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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA

I’ve always enjoyed Bruce Springsteen but never been a huge fan so I’ve never managed to go see him. Having always heard what a great show he puts on I decided it was time to check him out especially because he doesn’t tour with the E Street Band that often.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at HP Pavilion

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at HP Pavilion

I had great seats right above the ADA seating looking straight down the audience-right side of the stage. As expected, he does put on a fabulous show and I was impressed how he is able to engage and audience in a venue as large as the Pavilion.

The floor was broken up into two sections: a (presumably much more expensive) pit right up front that went back for about 100 feet and then the rest of the floor section. Near the end of the show Bruce went out into the audience and walked down the aisle and stood on a small platform right in front of the rail that separated the pit from back floor to finish up the song. At the end of the lyrics of the song he let himself fall backwards and crowd-surfed back to the main stage as the band jammed. No bad for someone old enough to be collecting Social Security.

The last time I was at HP Pavilion was to see Roger Waters perform The Wall on the first leg of the tour. Sadly, Bruce wasn’t as concerned about sound quality as Roger was and the sound was back to normal…IOW, total crap. I hate that venue.

Roger Waters
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
This was a huge production and well worth the pricey tickets. The show was very tightly choreographed with lots of people and equipment moving around to build the wall, animate the marionettes, move musicians around to their appropriate place in the wall, etc.. I was sitting right up front so I was able to watch the stage hands put the bricks…in the wall and as an example of how tightly controlled everything was, they didn’t include space occupied by the new brick in the projection until it was completely in place.
Roger Waters at HP Pavilion

Roger Waters at HP Pavilion

Shockingly, the sound was actually pretty good despite HP Pavilion having the worst sound in the Bay Area; yes, even worse than the Cow Palace.

Set List:
Umm, The Wall.