Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the BB&T Center Fulfilled in Every Way
Marta Xochilt Perez
Then BroCo was treated to the E Street premiere of "Linda, Let Me Be the One" that started out pretty smoothly, and then a fumble halted the song. The Boss said laughing, "We fucked the whole thing up right there." But of course, they didn't and kept playing to the end of the charming tune.
Another fan requested John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," and when the horns came forward and Springsteen sang intensely, "I need you right now!" I wish I'd had a fan to cool down with. Lord have mercy. The man was doing like pilates moves, jumping up and down, he was on his knees, and, though past middle age, his voice sounds as good and gravelly as ever.
He spent some time asking us to scream "super Jersey style," but he spent more time navigating the crowd. There was a bridge midfloor where he sauntered, grabbing hands and a blowup Boss doll. Later, at the foot of the bridge, he sang with a young guy who was dressed like a young him. Most impressively, this 64-year-old man, Bruce "the Boss" Springsteen, crowd-surfed to the stage with posters in his arms and teeth and a smile on his face.
Before getting us overly emotional with "The River" -- for which he blew his harmonica and sang a beautiful falsetto outro -- he told the tale of the first time he heard one of his own songs played on the radio. He called it one of the top ten moments in his life. He was in Connecticut, thinking about all those people listening to that one song at that same moment. "Something happens in the air, all those souls converging around that one idea at that moment," and that, he pointed out, was happening in the arena. Then he grabbed a sign that clearly proposed something erotic to which he said, "That's a lovely offer."
The E Street Band demonstrated its own measured energy that burst forth here and there to balance with the Boss. At one point, the line of performers stood at the front of the stage and did a synchronized dance -- a side shuffle. It was almost as impressive as their instrumental and vocal skills. Bruce shared the mic with Morello during "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and also allowed him to demonstrate his guitar prowess. Of course, it was pretty reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine. The two had a nice dynamic that was a definite crowd-pleaser.
Marta Xochilt Perez
Though the band performed plenty of covers, it was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" that seemed to most surprise the people whose conversations we were eavesdropping in on. But the Boss pointed out a girl sitting on some dude's shoulders in a tiny AC/DC tank as the reason they were playing it, and everything made sense. She was very busty, young, and lovely.