One of the many inevitable singalong moments at a concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band comes whenever the gang breaks into something from 1975’s Born to Run. That album is eight undeniable anthems in a row, from “Thunder Road” straight through “Jungleland,” and fans go justifiably nuts as soon as they hear the opening notes of any one of ‘em. So just imagine how wild the assembled devotees at Chicago’s United Center are going to go on Sept. 20, when Bruce and Co. will perform Born to Run in its entirety, as their reps have just confirmed to the Music Mix. One of the most formally perfect albums of all time, played start to finish by a band that, as recent tours have proven, remains very much in possession of its rockin’ powers – talk about a show you don’t want to miss. YouTube just won’t be able to do this justice.
Personally, I’m going a little insane just thinking about the fact that I’m not going to be able to make it out to Chicago to see that show. Yet all hope isn’t lost: Rumor has it that Bruce and the band might be playing some similar full-album shows in other cities this fall. Does that mean there’s a chance that I might get to witness all of, say, 1978’s even-awesomer Darkness on the Edge of Town when I see Springsteen at Giants Stadium in a few months? The E Street camp wouldn’t confirm anything of the sort at this time, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. (After all, a month ago I was hoping that the Pixies would bring their European Doolittle tour to the States, and sure enough, this morning a press release informs me that they’re doing just that.)
Any Chicagoans psyched to see this show? Or are you, like me, stuck hoping this becomes a multi-city affair? Watch a much younger E Street Band tear through Born to Run’s “She’s the One” in 1975 below to refresh your memory, then let us know.
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