Notes from the road: Rome

“Can you feel the spirit?” Bruce sings in falsetto, still hiding himself behind the stage while the organ notes of “Spirit in the Night” suddenly turn the vast Roman hippodrome into the Main Point, Max’s Kansas City, or one of those other clubs where the E Street Band used to stir the crowd into rapture…

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Notes from the road: Milan

Who do you love more, your mom or your dad? What is the best Bruce concert you’ve seen? Unanswerable questions. But chances are that if you’ve seen Springsteen play Milan’s San Siro Stadium, it’s a show that has to be in the running. 1985, 2003, 2008, 2012… every single show here has been special in…

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Notes From The Road: Padua

You could tell it would be an epic night right from the beginning. Not from the acoustic pre-show—an early one, almost three hours before the actual concert, Bruce surprising us with a nice pair of “The Promised Land” and “Growin’ Up.” You could tell from the “real” opening of the sold-out show, which picked up exactly…

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Notes from the road: Naples, Italy

Ninety-two years ago, the coffin of Enrico Caruso was carried inside the Church of San Francesco di Paola, while twenty thousand Neapolitans gathered together in the opposite Piazza del Plebiscito were singing “‘O Sole Mio”, the song that ensured to the tenor a number one hit on Billboard Charts in 1916. Last night, in that…

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