If ever there was an age for Bruce Springsteen to revisit his hit “The River,” this is it. “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?” asks Springsteen on the song that tracks a young man’s life—his promise betrayed by dashed hopes, ending with all the opportunity of a dry riverbed. In an era of political and economic uncertainty, we at least have one stalwart in Springsteen, the tireless 67-year-old rocker whose music never stops hoping and never refuses to dream.
Now the Boss and his E Street Band bring their message to Boston, where they end their River world tour at Gillette Stadium on September 14—a return engagement following a sold-out show in February. On The River Tour, Springsteen taps into his 1980 double album of the same name, which was recently re-released as a box set. His tour shows have included performances of the entire album, plus a host of other hits and fan favorites mixed in.
A poignant reflection of his longevity, he and the band have also been delivering tributes to his late musical contemporaries, David Bowie and Prince. But by wading into “The River,” Springsteen draws attention back to a particularly raw America. And who better than the country’s everyman troubadour to ensure we have an unclouded view. Gilette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl., Foxborough, 508-543-8200