Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in Buffalo

A sample of the messages Sam received from First Niagara Center yesterday:

<3<3 (during “Two Hearts”)

MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!!!!!

It’s so loud in here holy HELL

OH MY F****** G**

EEEEEEEK

WEEEEEEEEEE

So yeah–it was a good night, as good as (and in some places better than) the self-proclaimed “best Springsteen concert I’ve seen” a couple weeks earlier.

buffalo

Set:

  • Meet Me in the City

The River:

  • The Ties That Bind
  • Sherry Darling
  • Jackson Cage
  • Two Hearts
  • Independence Day
  • Hungry Heart
  • Out in the Street
  • Crush On You
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
  • I Wanna Marry You
  • The River
  • Point Blank
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • I’m a Rocker
  • Fade Away
  • Stolen Car (my highlight of the night; I love, love, love this song)
  • Ramrod
  • The Price You Pay (my other highlight of  the night; sides three and four of The River really are incredible, aren’t they?)
  • Drive All Night
  • Wreck on the Highway

Set (continued):

  • The Promised Land
  • It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
  • My Love Will Not Let You Down
  • Because the Night [Patti Smith] (it was deafening inside the arena after these three songs; the stretch between “Saint” and “Thunder Road” was as good as anything I’ve seen at a Springsteen show)
  • Lonesome Day
  • The Rising
  • Thunder Road

Encore:

  • Detroit Medley (it was here that Sam received the OH MY F****** G** message)
  • Born to Run
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Rosalita (at this point I was grinning so broadly my face literally started huring)
  • Bobby Jean
  • Shout [The Isley Brothers]

It’d be difficult to describe what happened during “Rosalita” without the aid of visuals…but I’ll give it a go. Someone in the pit threw a Kermit the Frog hand puppet on stage, and it wound up in the hands of Steven Van Zandt–who in turn put it on and held it in front of the mic, trying to throw his boss off. He succeeded wildly: Bruce was laughing so hard, laughing to the point of tears, that he literally couldn’t sing the last verse of “Rosalita.” The puppet then found its way back to the pit, where it was swaying in time to “Bobby Jean.”

Next up: the Greatest Band of All-Time, finally, in Toronto.

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