2012

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2012-01-13 - MATTISON AVENUE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Bruce hits the streets of Asbury Park to film a music video for "We Take Care Of Our Own", the first single from the upcoming album Wrecking Ball. Also involved in the shoot are Willie Nile, John Eddie and a group of European tourists, all in town for Light Of Day.
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2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

With Garland Jeffreys: WILD IN THE STREETS

With Willie Nile: ONE GUITAR

Solo acoustic: INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET

With Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / SAVE MY LOVE / TALKING TO THE KING / ATLANTIC CITY / JOHNNY 99 / I'M NOT SLEEPING / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (with John Eddie, Willie Nile, and Garland Jeffreys) / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / PUMPING IRON / LIGHT OF DAY (with Max Weinberg, John Eddie, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D'Urso, Boccigalupe, Bob Benjamin, et al.) / THE PROMISED LAND (with Max Weinberg, John Eddie, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D'Urso, Boccigalupe, Bob Benjamin, et al.) / HAPPY BIRTHDAY - TWIST AND SHOUT (with Max Weinberg, John Eddie, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D'Urso, Boccigalupe, Bob Benjamin, et al.) / THUNDER ROAD (with Max Weinberg, John Eddie, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D'Urso, Boccigalupe, Bob Benjamin, et al.)

For the third year in succession Bruce is the main attraction at the climax of Light Of Day, a series of benefit concerts to aid the fight against Parkinson's disease. Springsteen begins his night by joining Garland Jeffreys and then Willie Nile on stage. In a repeat of the previous November, he opens with a solo acoustic "Incident On 57th Street" before making way for Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers to perform "Helpless Blues" with David Bromberg and then "East Carson Street". Springsteen returns to the stage for a 15-song set, a fairly standard affair, with Max Weinberg joining for the last three full-band songs. A solo acoustic "Thunder Road" (with the vocal accompaniment of many) brings the festivities to a close. Also on stage during the night - Light Of Day founder Bob Benjamin, as well as John Eddie, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, Boccigalupe, Joe D'Urso and many friends and family.

Audience tape (by Bickle, Bull (16-bit & 24-Bit)). Released on CDR 'At The Light Of Day 2012' (Midnight Dreamer).
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2012-01-00 - EXPO THEATER, FORT MONMOUTH, NJ

Bruce and the band hold private rehearsals for the upcoming tour at the Expo Theater in Fort Monmouth, just as they did in 1988 and 2002. It is unknown just how many sessions were held, nor how many days the rehearsals covered.
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2012-02-10 - STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

Rehearsal session for the upcoming Grammy Awards. Bruce and the Band run through "We Take Care Of Our Own" several times with a string section.
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2012-02-12 - STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA

With the E Street Band and Grammy String Section: WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

With Paul McCartney: THE END (with Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, et al.)

Bruce and the E Street Band, accompanied by a 14-piece string section, open the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with the live premiere of "We Take Care Of Our Own". Paul McCartney closes the show and is joined by Bruce, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh. The ceremony is broadcast live by CBS. Art directors Dave Bett and Michelle Holme won a well deserved Grammy Award in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for the beautiful The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story boxed set.

TV Broadcast. Audio ripped from the broadcast (Hrubesh & OliMuc).
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2012-02-16 - THÉÂTRE MARIGNY, PARIS, FRANCE

Bruce flies to Paris to promote his new album Wrecking Ball. He is interviewed on stage in front of an audience of journalists from across Europe by journalist (and friend) Antoine de Caunes. Not for the first time - de Caunes has interviewed Springsteen on several occasions in the past. It appears that journalists knew about this just couple of days earlier and only learnt the location of the press conference in the bus that drove them from Sony HQ to the theatre. Track-by-track reviews of the album appeared in several newspapers in the days following the event. Portions of the interview are later incorporated into a Thom Zimny-edited documentary titled Wrecking Ball: A Conversation With Bruce Springsteen. The 22-minute film is released to various news-outlets around the world on June 18, 2012.
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2012-02-25 - THE PRESS ROOM, ASBURY PARK, NJ

