Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the BB&T Center Fulfilled in Every Way
This kicked off a seven-song encore during which the vibe went from insane to placid and back. The most emotional moment was when Clarence Clemons was honored in a video montage and Springsteen dedicated "The Wall" to all the vets out there in the crowd.
But I'll admit that I got choked up when the Boss grabbed a sign that said something like: "It was on my bucket list to dance with you onstage before I end up in a nursing home." He grabbed the old bag (j/k, she wasn't near nursing home age, and she was quite spry) and brought her onstage for a body-to-body dance. He got her a guitar and showed her how to mug at the crowd, and she even sang "hey baby" into the mic. Before she reentered the sea of fans, he bowed before her. Again, there's something about that one on one with Springsteen and his music that keeps us feeling special about ourselves and life generally.
Marta Xochilt Perez
Of course, the Boss is also a true humanitarian who gave a shoutout to LifeNet4Families, which feeds the homeless in Broward County, and he actually said Broward County. Which was impressive. And I didn't mention this yet, but at the end of the show, sleeveless and wet, the Boss hopped onto the white grand piano. Close your eyes and indulge in that hot vision.
"Fort Lauderdale, do you feel all right? Are your feet hurting? Are your hands hurting? Is your ass hurting? Is your voice worn out? Are your sexual organs stimulated?" the Boss screamed, preacher-style. He asked us to spread the word of the band -- to go home and wake up our families and neighbors, tell people on the street tomorrow that we'd just seen, among many other adjectives, the "earthshaking," "Viagra-taking," "testifying" E Street Band. And that, friends, is what I'm trying to do now.
And when he said to give it up for the "eternal ass-kicking power of rock 'n' roll," we all obliged with "Thunder Road." Arms were flying, people were screaming, and everyone went home feeling satiated but certain they'd be back for more later.
"Clampdown" Clash cover
"High Hopes" The Havalinas cover
"I Wanna Marry You"
"Linda, Let Me Be the One"
"Boom Boom" John Lee Hooker cover
"Hearts of Stone"
"Talk to Me" Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover
"Save My Love"
"Prove It All Night"
"My Love Will Not Let You Down"
"Shackled and Drawn"
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"
"Land of Hope and Dreams"
"Highway to Hell" AC/DC cover
"Born to Run"
"Dancing in the Dark"
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
"Shout" Isley Brothers cover