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A Rich Man in a Poor Man’s Shirt

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“Everybody’s going home with their hands hurting, their feet hurting, their voice hurting and their sexual organs stimulated. Says so, right on the ticket. That’s my guarantee!” -Bruce Springsteen

Well, I won’t go into details of that guarantee but let’s just say Bruce rocked the house once again!

I only heard a couple songs of the new album so I was unsure how much I would enjoy this show but I shouldn’t have worried. Hearing those songs on the radio versus seeing them performed live was like night and day. Whether you agree with the message or not, Bruce will certainly communicate it with all the power and energy he and the E Street Band can muster and then some!

Start time: 8:25 p.m.

1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Wrecking Ball
3. Prove It All Night
4. Death To My Hometown
5. City of Ruins
6. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
7. Talk to Me
8. Jack of All Trades
9. Atlantic City
10. Easy Money
11. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
12. The Promised Land
13. Apollo Medley (The Way You Do the Things You Do/634-5789)
14. American Skin (41 Shots)
15. Radio Nowhere
16. The Rising
17. We Are Alive
18. Thunder Road

19. Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
20. Land of Hope and Dreams
21. Born To Run
22. Dancing in the Dark
23. Glory Days
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

End time 11:12 p.m.

“Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” was a great surprise! A quick story about Bruce’s small apartment on 82nd Street in New York City led into this great song from his first album.

“Talk to Me” was another great surprise, probably for the band as well, as Bruce saw a sign in the cheap seats near the back of the stage and called out for the song. His expression was classic Bruce as he started playing the first few notes; a mixture of surprise and joy that he still remembered the chords. Some fun interaction with Patti added a comic touch to this song made famous by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

Bruce was in great spirits; crowd surfing through the arena, pulling a young woman on stage for “Dancing in the Dark” and letting a fan(?) “sing” what she thought were the words to “Glory Days”.

My companion who was asking for some Top-40 songs got her wish toward the end of the show and we all got our wish to express our gratitude and adulation for the Big Man during “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”. “When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band…” was followed by at least a five minute band break as Bruce held out the microphone and the whole arena exploded in cheers and applause for the sorely missing Clarence Clemons. His talent was clearly passed on to his nephew Jake who handled the sax solos perfectly!

So for all of you who have tickets to upcoming shows, I’m extremely jealous. For those of you who don’t have tickets, I suggest you beg, borrow or steal them. This is still the greatest show on Earth!


Written by David A. Ufer

March 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

Posted in Music

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