With Michael Strollo: COULD DIE YOUNG TONIGHT

With Boccigalupe and the Badboys: ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / KNOCK ON WOOD / HOLD ON, I'M COMIN' / 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / DETROIT MEDLEY / SOUL MAN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce makes a surprise appearance at a gig to celebrate the life of his long-time personal trainer Tony Strollo, who passed away on February 7, 2012 at age 40. Springsteen is backed by Boccigalupe & The Badboys. Prior to the set with Bocci, Bruce played guitar while Tony's brother Michael sung "Could Die Young Tonight". The "Detroit Medley" is an unusual version featuring just "Devil With The Blue Dress On", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "Jenny Take A Ride" (no "C.C. Rider").
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2012-02-27 - STUDIO 6B, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL

Springsteen and the E Street Band (accompanied by trumpeter Curt Ramm) appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

TV Broadcast. Audio ripped from the broadcast (OliMuc).
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2012-03-00 - SUN NATIONAL BANK CENTER, TRENTON, NJ

No set details known. Private rehearsals for the upcoming tour continue, this time in Trenton. Reports indicate that Bruce is testing a new stage, designed by Tribe, Inc.
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2012-03-02 - STUDIO 6B, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

With Jimmy Fallon: SEXY AND I KNOW IT

DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello) / THE E STREET SHUFFLE (with The Roots, Tom Morello, and Jimmy Fallon)

Bruce once again appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Springsteen's first action of the night is to accompany Jimmy Fallon (who is dressed as Neil Young) for a spoof of LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" dressed as his 1984 self, including sleeveless denim top and headband. This is a reprise of his 2010 appearance on Late Night, when they performed "Whip My Hair" together. Following an interview, Bruce and the E Street Band are joined by Tom Morello for the live premieres of "Death To My Hometown" and "Jack Of All Trades", accompanied by the tour horn section of Curt Ramm, Barry Danielian, Ed Manion, Jake Clemons and Clark Gayton. Show closer is an uproarious "The E Street Shuffle" with the E Street Band, Tom Morello and The Roots. A DVD with 45 minutes of rehearsals is in circulation - the footage includes Springsteen and Fallon working on "Sexy And I Know It".

TV broadcast and DVD of rehearsals, audio ripped from the broadcast (OliMuc).
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2012-03-09 - APOLLO THEATER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / MANSION ON THE HILL / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND (with Michelle Moore) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT - HOLD ON I'M COMIN'

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the Apollo Theater to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SiriusXM Radio, the satellite network that also broadcasts E Street Radio. Tickets were only available for SiriusXM subscribers contest winners. The show kicks off at 8:20pm and is broadcast live on E Street Radio. "My City Of Ruins" features band introductions, including Patti singing a snippet of "People Get Ready". Bruce sings a line from "Sexy And I Know It" during the intro to "The E Street Shuffle". "Mansion On The Hill" is played acoustically on guitar and harmonica, with Patti on harmony vocals and Soozie on fiddle. First ever performance of The Temptations' 1964 hit "The Way You Do the Things You Do", played in tribute (along with Wilson Pickett's "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)", which sees Bruce up on the balcony of the theatre) to all the soul legends who have performed on stage at Harlem's Apollo Theater. "Land Of Hope And Dreams" is in a new live arrangement in the style of the Wrecking Ball version, beginning with a choral "this train" introduction and concluding with "People Get Ready", including Curtis Mayfield's original lyric "don't need no ticket / you just thank the Lord." There's also a moving tribute to Clarence Clemons during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", with the band pausing after "the big man joined the band" for a wave of applause, before crashing back into the song. Michelle Moore (who sings on the album) provides the "rap" vocals for "Rocky Ground". Live premieres for "Shackled And Drawn", "We Are Alive", and "Rocky Ground". The show is also filmed, perhaps for future use - pro-shot video of the entire "Death To My Hometown" is posted online, plus partial versions of "We Take Care Of Our Own" and "Wrecking Ball".

