April 6 & April 9, 2012 at Madison Square Garden
The Boss returns to New York City. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at The World’s Most Famous Arena on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9, 2012. This show will feature songs from his new album Wrecking Ball, Springsteen’s 17th studio album.
Springsteen had his work cut out for him conceiving and executing this new album. With America facing perhaps the greatest social, economic, and cultural upheaval in its history, singing about it proved to be a challenge. Few musicians bear such deep public expectation and emotional hope for new albums like The Boss. The pressure was on to produce songs representative of the times.
Wrecking Ball follows the musical disappointment of 2009’s Working on A Dream, dismissed by many critics as derivative, or old hat. The Boss had lost his edge. But the Jersey boy comes through in the new album’s 11 songs by re-commissioning and melding the American traditions of Gospel and Soul in conversation with Appalachian instrumentation and melodies. A goodly dose of Celtic fire heats up the album. Bruce enraged? Perhaps.
Songs like “Easy Money” allude to the acquisitive, rapacious precedent set by Wall Street, and its role in the disintegration of America, once the envy of the world. Springsteen has always been an earnest and socially conscious artist, and these new songs risked sounding forced and insincere—after all, isn’t he one of the one-per centers everyone has been railing about?
Said long-time manager Jon Landau, “Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball.”