Celestial and musical marvels cross paths on Aug. 30 when a captivating super blue moon takes center stage in the sky and rock icon Bruce Springsteen returns to the Meadowlands.
The Boss takes the stage with the E Street Band at 7:30 p.m. at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford and is expected to play for 2.5 hours. The super blue moon – an event that won’t happen again until 2037 – hits the nighttime sky about 9:35 p.m. ET.
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This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a “testament to the beauty of the unexpected in both nature and culture,” according to one Bruce super fan. “The cosmic rhythm of the lunar calendar will dance in harmony with the heart-pounding rhythms of Bruce, reminding us how we are all connected.”
A blue moon has nothing to do with the color. It refers to the occurrence of a second full moon within a single calendar month and happens every two to three years. A super moon is when a full moon orbits closer than average to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter.
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This is likely to be the brightest moon of 2023, according to Space.com.
The last time there was a super full moon was 2018. The last time Bruce was at Metlife was The River Tour in 2016. Before that, it was in 2012.
Draw your own conclusions, but Bruce’s opening night in the Meadowlands Aug. 23 seems meant to be — like there’s magic in the air before it even begins.
Bruce Springsteen: The 2023 Metlife Shows
On Aug. 30, Sept. 1 and Sept. 3 Bruce Springsteen will grace the Metlife Stadium stage as part of the band’s North American leg of its already-legendary international tour. Springsteen’s return to this hallowed ground adds another chapter to the stadium’s storied history of hosting headlining music and sports.
There are no opening acts. Once the show begins, the audience will be greeted by The Boss and the E Street Band. Tickets are still available; see Metlife for more information.
The Meadowlands concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Parking lots open at 2:30 p.m. and cost to park is $40 per car. General Admission ticket holders can start lining up at 9 a.m. Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. Information for NJ Transit is here. Rail service from Secaucus Junction starts at 5:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and Friday, Sept. 1; and 5:11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Bruce Springsteen: The Boss
In the realm of music, few names resonate as powerfully as Bruce Springsteen, especially in New Jersey, where the state and the musician are practically synonymous. Known as “The Boss,” Springsteen’s influence on music is immeasurable. His distinctive blend of heartland rock, poetic lyrics, and electrifying performances have earned him a devoted global fanbase spanning six decades.
The Boss has performed a total of 81 times at the Meadowlands Sports Complex and is perhaps among the only rocker to take the stage in every building and branding iteration — Metlife Stadium, Giants Stadium, and the now-defunct Arena, most recently Izod (2007), and formerly Continental Airlines (1996) and originating as Brendan Byrne in 1981.
Of Bruce’s 81 concerts in the Meadowlands, 66 were with the E Street Band.
Bruce Springsteen: Pre-Concert Experience
A Pre-Concert Experience will be available each concert day. There will be a chance to win two tickets to see the show, rock to a cover band, enjoy food and drink specials, pick up merch, get special photo opps, hang with fellow fans, and much more.
Food and drink specials are available at House of ‘Que, Yardhouse, and MrBeast Burger. There are also stores selling “Springsteen-Inspired Outfits” – Levi’s, Hot Topic, Airgraphics, DSW, and Footlocker.
Fans without tickets can purchase official tour merchandise at popup shops in Metlife parking lots on each day of the show starting at 2:30 p.m. (parking fee applies). One will be near the MetLife Gate (Lot F), and the other will be near the Pedestrian Walkover Bridge (Lot E).
- No tickets are necessary to purchase merchandise in these areas on show day, but the required parking fee will be collected.
- There is no re-entry to the parking lots; a parking fee applies upon each entry.
- Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. to ticketholders only. Merchandise inside the gates will be sold atMetLife Plaza, Pepsi Plaza, Verizon Plaza, West Mezzanine Club, Corona Beach Club, sections 117, 133, 144, 226, 321, 331.
Bruce Springsteen: The World Tour
The 2023 international tour began Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida with the band’s first North American show in seven years. Opening night featured a high-energy 28-song set, including fan favorites like “Born To Run,” “Prove It All Night,” and “Wrecking Ball,” with The E Street Band effortlessly shifting to soul and R&B while complemented by a horn section and backing vocalists, Metlife said.
Rolling Stone called the band’s return “ecstatic and emotional,” and SPIN added it was a “must-see.” They “rocked like their lives depended on it,” USA Today said, and the Associated Press noted the “energy was as high as ever…every song seemed epic.”
The E Street Band’s members are: Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa – guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent – bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg – drums; with Soozie Tyrell – violin, guitar, vocals; Jake Clemons – saxophone; and Charlie Giordano – keyboards.
For more info and tickets, visit brucespringsteen.net.
Bruce Springsteen Day in New Jersey
Gov. Phil Murphy recently declared the 23rd day of September as Bruce Springsteen Day in the Garden State. Sept. 23 is the rock legend’s birthday. He will be 74 years old.
“Bruce Springsteen will forever be remembered as the voice of the Garden State, signaling to the world that New Jerseyans were born to run,” according to the proclamation.