Official concert recording available for purchase in multiple formats, including CD and high definition audio, from Springsteen's official live download site at live.brucespringsteen.net. In November 2014 this was the first in a series of archive concerts to be available to purchase. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Sound. Broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. In addition, various bootlegs are available (by AndreaWozzup, Dannychico, Flynn, Glenn, Larryrulz, Tony, Tony #2 and Youtube). Released on CDs 'Apollo' (Crystal Cat) and 'Folk 'N' Roll In The Temple Of Soul' (Godfather) and CDRs 'Rocks The Apollo Theatre' (Jokerman) and 'Live At The Apollo' (Project Zip). The pre-show interviews are also available separately on 'Pre-Show At The Apollo'.
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2012-03-12 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ

I AIN'T GOT NO HOME / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / LONG WALK HOME / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / VIGILANTE MAN

Private rehearsals for the tour come to a close with an afternoon in Asbury Park's Convention Hall. Songs rehearsed include Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man", last played in concert during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour in 1988. The stage was packed up at the end of the day.
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2012-03-14 - AUSTIN MUSIC HALL, AUSTIN, TX

MIDNIGHT TRAIN / ALWAYS A FRIEND / BLOWIN' DOWN THIS ROAD (with Garland Jeffreys) / BEAST OF BURDEN (with Garland Jeffreys)

Bruce makes a surprise appearance at the conclusion of the 30th annual Austin Music Awards, joining Alejandro Escovedo and his band along with Joe Ely for four songs, including Escovedo's "Always a Friend", a song they performed live together in 2008 in Houston. Garland Jeffreys joins in on "Blowin' Down This Road" and an extended rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden".

Audio ripped from Youtube clips is available (Kokomo007).
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2012-03-15 - AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER, AUSTIN, TX

Springsteen delivers the keynote speech at the South By Southwest music festival. Arriving on stage 35 minutes later than the scheduled 12pm, he begins by saying "Good morning. Why are we up so fucking early? How important can this speech be if we're giving it at noon, when every decent musician in town is asleep." He primarily speaks about his musical influences, singing one verse and the chorus of The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and leading the crowd in a partial singalong of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land". He also gives mention to Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger during his hour-long speech before leaving the stage to a standing ovation. Video and audio of the speech were broadcast on the SXSW and NPR websites.

Internet broadcast circulates readily on CD (by Hrubesh, LB1999 and Bill Horton) and DVD.
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2012-03-15 - MOODY THEATER, AUSTIN, TX

I AIN'T GOT NO HOME / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / SEEDS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello) / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND (with Michelle Moore) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THE HARDER THEY COME (with Jimmy Cliff) / TIME WILL TELL (with Jimmy Cliff) / MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (with Jimmy Cliff) / WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (with Eric Burdon) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (with Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom Morello, Garland Jeffreys, Arcade Fire, and The Low Anthem)

Following the keynote speech, Bruce performs an intimate concert at Moody Theater, the theater and studio for Austin City Limits. Tickets were only available via raffle to festival badgeholders who applied on the South By Southwest website. The final warm-up show features a 24-song set with plenty of special guests. Jimmy Cliff shares the stage with Bruce & The E Street Band for three songs, surprisingly "Trapped" is not among them. "Many Rivers To Cross" was played regularly during the 1993 leg of the 1992-93 World Tour; "Time Will Tell" was also played on that tour and makes it's U.S. debut here. The Animals' Eric Burdon performs with Springsteen for the first time in an appearance that was arranged following Bruce's passionate speech about The Animals' influence on his music. "This Land Is Your Land" (last played with the band at the closing show of the Born In The U.S.A. Tour) closes the set, with the accompaniment of Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom Morello, Garland Jeffreys, Arcade Fire, and The Low Anthem. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tape (Prof_Peabody and the Duke Remaster of that recording) and DVD (by NYCBC & HRubesh). Professionally shot video of five partial songs ("The Ghost Of Tom Joad", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "The Harder They Come" and "This Land Is Your Land") was posted online following the show.
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Start of the "Wrecking Ball" tour
March 18, 2012 - September 21, 2013 (133 shows)
 
