January 17, 2016
Almost 3 and ½ hours…34 songs…and about 15 thousand people clapping, dancing, and singing along with The Boss. After last night’s concert in Pittsburgh, I can’t for the life of me explain why I waited so long to see a Bruce Springsteen Concert.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band kicked off The River tour last night at the Consol Energy Center. They’re playing that entire 1980 release, start to finish, something the internet says they’ve only done once before—November 8, 2009 at Madison Square Garden.
Some highlights from the show:
- Nils Lofren’s guitar solo during Because the Night. He was spinning around that stage like the Tasmanian Devil on bath salts. Awesome to see and hear.
- Bruce’s tribute to David Bowie. He talked about how Bowie was an early supporter of the band. Bruce also mentioned how he rode a Greyhound Bus to Philadelphia after Bowie invited him to the studio as he was recoding the Young Americans album. Then, the band kicked into a killer version of Rebel Rebel.
- Backstreets. That’s it, just Backstreets.
- During Dancing in the Dark, a women help up a sign inviting Bruce to be her last dance before she got married. Bruce brought her up on stage, they danced and afterward, she gave him an invitation to her wedding. Courtney Cox never did that.
- The entire crowd singing along on songs like Hungry Heart, Rosalita, The River and especially the closer, Shout.
Today, I’m a little tired, a little hoarse and my ears are still ringing. But if I had the choice to see that show again this very night, I’d be there in a heartbeat.
PS: It just occurred to me—this is the 2nd time in my life I’ve been fortunate enough to see the first show of a major tour. I also saw the first show of the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour in D.C. I was afraid if I didn’t see them then, I’d never have another chance. Oh to be that young and naïve again…