26/6/08: 20 TIMES BRUCE

It was the twentieth concert with Barley Arts: the twentieth pearl of a great artist accompanied by his legendary band, one of the brightest that Bruce Springsteen has given to the Italian public.
The Boss' last time at Sansiro (2003) had been marked by a torrential downpour that made that evening even more epic. In contrast to the date five years ago, yesterday in Milan it was over 30°: "Is it hot enough?" shouts Bruce as he takes the stage with the other members of the E Street band amid the roar of the 60,000 people crowding the stadium in every sector.
'Summertime Blues', a piece by Eddie Cochranopens the concert, followed by 'Out in the Streets' and the more recent 'Radio Nowhere'.
Band in great shape: Little Steven (guitar, the iconic figure of the E Street Band), Clarence Clemons the big man on the saxophone, Max Weinberg on drums (with Bruce since 1974), Roy Bittan 'the Professor' on keyboards, Soozie Tyrrell on violin, guitar and percussion, Steve Van Zandt guitar and Charlie Giordano, which replaces Danny Federicirecently deceased, one of the historic members of the band.
'Prove it all night is the first song of the evening from the 1978 album 'Darkness on the edge of town' and will be the first in a long series: it comes immediately after the ever-present Promised Landfrom the same job.
Bruce was supposed to follow a set list, as always decided a few minutes before the start of the concert, but the programme changes all the time. There are in fact many fans with placards bearing 'on demand' titles, hoping that the Boss will notice them and decide to play them. Contact with the audience is a key element of the evening: and so it starts with requests (None but the brave e Hungry Heart), in a magical bond that is celebrated even more with the many hugs that the New Jersey rocker lavishes on the fans in the front rows. Sing I'm on Fire sitting inches from the crowd, with men and women of all ages staring at him in disbelief.
High points of pathos will be: Because the night, The Rising e Badlandsas well as the latest excerpt from the album 'Magic', Long Walk Home.
Surprise opens encores 'Girls in their summer clothes'also from the last album. At Born to Run Sansiro is illuminated in daylight and the view offered by the public is extraordinary. Dancing in the Dark and the folk ballad American land seem to close the set but Bruce, after 3 hours of concert, has not had enough: he picks up his Telecaster again, the band follows him, and with the Beatlesian 'Twist & Shout' (totally unexpected as the rock & roll medley performed in the middle of the setlist) closes a concert of pure energy and strong emotions... each time it always sounds the best. What's your secret, Bruce?

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