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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Rock Citizen's Bank Park For Two Nights

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Philadelphia audiences welcomed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band back for the unofficial close of summer at Citizen's Bank Park on Labor Day weekend. And we didn’t have one but two shows this weekend on September 2nd and 3rd! This puts Bruce at the top of the list for bruce springsteen e street band philly labor day 2012performing at all major live venues in the City of Philadelphia, according to Ike Richman at Comcast Spectator, beginning in 1973.

Bringing his 17th album to Philly for Wrecking Ball, 11 new songs that tell a story about his life as well and connecting with all his fans. Since this is the first tour without the Big Man, the band is now including a five-piece horn section, including C’s nephew Jake Clemons and Eddie Manion on saxophones.

This time around, to get myself to the concert, I didn’t drive, I decided to engage Valley Forge Limousine to take me to the show- and let me tell you, this is the only way to roll. Our driver, Jim, drove the Lincoln Navigator smoothly through the torrents of rain that assaulted us all the way to CBP, which thankfully let up in time for the show.

This tour needed no intro act, as Bruce jumped on stage around 8pm and proceeded to rock until almost midnight, segueing from one song into the next, passion and adrenaline fueling his music, exciting the audience.

During Wrecking Ball, on the screens behind Bruce came clips of the imploding Veteran’s Stadium and the Spectrum, with many other great clips to match the music flowing into the night.

Almost 4 hours of non-stop playing to a full house- other than sitting down to pour sweat and rainwater out of his boots- Bruce and the E Street Band keep the audience enraptured to his tales of his life, remembering those we loved in his life, understanding the ghosts in our lives, and remembering that love is a necessity. The music went right into my soul, and made me think of things I need to change and need to hold on to.

SET LIST:

1. Factory (acoustic Bruce solo)

2. Adam Raised a Cain

3. Streets of Fire

4. Prove It All Night

5. Something in the Night

6. We Take Care of Our Own

7. Wrecking Ball

8. Death to My Hometown

9. My City of Ruins

10. Spirit in the Night

11. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?

12. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

13. Frankie

14. Jack of All Trades

15. Atlantic City

16. Darlington County

17. Shackled and Drawn

18. Waitin' on a Sunny Day

19. The River

20. Lonesome Day

21. Badlands

22. Thunder Road

Encore:

23. We Are Alive

24. Born to Run

25. Dancing in the Dark

26. Jungleland

27. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

28. American Land

He reminded us how important life is, and how precious love and family and friends are, and to always kept it within. Dancing into the crowd, singing and dancing with audience members, even pulling people on stage during the crazy humid night, the rain held off and Bruce rocked our wellies off.

Ride provided by Valley Forge Limousine  this was truly a treat, as it was a smooth, professional ride and lots of fun! With SUV and sedan service, it is the way to go for any occasion, special or every day, just for some relaxation. And since Bruce stopped singing around midnight, I got to relax on the hour ride home and not worry about traffic. Thanks Bruce, for another great tour!

Christine Tarlecki is a freelance writer from Phoenixville, PA. Twitter and FaceBook under engchik.

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Photos from the concert by Christine, thumbnail photo courtesy of www.brucespringsteen.net

Homepage photo from the concert from NJ.com