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Published: 2012/09/24

Bruce Springsteen’s 2 AM Birthday Show

Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band wrapped-up their three-show homecoming run at East Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium at 2 AM Sunday morning. Due to a passing storm, fans were not allowed onto the concert field for fear of lightening until around 10 PM Saturday night. Springsteen took the stage around 10:30 PM—two hours later than he had on the previous night—and proudly announced that he show would carry into his 63rd birthday at midnight.

The band was not phased by the light rain, opening with the energetic “Out in the Street.” The show ran though fan favorites as well as the tour premiers of “Cynthia,” “In the Midnight Hour,” “Into the Fire,” and “Meeting Across the River.” For the second night in a row Gary U.S. Bonds joined the band, this time for “Jole Blon” and “This Little Girl Is Mine.” At midnight, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Springsteen, who mentioned that he had not played on his birthday since before “cell phones, the internet and maybe even the electric hairdryer.” His birthday became something of a running gag throughout the show, and Springsteen reminded the crowd on several occasions that he was turning 63 at midnight.

Near the end of the show, the E-Street Band leader’s 86 year old mother Adele Springsteen—who he described as “the boss of the Boss”—surprised him onstage with a cake. She arrived along with Springsteen’s sister, brother-in-law, mother-in-law and guitarist Steve Van Zandt’s wife, Maureen, and the band handed out a few pieces of guitar-shaped cake to the crowd.
The E-Street Band family members then joined the band for “Twist and Shout,” with Springsteen making his mother some makeshift earplugs (“I can’t make my mother deaf on my birthday but i can make my mother-in-law deaf on my birthday,” he joked).

Friday night’s show also featured some notable moments. Though a tad shorter than Wednesday night’s run opening performance, the show featured many bust outs and rarities. The show started with the tour premiere of The River outtake “Living on the Edge of the World,” which set the tone perfectly for what was in store. This was also the first time the band had ever played the complete song.

Halfway through the set, Springsteen brought up his longtime hero Gary U.S. Bonds for another two tour premieres, including “Jole Blon,” which was a sign request, and “This Little Girl is Mine.” After Bonds left the stage, Springsteen continued with the bust-outs, going straight into “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).” The rest of the show saw the tour premiere of “Mary’s Place,” and Bonds returning to the stage for “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.”

The E Street Band will take some time off and return to the stage in Ottawa, ON on October 19.


There are 20 comments associated with this post

cosmicbein September 24, 2012, 17:43:26

Any time Bruce comes on the radio,(which is quite often on xm) i change to a different channel.Im sorry to see Bruce gettin coverage on this site.I think the worm has turned,and not for the better.Any one out there care to agree or disagree ,its a free world ,lets hear it people.Bruce sucks dick at my house.

Fed Up With It TOO September 24, 2012, 17:52:01

Tellin it like it is cosmicbein.The Boss,please,he sucks dick at my house lol lol

awful September 24, 2012, 17:57:17

Between the constant boss coverage and the constant um coverage this site has become unreadable.

Zelmo September 24, 2012, 18:08:29

Hey, whining b**tches – don’t like it? Don’t listen to it? Don’t want to read about it? Avert your eyes. Site unreadable? Stick to porn. Have a stick up your butt? Go to colo-rectal specialist.

me September 24, 2012, 18:09:49

In a world full of crappy things, only a complete douche would whine about music even if it’s something they don’t like… never seen the Boss, don’t really care if I do, not a big fan… but he’s making music and that should be all that matters…

Wayne Brady September 24, 2012, 18:21:40

A Sphincter says what!? Listening to the boss is like voting for Romney!

Right to Vote September 24, 2012, 18:37:36

Looks like Wayne Brady took the best of this forum.Vote Republican jam to The Boss, i see the pattern.

PM September 24, 2012, 22:12:40

Bruce is true GREATNESS, still making great NEW music, not holding onto the past like any lame Phil Lesh / Bob Weir Grateful Dead leech band.

