Bruce Springsteen Glasgow Hampden Park July 14th 2009

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Hampden Park Glasgow July 14th 2009

A fair few years have passed since I first saw Bruce at Hammersmith in 1975. I’ve seen him a few times since over the years, and in recent times I’ve really got back into him again. Laura likes the well known songs, Born to Run, The River etc, so decided that she would join me this time and see the Boss for herself. This gig promised to be something special. Its been some time since Bruce last played Glasgow and a lot of people were really looking forward to this.

We set off around 2pm to give ourselves plenty of time to drive up to Scotland and stopped off at Gretna for a short break. The drive was fine and we arrived in Glasgow around 5pm. I’d expected Hampden to be well signposted but soon got lost and ended up driving around the city centre. Driving past Central Station I saw a massive queue of people who were obviously off to the concert. So I stopped and offered a lift to anyone who could direct us to the stadium. We were quickly joined by Alan, Sandra and Janie who had come from Ayr and were pleased for the lift as they directed us up through the town to Hampden. We arrived in the Stadium carpark aorund 7.15; just in time to buy a t-shirt for Laura, a programme for me and a couple of (pretty disgusting and expensive) hotdogs.

Bruce and the band took the stage around 8pm. For the next three hours we were treated to a great show by what must be one of the best live bands on the planet today. Bruce seems to have unstoppable energy and really seemed to put everything into the show. And the Glasgow crowd wsere up for it. Lots of singing along (to every song; put me to shame). At one point Bruce goes down to the front and collects cardboard signs from the crowd and then palys some of the requests from the cards including Incident on 57th Street, which he hasn’t played in the Uk since the 75 Hammersmith shows. Clarence gets a special cheer from the crowd; he looks great. Bruce finishes with Twist and Shout (I was hoping for Mony Mony).

After the show the police keep us in the carpark until around midnight. We got home at 3am;and I’m up at 7am for work; tired but it was worth it.

Flower of Scotland: [Nils solo accordion intro]
Out in the Street
My Lucky Day
She’s the One
Outlaw Pete
Working on the Highway
Working on a Dream
Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Raise Your Hand (instrumental)
Incident on 57th Street
Pink Cadillac
Cover Me
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The River
Kingdom of Days
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run

Hard Times
Thunder Road
American Land (with Evan Springsteen)
Bobby Jean
Dancing in the Dark
Twist and Shout





2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jerry hepburn on September 18, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I never would have guessed.

    I have become amoungst other things of late a RE convert to The Boss!!

    Bruce Springsteen is overlooked I think

    He is pigeon-holed as a Stadium Star etc

    But he is so much more than that

    Jerry Hepburn Pencaitland Scotland

    p.s. GLASGOW was absolutely superb!!!
    One of the best gigs I have ever witnessed.




  2. I’ve watched the youtube videos listened to his albums, but I doubt much will compare to the boss live… one of the tightest, most versatile bands in the world… and they certainly look like they’re having a blast on stage 😉


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