Bruce Springsteen ended his world tour over the weekend, toned down but revved up.
Springsteen played more than 30 songs over three-and-a-half hours last night on Milwaukee’s lakefront for Harley-Davidson’s 105th anniversary celebration.
He made few comments between songs.
Only for a few moments before 'Livin’ in the Future' did the rocker – who often brings his liberal-leaning political comments to the stage – stray into politics.
Springsteen performed to a crowd not unlike the one that gave Republican presidential candidate John McCain a warm welcome August 4 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Many roared their motorcycles during McCain’s speech.
Springsteen said 'Livin’ in the Future' was about what was happening now: cheese, Harley-Davidson motorcycles (tailoring it to his Wisconsin crowd), transfats, “500 channels of nothing on” and the Bill of Rights.
But he also mentioned wire tapping and rendition – the secret transport of terror suspects from one country to another.
“Things that basically at the heart are un-American,” he said. The crowd gave spattered groans but mostly stayed silent.
He did not play 'Born in the USA', his anthem about the difficulties Vietnam war veterans faced, or the anti-war ballad 'Devils and Dust' about Iraq.
Springsteen’s Saturday performance was his last stop on his tour.
His website said Springsteen and the E Street Band have performed 100 concerts for more than two million fans.
Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson expected more than 100,000 people from around the US and the world to participate in the four-day celebration that officially started Thursday in Milwaukee and its suburbs.
It included a parade through the city, a party along the lake, activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum, a special exhibit at Discovery World and other big-name bands.