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I was lucky enough to attend Bruce Springsteen’s recent epic three-night stand at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. On the closing night, “The Boss” played until 2am, and his 87-year-old mother, Adele, made a surprise appearance during the encore to join in his 63rd birthday celebration. She sang back-up vocals and danced with her son during the last song of the night, “Twist and Shout.” Here are the best of my photos from that last show. New Jersey’s biggest newspaper, “The Star-Ledger,” showcased seven of the pictures in its exhaustive review of the concerts.
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I snapped this photo recently just as the sun was rising on the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington. MLK is an idol of mine. I’m proud and impressed that my mother and my grandmother knew him, worked with him, and supported his fight for civil rights.
Tanya and I made a snap decision to go a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City a few days ago – what turned out to be a great call. The show was phenomenal. Tanya finessed her way to the foot of the stage and snapped hundreds of pictures. I was close, too. I took lots of pictures, including this one. Here’s a link to the best of my concert photos.
Here’s another first for Apple’s iPad: It now has a working onstage role in the concerts of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
When their 2012 tour launched this month – their first tour since 2009 – I noticed E Street Band keyboardist Charles Giordano ditched his usual thick binder of sheet music of the band’s songs, replacing it with an iPad display of the band’s music.
The iPad is seen in these photos from their recent Atlanta and Greensboro shows.
May the iPad help Springsteen and the E Street Band rock on forever.
Two nights ago, I took my daughter, Zoe, to a big-time concert: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This was her first time at a performance by The Boss, who I’ve seen in concert dozens of times. I was thrilled to take Zoe to the show (in Greensboro, near where she goes to school, High Point University). We had super seats – front row on the side of the stage (bought at the last minute at face value). The concert was phenomenal. I’m usually a dreadful photographer, but it was hard to take a bad picture being so close to the stage. After the concert, I uploaded a few of my photos to Twitter and, much to my surprise, Springsteen’s official Twitter page re-Tweeted and showcased one of my pictures, blasting the photo to his more than 150,000 Twitter followers. The picture shows Springsteen dancing with a young girl he plucked from the audience during his song “Dancing in the Dark.” To the right is a screen grab of Springsteen’s Twitter page featuring my picture, with more photos below of the duo dancing just a few feet away from me.