12 October 2009

They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign...

The official closing of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey occurred last night. No, the Jets or the Giants didn't play football. It was the Heart Stoppin', Pants Droppin', House Rockin', Brain Shockin', Earthquakin', Booty Shakin', Viagra Takin', History Makin', Love Makin', Sexifyin', Electrifyin', Legendary. . .E Street Band! doing the honors over a five night stand over at the former swamps in Jersey.

Bruce Springsteen opened each show with "(Bring On Your) Wrecking Ball," a new song penned for the occasion. (A video performance is streaming at The Boss' website.) The Boss and the E Streeters have performed at the venue 24 times since 1984, the year Born In The USA shot into the rock stratosphere. Appropriately, that album was played sequentially from Side 1 through the end of Side 2 at three of the five closing concerts. (Born To Run occupied that slot the other two.) But that work was only part of an epic 31 song marathon, highlighted on the front end by "Spirit In The Night" and ending with a frenzy of figurative roof-raisers: "Born To Run"; the Stax/Eddie Floyd classic "Raise Your Hand"; the aptly chosen first #1 chart-topper of The Rolling Stones, "The Last Time"; rockabilly nugget "Seven Nights To Rock"; the Celtic-fused stomper "American Land"; and the much-loved, seldom performed "Kitty's Back."

With Springsteen calling "last dance," the band turned out the lights of Giants Stadium with Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl."

One week after celebrating his 60th birthday, The Boss and his bandmates continue to make their case as the greatest live act in the history of rock 'n roll.

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