The Energy and Ecstasy of Bruce the Magnificent; Review Bruce Springsteen Cardiff's Millennium Stadium
Byline: Blair Wood
THOUSANDS of fans, one of the world's true legends of rock and three hours of pure joy; the night Bruce Springsteen took over the Millennium Stadium was definitely one to remember.
Fans had been waiting months, if not years, for this concert. And, when the great man's arrival on stage was delayed by 45 minutes, they had to wait a little longer.
But you would have a hard time finding anyone in the crowd who would argue it wasn't worth it when "The Boss" finally strutted out. The Welsh branch of his global fan base soon made sure he felt their appreciation from the first minute until the last.
Brilliantly supported by his long-serving E Street Band (minus keyboard player Danny Federici who died in April), Springsteen was in top form. And, with more than 60,000 fans providing an infectious atmosphere, the home of Welsh rugby provided the ideal venue.
Springsteen has sold over 65 million albums in the US alone.
But, when greeting the masses, he took great pleasure in paying tribute to the "Welsh connection" as he sought to give the concert a more personal feel.
It was to be the first of many touching and genuinely heartfelt interactions with the crowd. Stars of his magnitude often like to keep their following at arm's length, Springsteen couldn't get enough. …