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.
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
No Surrender (sign request)
Save My Love (tour debut, sign request)
Out in the Street
Crush on You
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Death to My Hometown
Drive All Night
The Promised Land
Working on the Highway
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Because the Night (Patti Smith Group cover)
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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Credit: Roy Smiljanic
Credit: Roy Smiljanic
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|Date:||Dec 31, 2016|
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