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Bruce And The E Street Band Rock The Izod Center

Bruce Springsteen at Izod Center
Laurie Cataldo, Townsquare Media

I got to go to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band last night at the Izod Center…and like I said yesterday, I’m not a superfan, but man, can they put on a show!

You can see from the picture that we were sitting in the upper deck, but even from far away, you can feel the energy as if you’re right up front.

I won’t lie, I didn’t know half of the songs he played, but even still I was up bouncing along to the music and taking it all in.

The songs I did know? Well obviously that part was awesome.

There are always the standard fun moments of a Bruce show, like when he takes someone from the crowd (usually a little kid) to come on stage with him and sing “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day”…it’s always super cute. Also, seeing a 62-year-old man crowdsurf and slide across the stage like it’s nothing never ceases to amaze me.

My two favorite moments from last night though were first, when the entire band went Motown for the Apollo Medley, especially singing “The Way You Do The Things You Do”. So fun.

The other great one was the touching tribute to the late Clarence Clemons during “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” at the end of the show. After the line “…and the big man joined the band”, Bruce stopped and pointed towards the megascreens where a montage of Clarence pictures appeared. The entire audience went nuts, clapping, cheering, and remembering a legend. It was a great way to remember him — emotional, but not too sad.

Speaking of Clarence, his nephew Jake definitely held it down on the sax. He’s doin his uncle proud.

All in all, it was a great night. Even if, like me, you’re not the biggest Bruce fan, it’s a GREAT concert experience. I’d recommend seeing them live at least once, if you have the means.

The night’s setlist is available here.

Were you at last night’s show? Share your comments below!

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