THE Boss has an announcement to make. He's even brought his own power lever. You know, to hammer the point home. Switched on, guitar in hand -- his E Street buddies waiting on either side, the man we came to see holds his hand to said lever and smiles.
Granted, there are some startling omissions from tonight's set, but a few cracking surprises, too. Born in the USA is a rarity as far as Springsteen's live songbook is concerned. Tonight, it adds a certain layer of magic.
Elsewhere, the newbies -- the rousing Death to My Hometown in particular -- sound terrific, as the E Street Band reclaim their title as the greatest live act in the world.
But what about that curfew, eh? Well, after three and a half hours, a man dressed as a British police officer arrives on stage to stop Bruce. He ends up on the ground.
Yep, The Boss has got a sense of humour. And the party ain't over until he says so.