Posted in music | pictures on July 29, 2008

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

It was E Street Family Night at Giants Stadium on Monday.

Drummer Max Weinberg's 18-year-old son Jay substituted for his father on "Born to Run," pounding the skins with authority as the elder Weinberg watched from the side of the stage. Bruce Springsteen's 16-year-old daughter, Jessica, danced onstage during the show-closing "Twist and Shout," and even took a little rock-star leap at the end. Also, Springsteen led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday To You" to his wife, E Street Band member Patti Scialfa. She turned 55 yesterday.

This was the second of three shows that Springsteen and the band will be presenting at Giants Stadium this week, and though it was slightly longer than Sunday's show, it still lasted more than three hours and featured 28 songs. [The Star Ledger]

The setlist, and more pics, from last night's show below...

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July 28, 2008
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Giants Stadium

Out In The Street
Radio Nowhere
No Surrender
Two Hearts
The Promised Land
Hungry Heart
Summertime Blues
Tunnel Of Love
Held Up Without A Gun
It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
Sherry Darling
Waitin' On A Sunny Day
Because The Night
She's The One
Livin' In The Future
Mary's Place
Drive All Night
The Rising
Last To Die
Long Walk Home
Badlands

Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Thunder Road
Detroit Medley
Born To Run
Glory Days
American Land
Twist And Shout

Danny Federici, RIP

PREVIOUSLY: ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - 2008 Tour Dates, AA Bondy tonight, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Conan, Today Show, and other stuff

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Comments (81)

words cannot describe how pumped i am for thursday.

Posted by cd | July 29, 2008 4:12 PM

Bruce is the man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:12 PM

I'd rather have a beer..

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:13 PM

Neil Young > Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:14 PM

Finally somebody truly great being celebrated on this blog.

Posted by Sharkdog | July 29, 2008 4:16 PM

I am not a Bruce fan but I went last night with a bunch of friends who love him. Despite my initial skepticism I couldn't deny what great performers and musicians these guys are. I only knew a handful of the songs but was totally captivated the whole time. It was also really refreshing, after a summer of small "indie" shows, to go to a singalong type concert where the whole audience really seems to be having a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:16 PM

Given that Max cannot tour anymore starting next year when Conan moves to the Tonight Show (NBC won't let him leave anymore) and also that Danny passed away, and also that Clarence is moving more slowly these days, Thursday really could be one of the final full "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" shows at the Meadowlands. Pretty mind-blowing.

Posted by cd | July 29, 2008 4:18 PM

bOOOOOring.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:18 PM

I was at Sunday's show. I'm a casual fan at best but echoing what 4:16 said, holy hell what a bunch of performers. For such a massive show to be so spontaneous, so aggressive a performance, for 3 plus hours from a bunch of people at the very youngest solidly shaking hands with 60 years old. Words can't describe it. I've seen hundreds upon hundreds of shows in my 38 years and this ranks up there with the best.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:19 PM

damn cd, is that really true about Max and NBC? I REALLY wish I knew that before blowing off tix to Sunday (just too damn tired).

Last full E Street show in Jersey on Thursday... damn.... End of an era

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:23 PM

MILF central.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:23 PM

now that, my dear billyburger friends, is one sweet tele, and the man knows how to use it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:24 PM

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel all suck!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:25 PM

rocking those black sweatbands wristbands

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:29 PM

Bruce thinks he's all gangsta...but he ain't nuttin but a fu-schnicken.

........sheeeeeeit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:30 PM

bruce has got to be the only guy his age that when you see him today you sense you're seeing something as good as it always was.

even though he's the only guy I'd even think of going to a stadium to see, I still wish he'd do smaller venues. . .

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:31 PM

boring? seriously?
u obviously don't know scheite about music. have fun at the next MGMT show u go to.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:31 PM

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel concerts: indigenous habitat for cougars from the north east.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:32 PM

you can find even older cougars at Tom Jones and Neil Diamond concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:35 PM

though he's shackled with some overlapping fans, one cannot seriously put Bruce in a catagory with Bon Jovi and Billy Joel

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:36 PM

>Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel concerts: indigenous habitat for cougars from the north east.

those types of comments...are you for real? seriously, i can't help but think you must write such idiotic statements for some sense of, what you feel might be, shock value. what else can it be? certainly it's not because you have been around music culture for the last 30 years. whether or not you like these performers is your own to keep, but making claims like what you posted shows complete lack of knowledge about the place these musicians occupy within the arts. i could care less about bon jovi and pretty much the same for joel too. i don't listen to springsteen, but i know where he fits into the big puzzle. you need to do a little homework, my friend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:36 PM

Long live Bruce Springsteen.

Posted by designer Bedding | July 29, 2008 4:38 PM

I was at the show the other night. I don't think it was the best Bruce show I have ever seen and I certainly have seen my share. But how can you argue with someone who says it was the best they have ever seen? With a performer like Bruce who sets the bar so high and rarely puts on a bad show it can be hard to say one show bests another.

