Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the BB&T Center Fulfilled in Every Way

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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.

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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
"No Surrender"
"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
"Wrecking Ball"
"Hungry Heart"
"Save My Love"
"The River"
"Prove It All Night"
"My Love Will Not Let You Down"
"Darlington County"
"Shackled and Drawn"
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"
"The Rising"
"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
"The Wall"
"Thunder Road"

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Wow. I get the jist of what this review is saying -- I was at the show and it was like going to church -- uplifting, joyous, a transformative experience. But something about the tone of this is off-putting. "mostly white folks from New Jersey and Palm Beach County (the line to get on 75 North after the show was insane" -- imagine saying something similar about a rap show. Not cool. And saying "j/k" after calling someone an "old bag" doesn't make it ok. I'm glad you finally got to see a Springsteen show and enjoyed it -- welcome to the club -- but next time, maybe check your attitude and sense of entitlement and psuedo-hippness at the door.


I've been going to Bruce Springsteen concerts since before I ever should have, lying to my mother to scalp tickets for his gigs at Madison square Garden, buying lousy seats, and moving to the front of the stage by wearing a tank top. He is as good, if not, better now. Sexy, searing, and yes - accessible. He's also a poet in the truest sense of the word. Even though his concerts are no longer twenty bucks or so, they're cheap at twice the price in my opinion -- leaving you elated, exhausted, with a scratchy voice and a sore arm from fist pumping.  

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