October 10, 2009 12:34
Bruce Springsteen brings curtain down on legendary New Jersey venue
Demolition trucks are moving into the Giants Stadium after epic final show
The show was played in a carnival atmosphere and was the last of five farewell gigs that the veteran rocker has played in the stadium during the past two weeks.
The venue first opened in 1976 but is set to be demolished and replaced with an adjacent stadium next year. Springsteen himself has played there well over 50 times (the first being back in 1985) and honoured its demise by opening each of the final shows a new song 'Wrecking Ball' - an upbeat anthem written especially for the occasion. He also paid a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the venue by referring to it as the "last bastion of affordable sports seating" from the stage.
While previous shows in the run featured complete performances of the 1975 classic 'Born To Run' and its 1978 follow-up 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' last night featured the entirety of his biggest selling effort 'Born In The USA'. The band tore through the legendary 1984 album, barely stopping for a moment but Springsteen did take the opportunity to re-enact his famous onstage sequence dancing sequence with a young Courtney Cox in the 'Dancing In The Dark' video, but this time with a balding fan waving a placard claiming 'Bald Guys Are Great Dancers'.
Keeping in tradition with E Street Band shows over the past few years, The Boss took requests from the crowd too and even played an apt cover of The Rolling Stones' 'The Last Time'. After well over three hours, he bought the main show to an end with a spirited version of 'American Land' as a chain of fireworks erupted around the stadium before winding down with a final salute to his home state in the shape of his often performed Tom Waits cover 'Jersey Girl'.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played:
'Spirit In The Night'
'Working On A Dream'
'Born In The USA'
'Working On The Highway'
'I'm On Fire'
'I'm Goin' Down'
'Dancing In The Dark'
'Tougher Than The Rest'
'The Promised Land'
'Last To Die'
'Long Walk Home'
'Born To Run'
'Raise Your Hand'
The Last Time'
'Waiting On A Sunny Day'
'Seven Nights To Rock'
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