THE E STREET BAND
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards, accordion)
Nils Lofgren (guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals)
Patti Scialfa (backing vocals, acoustic guitar)
Garry Tallent (bass, backing vocals)
Steven Van Zandt (guitar, mandolin, backing vocals) - not for the Australian leg
Max Weinberg (drums)
Soozie Tyrell (violin, backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar)
Charles Giordano (organ, accordion, keyboards)
 
Cindy Mizelle (vocals)
Curtis King (vocals, percussion)
Clark Gayton (trombone)
Curt Ramm (trumpet)
Barry Danielian (trumpet)
Eddie Manion (saxophone)
Jake Clemons (saxophone, vocals)
Everett Bradley (percussion, vocals)
Michelle Moore (vocals on 'Rocky Ground' - first leg; multiple songs - second/third legs; full show - starting 2012-09-14)
Tom Morello (guitar, vocals) - Australian leg of tour, plus multiple guest appearances
 


2012-03-18 - PHILIPS ARENA, ATLANTA, GA

Soundcheck: THE RIVER / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE U.S.A.) / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / SHE'S THE ONE

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SEEDS / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / AMERICAN LAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce officially kicks off the Wrecking Ball tour with a two-and-a-half-hour show, performing 23 songs. Michelle Moore sings on Rocky Ground, as she does every time the song is played on the tour. Although "She's The One" was on the handwritten setlist, it is replaced by "Lonesome Day". Bruce does a bit of crowd-surfing during "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)". Live debut of "Easy Money", and the first appearances this year of "Born To Run", "Dancing In The Dark" and "American Land". "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tapes (Terri & Kathleen and MBodayle).
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2012-03-19 - GREENSBORO COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SEEDS / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT


The second show, lasting over 2 hours and 40 minutes, shows no real surprises, with only two changes from the previous night's setlist: "Because The Night" (the handwritten setlist shows "Atlantic City" as an alternative) replaces "Lonesome Day" and "American Land" is dropped in favour of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". The "Apollo Medley" (as Bruce refers to it on the setlist) of "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" remains in the set. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tapes (Kokomo007 and Goalisoul) and IEM (Steven1111).
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2012-03-23 - TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM, TAMPA, FL

Soundcheck: AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / ATLANTIC CITY / EASY MONEY / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / ROCKY GROUND

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / TALK TO ME / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / RADIO NOWHERE / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / GLORY DAYS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Jarod Clemons)

Third show of the tour and Bruce really mixes it up with no less than seven tour premieres, only the third time this has ever happened. "Talk To Me" is the first song from The Promise (not including "Because The Night") to make the setlist; this is also the first time it has been played in concert with the E Street Band and the first time it has been performed outside of New Jersey. Click the link above to hear it. Bruce calls "Talk To Me" as an audible - replacing "Spirit In The Night" on the setlist. "Prove It All Night" is in the third slot in place of "Badlands" which is dropped - also a rare occurrence. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". "American Skin (41 Shots)" is played without comment, but undoubtedly in reference to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Clarence Clemons's son Jarod joins on tambourine and backup vocals for "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Talk To Me" and "Glory Days" are played by sign request.

