Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Tour in Sydney!
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band rolled into town on Monday night for their Sydney show at Allphones Arena. It has been a decade since Bruce last toured Australia and a full house was on hand to see The Boss in action.
With no support act things kicked off early with Bruce hitting the stage at 7:30pm. He had the punters dancing an Irish jig as he opened with ‘American Land.’ He mixed it up with some old and new numbers before things really got going with ‘Hungry Heart,’ and even took the opportunity to do a bit of crowd surfing which really sent the crowd nuts.
For a man in his 60s Springsteen has amazing energy. Rocking out as hard as he ever did, he is there to perform and there to have a good time. He is a brilliant showman and really knows how to work the crowd. He brings the mood down for the slower tunes and has the crowd singing and dancing for the anthems. The legend even gave a girl from the crowd her Courtney Cox moment as she joined him on stage for ‘Dancing in the Dark.’
The E Street Band, sixteen members strong, was in fine form - with Jake Clemons on saxophone, nephew of the late Clarence Clemons, they put on a great show and produced a sound which consumed Allphones Arena. Also joining the band and filling in for Steve Van Zandt on this tour is Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Bringing his own unique style to the E Street Band, Tom was clearly enjoying playing alongside Bruce. The crowd even got to witness his best Jimi Hendrix impression as he played a guitar solo with his two front teeth
Spanning Bruce’s forty-year career, the set list was varied and included tracks from his debut album ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.’ up to his most recent release ‘Wrecking Ball.’ Some of the highlights were a rollicking version of ‘Pay Me My Money Down’ which had the entire crowd out of their seats, and dueting with Tom Morello on ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad.’ Tom was relishing his chance behind the mic with Bruce on a song that clearly means a lot to him.
The band finished with ‘Badlands’ before playing an encore that included crowd favourites ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Born to Run.’ While a cover of the old Moon Mullican song ‘7 nights to Rock’ had the audience boogying like it was the 1950s.
Short of three hours after it all began, the band closed with ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’ which included a visual tribute to Clarence Clemons. They didn’t play all the hits but when you have as many as Bruce does it’s impossible to do so.
It’s been a long time since they last toured and as they took a bow it appeared that Bruce and the band enjoyed the show just as much as the crowd.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play two more shows in Sydney before the ‘Wrecking Ball Tour’ heads to Melbourne and then finally Hanging Rock.
Written by David Thomas