2008-08-19, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA

Magic Tour
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BTBalt wrote: About the strongest encore in the 20 or so shows I've seen. Not a great venue, but a wonderful night. The band played a strong 3 hour show. Mighty Max is a machine!

lecoju wrote: The most AWESOME Bruce concert I have seen to date. The weather was perfect. The sound was great. He played an amazing selection. About 3 1/2 hours of pure BRUUUUUCE! It was my daugther's first Bruce experience--she was pounding her fist in the air with the rest of us. I think she's hooked!

John M wrote: Seen Bruce 15+ times from the Upstage and Ocean Ice Palace until now and this was as good a show as I've seen him do. It reminded me of the old days where he played with so much energy for over 3 hours! Not many ballads just plenty of R & R...loved it...

CHebel wrote: First show since '99...E Street can still bring the thunder. I was toward the back of the stadium on the field, muddy sound in some places...great in others. Good setlist, very enthusiastic audience. All in all an excellent evening of high energy music.
RIP Danny...miss you brother.

LECOJU wrote: This was about my 12th show. It was AMAZING!!! Bruce and the band played like they were 30 years younger. I made a "ROSIE" sign and hung it on the railing. After Born to RUn, Bruce called little Steven over, and they pointed to my sign and proceeded to play ROSALITA. It was AWESOME!!! My best night ever!

LJ wrote: Awesome show. They turned the lights on at 11, due to Hershey's noise ordinance, but Bruce blew it off and played for another 40 minutes. Fantastic.

T.Cantillon wrote: The parking lot tour, for me, comes to an end, but what a show to go out with! I've seen 16 shows this tour, starting with the very first rehearsal down in Asbury Park and last night's show was as about as far away from what I would have ever expected on this tour.
This tour, a few shows in particular, have really reminded me of the River Tour, the songs, the spontaneous selections, the energy, the intimacy Bruce managed to bring back, which was definitely missing during the Reunion Tour.
Once again, I went without a ticket and scored one five minutes after showing up. I've gotten into every show this way except the third night at GS, so overall, I was very fortunate, especially considering 90% of the time, my tickets were VERY CLOSE to the stage, if not GAs.
The show itself was a high-octane, powerhouse of a rock 'n' roll show. Bruce and band were loose, energetic and determined to give us one of the best shows I've seen of any tour. Summertime Blues is just a great way to open these shows--gets everyone up and singing right from the start. Out in The Street and Spirit were perfect in keeping the momentum going. Boom, Boom, Boom was a real surprise, having not heard this one since Tunnel Tour; Bruce really enjoyed belting this one out. From Reason to Believe thru She's the One--Bruce and band were on fire, a great mini set on its own.
Part Man was an interesting choice, although I was hoping for Racing or Drive all Night.
Encore time! Hands down--the best encore set of the tour--one of the best I've ever seen him do. It was as if he wanted to give an appreciative audience a real treat and he did by playing half the Born to Run album. A romantic Thunder Road, followed by the epic Jungleland--just an amazing, haunting, powerful song, a rollicking 7 Nights, Born to Run--blasting into Rosie, adding a fun-filled 10th Avenue definitely kept the crowd going, as did American Land and the closing, feverish Gloria!
If I had walked in and just seen the encore set, I would have been more than satisfied. Bruce simply, instinctively, chose the right songs that night to make rock 'n' roll history.
There isn't a band out there that comes close to touching what they can do--and do deliver on a regular basis. Bruce and band are true believers in the salvational power of real rock 'n' roll. And that's the bottom line about Bruce and The E Street Band, they are the real deal, delivering a pure adrenaline shot of rock straight to the heart and soul.
Had not my second daughter been soon due, I would have finished out the tour with the last few shows. But all in all, it was a great year taking a ride with this tour.
Thanks again for another amazing tour, out of this world performances, and some of the best nights of my life. Hoping for another one not too far down the road, I've got 2 daughters who will be in need of an education in what real ROCK 'N' ROLL is all about.

The Poet wrote: No lightweights during this encore. Best encore set I've seen. Half of the Born to Run songs, plus kickass versions of Rosie, 7 Nights and Gloria!
Thanks for keeping it real all these years and making it affordable for the fans. 30 years from now, people will definitely be talking about Springsteen and the E Street Band as one of the BEST ROCK 'N' ROLL BANDS EVER! Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' roll!

McMurphy wrote: Sad to see the tour come to an end, but what a show to catch! Amazing energy and set; full of surprises and best damn encore set EVER!
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great music that has kept me company, not just on this tour, but over the past 25 years. It's a true rock and roll experience to catch one of the shows that you and the band present. For the moment, the music transcends EVERYTHING, bringing hope, faith, confidence, salvation and pure joy. There's never been another band or anyone else's music that has done this, not just for me, but also for your countless number of fans who have taken the journey with you over all these years. I'll admit, over 25 years ago, I was not a Springsteen fan and did not care for the music at all. That changed after attending one concert and witnessing nothing short of a miracle. From Spirit in the Night, to Born to Run, from No Surrender to Living Proof, from The Ghost of Tom Joad to Mary's Place, the music has sustained me, comforted me, instilled a spirit and belief there is nothing more universal, nothing more uplifting, nothing more powerful than music that comes from someone who believes it himself. Thanks for believing in the power of music and for giving US ALL something to believe in: "Hey, ho, rock 'n' roll, deliver me from nowhere."
Hope to see you and the band back on the road not too far in the distant future, doing what you guys do best!

Justin wrote: I made a long drive to see this concert after having seen him twice before during the arena leg of the tour. By far the best concert I have ever been to.

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