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 29, 2008 4:39 PM

homework? you must be kidding. if you did your "homework" you'd know that Bruce has been chasing tail around the jersey shore since there has been tail to chase, that's the scene he helped to define. and if you could care less about bon jovi and billy joel, you would. the phrase is "couldn't care less."

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:41 PM

Whether you're a fan or not, when you see this guy live he zeroes right into that core of you that first fell in love with music. He lets out that teenager desperately seeking connection and let's him feel he'll there someday.

To each his own music taste, but with Bruce live, if you don't get, man, you don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:43 PM

Holy shit, I am SO EXCITED for Thursday!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:44 PM

I use to go to Springstein shows for Courtney Cox, but now I go for the MILFS. What's the big deal? HEY - MILF Hunters like The Boss too!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:45 PM

I have not been to a stadium show in years(yes Im 35) and am not a big springsteen fan(not anti either)The old man killed it..... 3 HOURS...... played nearly every song as if it was an encore. After all the music snob, record store indie rock that I admittedly take part in this was fantastic. I felt like he had as much fun as I did. Also non-ironic mullets kick ass

Posted by al | July 29, 2008 4:45 PM

I may not know what a hipster is, but I am starting to understand why people hate them.

Posted by Sharkdog | July 29, 2008 4:46 PM

Does anyone even care about Bruce Springsteen anymore? Give me David Bowie, Lou Reed and Russell Hammonds please!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:47 PM

Not to switch gears too much from this strangely on-topic thread, but
More attractive middle aged rock couple?
Bruce and Patti or Thurston and Kim?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:49 PM

Wait, didn't the E street band beat up Bloc Party?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:50 PM

Bruce is absolute genius and one of the greatest performers in the history of music. If you cannot see that, you don't deserve to.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:50 PM

4:41--the %%#$ does that have to do with anything?

What, your point is you object to Springsteen morally?

You're not even rational on your owns terms. . .

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:51 PM

take away the band, shows, hype and music and you're left with some amazing, real poetry. other than dylan, bruce is the greatest american poet since ginsberg

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:58 PM

Springstein better not show his face in Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:04 PM

4:16 summed up exactly my first bruce concert (several years ago). you really don't know how great this guy is until you see him live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:04 PM

You people are on crack. Isaac Washington sings better than Springf*ck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Is Clarence morphing into some odd iteration of Sun Ra?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Weinberg's son is a prick....Bruce is the man

Posted by Bernie | July 29, 2008 5:13 PM

HOW COULD ANY ROCK MUSIC FAN POSSIBLY NOT LIKE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:15 PM

Correction, Bruce Wayne is the man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:15 PM

Does anybody know what time he went on?

Posted by anonymous2 | July 29, 2008 5:16 PM

4:16 and 4:19 summed it up for me too. i'm not a fan, but a casual listener. it was by far not only the largest venue i've been to, but also the biggest Show show. so much energy, it's hard to believe bruce isn't in his thirties. i was a little put off by the oldies revue section of the show but thought it was good overall. i also appreciated the least pretentious audience of all time.

Posted by anonymous too | July 29, 2008 5:19 PM

"Springstein better not show his face in Philly."

Why, did he talk shit about the liberty bell or something?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:23 PM

bruce makes my woodrow wilson rage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:24 PM

"Springstein better not show his face in Philly."

"Why, did he talk shit about the liberty bell or something?"

The Boss knows damn well what happend - STAY OUT OF IT!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:26 PM

"Given that Max cannot tour anymore starting next year when Conan moves to the Tonight Show (NBC won't let him leave anymore) ...... Thursday really could be one of the final full "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" shows at the Meadowlands. "

There's still a lot of time left between Thursday's show and next year. I predict another run through the area in the fall. This Giants Stadium threesome will not be the last time the band plays here....

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:34 PM

last nights show was amazing....i didnt like bruce either until i saw him live in 2003...i cant think of any other artist in the hundreds of concerts i have seen that can get a crowd that excited...bummed im not going on thursday also but 100 bucks is steep (although worth it)

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:41 PM

"Springsteen's 16-year-old daughter"

One of the kids he had with Patti Scialfa is now 16? Damn, I'm old.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:52 PM

Mark Teixeira traded to the Angels....

Kick ass!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:17 PM

1. Danny Federici is dead, so the era of "full Bruce Springsteen & the E street Band shows" is already over.

2. It never ceases to amaze me that Bruces utterly contrived simulacrum of "rock n roll" passes as the real thing.

3. Where are the pix of the 16 year old?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:51 PM

Springsteen is a poor man's Paul Weller. Had to be said and I'm glad it was me who said it. I agree with the fella above too.

Neil Young > Bruce Springsteen

Paul Weller > Bruce Springsteen

Spencer Krug > Bruce Springsteen

Noel Gallagher > Bruce Springsteen

Ray Davies > Bruce Springsteen

Win Butler > Bruce Springsteen

Eric Cartman > Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:24 PM

^^^^^^
Hahhahahah. Must suck to be you?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:33 PM

Rick "They call me Bruce" Springfield > Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Diet Dr. Pepper > Coke Zero

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:44 PM

No One > Bruce Springsteen

Cherry Coke Zero > Coke Zero > Mr. Pibb

Posted by Matt | July 29, 2008 7:57 PM

Hold up...I'm pretty sure Mr. Pibb is the greatest soft drink ever created.

