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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.

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