Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bruce Springsteen - The Boss to Close Giants Stadium‏

by Brent Warnken

New Jersey's Giants Stadium will be demolished at the close of this year's football season, and it's only fitting that the most famous musician to hail from the Garden State, Bruce Springsteen, bid the venue farewell.

The Boss and his E Street Band performed a five-night stand at the East Rutherford, New Jersey stadium, devoting each historic show to playing an album from their extensive back catalog in its entirety. Springsteen previously performed his classic album Born to Run from beginning to end during a show at Chicago's Soldier Field while stopping in the Windy City on his current Working on a Dream tour and subsequently decided to close down Giants Stadium due to the enthusiastic response he got from fans.

Billboard online obtained a statement made by Bruce's manager, Jon Landau, in which he revealed, "Chicago convinced us that this was really worth doing. The audience was so supportive of the concept that it convinced us to go ahead with this at Giants Stadium."

The Boss kicked off his Giants Stadium stretch on September 30, playing Born to Run in its entirety. For his second show at Giants Stadium, on October 2, Springsteen delivered Darkness on the Edge of Town from front to back followed by Born in the U.S.A. all the way through on October 3. For the final two shows at the East Rutherford stadium, Bruce delivered full versions of Born to Run (October 8) and Born in the U.S.A. (October 9), respectively.

Following his five-night stretch at Giants Stadium, Springsteen and his E Street Band continue to perform dates on their fall tour, which comes to an end in Buffalo, New York on November 22. Among the highlights of the Boss' fall road trip is an October 29 show at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert. The band plans of taking a hiatus after the tour so check online for Bruce Springsteen tickets to see the Boss and the E Street Band live.

Bruce Springsteen may have begun his career in rock 'n' roll in 1973, releasing the aptly-titled Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. via Columbia, but it was 1975's Born to Run that really made him an icon. After releasing the follow-up to Born to Run, Springsteen's E Street Band lineup firmed up to include saxophone player Clarence Clemons, organist Danny Federici, pianist Roy Bittan, bassist Gary Tallent, second guitarist Steve Van Zandt and drummer Max Weinberg. After the Boss' fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, secured his status as the voice of the working class, he garnered more success with 1980's The River thanks to the infectious single "Hungry Heart."

Springsteen's popularity began to waver with his next few releases, but then Born in the U.S.A. arrived in 1984 and became an instant American rock 'n' roll classic, selling over 10 million copies and spawning seven hit singles. Springsteen parted ways with the E Street Band in after the release on 1987's Tunnel of Love after 15 years together, much to the dismay of the Boss' fans.

Springsteen managed to secure success without the E Street Band, recording Grammy winner "Streets of Philadelphia" for the soundtrack to Philadelphia as well a handful of chart-topping albums, but nonetheless reassembled the band for a greatest hits compilation in 1995. By the time Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, the Boss and the E Street Band were back together for good and have remained that way ever since.

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