"Is there anybody alive out there?" Bruce Springsteen asked the sold-out crowd toward the end of his show-opening "Badlands" at the Spectrum last night.
Not satisfied with the response, he rephrased the question: "Is anybody alive in Philadelphia?"
That did the trick. And from there, Springsteen and the 10-member E Street Band - his wife, Patti Scialfa, was MIA - were off to "Out in the Street," and headlong into their 31st show at Philadelphia's storied sports and concert arena, which is scheduled to be demolished this year.