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

[caption id="attachment_175958" align="alignnone" width="768"] Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing in Louisville, February 2016. Photo by C Michael Stewart[/caption] 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…

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