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Bruce Springsteen unveils love letter to Giants Stadium

October 1, 2009 |  1:44 pm


There's been plenty of Bruce Springsteen envy on Pop & Hiss of late.

The artist, who recently turned 60, has been hopping on the latest trend in live music by exploring a number of his classic albums from start to finish. Chicago was recently treated to "Born to Run," and Springsteen's home state of New Jersey is getting the reverential treatment from now through Oct. 9.

Last night, the artist launched a five-night stand at Giants Stadium, a rock 'n' roll farewell to the East Rutherford, N.J. stadium, which will be torn down in 2010. The song, dubbed "Wrecking Ball," plays out as part tribute to the football, and part statement of rebellious survival.

There's working-class tailgating images of dirt and beer, and a sturdy lead-in to a reliant chorus. There's references to Boeing-sized mosquitoes and shout-outs to the Giants. Beginning with a feisty acoustic build, the song stands on protective ground, and is ready for a fight. Growls the Boss, "So if you got the guts, mister / If you’ve got the balls / If you think it’s your time, then step to the line and bring on your wrecking ball."

New Jersey's Star Ledger has a clip of the concert's opening moments leading up to the initial verses of the song. Full versions can be found on YouTube, and are embedded below. Springsteen said the song was "something I wrote for tonight." A spokesman had no further information on the cut. 

--Todd Martens

Photo: Bill Kostroun / Associated Press