The Boss Treats Hampden to a Celebration of Clarence
18th June 2013
On what was a beautiful clear sunny summer’s night in Glasgow the Boss put on a show emotionally stimulating and full of energy.
Two years to the day since the passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons The E Street Band performed a wide range from their incredible catalogue of songs.
This was special, legendary and never to be forgotten. It’s a far cry from the gigs of modern day artists. Springsteen arrived on stage at 7.27 rocking straight into Barack Obama’s victory song ‘We Take Care of Our Own’. And performed 30 songs to a packed crowd until seconds before the 11PM curfew.
‘Hello Glasgow’ The Boss exclaimed before rushing down to grab a bundle of crowd request banners. The human jukebox was up and running. There were six requests played including the incredibly emotional I’m On Fire and Tougher Than The Rest.
The Rising was the final album the Boss collaborated with Clarence Clemons before his death. There were a few songs played from that album including a spine tingling rendition of My City of Ruins. Where for a minute Hampden stood in silence to pay tribute to the Big Man. A gentle breeze swept across the stadium which felt almost surreal. It didn’t end there emotional requests of I’m on Fire and the beautiful Tougher Than The Rest left some fans in tears. And the encore included Born To Run, Dancing in the Dark and an incredible solo acoustic version of Thunder Road. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out featured past footage of Clarence with the Boss on the large stage screens which seemed to inspire Springsteen into a heart felt, emotionally draining crowd sing along.
It was a night that entertained and electrified the audience and brought a tear to every eye. It was magical the kind of concert a legend of music gives to his adoring fans old and young. It was a rock n roll finish with covers of Twist and Shout and Shout before the rock n roll lullaby Thunder Road.
‘Time to go home, I’m sixty-fucking-three, I’m going to have a heart attack’ Springsteen said as he continued with Shout for what seemed like an eternity. No one inside Hampden Park wanted to stop dancing, stop singing, stop the concert and go home.
‘Thank you for coming out tonight and supporting the band all these years we’ll be seeing you’ Springsteen said as he left the stage.
30 songs, three and a half hours later feeling shattered and emotionally drained but still everyone would have waited for more. It’s a night to be remembered forever, one of the greatest music nights of those who were there to witness it.
We Take Care of Our Own
The Ties That Bind
Jole Blon (Harry Choates cover) (Sign request)
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (Sign request)
Radio Nowhere (Sign request)
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
The E Street Shuffle
I’m on Fire (Sign request)
Tougher Than the Rest (Sign request)
Open All Night
Darlington County (Bruce grabs fan’s phone to … more)
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Sign request)
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Twist and Shout (The Top Notes cover) (with ‘La Bamba’ snippet)
Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)