Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Manchester was gridlocked. We abandoned the car 2 and a half miles from the stadium and pegged it through the rain, getting there just as he was taking the stage. We took our seats, a mile from the stage. The sound swirled around the arena. The atmosphere was that of a ring road industrial estate. But if anyone can overcome these limitations it is Bruce Springsteen. He did it when I first saw him at Wembley on the Born in the USA tour (though it wasn’t raining then) and over 30 years later he can still do it. How? Well, here’s a few reasons
He really does have an extraordinary back catalogue. On the European leg of this tour he has abandoned the idea of performing the whole of The River, and the result is that a whole lot of other great material is getting a look in. Of course the trouble with such a rich back catalogue of material is that no one is going to get the set list of their dreams. This concert almost entirely focussed on that extraordinary run between Born to Run and Born in the » Continue Reading.