The power and the glory were unleashed in the heart of Harlem on Friday night as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage of the storied Apollo Theatre.
In a nod to Apollo legend James Brown, Springsteen performed his own Godfather of Soul routine.
The show was a prelude to a world tour that launches March 18 in Atlanta in support of the "Wrecking Ball" album, whose liner notes include a touching homage to E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in June.
E Street's last tour ended in 2009.
The musical blend featured favourites and the stylistically wide-ranging new material.
Other highlights included the Smokey Robinson/Temptations hit, "The Way You Do the Things You Do".