Bruce Springsteen plays Easter Sunday concert in San Francisco


Bruce Springsteen put on a magnificent show on Thursday night at Chase Center in San Francisco. Then he went out and topped that effort by delivering an even better concert at the same venue on Easter Sunday.

“Happy Easter,” the 74-year-old New Jersey native greeted the full house of fans. “It’s a religious crowd here tonight, I can tell — spiritual crowd.”

For his part, Springsteen went about his work with the enthusiasm of a revival tent preacher, strutting about the stage with passion and purpose and delivering each batch of words like they might be the ones that will change the very lives of those listening.

And the 16,500 followers in attendance ate it up — every single word — during all 29 songs of the approximately three-hour set.

Unlike Thursday’s show, which got off to a somewhat tepid start, Springsteen and his incredible 17-piece E Street Band came racing right out of the gate with a fiery “Light of Day.” That relative rarity — which was being played for the first time on this 2024 tour — was actually first recorded by Springsteen in 1983 as part of the “Born in the U.S.A.” sessions, but never ended up making that album. “Light of Day” would actually first surface in a performance by Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett (playing as the fictitious band the Barbusters) in the 1987 film of the same name.

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