Springsteen broke his own record for the longest U.S. concert show on September 7th. (Photo courtesy of NYDailyNews.com)
Have you ever wanted to go see your favorite artist perform, but tickets were too expensive? Radio stations will often run contests to win tickets or even the venue will sell some discounted tickets so that fans can come out and see their favorite artist live. Tickets for the September 7th Bruce Springsteen show went on sale May 20th for the regular price which was around $69, but by the time the first week of September rolled around tickets were as expensive as $650 for platinum seating which was closest to the stage.
Springsteen has always been a man with many goals, but there was one major goal for his “The River” tour. Bruce and the band wanted to play their longest set which would be over a four hour long set. Springsteen was also promoting his new book Born to Run during this tour. Bruce also announced an upcoming book tour.
The gates opened at 6PM for the 7:30 show, but fans started tailgating as early as noon on the day of the show. Catching a glimpse of Springsteen was probably on some people’s minds. Fans were grilling hotdogs and hamburgers while blasting Springsteen throughout the parking lots. As soon as gates opened fans crowded around the merchandise tables to buy tee shirts, hats, and other items. Springsteen even had his Asbury Park wooden sunglasses for sale. The show was supposed to start at 7:30, but “this boss” didn’t come on stage until 8, but when he did the crowd went wild. Fans started cheering, dancing, and shouting, “Bruce.”
Springsteen toured with the E Street Band as well which was nice. Former saxophone players Clarence Clemons passed in 2011 after suffering a stroke. Clarence was replaced by his nephew Jake Clemons. Bruce and the band opened up with “New York City Serenade” which was performed with a strings section. Bruce may be 66 years old, but for his age he still looks very good and his voice has not changed one bit.
The show lasted 4 hours and 4 minutes with no break which broke Bruce’s record for the longest show. He performed 34 songs closing with “Bobby Jean” which was off his “Born in the U.S.A” album. Springsteen covered 2 songs, one by Patti Smith and the other by The Isley Brothers.
The show was full of energy and all of the fans left with huge smiles on their face. Springsteen did it again with a great city in the city of brotherly love.