Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band celebrated the 41st birthday of the classic album Born to Run by breaking the record for its longest show ever in the United States.
Clocking in at four hours even, the band on Thursday night (Aug. 25) gave the hometown crowd at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey bragging rights to witnessing another musical marathon. Fans were treated to 33 songs, a guest appearance by Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello, the youngest singer ever to join the Boss on stage for "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" (she was three-years-old), and a marriage proposal during the finale of "Jersey Girl."
Morello -- who joined the band for three songs -- added depth to a politically-charged set that included "Death to My Hometown," "Youngstown," "Jack of All Trades," "American Skin (41 Shots)," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Before introducing "Youngstown," Springsteen addressed the current presidential election as "the ugliest I've ever seen."
The Freehold native once again was joined by a string section for the show opener, "New York City Serenade." In a poignant moment, Springsteen dedicated "My City of Ruins" to the earthquake victims in Italy. The evening also had a special guest in attendance-Springsteen's mom, Adele.
Thursday's show shattered his previous U.S. record set on Tuesday night (Aug. 23) of 3:52 and 35 songs. He has one more date to make New Jersey proud and beat his all time-record which he set in Helsinki, Finland, clocking in at 4:05 on July 31, 2012.
In other Springsteen news, the 66-year old rocker gave fans a glimpse of his forthcoming book, Born to Run:Chapter and Verse, on Twitter. Springsteen shared a short video that flips through the pages of the memoir -- momentarily slowing down to showcase the chapters.
Setlist from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Aug. 25:
New York City Serenade
Prove it All Night
Spirit in the Night
My City of Ruins
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Lost in the Flood
Out in the Street
Death to My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
Jack of All Trades
American Skin (41 Shots) (with Tom Morello)
The Promised Land
I’m a Rocker
Tougher Than the Rest
Because the Night
The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Tom Morello)
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita (Come out Tonight)
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out