Audience tapes (by Travitz and Vegetated, Duke Remaster available of last source). Pro-shot video of "American Skin (41 Shots)" is posted on YouTube and Bruce's official website.
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2012-03-26 - TD GARDEN, BOSTON, MA

Soundcheck: WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / TOUGHER THAN THE REST

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THUNDERCRACK / JACK OF ALL TRADES / JACKSON CAGE / SHE'S THE ONE / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / RAISE YOUR HAND (with Peter Wolf) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Four songs make their tour debuts in Boston, including "Thundercrack" and "Jackson Cage". In the introduction to the former Bruce talks about his January 1973 seven day (14-show) stand at Paul's Mall, when "Thundercrack" was the show closer. Boston native Peter Wolf makes a guest appearance on "Raise Your Hand". "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready", plus a couple lines from "Nightshift". The soundcheck includes a special private performance for a young fan who meets Bruce through the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Audience tapes (Jdwtyl & Hobbes) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by NYCBC).
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2012-03-28 - WELLS FARGO CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: THUNDERCRACK / SEASIDE BAR SONG / NO SURRENDER

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SEASIDE BAR SONG / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / EASY MONEY / SHE'S THE ONE / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / RAISE YOUR HAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

First of two nights in Philadelphia. A rare performance of "Seaside Bar Song" appears in what is becoming an "early classic" slot after "My City Of Ruins", which includes "People Get Ready". The outtake from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle was last played in 2009, in the same city. Bruce remembered playing it at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr - he's probably right, but sadly we have no record of it as there are many unknown setlists from shows there. Next up is "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?", featuring a drum-off between Max and percussionist Everett Bradley. "Waitin' On A Sunny Day" includes a drum-led introduction, used during this and the following six shows. Bruce explicitly dedicates "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Trayvon Martin. While climbing in the crowd during "Raise Your Hand", Bruce takes a seat in the crowd and downs a beer handed to him by a fan.

Audience tapes (by Paul & Kathleen, Tapehead2, Travitz and Bakerstuff) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by Tapehead2).
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2012-03-29 - WELLS FARGO CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: KITTY'S BACK / YOU'VE GOT IT / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / TRAPPED

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / NIGHT / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THUNDERCRACK / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / EASY MONEY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / KITTY'S BACK / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Second of two nights in Philadelphia. The first of five tour premieres is "Night", which replaces "Badlands". "Thundercrack" is played, granting the wish of a young girl who held up a sign with "Please play Thundercrack for my dad in Iraq". "Trapped" and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" make their tour debuts, as does "Streets Of Philadelphia". The latter has only been played four times (not including off-tour performances) since 2002, all of which were in Philadelphia. A 14-minute horn-laden "Kitty's Back" is the highlight of the encores. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". The girl that danced with Bruce the night before climbed on stage by herself at the beginning of "Dancing in the Dark", but was set back by Bruce. Bruce had another girl in mind to dance with: his mother Adele.

Audience tapes (by Bakerstuff, Paul & Kathleen and Travitz) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by NYCBC).
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2012-04-01 - VERIZON CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / NIGHT / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SEASIDE BAR SONG / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / EASY MONEY / SHE'S THE ONE / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISE / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / OUT IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Washington gets three tour premieres in a 26-song set clocking in at just short of three hours. The highlight is the full-band "The Promise", only played twice before; at the opening concert of the Darkness Tour in 1978 and then years later at the Asbury Park Carousel in 2010. "Adam Raised A Cain and "Out In The Street" are the other tour premieres. "Land Of Hope And Dreams" returns to the set, along with the pairing of "Seaside Bar Song" and "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?". Bruce has a close call while crowd surfing during "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" as the crowd nearly drops him. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tape (by Hobbes) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by NYCBC).
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2012-04-03 - IZOD CENTER, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: CANDY'S ROOM / SAVE MY LOVE / SO YOUNG AND IN LOVE / I'M ON FIRE / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / WORKING ON A DREAM

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SO YOUNG AND IN LOVE / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SEEDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / OUT IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

First of two nights at the Izod Center, the venue Springsteen opened back in 1981 when it was known as the Brendan Byrne Arena. This is Bruce's 55th headlining show at this arena. A 25-song set with the tour premiere of "So Young And In Love". "Badlands" returns after two shows off. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". The encores are a repeat of the previous show in Washington. For the first time on the tour, and one of only two times during the first American leg, the "this train" introduction is dropped from "Land Of Hope And Dreams".

