Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Summer 2003

In 2003, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band went on an extensive stadium tour, their first in several years. The 1999 Reunion tour was arenas only, so this was their first time the band would perform at stadiums in quite a number of years. During the New Jersey leg of the run, Springsteen and the band scheduled (and sold out) an unprecedented 10 shows at Giants Stadium. These shows were split into two portions, with 7 happening in mid-July, and the final three occurring at the end of August.

Your cousin Ryo was fortunate enough to secure tickets for 6 of these 10 shows. With a little bit of effort, I probably could have attended all 10, but at $85/ticket plus parking and other amenities, it was a little hard to justify the cost. I settled on 6 shows and was joyous with that.

Each show I attended was its own unique experience. Every show was attended with different friends (although Cathy did see 2 out of the 6 with me), Bruce and the band performed a different concert every night, and each evening was a special event of its own. That’s the beauty of a Springsteen concert, every single show is different. If you see him perform 12 nights in a row, you will see 12 different concerts. That’s part of his magic and part of the reason why the man is such an amazing entertainer.

The 2003 Giants Stadium shows hold a very special place in my heart and in my concert history. I will never be able to recapture the experience I had that summer, no matter how many concerts I attend. The summer of 2003 was a special one for me personally and spiritually. I had just turned 30, I had just started dating an amazing woman who would eventually become my wife, and I had just started to understand the bigger picture that life had to offer. The 6 nights at Giants Stadium with Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band helped me explore myself and feel alive in a way that is near indescribable. They were special nights. They were magical nights. They were E-Street nights.

This week at The Rock And Roll Guru, I am going to be posting a review for each of the 6 concerts I attended that summer. If you are a fan of Springsteen, you’re going to love this week. If you’re a Springsteen hater, I invite you to return next week, when The Guru will be back its regularly scheduled programming. In the meantime, strap in, relax, and prepare to time travel with cousin Ryo. We’re going back 7 years to the summer of 2003. Memory lane with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, here we come.

Tomorrow: July 15, 2003: the first of 6 Springsteen shows.


RockandRollGuru said...

Nice, man. I've seen the Boss 20+ times since '77 and look forward to reading about your '03 experiences!

Ryo Vie said...

From one Guru to another, I hope you enjoy this week's series. I've seen the Boss 15 times (and counting) but never in the 70s or 80s. Those must have been great shows. Would love to hear about them, especially the Born In the USA tour (if you attended).