Life Goal # 14: See The Boss

by COLLEEN KROPP · August 1, 2008

bruce springsteenI'm glad that no audio aides are needed for this recap, as I am currently without a voice, and I couldn't be more thrilled. After a long twenty-one year wait, I can finally mark off one of my To-Do (before-I'm-old-and-decrepit) List's top aims – see The Boss perform live. Having always been inundated by the power that is BRUUUUUUUUCE (it was that chant that killed my throat), finally having the opportunity to see him rock out for over three hours in Giants Stadium couldn't have been more perfectly nostalgic and wonderful.

Wrapping my mind around the set lists from Sunday's and Monday's performances, I had no idea what I would be in store for last night besides just a mind-blowing show in general. For a man creeping up on 60 – he has the pure energy of a 20 year old. The show started an hour later than planned because of an accident on the NJ Turnpike – and even with that setback – he and the E. Street Band STILL played a solid 3 hours and 15 minutes. I'm pretty sure I rattled my boyfriend's brain when Bruce took an audience request of "Incident on 57th Street" (one I was desperately wishing for but wasn't getting my hopes up).

The audience demographic was simply unreal – I had a 70 year old mother a few rows in front of me, all wrinkled and grey but going WILD; as well as some kids who couldn't have been older than 12. Turning back and seeing them mouth the lyrics put my mind at ease that the youth of America can still appreciate good music. I don't even know where to begin in a set list recap, so I won't. Basically, he did everything from "Jungleland" to "Mary's Place" to "Livin' in the Future." What was possibly his final song ever to be played in Giants Stadium – "Rosalita" – was just enough to make you smile so wide and dance til it hurt, in the best way possible.

I'll leave you all with one final word…