Also, a big FUCK YOU to Bruce Springsteen and all his fans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 8:16 PM

Fuck yourself 8:15pm, douchebag!

p.s. Mr. Pibb sucks

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 10:21 PM

I was talking to a bunch of people including Bruce Springsteen and we all agree 10:21 PM takes it up the butt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 10:45 PM

Bruce Springsteen > Love

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2008 10:50 PM

I grew up on Roxy, Iggy, Doors, Bowie, Lou Reed, Eno, Talking Heads, Blondie, Stones, Led Zep, Ramones, Richard Hell, NY Dolls, MC5, Cure, Smiths, Joy Division, Echo, Ministry, New Order, Prince, James Brown, P-Funk, Sly, Aretha, Siouxsie, Strokes, Bjork, White Srtipes, Nick Cave etc... to name a few.

Bruce Springsteen is the best live act I have ever seen - I've been going to see him since the 70's all the way up until this week - do not put him in the same class as Billy (loser)Joel or Bon (pretty boy) Jovi!

If you are going to diss someone at least tell us what you think is cooler or better. You smarmy hipsters need to get a life. Very few of you know a thing about music, just what Pitchfork tells you is cool this month!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 12:06 AM

uh, 4:47 anon, i'm pretty sure that Russell Hammond is a fictitious character in a Cameron Crowe movie.
good god, you people are stupid.
Also, i hate to tell you, but you can't compare Bruce to those hacks Billy Joel and even worse, Bon Jovi. they are clearly a poor man's imitation. cheese at it's worst.
Sure, god loves cheese, but... c'mon now.

Posted by goddess | July 30, 2008 12:26 AM

he doesn't even wear wayfarers, how great could he be

Posted by stad | July 30, 2008 12:43 AM

Does anyone know what time he went on? How long is the bus ride from Port Authority?

Posted by anonymous2 | July 30, 2008 9:32 AM

8:35 or so. The line for busses was massive. I was waiting for someone to come from NYC by bus. She was on line at 6pm didn't get to meadowlands til 745!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:40 AM

"Not to switch gears too much from this strangely on-topic thread, but
More attractive middle aged rock couple?
Bruce and Patti or Thurston and Kim?"

WHAT A TARD! GO READ PEOPLE MAG YOU TWAT

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:53 AM

We hold these truths to be self-evident: Springtstein sucks donkey balls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:57 AM

^^^^^^^
SpringSTEIN? How dumb are you? Go get an education before you continue to attempt to put down one of the greatest songwriters in history. You are making yourself look foolish!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:07 AM

MILFS > Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Jules | July 30, 2008 10:10 AM

If you want to hear truly brilliant and spontaneous music, Sonny Rollins is playing a show on August 6th. If you want to hear intense, agressive rawk made by wrinkled old men, the Stooges are playing on the 8th. If you want to hear amazing poetry set to amazing music, Bob Dylan is playing on the 12th.

If you want to hear a contrived, pale imitation, go see Bruce.

And oh yeah, if you want to see 16 year old girls from New Jersey dance, go to McCarren Park Pool on Sunday and get in line.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:14 AM

Springsteen shows are good for two things: Cougars and MILFS and anyone who tells you otherwise is delusional.

Ok, I've always kind of liked Tunnel of Love, but that's not something I like to talk about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:16 AM

"Springsteen is a poor man's Paul Weller. Had to be said and I'm glad it was me who said it. I agree with the fella above too."

And you are a poor man's Lester Bangs. WTF are you trying to prove, "it was me who said it"? The world is big enough for Springsteen and Weller.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:44 AM

he is still rocking the levis

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 11:05 AM

greetings from asbury park is one of the best records ever. probably even better than the collected catalog of crystal castles, dan deacon, deerhunter/atlas sound AND no age.

Posted by The Real Will Berman | July 30, 2008 2:50 PM

3 people who would have Bruce's back 10:14? Sonny, Iggy and Dylan.


As would bowie, lou, and neil who we're mentioned above. All three have either covered or shared a bill with bruce

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 3:54 PM

Springsteen is like the Tapes and Tapes of his generation.

Brooklyn Vegan. Where every comments section is guaranteed to have at least one hipster talking out of his ass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:26 PM

David Brent performing 'Freelove Freeway' > Bruce Springsteen performing 'Born To Run'

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:58 PM

Oh man David Brent? That is classic. Michael Scott is a pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:11 PM

Hey Bruce, STFU about our President. He happens to fulfill the Constitutional qualifications for POTUS. PEOTUS, Barack Hussein Obama, however, will not present his birth certificate to prove that he is indeed a natural born U.S. citizen per the U.S. Constitution. Some say that he was really born in Kenya; others say that he must have been an Indonesian citizen, because he traveled to Pakistan in 1980-1981 when NO US CITIZEN WAS ALLOWED.Do you not think that he should be required to PROVE that he is constitutionally qualified?

Posted by Constitutionmatters | December 3, 2008 9:21 PM

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