Bruce Springsteen, 64, alongside the outstanding 17-member “E Street Band”, defied age as he put on a grandiose show for the completely sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun, Casino and Resort.
From the standpoint of a nonfan, Springsteen absolutely killed it in every sense of the saying – well, except the homicidal sense of the saying, mind you. With a sweat soaked shirt, Springsteen sauntered on stage, singing and playing guitar with effortless swagger.
Aside from what fans list as concert staples, Springsteen took completely random song requests in the form of fan signs – including a special request from a little girl who obstinately wanted to hear “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Springsteen even performed a song entitled “7 Angels” which he excitedly related had never been performed live before.
As if Springsteen needed to further prove his legendary status as a musician and entertainer, he and the band performed each song with such delectable rigor that the requested performances were indistinguishable from the set list tracks. They don’t call him The Boss for nothing!
Springsteen rocked hard, and Mohegan Sun’s 10,000 seat arena was amped. Hands were waving, feet were stomping and strangers were serenading each other with glee. Bruce and the E Street Band were jamming on-and-on, at a pace in which a lesser artist would have been unable to match without extreme difficulty. Even Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, joined him on stage briefly for a highly-spirited dance.
From what I’ve gathered, Bruce Springsteen concerts are notoriously long – that is not to say you still aren’t getting your money’s worth. There was not a single dull moment. Beyond his introduction, it seemed as if every minute of Springsteen’s tour closing concert was jam-packed with music and dancing. Where another artist would take a break to catch their breath, Springsteen continues to rock on – sometimes moving on to the next song without a moment’s pause.
After sending the band off, and thanking them graciously, Bruce sat down at a pump organ and played a cover of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream”: a strong, sensational end to an exceptional concert and a fantastic tour.