On Mon., Sept. 30 there was one man in charge of Xcel Energy Center—The Boss.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band chose a nice mix of songs from his new album, The Rising, and all the old fan favorites that Springsteen has never grown too proud to play. As for the highlight of the show—I think every audience member had that Courtney-Cox-in-Dancin-in-the-Dark moment when she/he made eye contact with Bruce and were sure that next he was going to ask him/her onto the stage—for me that moment was “Mary’s Place.”
A big part of a Springsteen show is the audience—if you are not down at least two of the five senses after a Bruce Springsteen concert, then you have not done your part.
A Springsteen concert in the Twin Cities allows uptight white people to shake their asses when they think nobody is looking. And let’s not forget the repressed, 40-year-old house wives who lust after the Boss while his wife sings on stage (believe me, many men were going to dutifully serve the role of substitute Bruce later on that night).
From one Jersey boy to another, you done good, Bruce.