“It’s been a long time coming,” Springsteen told the crowd after the first track. Stepping out of the microphone and speaking directly to the crowd, “In 71 years of the world, I have never seen anything like it in the last year.”
He spoke at the length of his mother, Adele Springsteen.
“She’s had Alzheimer’s for 10 years,” he said. “She’s 95, but the desire to dance. The need to dance is something that doesn’t leave her, she can’t talk, she can’t stand. But when she saw me, she had a smile.”
And he spoke about the unrest across the country.
“We’re in a tough time,” Springstein said. “Of course not in my lifetime. when the survival of democracy itself It’s not just anyone who will perform in the next four years. But the survival of democracy itself is being seriously threatened.”
He then released one of three new songs on the show “American Skin (41 Shots),” a ballad written about Amadou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant who was shot dead by a New York City police officer in 1999.
among new content (Including the new duet “Fire” with his wife Patti Scialfa), the rhythm that kicked off “Springsteen on Broadway” quickly found their groove. hours before the show The crowd gathered outside the stage door. Which is reminiscent of Springsteen’s previous Broadway event, when fans cheered to see the rock star’s arrival every night.
Giancarlo DiMascio, 28, drove down from Rochester to see a performance. (his 49th Springteen concert) said, “It’s so great to have Boss open for us to come back. “It’s big for New York. big for art and culture here And opening this is a normal feeling.”