Even at age 60, Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band are pushing new boundaries: As Rolling Stone predicted, Bruce and the boys will perform one of their classic albums in full each night during the Rock Hall legend’s five-show stand at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium from September 30th to October 9th. The shows are also historic because they’ll mark the last-ever gigs at the stadium that has played host to so many great concerts; the venue will be demolished at the end of this football season.
Springsteen will open up his five-night stand with a full performance of Born to Run, which the band performed in its entirety on September 20th at Chicago’s United Center. “Chicago convinced us that this was really worth doing,” Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau said in a statement. “The audience was so supportive of the concept that it convinced us to go ahead with this at Giants Stadium.”
The October 2nd show will feature Darkness on the Edge of Town, with Born In the U.S.A. on the set list the following night. For their last two Giants Stadium shows, the E Street will once again perform Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. on October 8th and October 9th, respectively. Last year, at a fundraiser at New Jersey’s Count Basie Theater, the E Street Band performed both Born to Run and Darkness in their entirety.
Prior to E Street’s performance of Born to Run in Chicago, a Rolling Stone reader asked saxophonist Clarence Clemons via Twitter what other albums the band might perform in its entirety. While the Big Man was focused on performing Born to Run, he did add, “I think [Springsteen] can take any album we recorded already and do it.” They’ll be put to the test when they kick off their residency at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium tomorrow, September 30th.
After the Giants Stadium run, the band will play four nights in Philadelphia and hit St. Louis and Kansas City before returning to New York for a special performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on October 29th.
Sept. 30 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium – Born to Run
Oct. 2 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium – Darkness on the Edge of Town
Oct. 3 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium – Born in the U.S.A.
Oct. 8 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium – Born to Run
Oct. 9 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium – Born in the U.S.A.
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