Bruce opened the first of 3 homecoming show in East Rutherford with a strong performance which opened with “Shackled and Drawn” inmediately followed by an intense “Prove it All Night”, complete with its 1978 instrumental intro. Vini Lopez guested on a fun “The E Street Shuffle”. Later in the set arrived a majestic and very long “Racing in the Street”, featuring some superb work from Roy Bittan.
The second show at MetLife Stadium was really outstanding and no doubt one of the best of the tour. Bruce and the band were on fire and the show featured the world premiere of the rare River outtake “Living on the Edge of the World” to open the show, along with amazing performances of “Lost in the Flood”, “In the Midnight Hour”, “From Small Things” and back to back versions of “Incident on 57th Street” and “Rosalita” to end the main set.
Night #3 felt more like a big party than a focused or intense Springsteen show like Night #2. Bruce celebrated his 63th Birthday with 55,000 fans, a big cake and a lot of his family onstage (mother, sister, mother in law…) to share the moment. The show itself was uneven, with lots of ups and downs, all with a clear party atmosphere. Particularly good were “Cover Me” and “Downbound Train” early in the show, plus another amazing duo to end the main set: “Meeting Across the River” and “Jungleland”. Both nights featured guest Gary US Bonds to sing “Jole Blon” and “This Little Girl”. Strangely, there was no “Quarter to Three” in the encores, even though Gary was there.