Bruce Springsteen - Etihad Stadium, Manchester 22.06.12
As torrential rain sweeps across Manchester, it can’t dampen the spirits of those heading to Manchester City’s ground this evening for The Boss is in town!
With an approximate arrival time of 7pm, rumblings of the man’s name start sounding throughout the ground. Around 7:15, the legendary E Street Band burst on to the stage to thunderous applause before Springsteen himself emerges to huge echoing cheers.
Badlands launches the beginning of a mighty 3 1/2 hour set which Springsteen made look effortless. Donned in all black, including a suave silk waistcoat, you wouldn’t believe he was 62, especially with all manic running around. Though age is a little more noticeable in his voice, he still has that gravelly commanding vocal he is so well known for. Covering all the bases, new album Wrecking Ball gets a good showing and is received well by the crowd, particularly We Take Care Of Our Own. Forever a charmer, Springsteen’s charisma and energy has the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. The gratitude to his fans is evident in his glowing smile and he even pulls people up out of the crowd to join him on stage, including a young boy who he entrusts with the mic to sing the chorus of Waitin’ On A Sunny Day.
The bond between Springsteen and the E Street Band is a strong as ever, and they put on a dazzling performance. Jake Clemons takes the pressure in his stride and shows of his saxophone skills, he did learn from the best! A touching tribute to Mr Clarence Clemons on the big screen receives one of the biggest cheers of the night, an incredible talent truly missed.
Classic favourites such as Born To Run and Dancing In The Dark have everyone on their feet singing along and a surprise ending of Twist And Shout is a perfect end to a wonderful evening.
Tonight was a masterclass for any aspiring musician and proves that The Boss has certainly still got it!
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