Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show at London's new Wembley stadium over the weekend. He will return to the country to play the Olympic stadium later this summer.
Bruce Springsteen played his first show at London's Wembley Stadium over the weekend, pumping out the hits to some 71,000 fans. It was stunning turn out for the now 63-year-old rocker, who still comfortably commands such crowds while putting on quite the show too - as if to ensure everyone get their money worth. Though the fiery Badlands, iconic Thunder Road and timeless Dancing in the Dark were the highlights, Springsteen pulled out the rarity Save My Love and Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), which he performs only sparingly nowadays.
Glowing reviews littered the British press on Monday morning (June 17, 2013), with The Independent writing of Springsteen's showmanship, "An entertainer to the last, "Dancing in the Dark" sees Springsteen invite two women up onto the stage (the latter of whom's child appeared to be waving a sign reading 'dance with my mum for a dollar'), and he achieves that rare thing of making such banter funny and touching."
Critic Michael Hann of The Guardian gave the performance the maximum five stars, writing, "Maybe one could say it's routine, just showmanship, but the eternal miracle of Springsteen is that he never appears to be faking it for the audience's benefit. It's almost commonplace to say a Springsteen show is another triumph, but - really - he just keeps getting better and better."
Bruce Springsteen Playing His Signature Telecaster At London's Wembley Stadium
Sarfraz Mansoor of The Daily Telegraph opined, "This was arguably the most astonishing Bruce Springsteen concert I have ever seen," before recalling, "As he [Springsteen] left the stage I saw a girl with a sign - not a song request but a statement. It read: "Thanks for making our lives better."
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play Glasgow's Hampden Park on June 18 and Coventry's Ricoh Arena two days later.
Bruce Springsteen Working The Crowd At Wembley Stadium
Bruce Springsteen [R] Rocking Out With Nils Lofgren [L]
Bruce Springsteen Playing His Telecaster At Wembley
Bruce Springsteen [L] and Steve Van Zandt [R] Rock Out At London's Wembley Stadium