For me the entire day was spent around Toronto and the CNE but nothing had prepared me for the open air show that Bruce Springsteen now 62 and his “rebooted E Street Band”, were about to do. What Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band did was simply kicked the show out of the ballpark.
Yes, The Boss sauntered out with larger the life video screen behind him as he hit it with Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
Bruce Springsteen is a real musician, he’s 62 years old people and his can rock it for 4 hours in Hamburg, and 3.5 hours in Toronto. Unlike some artist who can’t even pull off and encore because they are so rehearsed, I won’t mention names, but blonde hair comes to mind.
The biggest absence of course, aside from wife Patti Scialfa, was the late Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons. “Are we missing anybody tonight?” Springsteen repeatedly asked to collective cheers as everyone knew who he meant. But Jake Clemons his son attempted to fill those shoes.
Yes, on a summer day, 40,000 people cheered they where blown away by the set, the night the sheer power of the band and how Bruce Springsteen can refashion old songs like he did by completely revamp songs as was the case on lengthy, stirring My City Of Ruins.
I have always said there is nothing like a show by The Boss. A friend of mine on Facebook posted that her friend was flying all the way from London to New York to see the show. Well Toronto was something but New York (oh, come on The Boss Bruce Springsteen in New York OMG!! million times) that’s what it will be like.