Notes From The Road:Werchter

Bruce and the E Street Band traveled to Werchter in Belgium to play at the TW Classic in front of a festival crowd of 60,000, their first concert in the country since 2008. The atmosphere was lively due to the beautiful weather and build-up of live bands throughout the afternoon and evening. So by the…

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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: Leipzig

On this bright and clear sunny Sunday afternoon, we wondered how the band might be able to top Friday’s fun and loose performance in Mönchengladbach. But this Leipzig show in a “mighty arena,” as Bruce put it, turned out to be even stronger. Two tour premieres offered a powerful start, with a top-notch, energetic “Roulette”…

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Notes from the road: Mönchengladbach

Fighting through traffic for hours in the rural countryside surrounding Borussia Park in Mönchengladbach, Germany and bursting through the doors just in time to hear the closing chords of “Jackson Cage” is one way to begin a show with a pounding heart.  Bruce did his part to maintain the energy of the show’s start with…

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Notes from the road: Geneva

Appearing on stage in Suisse romande for the first time in their 40-year career, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band instantly set the famously neutral Swiss crowd alight. Belting out the opening vocals to “Shackled and Drawn,” the 30,000-strong audience sang with the intensity of a group twice their size. From the moment the…

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