Dancing in the park at Hard Rock CallingOpening with a slow, passionate rendition of Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen embraces a crowd united by their unconditional love for The Boss and his fine E Street Band.
Barely giving Springsteen a vocal chance, they chant every word as though it’s their own show, with their idol appreciative of the helping hand ahead of a gruelling, three-hour-plus set. The delicate intro soon bypasses, though, as the 62-year-old then grabs his guitar and rumbles into Badlands, before a trio of well-received tracks from his latest album Wrecking Ball.
With pensioners to the right, and infants to the left, Springsteen greets “new and old faces” amid a sustained period of interaction with the audience, intertwined with a marathon version of My City of Ruins.
The build up to Spirit In The Sky is teasing, yet everyone knows what’s coming as the brass contingent on stage take full control. Soon after, Creedence Clearwater Revival legend John Fogerty, one of three personalities to cameo on the night, joins Springsteen on stage for a zealous double act on The Promised Land.
Then, in a true sign of Springsteen’s rapport with his fans, he spots an ever-present Spanish admirer with a familiar sign requesting the obscure Take ‘Em As They Come, a song he had travelled all over Europe in hope of hearing but to no avail.
“Tonight’s your lucky night,” yells Bruce as he proceeds with the rarity. Because the Night, Johnny 99 and Working on the Highway follow, before the heavens open, somewhat ironically as the band air Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.
The weather downturn fails to deter the dampened attendees, however, as Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello gatecrashes the stage for a third time, this time peaking as he leads a heavy, reinforced version of The Ghost of Tom Joad, a song he covered with his aforementioned band.
With the curfew deadline already nearing, the band embark on a frantic quartet consisting of Born in the USA, Born to Run, the imposing Glory Days and Dancing in the Dark, during which Springsteen shares a dance with a pretty brunette plucked from the front row.
With an epic finale imminent, Bruce saves the biggest surprise ‘til last, inviting Sir Paul McCartney out to close with I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout, before an amplifier shutdown, the band having pushed their curfew restriction too far, forces an abrupt end to an otherwise glorious performance.
By Jamie Casey
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A spokesman for Live Nation commented last night:
‘’Last night everyone had a fantastic time, in the excellent weather conditions, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band giving a record-breaking 76,000 people an incredible performance of 29 songs with special guests John Fogerty, Tom Morello & Paul McCartney joining him onstage.
It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public’s health and safety.
Road closures around Hard Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area in a safety.’’