Springsteen and the E Street Band

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Bruce Rocks Out LA!
Venue/Date: Los Angeles Mem. Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
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October 29th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Springsteen revives old magic at L.A. Sports Arena

After 15 years away, the Boss and the E Street Band return to their SoCal stomping grounds with a vengeance.

This may seem an odd place to start discussing yet another exhilarating performance from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but let's address the choice of venue first for though some have been quick to bag on the place as rundown and undesirable, the fact is Los Angeles Sports Arena is immensely significant in the Boss' SoCal history.

You can understand why a portion of his local fan base might have grown less than keen on seeing Springsteen back at this old stomping ground. It's been 15 years since he last played here, during which time his predominantly boomer-age audience has been spoiled by newfangled arenas glutted with expensive creature comforts.

Often willfully old-school when it comes to picking concert locations, Springsteen nonetheless has spent time at these shiny arenas in the recent past opening (and instantly disliking) luxury-suite-laden Staples Center in October '99, then stopping the following year for two nights at the then-Pond, to date his only headlining appearances in Orange County in almost a quarter-century of coming to California. (Bit of trivia: The only other time he's performed in O.C. was when he turned up at a John Mellencamp gig at Irvine Meadows in May '88 to sing "Like a Rolling Stone.")

But the Sports Arena it's by far the venue he has headlined the most out this way. After this pair of shows passes, in fact, his tally will have risen to 28. Just for kicks, it breaks down like this: two now, four in September '92, five in April '88, seven in '84 behind "Born in the U.S.A." (he returned the next year for a staggering four dates at the Coliseum next door), and there were six shows in August '81, after he and the band played four nights there in October (including Halloween) and November '80 just after "The River" came out. That run ended the day before Ronald Reagan was elected president, and a little more than a month before John Lennon was killed.Click here to read rest of the review

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