Concert review: Thousands revel in heart-charging Bruce Springsteen at the BOK in Tulsa

TULSA -Boss-mania broke out in the BOK Tuesday night the moment the arena lights went down and Bruce Springsteen stepped into the colored spots and boomed, “Is anybody alive out there?”
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment Editor Modified: April 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm •  Published: April 8, 2009
Advertisement
;
TULSA - Boss-mania broke out in the BOK Tuesday night the moment the arena lights went down and Bruce Springsteen stepped into the colored spots and boomed, “Is anybody alive out there?”

At first it sounded like the crowd was booing, but the faithful were actually howling “Bruuuce,” thousands of voices strong, and rock’s black-clad, blue-collar hero responded by kicking into the hard-times Heartland anthem “Badlands,” getting a standing cheer in return.

Brandishing his Fender Telecaster skyward like a fearless flag bearer, Springsteen led the 11-piece powerhouse E Street Band through a rollicking version of his wild and wooley cowboy fantasy “Outlaw Pete,” while scenes of Monument Valley flashed on a long, wide video screen behind the band, and a black-Stetson-wearing bossman strolled out onto a crowd-level runway amid the upraised hands of fans.

His anthemic “Out On the Street” ode to the working man stepping out with this baby after hours was followed by the yearning, lower key “Working on a Dream,” the title song from his latest album, bringing to mind that Springsteen is still the deeply soulful, singing spokesman for every searching and hopeful person born in the age of rock ‘n’ roll.

Still looking muscular and full of bar-room band machismo as he nears the 60 turn, Springsteen had Baby Boomers and X and Y gen-ers alike dancing in the aisles to such tunes as the locomotive “Johnny 99,” and swaying in sweet melancholy bliss to the sweet dirge-like anti-war lament, “Youngstown.


Advertisement


Trending Now



AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Dave Chappelle Reveals Shockingly Buff New Look
  2. 2
    Peaches Geldof Funeral to Be Held on Easter Monday
  3. 3
    Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade
  4. 4
    NBA commissioner wants to raise age limit to 20
  5. 5
    Dream guitars I wouldn't mind calling my own (34 Photos)
+ show more