Happy Birthday, Bruce(and Many Happy Returns … to SF)

Just allow yourself a moment to let this sink in: Bruce Springsteen turns 54 today.

It’s no surprise to me that his current run with the E Street Band is on its way to becoming one of the highest grossing tours of all time. I saw the PacBell show just over a month ago (his first performance in San Francisco in 25 years), and it was certainly the best rock concert I’ve ever seen. I’m in awe of the intensity that Bruce can give for almost 3 hours straight–shouting, running, sliding on his knees, jumping up on the piano, hanging from his microphone stand–the guy just gives it everything he’s got.

I’d pay to see them again if they decided to return. I only wish I could have been in Boston to see them play Fenway (sigh):

Springsteen and the E Street Band stopped there for two nights–playing the only rock shows ever held at the ninety-one-year-old ballpark. “The stadium is so low that the surrounding areas could hear the show like they were listening to the radio,” says Boston-born E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt. “If there were 35,000 people inside, there were 35,000 outside. There was an element of hysteria that was rather fun. We’ve never heard a reaction like that in the United States.”

If you have the chance to catch one of the final shows of the tour, don’t pass it up. There are still a couple more shows before the tour wraps up at Shea Stadium during the first week of October.