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07-24-2008, 08:28 PM
Springsteen at Giant Stadium 3 nights next week. I am going Monday and Thursday. Still thinking about Sunday but my wife had shoulder surgery today

09-10-2008, 12:14 AM
With only a week off from the last show of the European leg, it was clear from the beginning of the Sunday night performance at Giants Stadium that previous "first night in Jersey" shows -- with a weak performance (Arena, 2002) or a "standard setlist" (Arena, 1992; Stadium, 2003) -- were markedly different from what the audience would get this night.

With the band in top form, performances were excellent from the inspired "true fairy tale to open the show," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out," with Max playing the drum introduction as Bruce and Clarence made their way on stage, through the "true fairy tale to close the show," "Rosalita." Highlights in between included the guitar heroics of Nils on "Youngstown," paired a la the Reunion tour with "Murder Incorporated." At 30 songs and three hours and ten minutes, this first U.S. stadium show of the Magic tour matched, in both show length and number of songs, what the band did at the last stadium show in 2003.

The unpredictable nature of the show at this point in the tour, complete with frequent granting of requests via signs from the front rows, was certainly on display at Giants Stadium. Audibles and requests provided some choice rarities, including "Growin' Up" and "Janey Don't You Lose Heart," but also slowed the momentum of the show: the natural pacing and flow of the setlist was disturbed frequently, leading to some very strange (and unfortunate) pairings of songs, including going from "Working on the Highway" immediately to "Tunnel of Love." The show could certainly be improved if Bruce was even just slightly more judicious with his selections of what request he choose and when he chooses to grant them.

Also notable was the refreshing discovery that the tour has finally incorporated video production befitting the quality of the musical performance on stage. No offense is intended to the camera operators and director; at Bruce shows in the past -- especially during the stadium tour in 2003 -- the screens were just too small. For this tour, screens that allow for both horizontal and vertical shots with high definition clarity greatly added to the stadium production, on songs such as "Sprit in the Night," when the camera captured Bruce interacting with the crowd at the front of the pit, and "Tunnel of Love," when the screens featured giant images of Patti on the stage left screen and Bruce on the stage right screen as they harmonized together.

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