On The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen Proves Himself To Be The Benjamin Button Of Rock

Springsteen LouisvilleDSC_3721 - Version 2 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing in Louisville, February 2016. Photo by C Michael Stewart On December 8, 1980, Bruce Springsteen and his E Street bandmates walked off stage at the Philadelphia Spectrum after turning in a three-and-a-half hour show typical of the legend that now precedes them. It was one of many nights in the City of Brotherly Love that the E Street faithful in attendance would never forget, and for the worst reason. As Bruce and the band strode toward the dressing room, a roadie delivered the shocking news that John Lennon had been shot. The next night Springsteen and band returned to the Spectrum. “It’s hard to come out and play tonight when so much has been lost,” Springsteen told the crowd. “ The first record I ever learned was a record called ‘Twist And Shout,’ and if it wasn’t for John Lennon, we’d all be in some place very different tonight.” Then he cracked a hole in the sky and counted the band into “Born to Run.” It was two months into the original River Tour and Springsteen was still standing in the shadows of giants, proving all night, every night that rock and roll mattered; that rock and roll could give life in the face of death. Thirty-six years later, on September 7, Springsteen, a few weeks shy of 67, stood in his own shadow, looking like he had even more to prove as, E Street Band in tow, he stepped onstage for the first of two shows at Citizen’s Bank Park. Bruce Springsteen has been in an uncharacteristically nostalgic mood in 2016. When The River Tour kicked off in January the jaunt featured start-to-finish performances of the singer’s 1980 double album. By the time the... Sign In to Keep Reading

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