Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen along with his E Street Band will be making his way to the District tonight with a sold-out performance at the Verizon Center tonight as part of the Wrecking Ball tour.
The tour, in support of The Boss’ latest effort, also titled Wrecking Ball, kicked off on March 18 in Atlanta and continues through the end of July. Springsteen and the E Street Band will finish the tour in Helsinki, Finland.
Springsteen released his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, on March 5 to rave reviews from critics and fans and has widely been considered Springsteen’s angriest album –addressing topics such as politics and economic justice.
The album also features the final tracks from the late Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band’s original saxophone player who passed away last June.
In line with the nature of the album, parts of each show have taken on a political tone, especially in light of the recent, tragic events involving Trayvon Martin. During the last few shows, Springsteen has brought out his song “41 Shots (American Skin),” which he wrote back in 1999 after the shooting of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year old who was shot and killed by four New York City Police officers, and takes on an added meaning again today.
But the show isn’t all political and economic messages; ultimately, The Boss just wants everyone to have a good time. On a recent stop in Philadelphia, Bruce ventured, on more than one occasion, in to the stands to sing and dance with the fans, once crowd surfing his way back to the stage. And, during the song “Raise Your Hand” he even stopped to drink a fan’s beer!
On Thursday in Philadelphia, Springsteen’s almost ninety-year old mother was in attendance, and he brought her up on stage to dance with him during his rendition of “Dancing In The Dark.”
Even at 63, Springsteen is famous for his marathon live performances, most of which on this tour have lasted up to three hours. And this year he will be bringing a few extra friends out on the road with him besides the seven-member E Street Band, as he’s added a horn section to further enhance their live show.
Doors open for the 7:30 p.m. D.C. show at 6:00 p.m. Check out the lottery procedures for entering the forward barricaded area if you purchased General Admission floor seats, found at Springsteen’s website here.
– Brian Ossip, DC Music Live