Review: Despite signs of age, Bruce Springsteen proves he's still the Boss in Tampa
It wasn't quite a sold-out crowd -- no doubt the daylong rains had something to do with that -- but Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band still brought their trademark A-game to the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa on Saturday night for a three-hour show full of jiving, dancing and a whole lotta perspiration.
From the opening strands of Badlands to the heartfelt closer Thunder Road, Bruce and company looked every bit of their six decades, sweltering against the Florida humidity. But they still went deep into their back catalog before ultimately closing with a barrage of hits.
"Bruce worked his crack staff like a football coach in the heat of camp," writes Sean Daly. "He ran here, hollered there, stringing together Spirit in the Night and Outlaw Pete. ... A casual Bruce fan might have grown a little restless during the set's midsection (although they eventually got their Born to Run, their Hungry Heart, their Thunder Road). But, oh my, all those diehard Backstreeters must have left tizzied and spent. Seeds! Johnny 99! Point Blank!"
Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*