Bruce Springsteen

The tenor of Bruce Springsteen's post-election arrival in St. Paul could either be celebratory release if Obama wins, or a desperate search for meaning if Romney seizes power. Stumping for Obama through the fall while segments of his "Land of Hope and Dreams" accompanied the Giants' delirious run to World Series victory, Springsteen embodied the spirit and underlying theme of virtually his entire body of work. Glimmers of inspiration lurk amid the wreckage on those backstreets, reject the forces of darkness (on the edge of town), and forge ahead to the promised land. That, of course, is reflected in the band's always evolving set lists, which lately have been peppered with rousing anthems like "No Surrender" and a smattering of the hard-times songs off this year's Wrecking Ball along with nuggets as far back as "Spirit in the Night." The late saxophonist Clarence Clemons's spot has been filled — reportedly admirably — by nephew Jake Clemons, part of a five-horn contingent of E Streeters, who still prove it all night.
Sun., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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