Review: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tale a 'Wrecking Ball' to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band stopped by the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Friday night for one of the first stops on his North American tour, and a sold-out crowd of 17,591 was there to greet him for a rousing, energetic set that paid tribute to late saxman Clarence Clemons. Sean Daly was among them, and he writes:
I've seen Springsteen a dozen times, but I've never heard him so loud, so loose, so happy to be here. He even introduced himself with self-deprecating fervor — "He's sexy and he knows it!" "He had the No. 1 album in America for one consecutive week!" — setting the weekend-kickoff vibe.
He howled between anthemic cuts from new album Wrecking Ball — including opening one-two wallop of We Take Care of Our Own and the title cut — with why-not rarities (Talk to Me, Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?) and know-'em-by-hearters (The Promised Land, Atlantic City, Thunder Road). He even nodded to a recent gig at Harlem's Apollo Theater with swingin' cuts from the Temptations and Wilson Pickett.