(CBS News) Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 63th birthday with his family, a guitar-shaped cake and some 50,000 fans over the weekend.
The Boss, who turned 63 on Sunday, had a scheduled performance at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Saturday as part of his Wrecking Ball tour. A thunderstorm delayed the gig by two hours, which meant Springsteen & the E Street Band didn't go on until 10:30 p.m. ET. That also meant Springsteen, famous for three-hour-plus performances, was undoubtedly going to be performing at the stroke of midnight.
When he first took the stage, Springsteen told the crowd, "I think I just invited you to my birthday party!"
The three-and-half-hour party kicked off with "Out in the Street" and continued as Springsteen plowed through hits, as well as deep cuts, such as "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart" and "Cynthia." As he's done before in rainy outdoor gigs, Springsteen performed a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain."
And his birthday remained a running theme throughout the rainy night. At one point, the New Jersey native said, "Tonight I'm going to be another year older if I don't get a lightning bolt up my ass." According to the Boss, it had been a long time since he had performed on his birthday -- at least since the advent of mobile phones, he said. And probably even before that. "It's a good one," he said.
Taking a trip down memory lane, Springsteen recalled the day he took the bus from New Jersey to Manhattan to audition at Columbia Records for the first time, a performance that resulted in a record deal. The song he played? "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City." He played it again Saturday night, one of the highlights of a show that also included the tour premiere of "Into the Fire," a "Rising" track, which he dedicated on Saturday to 9/11 FDNY firefighter Lt. Rich Nappi, who died in April in the line of duty while fighting a Brooklyn, N.Y., warehouse blaze. Singer Gary U.S. Bonds also joined the band for "Jole Blon" and "This Little Girl."
When the clock struck midnight, Springsteen and the band launched into a version of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour." The crowd sang a collective "Happy Birthday" for Springsteen, who throughout the show continued to joke, "It's my birthday!" and "Did I mention it's my birthday?"
His mom, for one, didn't forget.
During the encore, she strutted on stage, along with Springsteen's sister, mother-in-law and brother-in-law to roll out a massive cake. Springsteen received a second "Happy Birthday" audience sing-a-long and blew out the candles before breaking into "Twist and Shout," while his 87-year-old mother sang -- and even danced -- along. In the middle of the song, Springsteen demanded more plates and proceeded to cut some of the cake himself, handing out a few pieces to some lucky fans in the front row.
"Thank you for your patience," Springsteen told the crowd as his "birthday show" wrapped.
Another year older, but you wouldn't believe it watching Springsteen in action.