Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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Bruce Springsteen
Photograph: Jon Klemm Bruce Springsteen

Released at the dawn of the ’80s, The River could be interpreted as an indicator of the excess that would characterize the decade—an 83-minute double album that yielded Bruce Springsteen's very first top 10 single ("Hungry Heart") and further solidified his signature sound. 35 years after its release, the record's wailing sax solos, honky-tonk piano and garage rock energy have become a sonic template for acts like Arcade Fire, Destroyer and The Killers—but the Boss still outshines his most reverent imitators. Returning to the United Center behind his recent recent commemorative box set of album outtakes, The Tie That Binds: The River Collection, Springsteen and the E Street Band should get your fists pumping in the air once more.

By: Zach Long


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