Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium, July 31

Sorry about the crappy shaky-cam footage, but it should at least suggest the kind of energy Springsteen shows can still generate. Bruce is 58 now, and his shows still stretch past the three-hour mark. "Badlands" closed the main set, so this was shot after about two and a half hours of solid rocking, and nobody seemed the least bit tired.

Bruce went into the crowd a couple times to grab signs from fans who had written their requests on sheets of poster board, and at various points in the show he would hold one up for the band - the rock version of calling an audible. I never thought I'd hear "Incident on 57th Street " played live, but that was one of the first signs he grabbed. Phenomenal. Or "Jersey Girl," one of my favorite Tom Waits songs, and one that Bruce has made his own. Or "Rosalita," which the band just recently started playing again, and which closed the show.

Check out Bruce's site for the remaining tour dates. You owe it to yourself to see these guys play at least once.

Full setlist:

Summertime Blues
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Radio Nowhere
Prove It All Night
Two Hearts
The Promised Land
Spirit In The Night
Light Of Day
Brilliant Disguise
Pretty Flamingo
Blinded By The Light
Cadillac Ranch
Candy's Room
Because The Night
She's The One
Livin' In The Future
Mary's Place
Incident On 57th Street
The Rising
Last To Die
Long Walk Home

Born To Run
Bobby Jean
Dancing In The Dark
American Land
Jersey Girl

One More Day 'til Rock 'n' Roll Church

Between preparations for a vacation next week and a big move in September, blogging time has been scarce, but right now, I can't even think about those things. My mind is focused solely on tomorrow night's big Springsteen concert at Giants Stadium - the last show of a three-night stand in his home state. I've seen Bruce and the E Street Band once before, in Pittsburgh in 2003, and rock 'n' roll church comes as close as possible to describing what it's like when they really get going. There really is nothing like it. Also, The Boss? Way underrated as a guitarist. Check out this insane "Prove It All Night" from '78:

And then there's this classic, with Bruce in full working-the-crowd mode:

And rest in peace, Danny Federici. It won't be the same without you.