screwed by “the boss”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Giants Stadium- July 28, 2008

Went to see “The Boss” last night in one of his final shows before they tear down Giants Stadium (don’t worry the new stadium is under construction right next to it.) The weather was perfect, and despite the $20 charge to park, we remained in good spirits!

The show was off to a great start!! He kicked things off with “Out in the Street,” then “Radio Nowhere,” “No Surrender,” “Two Hearts,” “The Promised Land,” and a fantastic sing-a-long for “Hungry Heart.” What could possibly go wrong?!?

Well, with the exception of “Sherry Darling,” the next 14 songs were covers and snoozers. We did all we could to entertain ourselves. Hell, we even had ice cream, but it just droned on… and on… and on… I mean solos, vamps, reprises. Over an hour of killing time.

Just as we’d lost all hope, they did a slow version of “Badlands” to get us back. Then they walked off and we pinned all of our hopes on the Encore.

The good news is that we got “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run,” and “Glory Days.” The bad news is that we got an oldies medley (NOT of his songs), an Irish Jig that went on forever, AND just to add insult to injury, the last song of the night was…

Twist and Shout!?!?

Yeah, another COVER that went on and on and on.

They played for 3 hours. Unfortunately it FELT like 3 hours. They filled the time with so much stuff that we weren’t there for, and SO many covers, that we would have taken a good setlist that was half as long!

Looking around at the bored crowd, and walking back to our cars with the unmoved, defeated audience members was heartbreaking. I’ve seen some FANTASTIC Spingsteen shows. However, this one pretty much sucked.

Boss, we’ll always love you… but you really screwed us over tonite.

Your Jersey Girl,

“…Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run…”

(they almost made this the anthem of New Jersey, until someone in power actually read the lyrics and realized it wasn’t all that flattering!)


2 Responses to “screwed by “the boss””

  1. July 31, 2008 at 12:26 am

    “For You” is one of the most important books ever to trace the career of Bruce Springsteen. Compiled by Lawrence Kirsch, the book features the words and photos of Springsteen fans from all over the world. The majority of the photos have never been published before, and are nothing short of amazing.

  2. August 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I went to the sunday show and felt that show had high energy, with few songs that I consider to be slow. I found your review of the show Interesting . All those middle set songs, were requests from other fans. Songs he has not played much. As I look over the set list, none of the songs were really yawners or ice cream songs. In the encore you got Thunder Road, Glory Days, Detroit Medley, twist and shout (both great covers that were a high energy staples of his tours before BITUSA Tour.) The jig song is American Land, a song he wrote during the Seeger Sessions Tour. I actually like it a lot and it is an ass kicking song. How your feet didn’t stop tapping is beyond me. I have the feeling you must be on some kind of medication like Valium. Maybe next time, take the pill after the show.

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