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Best Coventry gig of 2016: Bruce Springsteen at the Ricoh Arena; The Boss played a mammoth gig at the Coventry stadium back in June.

Byline: James Rodger

Coventry witnessed a landmark occasion back in June: when Bruce Springsteen came to town.

The Boss played a triumphant setat theRicoh Arenain Coventry, with thousands of fans flocking from around the country to catch a glimpse of the rock'n'roll icon.

Some had travelled the length and breadth of the country to see Springsteen in his first tour since 2013.

We reckon it's the best gig of the year in our city - beating competition from Rihanna and MTV Crashes, not to mention the farewell shows of Coventry rock trio The Enemy.

Here is why:

What we said

Our five-star review of the concert reads:"Everyone going to a Springsteen gig knows what to expect, and New Jersey's finest rarely disappoints.

"Brilliant musicianship from the likes of Steve van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and Max Weinberg plus a never-ending back-catalogue are the biggest attraction of the evening, but this only tells part of the story.

"The Boss has a formula that works, and it is difficult not to get caught up in the sheer exuberance of the occasion, despite having a pretty good idea of what is coming next.

"From taking requests on home-made signs held up by those who queued two days to be at the front, to pulling audience members on stage to dance, one-by-one Springsteen ticked off the audience's 'must-see' items. A heartfelt tribute to former saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, was also well received.

"The other guarantee from a Springsteen concert is that no-one goes home short-changed.

"The fans may queue 24 hours to get into the pit below the stage, but they are richly rewarded by over three hours of their hero. He may no longer be rock and roll future, but frankly no-one cares."

Read the full review here.

What you said

On the whole fans were blown away by the performance, with many giving it five stars and saying he was 'brilliant as always'.

But don't just take our word for it, have a look yourselves.

Bruce reaction

For You (tour debut, solo piano)

Something in the Night (tour debut)

Prove It All Night

My Love Will Not Let You Down

The Ties That Bind

Sherry Darling

No Surrender (sign request)

Two Hearts

Save My Love (tour debut, sign request)

Hungry Heart

Out in the Street

Crush on You

You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

Death to My Hometown

Youngstown

Murder Incorporated

The River

Drive All Night

The Promised Land

Working on the Highway

Darlington County

Waitin' on a Sunny Day

Because the Night (Patti Smith Group cover)

The Rising

Badlands

Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) (tour debut, sign request)

Born in the U.S.A.

Born to Run

Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican cover) (tour debut)

Dancing in the Dark

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)

Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

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Date:Dec 31, 2016
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