Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: NOW (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, August 30, 2016) and THEN (The Bottom Line, New York, NY, August 14, 1975)

It has not yet been 24 hours since Bruce Springsteen left the MetLife Stadium stage earlier this morning. Already, enough has been written about what many are calling the greatest concert of his legendary 50-year performing career. Previously, most music journalists pointed to his 1975 stint at New York City’s Bottom Line (two shows a night for five consecutive nights) as his greatest concert moment. Since one of the Bottom Line shows and last night mark my first and most recent Springsteen concerts, I thought I’d offer these points of comparison.

DATE / BRUCE’S AGE

Bottom Line: August 14, 1975 (25)                          

MetLife Stadium: August 30, 2016 (66)

The Bottom LineTICKET PRICE

Bottom Line: $5.00

MetLife Stadium: $176.55 ($150.00 + Ticketmaster fees) / Parking was $30.00

bruce_springsteen_133ATTENDANCE

Bottom Line: 400

MetLife Stadium: 53,000

reszie 1ESTIMATED GROSS (PER SHOW)

Bottom Line: $2,000

MetLife Stadium: $4,800,000

reszie 2SHOW LENGTH

Bottom Line: 1:39 (13 songs)

MetLife Stadium: 4:02 (34 songs)

Songs played at both shows (7): Spirit in the Night, It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City, Kitty’s Back, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Born to Run, She’s the One

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E-STREET BAND MEMBERS

Bottom Line: Steven Van Zandt (guitar) Garry Tallent (bass) Roy Bittan (piano) Danny Federici (organ) Clarence Clemons (saxophone) Max Weinberg (drums)

MetLife Stadium: Steven Van Zandt (guitar) Nils Lofgren (guitar) Garry Tallent (bass) Roy Bittan (piano) Charlie Giordano (organ) Jake Clemons (saxophone) Max Weinberg (drums) Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell (guitars and backing vocals)

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THE “LOOK”

Bottom Line: Black leather jacket, floppy hat and beard

MetLife Stadium: Black T-shirt, black jeans, bandana around neck and clean-shaven

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WHAT I SAW

Bottom Line: The band crammed on to a tiny stage with Bruce climbing the poles and walking the tables

MetLife Stadium: The band from afar and Bruce’s giant image on a colossal video screen with Bruce walking the runways and path through the crowd

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Bottom Line photo by Peter Cunningham

 

 

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