For Mother’s Day I got my mum tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and yesterday was the day of the show! She loves Bruce Springsteen so I was really happy to see her little face lit up, enjoying his performance.
They had no support acts, which is fair enough because Bruce really is the kind of artist who really needs no introduction. They were due on stage at 6:30pm but came on about 20 minutes late. This wasn’t annoying to me – I’ve been to shows where people have come out much later before. I heard people booing though, and I was really shocked until, about halfway into the show, the girl standing next to me started to make the same noise and it turned out they were actually saying “Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce!” Oh, duh.
It rained throughout the whole show, which was really annoying but also not remotely surprising- it is Manchester after all. But the guys were all very energetic and got the crowd going despite that. Bruce liked to look into the crowd at people’s signs and try and grant any requests. This included a song for a little girl, who he brought on stage, another song for a lady whose first Bruce show it was, and, most amazingly, a dude dressed… In a Santa suit.
Bruce himself said that this would not happen in any other city, before agreeing to play Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, on a cold, rainy day in May. Incredible.
The tour was to celebrate 20 years of their album, ‘The River,’ so they played most (if not all) of the songs from that. Then they went on to play some of the more well-known songs, which was amazing to see everyone chanting along to. The show ended with Bruce coming on solo for one more song, with his harmonica in tow. It was a fantastic show even if the crowd were less jumpy than crowds I’m used to… Trying to get home after the show put a real dampener on things though, because there was a literal mile-long queue for the bus, or a 15 minute tramp to the tram. Eventually we walked a couple of streets over from the end of the bus queue and managed to get an Uber, but also I think I’m a little biased because the Etihad is Manchester City’s ground and I am a true Manchester United red. But football rivalries aside the show was incredible and that’s all down to Bruce Springsteen and his heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, love-making, Legendary… E Street Band!