Bruce Springsteen, center, in concert with the the E Street Band, including Steven Van Zandt, left, and Patti Scialfa at Madison Square Garden in New York,on January 27th. Photograph: Nicole Fara Silver/The New York Times

“The subtext to ‘The River’ was time,” Bruce Springsteen said as the E Street Band played a slow, shimmering vamp. “Time slipping away. And once you e(...)