Bruce Springsteen Rings In His 63rd Birthday At Leg Closer
Bruce Springsteen rang in his 63rd birthday on Saturday night (September 23rd) and wrapped his summer leg at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. The show -- which started on Saturday night (September 22nd) -- was delayed by rain, featured his mom Adele, sister Ginny, and Patti Scialfa's mom helping ring in "The Boss'" birthday. Highlights in the show, which started at 10 pm and wrapped at 1:55 am, featured the tour premiere of the Born In The U.S.A. outtake, "Cynthia," along with a few references to the inclement weather -- a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain" and his own "Cover Me."
As he did the previous night, Gary U.S. Bonds was on hand to reprise his 1981 classics recorded with the E Street Band -- "Jole Blon," and his Springsteen-written Number 11 hit, "This Little Girl." Other rarities included the Sessions Band favorite "Pay Me My Money Down," the classic 1985 B-side "Janey Don't You Lose Heart," a triple blast from Born To Run with "Meeting Across The River," "Jungleland," and "Thunder Road" -- with his mom and Gary U.S. Bonds joining in on a show-closing "Twist And Shout."
Springsteen has long maintained that his live performances are the backbone of his career, which connects him not only to the audience and his bandmates, but ultimately to himself: "I knew that the most important thing to me was when I walked out -- whether it was in a little bar on any stage, how it made me feel. Because I wanna do -- find some way in. Some way to be a part of, I guess, a community that was either really there or that I imagined. That I dreamt of."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour dates (subject to change):
October 19 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
October 21 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
October 23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
October 25 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
October 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
October 30 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
November 1 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
November 3 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
November 11, 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
November 15 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
November 17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
November 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
November 26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
November 30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
December 4 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
December 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena