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For Springsteen and Giants Stadium, a Raucous Last Dance

October 12, 2009

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played a final show at Giants Stadium on Friday.

By JON PARELES

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants Stadium heard its last sha-la-las — at least, the amplified kind with tens of thousands of voices singing along — on Friday night, when Bruce Springsteen played the final concert before the stadium is demolished. During the three-hour set, sha-la-las filled this year’s “Working on a Dream,” the 1984 song “Darlington County” and Tom Waits’s “Jersey Girl,” the finale that Mr. Springsteen called the stadium’s “last dance.” It was Mr. Springsteen’s 24th performance since 1985 at Giants Stadium, where the audiences are his most fervent fans: fellow New Jerseyans.

So in a way, Mr. Springsteen could identify with the place, and he did — at least half-seriously — in “Wrecking Ball,” a robust, guitar-strumming song he wrote to start off each of his five final concerts at the stadium. (A video performance is at brucespringsteen.net.)

It may be the only song ever to make Giants Stadium itself the narrator, “raised out of steel in the swamps of Jersey.” It remembers games played and blood spilled and envisions the stadium’s fate when “all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust/ and all our youth and beauty’s been given to the dust.” Typically, Mr. Springsteen was thinking about work, mortality and a sense of place on his way to a chorus where everyone could join in.

Read more at The New York Times: Music Review | Bruce Springsteen: For Springsteen and Giants Stadium, a Raucous Last Dance

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