Bruce Springsteen debuts new song, 'Wrecking Ball,' at Giants Stadium

There’s a certain magic in the night whenever Bruce Springsteen plays in his home state of New Jersey, but his concert with the E Street Band yesterday was bound to be extra special. The first of five Giants Stadium dates they booked for this week and the next — the final performances by anyone at the soon-to-be-demolished arena — would include a run through the entirety of 1975′s masterful Born to Run, as we learned earlier this week.

That’s not the only treat Springsteen gave me and tens of thousands of other fans last night (pictured), though. He opened the show with a brand-new song, “Wrecking Ball,” penned in tribute to Giants Stadium. “I was raised out of steel here in the swamps of Jersey, some misty years ago,” he began, eliciting loud cheers while strumming an electric guitar alone. As he reached the chorus, Springsteen seemed to be taunting the eroding force of time itself: “Bring on your wrecking ball/Come on, take your best shot/Let me see what you got/Bring on your wrecking ball.” (And was he really just talking about the stadium, or did I detect a more personal note of 60-year-old rock’n’roll defiance in there too?) When the full band kicked in a few moments later, Giants Stadium went wild for one of the last times ever. It was an inspiring start to another of the marathon three-hour shows Springsteen still manages to put on night after night.

The Boss’ camp tells me they have no information on whether “Wrecking Ball” will see a proper release, but it’s a pretty great song regardless. Check out NJ.com‘s high-quality clip of the first part of “Wrecking Ball” after the jump (h/t), followed by grainy fan footage of the full song. Then speak up: Were you at Springsteen’s show last night, or are you heading to any of his other Giants Stadium dates? What do you think of “Wrecking Ball”?

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Photo credit: Bill Kostroun/AP Images

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  • Jen

    Heading to Friday night’s show and I can’t wait! If anything could knock the songs from last night’s Glee out of my playlist, this was it.

  • Jessica

    Per David Cook’s twitter, he was there!!!

  • Officer Farva

    I want to go to there.

  • CountryClub

    BRUUUUCE!!!!!!!!!

  • ali

    It was great as always. 60 is just making him think he has to work harder. I am heading to next weeks shows as well!

  • kpc

    Saw Bruce last week walking his daughter and Patti down Washington Place, NYU. Wanted to say thanks for all the great memories but out of respect I let “my” opportunity slip by as his black escalade limo picked him up at the corner of Washington Square Park. He was awesome again Wed. night…thanks for a “new” song as the opener! Just a great night! the memories continue.

  • Jeff W.

    Doesn’t it suck that concert tickets are so expensive? I bet the person who shot the video from the nosebleed seat still paid $100 for the ticket when you add in all the ridiculous “handling fees” whatever that means.

    • ec

      actually a few thousand tickets to each show at the stadium went for $33. – Of course not the ones I bought (!)

    • JOE

      Acutally, for an artist of his caliber, $100 is not that expensive these days. He gives you every penny’s worth too.

  • catlin

    Why are they knocking it down?
    Damn, gotta ish load of people there!

    • Lynn

      Because Giants Stadium sucks and so do their fans, lol

      • Joe

        You must be from Tampa, or Dallas.

      • Jesse

        You are a total douche bag.

      • Luis

        Must be a sheagles fan

  • brucefan

    Bruce was on fire last night. Seemed like he was having fun, knowing these were the last shows at Giant Stadium…You would never know he was 60! at one point while reaching out to people in the first row, he grabed a beer from a guys hand and chugged it…one of the greats who still know how to rock a stadium.

    • kpc

      Max was working his tail off…felt bad for him at times…looked like he needed a water!

    • alessandro mori

      gradissimo !!!!spettacolare come sempre !!!!ritorna presto in italy con tanti live grazie!!! ale

  • MLM

    was at the first show 9/30 – he and band played their hearts out once again and will be at the last 10/9…well worth the drive from VT

  • Barbara

    The show was incredible! I’m not even a die-hard fan but still think he puts on the most amazing shows. The energy at the stadium was unbelievable. Loved “Wrecking Ball” — hope it gets released so I can download it!

    • jason root

      I’m the same way and I totally agree. can’t wait. I haven’t bought my tickets yet but I *am* going to the 10/9 show.

  • Lynn Nelson

    So excited going to last show ever 10/9 at Giants Stadium. I’m sure Bruce will out on the Best that night.

    • Lynn Nelson

      correction: “put” out the BEST

      • Lynn

        o.k, this was a correction ut my post is gone.

    • Joe

      Your such a dork

  • Lynn

    oh forget it

  • Evan

    Went to wednesday nights show, amazing, Bruce is shutting down the meadowlands the right way

  • Claudia

    Desde ARGENTINA, Mar del Plata!!!! BRUCE THE BOSS I LOVE YOU!!!!! TE AMO!!!!

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