Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Mightily Rock Chaifetz Arena

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Mightily Rock Chaifetz Arena

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There are concerts, and then there's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The rock legend brought the "The River Tour 2016" to Chaifetz Arena on Sunday night.

Sold out nearly from the moment it went on sale, the concert was probably the most high-profile show at Chaifetz Arena to date and was one for the books.

Springsteen and his crew of merry players are back on the road celebrating the 35th anniversary of the "The River" with this special tour in which the album is performed from beginning to end.

And what a celebration it was, a true marathon witnessed by just over 10,000 fans who surely left the building exhausted by the energized Springsteen. This marvelously nostalgic ride through Springsteen's early but crucial years won't be forgotten any time soon.

Over the course of three-and-a-half hours with no opening act or intermission, the band including Steven Van Zandt (guitar), Nils Lofgren (guitar), Max Weinberg (drums), Roy Bittan (piano), Garry Tallent (bass), Jake Clemons (saxophone), Charles Giordano (organ) and Soozie Tyrell (violin) delivered a rip-roaring cruise down "The River" complete with several non-"River" staples thrown into the mix near the end for good measure.

The still-mighty band casually took to the stage around 8 p.m. and prepped the crowd with "Meet Me in the City," actually an outtake from "The River," before diving full on into the album.

"Are you ready to be entertained?" Springsteen asked, before telling fans that "The River" was his coming-of-age record when he was trying to figure out where he fit in.

"I wanted to make a big record, a record that felt like life," he said, then fired up arena rock anthems "The Ties That Bind," "Sherry Darling," "Jackson Cage" and "Two Hearts," and the downbeat "Independence Day."

Springsteen wasted no time getting to know the crowd, walking through the arena floor shaking hands, signing an album cover and eventually crowd-surfing during "Hungry Heart. …

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