Out of the many times I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, none of the shows can even compare to Monday night’s show at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State.
This wasn’t my first Bruce show, and I wasn’t even right up against the stage like I was at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, but Monday night was special.
Here is a 66 year old man playing 33 songs for three and a half hours, and doing it like he is 20.
Monday night’s concert at the Bryce Jordan Center kicked off the second leg of the E Street Band’s United States portion of “The River” Tour. During each show, Bruce started out with playing the entire album called “The River,” which was released in 1980.
Let me just say this: there aren’t many things that leave me speechless, as Dr. Stringer knows very well. The concert Monday night did; partially because I didn’t have a voice and partially because it was just that remarkable.
“Meet Me in the City” was such a great opener, followed by “The Ties that Bind” and “Sherry Darling.” Bruce really got the crowd into it.
Actually, I was surprised with the energy level of the crowd. The Bryce Jordan Center isn’t your typical large venue such as Madison Square Garden or the Staples Center, but everybody was into it.
The entire “River” album was unbelievable. It is a feature of good rock songs mixed with some slower ballads.
The encore set was even better. Classics such as “Badlands,” “Rosalita,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Thunder Road” and “Jungleland” were included in his final 13 songs.
To really understand the passion, intensity and fire that Bruce has at 66 years old, one really has to experience it live. I was 40 feet from the stage at the most on Monday, and it still is crazy to me to see the sweat fly off his arms and to see him interact with the band and the crowd up close.
Not to mention at 66 years old, the guy still crowd surfs in the middle of “Hungry Heart.”
Monday night was something I’ve never experienced with Bruce Springsteen. It is phenomenal how he is getting older, and yet each show keeps getting better.
Being there on the floor, singing every word to every song, can only leave someone with pure happiness.
I’m giving this performance a five out of five eagles.