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Monday, 17 June 2013


Sometimes, singers and rock bands come across as divas and prima donnas, selfish, self-important and only ready to appear and perform whenever they can be bothered.  We have heard stories over the years where audiences have suffered severe delays to concert start times because the artist(s) have not arrived, have not been ready or have not an ounce of respect in their bodies for paying customers.

But none of that with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  This is a grafting band with a work ethic and a sincere appreciation of audiences that turn up in their tens of thousands to hear performances.  This kind of show needs commitment, effort, energy and enthusiasm to play for over three hours on stage delivering value for money and memories that will last a lifetime.

Bruce and his band played Wembley Stadium on Saturday 15 June 2013 to an estimated 71,000 people and, although expectations were that the show would be awesome, I had no idea how awesome - super-awsome, mega-awesome.....just mind-blowingly-awesome it was going to be.

Here is the set list for the night - including the entire Darkness On The Edge Of Town album:

1. Land of Hope and Dreams

2. Jackson Cage

3. Radio Nowhere

4. Save My Love

5. Rosalita Come Out Tonight

6. This Hard Land

7. Lost in the Flood

8. Wrecking Ball

9. Death to My Hometown

10. Hungry Heart
Darkness on the Edge of Town (Full Album)

11. Badlands

12. Adam Raised a Cain

13. Something in the Night

14. Candy’s Room

15. Racing in the Street

16. The Promised Land

17. Factory

18. Streets of Fire

19. Prove it All Night

20. Darkness on the Edge of Town
21. Shackled and Drawn
22. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day

23. The Rising

24. Light of Day
25. Pay Me My Money Down

26. Born to Run

27. Bobby Jean

28. Dancing In The Dark

29. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

30. Twist & Shout

31. Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren played blistering guitars, Max Weinberg was supreme on drums and Roy Bittan was superb on piano - but the entire band, backing singers et al was on top of its game.

Bruce, in fine voice and fine fettle, loved it all, had fun with the audience and drove the show along with extraordinary power and a magnificent selection from his back catalogue.  If you ever get the chance to see Springsteen and the E Street Band, find the time, find the money, find a way.

Over the years, I have been told by many people: "Nothing is impossible" but I think with this concert I have found something that is impossible to beat.  I cannot think of another stadium act that I would go to see.  On the other hand, people have told me that "life is full of surprises" - but it would need to be one hell of a surprise to top THE concert of my lifetime. Gauntlet thrown down.


  1. So glad you enjoyed the show my friend. You did a fine job describing the indescribable. There truly is nothing like a Springsteen show. I'm jealous that you got to hear them play "Darkness" from start to finish as it is my favorite album by the Boss & Co. I was quite surprised to see a couple of songs on the setlist, that he has traditionally saved for the end of his shows - Rosalita, Land of Hope and Dreams - played early on. I'm also suprised to see that he did not play the title song to the current album, Wrecking Ball.
    I hope that you got the chance to enjoy the show with someone special. It's a memory you'll savor for a long, long time.

  2. Thanks Lee. There are no words to really describe it all. I was with my two sons who bought the tickets for me as a Christmas present last year. Treasures of my life. I meant to add in my comments but forgot. There was a moment when Bruce paid tribute to the two late, departed E Street Band members, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Emotional. Extraordinary experience.