Bruce Springsteen: 21st June 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band laid on a scintillating set lasting more than three hours in front of more than 50,000 fans on Thursday evening.

Bruce Springsteen showed exactly why he's nicknamed 'The Boss' with a dominating performance at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

Wet conditions on Wearside didn't dampen spirits as the American maestro positively sizzled in front of an army of adoring fans.

Kicking off with 'Badlands' from his fourth album, the 62-year-old New Jersey native got off to a blistering start, following up with 'We Take Care of Our Own' and 'Wrecking Ball'.

Having taken to the stage a little after 7pm, a marathon performance was in prospect and Springsteen didn't disappoint with a set-list laden with hits.

'Death To My Hometown' and 'My City of Ruins' then went down a treat as Springsteen and his E Street Band found their rhythm.

Mixing and matching throughout, Springsteen's chosen material ran the gamut of his career as he kept the crowd guessing.

But with a weighty discography to choose from, he could afford to be choosy.

Altogether, the megastar rocker and his band packed 28 songs into a set lasting just over three hours.'Land of Hopes And Dreams' rounded out the main event but there was an eight-song encore to come, with Springsteen raising the roof as he belted out iconic hit 'Dancing In The Dark'.

A rousing rendition of 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out' from the album 'Born to Run' brought the curtain down and was a fitting way to end a night to remember for more than 50,000 music fans on Wearside.

Springsteen's effervescent performance showed just why he's been a mainstay of the music scene worldwide since releasing his first album almost 30 years ago.

He has sold an incredible 120 million albums.

The Stadium of Light's hat-trick of concerts concludes this weekend as the Red Hot Chili Peppers take centre stage.

Anthony Kiedis and co will have to go some way to reach the heights of Springsteen and Coldplay, who wowed Wearside earlier in the month.

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