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Springsteen dances in the dark, literally


Springsteen’s Paris power cut conga

Bruce Springsteen keeps the crowd entertained during a power cut with an impromptu conga line around the arena with The E Street Band.

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He’s known for his roof-raising, legendary three-hour marathon shows and remains one of the best live performers in the world in a career spanning 50 years. 

Now Bruce Springsteen has taken his live show to a whole new level by literally blowing himself off the stage with a power outage. 

And what does the Boss do to entertain the crowd while the techies scramble to get the sound up and running again? Why, start a conga, of course. 

Bruce Springsteen leads his bandmates through the crowd in a conga line during a power outage at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday.

Bruce Springsteen leads his bandmates through the crowd in a conga line during a power outage at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday.

Springsteen was performing at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday night when a fuse blew, cutting out power to the venue. The lights were out for a just short time before coming back on, but the sound remained out for a total of 20 minutes, reports NME.com.

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The Boss and the E Street Band continued performing acoustically, before embarking on a conga line down into the crowd. 

Springsteen, accompanied by bandmates including wife and backing singer Patti Scialfa and saxophonist Jake Clemons, performed through the aisles much to the joy of the audience.

Springsteen was joined by four bandmates including saxophonist Jake Clemons and singer Patti Scialfa.

Springsteen was joined by four bandmates including saxophonist Jake Clemons and singer Patti Scialfa.

He also spent time signing autographs for fans before returning to the stage for the most appropriate song choice of all – his 1984 hit Dancing in the Dark.  

It’s not the first time Springsteen has had the power cut off on stage. In 2012, at the end of another three-hour set in London’s Hyde Park while he was playing a duet with Paul McCartney, promoters pulled the plug after the show overshot the venue’s curfew.  

And the Paris show has echoes – or rather not – of sound issues dating back to an Australian tour in 2003. At a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March of that year, the sound cut out four times in the first hour, in a disappointing show for fans. 

Springsteen is well over halfway into his nine-month, 75-date The River tour across the US and Europe. All of his European dates are to be released as live albums through his website at Live.Springsteen.net. 

He last visited Australia in 2014 with his 11-date High Hopes tour.



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