Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin
The signal that the show was beginning was some pink lights flashing on and off a couple of times and the start-up of the large video screens stage left and right and behind the stage. On came images of a police motorcade leading some large black SUVs through the streets outside Fenway Park. From seats you could see the lead SUV pulling into the stadium to the right back of the stage. Exiting from the SUVs were E Street Band members and Bruce Springsteen. The video coverage followed them walking up the ramp to the stage as a recording of “Take Me Out The Ballgame” played, enticing the 40,000-plus fans to sing the vocals.
It was surely a great entrance and a signal of the great, great moments to come. After some hellos, Bruce introduced the first song as one “we used to do like this back in the 1970s,” as Bruce sang “Thunder Road” with only accompaniment by E-Streeter Roy Bittan on piano. It was a rare, powerful, goose-bumpy start to what would be three and a half hours of great moments, emotion and music.