Notes from the road: Sunrise

Bruce and the E Street Band hit the BB&T Center stage with a ferocious version of the Clash’s “Clampdown,” and with “Badlands” following, we were off. Feeling its way into the groove, the crowd cheered for Tom Morello’s guitar wizardry on “High Hopes,” especially as he played with his mouth. A fun “No Surrender” and…

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Notes from the road: Atlanta

From the opening notes of The Clash’s “Clampdown,” only the second time Bruce and the E Street Band have ever played it, the captive audience at the Lakewood Amphitheater had a feeling that Saturday night’s show was going to be something special. Declaring early in the set that he was “in a River kind of mood,”…

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Notes from the road: Raleigh

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened their triumphant return to Raleigh, North Carolina with a powerful one-two punch: the title track from High Hopes followed by “Badlands.” With fists pumping and voices lifted, the audience was right there with them. The powerful yearning of those opening numbers gave way to the joy of…

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Notes from the road: Pittsburgh

Bruce Springsteen loves Pittsburgh, and The Burgh loves him back. From the days at the Stanley Theatre (still there, different name) to the Soldiers and Sailors Hall and Nick’s Fat City, this has been a romance built to last. Sadly the iconic Civic Arena (aka The Igloo) is now a Wrecking Balled parking lot, but…

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