From The Hollywood Reporter:
Bruce Springsteen played the Apollo on Friday night.
And he really played the Apollo.
Performing at this intimate, historic theater, the 62-year-old Boss didn’t confine himself to a stage far smaller than in his usual arenas. He sang from the aisles; from the tops of seats; from a side box; from a lighting rig and from the balcony. It’s a wonder he didn’t make it to the roof.
The two-and-a-half show by Springsteen and the E Street Band was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of SiriusXM, which broadcast it live. The audience was composed of lucky subscribers and seemingly every celebrity in the tri-state area, including Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ben Stiller, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Costello, Michael J. Fox, Tommy Hilfiger, Bill Bradley, Ruben Blades, John McEnroe and others too numerous to mention.
After each member of the band strode on stage and did the obligatory ritual rubbing of the tree trunk that is Apollo tradition, Bruce did his own introduction. “Welcome to Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater,” he boomed, before jokingly describing himself as “the hardest working white man in show business.”
The show, which he referred to as “our first non-televised gig,” was an unofficial kick-off of the Wrecking Ball tour which begins March 18 in Atlanta. It included eight of the eleven songs from the new album, plus several golden oldies and–befitting the venue—a few soul classics.
It was also a clearly emotional event, since it marked the first public show by the band since the death of founding member Clarence Clemons. Replacing him are not one but two sax players, including Clemons’ nephew Jake, who received tumultuous applause when he delivered his uncle’s iconic solos from “Badlands” and “Promised Land.”
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