Audience tape (Scoper and Paul & Kathleen) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by NYCBC).
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2012-04-04 - IZOD CENTER, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / ROCKY GROUND (end only)

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / CANDY'S ROOM / JOHNNY 99 / JACK OF ALL TRADES / JACKSON CAGE / SHE'S THE ONE / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / TRAPPED / ROCKY GROUND / RAMROD / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Second show at the Meadowlands features five tour debuts in a shorter 24-song set, clocking in at around 2 hours 35 minutes. Three premieres in the first seven songs include "The Ties That Bind" and "Candy's Room". A beautiful "Racing In The Street" is the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album version and the fourth premiere of the night. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". Audible "Ramrod" is included in the encores. First appearance of a short film in tribute to Clarence Clemons during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out".

Audience tapes (Bakerstuff & FatahRuark) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray (by NYCBC). Available on CD 'My Home's Here in These Meadowlands' from Godfather.
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2012-04-06 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Soundcheck: INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / LION'S DEN / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / LONESOME DAY / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / KITTY'S BACK / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

First night in New York and Madison Square Garden is treated to a 2 hours 45 minute show with two tour premieres including perhaps the biggest surprise of the tour to date, "Lion's Den", which has only been played three times previously on the Reunion tour. Bruce and Band enter the stage with the lights on and the music of "New York, New York" playing. Surprisingly "Badlands" opens the set, displacing "We Take Care Of Our Own" which has been ever-present in that slot so far. An excellent "Murder Incorporated" is the other tour debut. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". "Shackled And Drawn" makes a welcome return, and the encores include "Kitty's Back".

Audience tape (by Kathleen) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray.
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2012-04-09 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THUNDERCRACK / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / SHE'S THE ONE / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / BACKSTREETS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Second night in New York features the tour premieres of "Backstreets" and "Spirit In The Night", two highlights of a set that clocks in at just over three hours. Just like the first night Bruce and Band enter the stage with the lights on and "New York, New York" playing. Once again "Badlands" opens the set. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". "Thundercrack" is played by sign request.

Audience tapes (Kathleen, Larryrulz and Scoper) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray.
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2012-04-12 - THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, AUBURN HILLS, MI

Soundcheck: WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / YOUNGSTOWN / LOOSE ENDS / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / LION'S DEN / CAN I GET A WITNESS

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / CANDY'S ROOM / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / YOUNGSTOWN / SHE'S THE ONE / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / OUT IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

A 3 hour 11 minutes show with the tour premieres of "Youngstown" and "Incident On 57th Street". Curiously Bruce decides to skip the guitar solo at the end of the latter, instead signaling to Roy Bittan to play the piano coda and end the song. "Waitin' On A Sunny Day" begins with Bruce and Steve on acoustic guitars, as it will for the remainder of the tour. Patti Scialfa is not present, and perhaps not coincidentally "Easy Money" is dropped from the set for the first time. According to Bruce she had to make sure the kids were taking their own drugs. "I love you, old Michigan, and I know where the fuck I am!", refers to the Auburn Hills show of late 2009 when Bruce several times mistakenly called out Ohio instead of Michigan. According to reports, the lengthy soundcheck included extensive rehearsals of Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get A Witness".

Audience tape (by Neo).
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2012-04-13 - FIRST NIAGARA CENTER, BUFFALO, NY

Soundcheck: DOWNBOUND TRAIN / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / MOUNTAIN OF LOVE / MOUNTAIN OF LOVE / RENDEZVOUS / POINT BLANK / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

BUFFALO GALS - WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / RENDEZVOUS / MOUNTAIN OF LOVE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / POINT BLANK / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / RAMROD / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce and band, without Patti Scialfa, enter the stage with "Buffalo Gals" playing over the PA - Bruce even sings a few lines. Three tour firsts: "Rendezvous", "Mountain Of Love" (only known to have been played nine times since 1975) and "Point Blank". Tonight is Max Weinberg's 61st birthday, so he gets to play "Ramrod" (his favourite song) in the encores.

