with Thunder Road--excellent choices that mirrored the theme of ghosts and their constant inspiration. If Bruce was feeling the Big Man's spirit on what became his 63rd birthday celebration at the concert, he let the songs speak for him, and speak for him, to us, they did.
Right then the show could have ended and I would have left more than satisfied.
But the show continued with a powerful Rocky Ground, a high energy Born to Run, Glory Days and 7 Nights to Rock (love that song!).
And 10th Ave--simply great as always, the perfect way to honor the Big Man and his contributions to so many of Bruce's best songs.
By 2am, the party was over, but the spirit lingered for days afterwards.
Thanks Bruce and band for delivering a classic performance; for putting out a terrific new cd that is actually full of songs that have relevance to our lives, that actually have something to say, that are worth listening to and raising our voices along with. Thanks for adding your own voice to our concerns and frustrations. And especially thanks for the celebratory and salvational nights of real rock 'n' roll. Nobody does it better!