Wrecking Ball finally builds on the promise of that record by taking the musical approach of that album and using it for a clutch of new songs to excellent effect. Oh, it's still Springsteen down to its bones, but this is as fresh and vital as he's sounded in years.
A severe thunderstorm had delayed the show's start until 10:30 p.m., yet Bruce Springsteen still poured his heart and soul into a full concert for us fans who had gone to great cost and effort to get tickets and make it to the stadium.
There's always been a bit of a preacher about Bruce in concert, but his latest tour in support of his excellent Wrecking Ball album is truly a religious experience in a non-denominational yet very soulful way.
Bruce Springsteen doesn't just talk a good game. Here, then, are some of my very favorite songs from the most beloved Boss in America, and perhaps the most authentic and admirable spokesman for our times.
The cover photo of Born to Run -- Springsteen grinning and leaning on Clemons' broad shoulder -- meets the standard for iconic rock n' roll images. And its status is rooted in the beautiful story that picture tells.
As I write these words, I'm sitting in Ibiza, Spain looking at a rather non-Jersey shore, but when I heard about Clarence Clemons having a stroke, I wanted to write a get-well playlist. Here's hoping that the Big Man gets better soon.