Bruce Springsteen is slated to be the keynote speaker at this year’s South by Southwest music festival, and he’s even going to play a show at an “intimate venue.”
But he wasted no time in getting his 2012 tour in support of his latest release – Wrecking Ball - with an energy-packed show at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.
However, it was an odd show, as well, considering Springsteen and the E Street Band was playing without longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
Instead, Clemons’ nephew, Jake Clemons, split sax duties with Ed Manion.
“We’re missing a few people tonight,” Springsteen said, according to Rolling Stone. “But if you’re here, and we are here, they are here.”
The concert was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SiriusXM satellite radio, and only a fraction of the tickets were distributed to the public.
Check out Springsteen and his tight-as-ever band in the recap below:
For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit Springsteen’s official website.