Making a permanent impression since 1994
March 29, 2003
By Kyle Pucciarello
The city known
for casinos and Donald Trump opened its doors on March 7 for rock legends Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band.
highly-anticipated event -- the first time “The Boss” has headlined
the band took the stage to the graces of the ‘Miss
They opened with
a powerful version of Springsteen’s 1982 song “
launched into two songs of his Grammy-winning album, The Rising, the
title track as well as the all-rocker “Lonesome Day.”
electric song was the classic “Prove it all Night,” with an inspired closing
As is customary
on The Rising Tour, Springsteen followed it with two slower, acoustic
songs, “Empty Sky” and the emotional “You’re Missing.”
Sky,” Springsteen explained the lyric “eye for an eye,” which has been
viewed by some fans as a call for revenge. He explained that the line was meant
“as an expression of the character’s confusion and grief, never as a call
for blind revenge or bloodlust.”
living in a time when there are real lives on the line,” Springsteen said,
“had to make sure that line was clearly understood.”
After the short
acoustic set, Springsteen asked the crowd if it was ready to sing, launching
into the always fun, “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day,” which for Bruce and the
band has become the modern day “Hungry Heart.”
After ending the
song on a knee slide, Springsteen and the fans were on an energy high. This
concert was truly something special.
then said the next two songs would be for the “old-timers,” and starting
with a song off his first album, “Does this Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” and
following with “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City,” with an incredible
piano solo by the man on the keys, Roy Bittan.
This was truly
one of the highlights of the night, coming to symbolize what Springsteen and E
Street Band have done in concert for their 30 years in the business.
dragged-out version of “World’s Apart,” the band ripped into the anthem,
went to this piano and did a beautiful solo version of “Jersey Girl,” truly
a fan highlight of the night. He exchanged vocals back and forth with the
audience, providing for a touching moment.
Then came the
opening set closer, “Into the Fire,” with an introductory vocal from
Springsteen’s wife and bandmate, Patti Scialfa.
If there is one complaint I have with the show, her opening vocal would
on stage, Springsteen talked about how he saw his first concert here, and how it
was a real “old school place,” mentioning all the bands that played their
before, including the Beatles.
When he played
one of The Beatles’ classic tunes, “Tell Me Why,” both he and the band
absolutely nailed the number, creating one of the best moments ever at a
Springsteen concert, by many fans’ account.
followed, with the band dancing all across the stage, followed by the rock
anthem “Born to Run,” the song that broke Springsteen into the mainstream
nearly 30 years ago.
The band came
back on stage once again, performing the second and final encore of the night.
After an emotional “My City of Ruins,” Bruce prompted the audience
about the song “Born in the
Soon after, a
rocking version of “Dancin’ in the Dark” had every person in the 13,000
seat venue dancing, including a 6-year-old with a sign that read “Tiny
Courtney Cox,” an allusion to the video for the song. Springsteen pulled her
up on stage, exchanging dance moves with her -- another incredible moment.
Just as everyone
was ready to head home, or at least to the slot machines, Springsteen declared,
“One more for the high rollers” and closed the night with “Roll of the
Dice,” a fitting song for Atlantic City.
The nearly 3-hour, 24-song show left Springsteen fans speechless. In what many consider to be the best show of the current tour, which started last summer, the 53-year-old Springsteen proved there isn’t a rock act alive that can touch him.
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