Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” Kicks Off Giants Stadium’s Last Stand

As you might have heard, the Meadowlands (aka Giants Stadium) is going to be demolished following this year’s football season. As you might have also heard, NJ Ambassador Bruce Sprinsgteen is playing a series of shows there to mark the occasion. They’ll be the final concerts in the space. To make it epic, each night has a different set list and will include the performance of a complete album from start to finish, Don’t Look Back-style. Last night (9/30), the first of the five Giants Stadium performances, it was Born To Run, but he opened with a new site-specific track, “Wrecking Ball,” which was “in honor of the imminent demolition of the longtime home of giants and Giants.” Here’s how the evening gets summed up over at Bruce’s site:

The first night at Giants Stadium began with an ode to creative destruction and indestructibility and ended with “Rosalita” and fireworks. In between, of course, was the entire Born To Run.

Fittingly, NJ.com captured “Wrecking Ball” on video.

Here’s last night’s set list as printed over at brucespringsteen.net:

01 “Wrecking Ball”
02 “Seeds”
03 “Johnny 99″
04 “Atlantic City”
05 “Outlaw Pete”
06 “Hungry Heart”
07 “Working On A Dream”
08 “Thunder Road”
09 “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
10 “Night”
11 “Backstreets”
12 “Born To Run”
13 “She’s The One”
14 “Meeting Across The River”
15 “Jungleland”
16 “Waiting On A Sunny Day”
17 “The Promised Land”
18 “Into The Fire”
19 “Lonesome Day”
20 “The Rising”
21 “Badlands”
22 “No Surrender”
23 “Raise Your Hand”
24 “E Street Shuffle”
25 “Growing Up”
26 “American Land” (with Willie Nile)
27 “Dancin’ In The Dark” (with Willie Nile)
28 “Hard Times” (with Willie Nile)
29 “Rosalita”

Why not 30 songs, Bruce? As far as the remaining NJ shows, here’s how they’ll play out:

10/02 – Darkness on the Edge of Town
10/03 – Born In The USA
10/08 – Born To Run
10/09 – Born In The USA

You can keep updated via the Boss’s Twitter. If you’re nowhere near New Jersey, you’ll find ticket info for other cities over here.