He released his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ in 1973. In 2012 he released his 16th studio album, Wrecking Ball. Currently he is on tour in support of the Wrecking Ball album, with the latest edition of the E Street Band, which is 16 pieces strong, including a 5-man horn section and 3 female backup singers.
I was at the concert on August 26 at Magnetic Hill, a superb venue just outside of Moncton, New Brunswick, a mere 2.5 hours from Halifax. (Within the last few years Magnetic Hill has also hosted the Stones, the Eagles, AC/DC and U2.)
This was my third time seeing Springsteen, the first two in Toronto in 1984 and 1985, when he was touring the Born in The USA album. I have to admit that this time around, I was there more for the party than I was for the music, because a large group of my friends were going and we made a nice little road trip of it.
But something interesting happened to me at the show. I rediscovered my affection for the music and the artist. I had been a hardcore fan in the Seventies and Eighties, but when he began to stray from the style of music that I loved on the early albums, I had gradually lost interest.
Springsteen still puts on a show of amazing duration and incredible energy. His interaction with the audience has an element of shtick to it-he still pulls a girl out of the audience for Dancing in the Dark-but you can’t help but enjoy it.The warm feelings that came over me during the show have stayed with me. I am just putting the finishing touches on a homemade double-CD featuring my favorite songs culled from the Live 1975-85 and Live in New York (2001) albums-with the songs in the same order as they appear on his albums, of course.