Hours ago (Sept. 30), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band took the stage at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ for the first of a five-night stand that is the capstone to the venue’s 33-year musical history, as it will demolished at the end of the 2009-10 NFL season.
However, beyond the occasion which marked the show, we knew the evening would be special, what with The Boss set to perform Born to Run in its entirety. But in typical Springsteen fashion, Bruce and Co. stepped it up and called an audible, opening the show with a brand new song written in honor of Giants Stadium: “Wreckin’ Ball” in place of the expected “Thunder Road.”
Lyrically, the song is more fun than anthemic, but given the context (Giants Stadium has become synonymous with the E Street Band, which holds the record for number of sold out shows in the venue), it’s hard to resist the light-hearted poignancy of the number. What’s more, the trumpet solo midway through the song – featuring Curt Ramm, who worked with Springsteen on the Seeger Sessions album and tour — certainly brings a nice twist to the arrangement.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, “Wrecking Ball” proves — despite rumors of a hiatus — The Boss is still writing. Then again, given that the combination of hiatus and Springsteen is most certainly oxymoronic , we can’t really surprised.