Sunday, 1 June 2008

Bruce Springsteen at the Emirates Stadium

To see Bruce Springsteen in cracking form for a magnificent two-and-a-half hour set at the Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on a balmy early summer Saturday evening. Springsteen managed to bring a remarkable intimacy to the proceedings, despite a 60,000-strong crowd, missing few opportunities to engage with his audience. He belted out a mix of old favourites like Born to Run, several songs from his brilliant Magic album and a host of thirty-year old tunes from Darkness at the Edge of Town backed brilliantly by Nils Logfren and Clarence Clemons among others. He finished with a cracking rendition of American Land, a bittersweet Woody Guthrie-like ballad that he and the E Street Band delivered with the vibrancy of the Pogues. There are few rock stars who can give a performance as powerful today.

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