Wednesday, 1 June 2016


THE Temperature was already on high for Bruce Springsteen's marathon set at Glasgow's Hampden and the famous roar echoed round the stadium for his arrival.
The national stadium burst with pride as The Boss and his now legendary E Street band took over the stage, sax, guitar, bass, drums and piano at the ready.

The Boss smiled from ear to ear as he launched into the for once ironically titled track Waitin On A Sunny Day.
My Love Will Not Let You Down and The Ties That Bind led into Sherry Darling and Two Hearts which got everyone singing along.
Weirdly there appeared some boos just before Rosalita but it turned out just to be people calling Bruce in admiration. The cheers came on even stronger as well as a mass singalong for Hungry Heart while Bruce ran into the crowd.
Out In The Street followed then Lonesome Day and You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) which saw him share the microphone with Steve Van Zandt.
Death To My Hometown and Johnny 99 came soon after as The Boss showed off his skills on the harmonica or moothie was we Scots call it.
Point Blank slowed down the pace with its poignant end note 'bang bang baby your dead.

Darkness on the Edge Of Town and The Promised Land all got the crowd stomping while Thunder Road and the jaunty Badlands got arms in the air.

The pace was upped as the chords to Born in the USA were struck and everyone - including the seated part of the stadium- rose to their feet.
It was just as well as the stadium was getting a bit chilly.
Born To Run And Glory Days followed as hips shook and bodies swayed in the fully animated and chanting crowd.
Springsteen shouted: "Glasgow you don't want to go home yet" as he launched into Dancing In The Dark.
The grannies were dancing along with with mums and dads and their offspring.
Of course a Springsteen gig wouldn't be complete someone being plucked from the crowd and Springsteen managed to do just that with two lucky Scots ladies who had a night they'll never forget.

This New Jersey boy knows how to entertain and three and a half hours just wasn't enough.
Springsteen knew it himself as he asked if we had anything left and we replied with a sea of hands waving.
So he did what any self respecting rocker in Glasgow did and sang Lulus Shout. He said: "I want you to go home and tell everyone you saw the bootie shaking, viagra taking, history making, earth quaking E Street Band. "
It was some encore and it made him an honorary Scot. Rock n roll.

- From Scotland with love from

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