Audience tape (by Bakerstuff).
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2012-04-16 - TIMES UNION CENTER, ALBANY, NY

Soundcheck: DARLINGTON COUNTY / DOWNBOUND TRAIN

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / DARLINGTON COUNTY / JACK OF ALL TRADES / MURDER INCORPORATED / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / JANEY, DON'T YOU LOSE HEART / BACKSTREETS / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce and band, once again without Patti, enter the stage to the theme of "The Magnificent Seven". Albany sees three tour premieres. A solo acoustic version of "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart" is played by sign request - "We haven't played this one in a long time. This is for Molly, in memory of her mom Janey." In the encores Molly was pulled on stage to dance with Bruce. "Two Hearts", "The River", "American Skin (41 Shots)" and "Sherry Darling" were all on the setlist but not played.

Audience tapes (by Bakerstuff and Paul & Kathleen) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray.
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2012-04-17 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH

Soundcheck: THE RIVER / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / LIGHT OF DAY / MUSTANG SALLY / STREETS OF FIRE

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / YOUNGSTOWN / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / ROCKY GROUND / OUT IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Patti is absent once more. Two songs make their tour debuts, "My Love Will Not Let You Down" and "Light of Day". The latter includes the "Land Of 1000 Daces" chant, followed by a verse or two of "You Can't Sit Down" inserted in the middle. "Light Of Day" closes the main set, just as it did throughout the 1999/2000 Reunion Tour. Bruce and Stevie collect two signs from the crowd; "Bruce for President" and "Van Zandt for VP", they respond with "Yes we f*cking can!". Set features the 600th confirmed performance of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out".

No audio as yet.
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2012-04-21 - TRIBECA GRILL, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce Springsteen attends the 2012 Kristen Ann Carr Fund A Night To Remember gala, but does not play.
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2012-04-24 - HP PAVILION AT SAN JOSE, SAN JOSE, CA

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THUNDERCRACK / JACK OF ALL TRADES / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / BACKSTREETS / AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / OUT IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

No great surprises in the first of three shows on the west coast. "My Love Will Not Let You Down" remains in the set, and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" returns after a short absence. The 26-song set clocks in at just over three hours. Patti Scialfa is absent.

Audience tape (by MarkP in 16-bit and 24-bit versions), remastered on 'The Way You Do The Things You Do' (Earlmv).
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2012-04-26 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

Soundcheck: CALIFORNIA SUN / LONG WALK HOME

BADLANDS (5.42) / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN (4.21) / WRECKING BALL (6.17) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.42) / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello, 4.09) / MY CITY OF RUINS (14.14) / THE E STREET SHUFFLE (6.36) / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello, 6.09) / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT (4.44) / CANDY'S ROOM (2.55) / SHE'S THE ONE (5.07) / EASY MONEY (4.32) / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY (7.10) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.47) / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) (10.38) / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello, 7.35) / THE RISING (5.05) / LONESOME DAY (4.30) / WE ARE ALIVE (6.36) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY (8.38) / ROCKY GROUND (5.19) / CALIFORNIA SUN (3.54) / BORN TO RUN (5.31) / DANCING IN THE DARK (5.57) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Tom Morello, 7.49)

A 2¾ hour show with a not-so-surprising guest appearance by Tom Morello on several songs, one of which is the tour premiere of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". "California Sun" is the third cover performed during the Wrecking Ball tour so far. Originally credited to Henry Glover and Morris Levy, the surf classic has been covered by many artists including The Rivieras and Dick Dale. Incidentally, Springsteen gives a shout out to Dick Dale during "Paradise By The "C"" at the Roxy Theatre in 1978. Set also features a landmark - the 1000th recorded performance of "The Promised Land". Bruce dances with his youngest sister Pamela during "Dancing In The Dark", and Patti is present again after a absence of five shows. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tapes (by ijwthstd, MarkP in 16 and 24-bit versions, JB and JEMS).
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2012-04-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

