As far as seminal rock records go, Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 album “Born to Run,” his third, could rank up there with some of the most important works of the genre. Widely considered a landmark record, it’s found a place in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, spots on several best-of-all-time lists and is largely the fan-favorite album, boasting classic Springsteen tracks “Thunder Road,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Jungleland” and, of course, the title track, inarguably The Boss’ most famous song. Since “Born to Run,” Springsteen’s been hit-or-miss with his output, with fantastic material like “Nebraska” and “Born in the U.S.A.” and utterly forgettable records like this year’s “Working on a Dream.” For this tour, however, Springsteen and his E Street Band promises to play “Born to Run” in its entirety, which is well worth the admission price, even though Springsteen’s voice isn’t quite what it used to be. A musical representative of blue-collar America, the New Jersey legend could easily be bowing to fan pressure in playing “the old stuff, man,” but hell, who cares. As soon as he offers “The screen door slams/Mary’s dress waves,” the whole damn stadium will erupt. (Tom Lynch)
September 20 at United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 7pm.