"The short circuit, which celebrates the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, has been loaded with guests: veteran guitar-slingers Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, young blues rockers Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, the Black Keys, former Stone Mick Taylor and, in London, departed bassist Bill Wyman."
“Our next guest just had to walk here,” joked Mick Jagger.
And from the rear of the stage at Prudential Center, bearing a Telecaster and a smile, came Bruce Springsteen.
It was the ideal combination of blue-collar Jersey muscle and delectable London sleaze: The Boss and Jagger, voices joined together on “Tumbling Dice.”
Springsteen had come to send off the Rolling Stones, who declared the 2½-hour Saturday night concert the last stop on their 50 and Counting Tour. The Boss, who has never been shy about citing the Stones as a major influence, looked delighted as he roared out the verses of “Dice,” pumping his fist and grinning wildly as he sang along.
In that regard, he was not so different from the thousands of thrilled attendees who sold out the Rock last night. He just had a microphone and a spotlight.
Earlier, the Mother Monster stood shoulder to shoulder with the quintessential rock ’n’ roll animals.
She was right at home. Yet Lady Gaga, the platinum-selling pop star with a knack for the outrageous, met her match at the Prudential Center.