The Boss Headlines Sunday Night
Already blessed with perfect weather and an abundance of quality rock and roll performances, Hard Rock Calling did not fail to deliver on Sunday night.
Early in the evening Lawson brought pop-rock to the Pepsi Max stage, whilst Lissie gave an intense performance, delivering a captivating set with her hypnotising folksy rasp. Former band turned solo act, Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, was bright-eyed and bushy bearded when he delivered the emotive ‘Let Her Go’ as he closed the stage.
Alabama Shakes brought their fiery blues rock and hard-hitting southern soul to the stage, setting the mood with ‘Hang Loose’, before teasing the crowd with an elongated intro to ‘Hold On’. Brittany Howard’s voice so fiery, yet so smooth; she had the crowd captivated with every note. All eyes were on Howard as she belted out the slow-building blues melody ‘I Found You’. In a touching moment, Howard told the adoring crowd her “first true love was rock and roll” and how she “dreams about it every night and day”.
The Black Crowes brought their trademark lengthy instrumental jams, which climaxed with the cascading power chords and rolling piano in ‘Hard to Handle’ which had the crowd singing along and wanting more. And boy, did they get it!
With anticipation at fever pitch, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band graced the stage to a sea of adoring fans; some who had run right to the front of the stage the second the gates opened on Sunday.
Lauded as the greatest rock and roll show on earth, expectations are always high when it comes to The Boss. But from the very first moment of 'Shackled and Drawn' it was clear that expectations will be well and truly surpassed.
Next, he picks out a handwritten sign from the crowd which reads 'Johnny 99' and promptly delivers.
When Bruce announces he will be playing the Born in the U.S.A. album in its entirety, the crowd are in raptures
Hit after hit, the set is at fever pitch, before Bruce allows the crowd the take breath as he soothes the masses with a stirring rendition of ‘I’m on Fire’. But it doesn’t take long to wind everyone up again with some serious hand-clapping for ‘Glory Days’.
Bruce waltzed with his 87-year-old mother Adele on 'Dancing In The Dark', and also brought his little sister Pam on to the stage.
In a loving mood, he went one better, when he chose one lucky little girl to sit atop of his shoulders and help sing ‘Waitin' on a Sunny Day’.
The encore saw Bruce take us through hits ‘Jungleland’, ‘Born to Run’, ‘Tenth Avenue’ and ‘American Land’.
A touching moment came when the big screen paid tribute to the late E Street Band saxophonist, Clarence Clemons.
It was a Hard Rock Calling crowning moment, and after closing his marathon set with an acoustic, solo rendition of ‘My Lucky Day’, everyone knew who was Boss.
To see Bruce Springteen and The E Street Band’s full set list click here.