Jay September 24, 2012, 22:40:30

If you have never seen Springsteen…don’t be a hater. I have seen 66 Grateful Dead shows, 74 Phish shows, and more than 350 ekoostik hookah shows among the more than 1000 concerts I have seen in my life All of those bands are known for putting on a great live show and I can say without question that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band puts on one of the best live shows in the world. 3.5-4.0 hours of serious rock and roll. Max Weinburg is among the greatest drummers in rock history. Nils Lofgren is a legendary guitarist., and like it or not…Springsteen has been writing great music since the 1970s. You can hate all you want on the lame bands that populate the airwaves and I won’t disagree for a moment but to hate on a rock and roll icon like Springsteen is doing nothing more than showing your ignorance. Long Live The Boss

Aldo Cello September 24, 2012, 22:45:23

Man, if the haters are going nuts on this Springsteen article, wait till they see the Prince article.
As for bruce, I am not the biggest fan by far. But he plays for hours, busts out rarities and covers. and puts on a show that his diehard fans love. Those are good enough reasons for their to be articles about him on this site. I just don’t read the articles and reviews about the bands I like on this site. I read them all. I never know when I am missing something and I allow myself to change my musical tastes if i so desire. So no hate here.

Bobby September 25, 2012, 08:40:32

So you want this website to only write articles about things you like? You must be disappointed constantly by life…

Bill September 25, 2012, 08:57:56

Jay- Who gives a fuck about how many ekoostik hookah shows you have seen? Or Phish or Dead for that matter? Vote Mitt!

eotw September 25, 2012, 10:29:13

While this site is supposed to be about “jam” bands, and Springsteen is not of that genre, I got no problem with the coverage, I guess. I grew up on his music and he was my first musical hero (until I discovered Dylan soon after) but as a fan who has seen over 50+ shows, I can tell you I have not a care for the last 2 albums. They both are below his mostly superior work. MAGIC, his last one before these two, was a great record. Some of the stylistic things he does just sound like he’s reaching. When he makes a new record with just the E street and no rap or Arabic screaming, I’ll be there.

Shaun September 25, 2012, 11:22:22

“Listening to the boss is like voting for Romney!” Odd thing to say, given Bruce’s progressive politics, lyrics, and even more overt activism in recent years. He definitely won’t be voting for Romney. Don’t quite get all the hate being spewed here either. I was a big Bruce fan once upon a time, but I don’t think he’s had many truly great albums in the last two decades. So… I can take him or leave him, but the guy deserves props for putting on the high energy shows, packed with deep tracks, fun covers, and not just his biggest hits, at age 63. He gives his fans their money’s worth, more than most artists half his age do. It is odd that this site has become less and less about actual “jambands” though.

bossisokwithme September 25, 2012, 11:46:12

Bruce puts on shows that people half his age don’t have the energy to do. And he doesn’t need a 45 minute break in the middle of his shows to rest up, get drugged up, or whatever. I was at this show and relieved he didn’t get political, as he has done at times, because it is a real turn off. And as mentioned by others, it probably doesn’t belong on a jamband website, but to be a hater of what he does on stage by people who have never seen him is just ignorant. Maybe if he jumped on a trampoline for 5 minutes people would think it’s the greatest thing, and we wouldn’t hear the end of it!

me September 25, 2012, 13:14:51

@bossisok… while I’m no hater of the Boss… he also doesn’t have a thimbleful of talent on the guitar compared to Trey… so, shut up about a trampoline… that is as douchebag a comment as the Boss haters…

bossisokwithme September 25, 2012, 16:21:58

I’m a big Phish fan and Trey is definitely one of the best guitarist ever. Just exaggerating a point, that there’s no reason to hate on someone just because they’re not into the music….And not that this is a Bruce/Trey comparison, but as far as songwriting, Trey can’t really come close.

The Boss September 25, 2012, 18:57:25

You can all suck my pink cadillac,long live The Sex Pistols!!! cry babys all of ya

rebelINS00 October 3, 2012, 09:32:09

If he’s the boss I quit

Jimmy October 4, 2012, 18:22:10

Saw this clown play Santa Claus in July in Tennessee. Also, saw him completely ruin Phish’s set in Tennessee. Mustang Sally covers? Must have been Bruce’s idea. THE BOSS OF MY BUTT!

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