Springsteen Concert Reviews from the 2000 Tour

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Orlanda, FL, March 04, 2000
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Posted on March 20, 2000 @ 10:00AM GMT

As Seen from Section 114.

I had the privilege of seeing Bruce and the E-Street Band in Orlando. Sat in side Section 114, about 20 rows from the stage, so we were close to the stage.

Not everything was perfect that night. The seats and aisles in the arena were small. Of course there was the usual drunk out of their mind idiots, who talked through every song and shouted beer break whenever Bruce pulled out the harmonica. I cannot understand why they bother to go to a concert. In my day, we may have altered our minds, but we were respectful of the artist and the audience. Lastly, the sound was muddy at times.

The band was on fire. Clarence walked up to the mike at the start and says "All Rise" and then Bruce does a short version of Can I Get a Witness and the ministry of rock and roll is in session. All the numbers were tight, with the exception of Badlands, which seemed a bit rushed. Surprisingly, neither Darkness on the Edge of Town nor The Promised Land were played. Instead we got to hear a great version of Trapped and Darlington County, which the band seemed to enjoy. Bruce improvised with Where the Bands Are and then threw in She's the One, because of a sign hanging behind the stage. Youngstown and Murder, Inc. were just killer. Great guitar pieces. Steve, Bruce and Nils were rocking. All the band members seemed to be having a good time, high fiving and patting each other on the back.

Just before the quiet songs after the first songs, Bruce said "Glad to be here in Florida. I'm staying out on the highway, in one of them hotels shaped like a maze. Looks like something my gerbil would live in." During 10th Avenue, he introduced Steve as "the only person to ever get kicked out of Disneyland. I know, 'cause I was there and had to leave in solidarity." Mentions Disneyland in Light of Day. Before GOTJ, he gives a speech regarding the plight of Florida's migrant workers and encourages the audience to donate to a local food bank.

As always, the Boss played to all parts of the stage. During Ramrod, he rubbed his guitar against the mike stand to play a few riffs. Then he turns to Roy and Max and mouths Bobby Jean. Backstreets was awesome as well. Was very cool to be close enough to see the band interaction.

Was hoping for one more song after LOHAD, but the lights came on and the crowd headed for the exit. Took me two hours to fall asleep, with lyrics running through my head. One last chance in Ft. Lauderdale. Hard to believe this may be the last time I may see Bruce and the E Street Band.

Written by Oren Tasini