Bruce Springsteen Gig

At the Emirates stadium in London.

What an entertainer! Playing with his E-Street Band, Bruce rocked the Emirates for two and a half hours – virtually non-stop. Songs were played with so much enthusiasm you would have thought Bruce and Steve were jamming together “just for fun” in the living room.

Bruce loves the audience, that much is clear from the first five minutes – and working the crowd in his own way is an art form. “Request time” is done to make the crowd think they have chosen the songs…

He leans over into the crowd, leans back into the crowd and reaches down into the crowd – to screams, hundreds of hands all over him…and his Telecaster.

This was my first experience of a Bruce Springsteen gig – I hope it won’t be the last. Here’s the link to the set list…looks like Friday night was more of a “hits” night, while last night was more of an older Springsteen music gig…fantastic.

http://www.brucespringsteen.net/live/2008setlists.html#20080531

Oh and about the venue…The Emirates stadium…two words…it sucks.

Big time.

Transport links are absolutely appalling, so if you park south of the river expecting to catch a train back to your car, be warned…it can take two hours to travel back! That’s what it took us…

That’s not the only complaint I have. The food and drinks on offer are/were just awful, no, worse than awful. If you’re vegetarian, you’re limited to nachos or pizza. If you’re gluten/wheat free – forget it – and I mean really forget it. You’ll be surviving on water for the night. If you’re dairy free then it’s a caesar salad, but the staff don’t know if there’s dairy in the dressing. Duh! (FYI – it’s hot dogs, caeser salad with croutons and bacon, pizza, jam doughtnuts or nachos. Nice to see that one of the newest stadiums in the UK is getting behind the obesity problem in the UK. Great, well done!

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