Giants Stadium, 7-28-08 Havin’ a Party
The second night of the 3 night Giants Stadium stand, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are having a house party that’s bigger than Mary’s House. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have danced through the Bruce Springsteen song catalog. With 44 different songs played, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have made the first two shows more than just special. As Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band prepare for the last show in New Jersey, fans will be waving signs with song requests hoping that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will grab their song and run with it. If you have tickets for tomorrow nights show, buckle your seat belt, because Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are going to take you on one wild ride.
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The second night at Giants Stadium was clearly and completely a “party” night. After playing nothing off The River album on Sunday, the mood of the show was immediately set with “Out in the Street,” and several subsequent rockers from that album included a sign request for “Sherry Darling.” Bruce was clearly in a good mood, even playfully instructing the band to play “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City” in the key of C (“I know it’s in ‘A,’ but we’re gonna play it in ‘C,’” he insisted).
Night two’s setlist kept the audience engaged throughout another marathon performance (approximately three hours and five minutes), with uptempo rocker after uptempo rocker and the band displaying their energy and physical prowess. Bruce was running across the stage from end to end consistently during the first half of the show, visiting each of the five platforms at the front of the stage that extend into the first few rows. Steve was particularly engaged throughout the night, and his spirited sharing of the vocals with Bruce on “Two Hearts” and “Held up Without a Gun” spilled over into the new material, as he and Bruce traded vocals during the vocal spotlight at the end of “Long Walk Home.” Such was the energy in the building that the slower-tempo ultra-rarity “Drive All Night” was a welcome respite, even for those unaware that it was only the second E Street Band performance of the song in more than 25 years.
Monday was clearly a night for family and friends, with Dave Bielanko of Marah and Jesse Malin joining Bruce on vocals and guitar (Bielanko even took a short solo) during “Twist and Shout,” along with Garry’s daughter, Springsteen’s daughter and a contingent of her friends. Patti Scialfa’s birthday is Tuesday, with Bruce leading the audience in a “Happy Birthday” serenade. In a touching (and thrilling) moment, Jay Weinberg took over the drum stool from his father to play on “Born to Run.” Fans could see that after the song started, Max walked out to the ramp at the front of the stage to watch his son on the giant video screen.