More than 60,000 people crowded into MetLife Stadium located in the swamps of Jersey as they celebrated the birthday of popular senior citizen Bruce Springsteen last night.
The “Boss” celebrated his rocking 63rd birthday at midnight Sunday morning during his Saturday concert at MetLife.
The sold-out audience had a hardy party as they serenaded the Springsteen with a rain-soaked version of “Happy Birthday to You.”
“All right, let’s hear it,” Springsteen said.
Afterward, Springsteen’s E Street Band performed a cover of Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.”
The concert was delayed to a 10:30 p.m. start as stadium officials would not let audience members take their seats on the field due to lightning in the area.
Bruce and the E Street Band took the stage to Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour” to start a three-hour-and-28-minute, 33-song show that was quite different from the first two nights.
The show was the third and final at the stadium of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball tour.
Once again, as in Friday’s show, the band was joined by Gary U.S. Bonds for two songs, “Jole Blon” and “This Little Girl.’’
The song “Into the Fire” was dedicated to New York City 9/11 hero fireman Richard Nappi, who died fighting an April fire in Brooklyn.
The rain delay didn’t dampen spirits, as later in the show, Springsteen was joined on stage by his mom Adele Springsteen, brother-in-law Michael Scialfa (who was also celebrating a birthday), and several other family members who presented the Boss with a birthday cake.
The concert ended with Springsteen handing out pieces of cake to some of his most loyal fans, according to the Star-Ledger. And then it was onto a family version of “Twist and Shout” and fireworks at 1:55 a.m.
The Wrecking Ball tour goes on hiatus until ramping up again for North American arena dates starting Oct. 19 in Ottawa and concluding Dec. 6 in Glendale, Ariz.
If you’re in the mood for more Boss, Rolling Stone has videos of Springsteen’s 18 best collaborations; Flavorpill has his 60 greatest lyrics; or you can just read Joe Strummer’s take on him: “BRUCE IS GREAT… IF YOU DONT AGREE WITH THAT YOU’RE A PRETENTIOUS MARTIAN FROM VENUS.”