The most amazing concert I have ever seen – The River Tour. We took the Metro from Alonso Martinez station to Santiago Bernabeu, which was pretty straight forward. When wondering if we were on the right train we just had to look around at all the other passengers wearing Bruce Springsteen t-shirts to confirm it. Arriving an hour before the doors were to open there was already a queue all around the side of the stadium. Security was very tight, with police everywhere, which can only be a good thing these days.
Finally we entered the stadium, bought some over-priced drinks and a sandwich, and took up position, about 80 feet from the stage. And waited, and waited, and got more and more squashed, as thousands of people arrived. The stadium capacity I think is 80,000 and there must have been pretty close to that number at the concert.
Bruce and the E-Street band arrived, opening with ‘Badlands’. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd singing, dancing, jumping around – matched by the incredible Bruce! Even at 66 that ole rocker has so much energy and passion – one song after another, non-stop for three and a half hours. Each song ending, then it was ‘1,2,3,4’ and in to the next one. Here’s the set list .
One of my favourite parts was when he invited fans from the crowd to join him on stage. One little boy got up and just bear-hugged Bruce and wouldn’t let go. But this was my favourite:
After the Encore, the E-Street Band left the stage and Bruce came back on, guitar and harmonica in place and sat alone on the stage and, to an almost silent audience, sang a mesmerizing rendition of Thunder Road. It brought tears to my eyes. Not least for the video playing behind him as the camera focused on one lady in the audience who was singing along and crying and her image and Bruce’s image were on the screen at the same time. It was as if he was singing to just her….it was beautiful.
I really hope I get to see The Boss again in the future – it was certainly a very memorable experience.
Afterwards, there was only one thing for it – we headed to The Hard Rock Cafe for a few post-concert drinks 🙂
Just for fun, here are some interesting facts I found about The Boss:
- Born September 23rd, 1949 in New Jersey [Source 1]
- The home where Bruce Springsteen has said he wrote the album “Born to Run” in Long Branch, N.J is a two-bedroom cottage at 7 1/2 West End Court in Long Branch and was up for sale again in 2015. [Source 2]
- The first song a young Bruce learned play on the guitar was the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout.” [Source 3] And he still plays it at his concerts now.
- I was so impressed with the three and a half hour non-stop show in Madrid, but he has topped the four hour long show – in Helsinki, Finland in 2012! [Source 4]
- He’s a Multi Award-Winner [Source 5]
- The E-Street Band has been backing Bruce since 1972. It is named after a real street where they used to rehearse.[Source 6]
- Bruce was addicted to junk food until the late 70’s [Source 7] but now has the same chef who used to work for the king of Saudi Arabia [Source 8]
- He has sold a fair few records – over 123 million worldwide [Source 9]
- Born in the USA is one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. Most people thought it was a patriotic song about American pride, when it actually cast a shameful eye on how America treated its Vietnam veterans. [Source 10]