Deciding that twice was not enough, I headed out to Hershey on Friday for a third Springsteen show, half worried that it could never live up to the two at the Spectrum last month. No need: Turned out to be a full three hour blowout before a crowd of 30,000, the only outdoor show of the current U.S. tour on a perfect pre-summer night, and just the second time that the drummer's throne was held down solely by 18 year old phenom Jay Weinberg, who Springsteen introduced as "The Prodigy!"
A great, celebratory evening all around, with a couple of excellent signage moments, though towards the end, the Boss commented, "Love all the signs, but I gotta say, it's getting a little ridiculous." Early on, he grabbed one that read, "If U Play Twist n Shout, I'll Burn My Hannah Montana CDs," so that Isley Brothers-Beatles tune instantly shook up the set list.
And a bit later, right before Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped," Springsteen held up the imaginatively conceived request above, for the girl-group-ish "Give The Girl A Kiss," a '70s outtake that wound up on Tracks. So obscure that Steve Van Zandt had to teach the opening chords to Springsteen, who laughed through a flubbed verse or two. (Sorry folks, no Chocolate Town "Candy's Room")