|The Fea Ladies enjoying the show|
Last night at Hershey Park Stadium--the only stadium concert on the High Hopes mini-tour--he did not disappoint. Several veteran fans standing around me said it was the best Springsteen concert they had ever seen. I can't argue with that because, as I see it, the last Springsteen concert one sees is always the best. Springsteen and the E Street Band just keep improving.
It has been said before, but I will say it again. A Springsteen concert is a religious experience. It is a spiritual experience. This was the topic of family conversation on the ride home in the car. We debated the definition of a spiritual experience. What is spiritual? Can someone have a spiritual experience that does not involve the worship of God? Is Springsteen's music Christian? (Of course all of these conversations took place within the bounds of our family's Evangelical Christian faith). At least it gave us something to do as we navigated the parking lot at Hershey Park Stadium, a place that has been hosting concerts like this for decades and has yet to figure out an efficient way of guiding cars toward the exits.
The concert was amazing. The E Street Band was on fire. It was a great night for guitar solos. Nils Lofgren looked like a spinning top as he bounced around the stage during his solo on Prove It All Night. This was the second or third time I have seen and heard Springsteen's powerful solo at the end of Lost in the Flood. But it was Tom Morello who really stole the show on guitar. Morello's solo on the social justice anthem "Ghost of Tom Joad" (my favorite song of the night) was off the charts. Not only did he play part of it with his mouth, but he also pulled the jack out of his guitar and played it (the jack) on his hand. The Harvard graduate brings a lot of energy to the stage. He is a welcome addition to the E Street Band.
Midway through the concert a rainy mist filled the air. Springsteen adjusted on the fly with "Mary's
|Two excited kids|
As usual, I was enraptured by the entire experience. It was not until I got home and climbed in bed that I began to reflect. A Bruce Springsteen concert is a largely white middle to upper-middle class event. The parking lot was filled with some pretty expensive cars and SUVs. All of those in attendance were able to afford the $118.00 ticket price. The audience was filled with largely professional-types. I think it is fair to say that most of the people in attendance live relatively comfortable lives.
Though I live in a modest neighborhood, drive a modest car, and make a very modest salary, I would also place myself in this category of Bruce concert-goers.
|Bruce apparently made eye contact with my daughters|
These are indeed difficult and important tensions to live. My hope is that the people who attended the concert were at least willing to think about them.