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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Rolling Stone's 20 Essential Springsteen Shows Part Two



11. Shrine Auditorium. Los Angeles - 17th November 1990.
This was the second acoustic show in LA to raise money for the Christic Institute.
Setlist:
BRILLIANT DISGUISE / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MANSION ON THE HILL / REASON TO BELIEVE / RED HEADED WOMAN / 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) / THE WISH / TOUGHER THAN THE REST / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SOUL DRIVER / STATE TROOPER / NEBRASKA / WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT / THUNDER ROAD / MY HOMETOWN / REAL WORLD / HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt) / ACROSS THE BORDERLINE (with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt).

12. Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ - 24th June 1993.
A huge night in New Jersey with a Concert to Fight Hunger to benefit World Hunger Year. Lots of guests present as you will see from the setlist.
Setlist:
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME (with Joe Ely) / SEEDS / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / THIS HARD LAND / BETTER DAYS / LUCKY TOWN / ATLANTIC CITY / 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) / BADLANDS / SATAN'S JEWELED CROWN / MY HOMETOWN / LEAP OF FAITH / MAN'S JOB / ROLL OF THE DICE - EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / BRILLIANT DISGUISE (with Patti Scialfa) / HUMAN TOUCH (with Patti Scialfa) / THE RIVER / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN? / SOULS OF THE DEPARTED / LIVING PROOF / THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER - BORN IN THE U.S.A. / LIGHT OF DAY / SETTLE FOR LOVE (with Joe Ely) / GLORY DAYS (with Steve Van Zandt) / THUNDER ROAD / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Steve Van Zandt and The Miami Horns) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Clarence Clemons, Steve Van Zandt, and The Miami Horns) / BORN TO RUN (with Clarence Clemons and Steve Van Zandt) / MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD / BLOWING DOWN THE ROAD (OLD DUSTY ROAD) (with Joe Ely, Soozie Tyrell, and Patti Scialfa) / HAVING A PARTY (with Steve Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, and The Miami Horns) / JERSEY GIRL (with Max Weinberg) / IT'S ALL RIGHT (with Steve Van Zandt and The Miami Horns).

13. Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ - 26th November 1996.
Third night of three in NJ on the Third Leg of The Solo Tour where Springsteen was performing songs from 'The Ghost of Tom Joad'. A few guests appeared for the show.
Setlist:
 FOR YOU (with Danny Federici) / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / ATLANTIC CITY / STRAIGHT TIME / TOUGHER THAN THE REST (with Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW (with Richard Blackwell and Tyrell) / WILD BILLY'S CIRCUS STORY (with Federici and Tyrell) / RED HEADED WOMAN / TWO HEARTS (with Scialfa and Tyrell) / WHEN YOU'RE ALONE (with Scialfa and Tyrell) / SHUT OUT THE LIGHT (with Federici, Scialfa, and Tyrell) / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / SINALOA COWBOYS / THE LINE / RACING IN THE STREET (with Tyrell) / ACROSS THE BORDER / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Steve Van Zandt, Vini Lopez, Big Danny Gallagher, Federici, Blackwell, Scialfa, and Tyrell) / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT (with Van Zandt, Lopez, Gallagher, Federici, Blackwell, Federici, Scialfa, and Tyrell) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with Van Zandt, Lopez, Blackwell, Federici, and Tyrell) / THIS HARD LAND (with Federici) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (with Van Zandt, Lopez, Gallagher, Blackwell, Federici, Scialfa, and Tyrell).

14. Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ - 12th August 1999.
Last night of a sold out Fifteen Night Stand in his NJ Homeland. The Reunion Tour had begun in Europe in April 1999 and kicked off the American Leg with an amazing run of shows.
Setlist:
JERSEY GIRL / THE TIES THAT BIND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY (with Soozie Tyrell) / POINT BLANK / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / WHERE THE BANDS ARE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / JUNGLELAND / LIGHT OF DAY / HUNGRY HEART (with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Melissa Etheridge, and Ali Weinberg) / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT).

15. Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY - 4th October 2003.
Final night of 'The Rising Tour' and Night Three of a Triple Header at the Baseball Stadium.
Code of Silence.
I Wish I Were Blind.
Waiting on a Sunny Day.
Johnny 99.
Another Thin Line.
Tunnel of Love.
Back In Your Arms Again.
Light of Day.
Seven Nights to Rock.
Dancing in the Dark.
Quarter to Three.
Twist and Shout.
Blood Brothers.
Setlist:
CODE OF SILENCE / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / ROULETTE / NIGHT / I WISH I WERE BLIND / EMPTY SKY / YOU'RE MISSING / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / JOHNNY 99 / ANOTHER THIN LINE / TUNNEL OF LOVE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / MARY'S PLACE / BACK IN YOUR ARMS / INTO THE FIRE / LIGHT OF DAY / BOBBY JEAN / BORN TO RUN / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (with Bob Dylan) / MY CITY OF RUINS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK (with Willie Nile and Jon Landau) / QUARTER TO THREE (with Gary U.S. Bonds, his wife and daughter, Garland Jeffreys, and Willie Nile) / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA (with Gary U.S. Bonds, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, and Jon Landau) / BLOOD BROTHERS.

16. Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio - 31st July 2005.
On 'The Devil's and Dust Tour'
Lift Me Up.
Statetrooper.
Cynthia.
Setlist:
LIFT ME UP / REASON TO BELIEVE / DEVILS & DUST / LONESOME DAY / LONG TIME COMIN' / BACK IN YOUR ARMS / FOR YOU / STATE TROOPER / CYNTHIA / ONE STEP UP / RENO / WHEN YOU'RE ALONE / VALENTINE'S DAY / LOST IN THE FLOOD / THE RISING / FURTHER ON (UP THE ROAD) / JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON / TWO HEARTS / THE HITTER / MATAMOROS BANKS / RAMROD / BOBBY JEAN / THE PROMISED LAND / DREAM BABY DREAM.

17. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL - 22nd April 2008.
Emotionally powerful show. The first after the passing of Danny Federici.
Setlist:
BACKSTREETS / RADIO NOWHERE / LONESOME DAY / NO SURRENDER / GYPSY BIKER / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / SHE'S THE ONE / LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE / THE PROMISED LAND / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BRILLIANT DISGUISE / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / LAST TO DIE / LONG WALK HOME / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / I'LL FLY AWAY / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND.

18. Madison Square Gardens, NY - 8th November 2009.
A very one of a kind show with 'The River' played in sequence.
Setlist:
WRECKING BALL (with Curt Ramm) / THE TIES THAT BIND / SHERRY DARLING / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / INDEPENDENCE DAY / HUNGRY HEART / OUT IN THE STREET / CRUSH ON YOU / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE RIVER / POINT BLANK / CADILLAC RANCH / I'M A ROCKER (with Curt Ramm) / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / RAMROD / THE PRICE YOU PAY / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / ATLANTIC CITY / BADLANDS / BORN TO RUN / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / SWEET SOUL MUSIC (with Curt Ramm) / NO SURRENDER / AMERICAN LAND (with Curt Ramm) / DANCING IN THE DARK / CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER.

19. HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY - 22nd November 2009.
Final night of the 'Working on a Dream Tour'. Included in this show was a one off performance in sequence of the debut album 'Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ'.
Setlist:
WRECKING BALL (with Curt Ramm) / THE TIES THAT BIND / HUNGRY HEART / WORKING ON A DREAM / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / GROWIN' UP / MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / LOST IN THE FLOOD / THE ANGEL (with unidentified violist) / FOR YOU / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RESTLESS NIGHTS / SURPRISE, SURPRISE / GREEN ONIONS / MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY (with Curt Ramm) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (with Curt Ramm) / (I DON'T WANT TO) HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES / BOOM BOOM / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / LONG WALK HOME / THE RISING / BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Curt Ramm) / I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE / THUNDER ROAD / AMERICAN LAND (with Curt Ramm) / DANCING IN THE DARK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with Curt Ramm) / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER (with Willie Nile and Curt Ramm) / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD.

20. Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland - 31st July 2012.
The conclusion to the European Leg of the 'Wrecking Ball Tour 2012'. The longest Springsteen show to date of 4hrs and 6mins. The link above also includes the five song acoustic Pre-show performance giving you a whopping 4hrs 37mins and 17secs worth of music.
Setlist:
Pre-show (solo acoustic): I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE / LEAP OF FAITH / NO SURRENDER / FOR YOU / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
Main Show:
ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD / NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / LOOSE ENDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET / BE TRUE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / LONESOME DAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 10000 DANCES / SHACKED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BACK IN YOUR ARMS / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER (with Jon Landau) / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA (with Jon Landau)
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There are by far more than 20 classic Bruce shows of course and whitling it down to those twenty must have been a real tough job.
An honourable mention should go to Brucebase for the setlists. It is one of the premier Bruce Springsteen information sites on the Internet.
Two shows that should get a mention are my own personal choices:
Glastonbury - 27th June 2009.
The link is for the BBC footage. They showed an hour and and just over twenty four minutes of his set. It is absolutely captivating viewing.
Setlist:
COMA GIRL / BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / MY LUCKY DAY / OUTLAW PETE / OUT IN THE STREET / WORKING ON A DREAM / SEEDS / JOHNNY 99 / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / RAISE YOUR HAND / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / NO SURRENDER (with Brian Fallon) / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / RADIO NOWHERE / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / BORN TO RUN / HARD TIMES (COME AGAIN NO MORE) / THUNDER ROAD / AMERICAN LAND / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK.

And the day after Glastonbury he played 'Hard Rock Calling' at Hyde Park London. The show was officially released on DVD and is brilliant and shows off the pure power and passion of Bruce and the E Street Band in concert.
Hyde Park, London 27th June 2009.
Setlist:
LONDON CALLING / BADLANDS / NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / OUTLAW PETE / OUT IN THE STREET / WORKING ON A DREAM / SEEDS / JOHNNY 99 / YOUNGSTOWN / GOOD LOVIN' / BOBBY JEAN / TRAPPED / NO SURRENDER (with Brian Fallon) / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / RADIO NOWHERE / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / HARD TIMES (COME AGAIN NO MORE) / JUNGLELAND / AMERICAN LAND / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK.

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