Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen needed just a few minutes at Rock in Rio to show fans that he is still "The Boss."

The 63-year-old rocker made his return to Brazil on Saturday after a 25-year absence, thrilling the thousands of people who turned out to enjoy his performance.

The New Jersey-born rock star and his E Street Band performed some of their hits from the past 40 years before an audience of 85,000 eager to hear his songs, many of them inspired by the stories of common people.

Springsteen, who performed in Sao Paulo in 1988, quickly won the audience over with his opening number, an interpretation of late Brazilian rocker Raul Seixas's hit "Sociedade Alternativa" in Portuguese with a guitar accompaniment.

The rocker, who has put out 17 studio albums, used Rock in Rio to promote his latest album, "Wrecking Ball," which came out in 2012 and topped the charts in the United States and more than a dozen other countries.

Springsteen has been promoting the album with a tour of Latin America, gaining fans for such tunes as "Death to My Hometown," "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Shackled and Drawn."

The Boss, however, was forced to trim his usual more than three-hour show down to about two hours to fit the Rock in Rio format, performing old standards like "Born in the USA," "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Thunder Road," "The Rising," "Bobby Jean" and "Working on the Highway."

Rock in Rio, which began in 1985, will conclude on Sunday with a night of heavy metal music headlined by Iron Maiden. EFE