Magazine article Newsweek

Reborn to Run, Again and Again: Springsteen and His Band Reunite

Magazine article Newsweek

Reborn to Run, Again and Again: Springsteen and His Band Reunite

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You want exuberance? On July 15, onstage at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, saxophonist Clarence Clemons managed to sweat through not only his shirt but his suit--and he spent a lot of the show playing the cowbell. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were launching the American leg of their reunion tour, their first outing in a decade. The singer is a giddier, more conventional showman than he once was--he led many sing-alongs, shimmied on top of the piano like he was on a '60s TV show and declaimed about the curative powers of rock like a preacher at a tent revival. Still, the show had more than enough dark edges to keep it from devolving into a hoedown of golden oldies. Springsteen, 49, lit out of Asbury Park long ago. He has not yet reached Las Vegas.

On opening night, the band sounded muddy for the first few numbers. (God bless the E Street Band--Max Weinberg came fresh from "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," Stevie Van Zandt from "The Sopranos"--but you've got to wonder if it really takes four guitarists, a pianist and a keyboard player to play a Bruce Springsteen song. …

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