Pre-show: FOR YOU (acoustic)

NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello) / YOUNGSTOWN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY (with Tom Morello) / ROCKY GROUND / BOBBY JEAN / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Tom Morello)

Early-birds in the LA Sports Arena get an unexpected treat - an hour before the show Bruce appears on stage with a party (Bruce claimed they were his relatives, but we're not so sure!) and plays an acoustic version of "For You". This kind of event isn't unprecedented - Paris in 2003, for example. The three-hour set opens with "No Surrender", the first of two tour premieres from Born In The U.S.A. - "Bobby Jean" is the other. The "this train" introduction is dropped from "Land Of Hope And Dreams" for the second and final time of the first American leg. Tom Morello joins Bruce on stage for the same songs as the previous night, plus "Land of Hope And Dreams". Springsteen's guitar tech Kevin Buell is honoured on the occasion of his 1000th show - Bruce lures him to the front of the stage with a fake guitar failure. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready".

Audience tapes (by MarkP in 16/24-bit varieties and JB).
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2012-04-29 - NEW ORLEANS FAIRGROUNDS, NEW ORLEANS, LA

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SOMETHING YOU GOT (with Dr. John) / O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / JOHNNY 99 / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / ROCKY GROUND - WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Springsteen plays The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the second time. Kicking off at 4.43pm due to the traditional 7pm curfew, several songs from We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions make their tour debuts in a set that clocks in at just over two-and-a-half hours. The Apollo Medley is skipped for the first time this tour. Dr. John joins Bruce on stage for "Something You Got", a song that has been covered before between 1972 and 1974. "Rocky Ground" includes a full version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" at the end. Patti Scialfa is absent once again.

Audience tapes (by JeffT, Garreth Dorfman and FloydZ).
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2012-05-02 - PRUDENTIAL CENTER, NEWARK, NJ

Soundcheck: BISHOP DANCED

NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / BISHOP DANCED / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JACK OF ALL TRADES / CANDY'S ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / TALK TO ME / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THE WEIGHT / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Final show of the first U.S. leg, and what a night - three tour premieres include an incredibly rare "Bishop Danced", last played in 1973. Another oldie follows straight after, "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City". The last, The Band's "The Weight", is played in memory of the late Levon Helm. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Also in the 26-song set: "No Surrender" opens, a great pairing of "Candy's Room" and "She's The One", and the second "Talk To Me" of the tour. Patti Scialfa is again absent.

Audience tapes (by Bakerstuff, Hobbes, Larryrulz and Paul & Kathleen).
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End of the First American leg of the "Wrecking Ball" tour


2012-05-12 - ESTADIO OLIMPICO DE LA CARTUJA, SEVILLE, SPAIN

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / ROCKY GROUND / THUNDER ROAD / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / I'M GOIN' DOWN / THE PROMISE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / WE ARE ALIVE

Warm-up rehearsal / soundcheck the day before the European tour begins, with guests and journalists present. "Thunder Road" is dedicated to fans who managed to find their way to the upper levels of the stadium. "The Promise" is in the full-band arrangement. Following the conclusion of the rehearsal Bruce holds an interview session with the press.

No known audio.
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Start of the European leg of the "Wrecking Ball" tour


2012-05-13 - ESTADIO OLIMPICO DE LA CARTUJA, SEVILLE, SPAIN

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / TRAPPED / OUT IN THE STREET / JACK OF ALL TRADES / CANDY'S ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / I'M GOIN' DOWN / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / BOBBY JEAN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

A three hour, 27-song set opens the European leg of the tour. Bruce and the band enter the stage to the theme from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Set includes the first "I'm Goin' Down" of the tour - no great surprise, since it was rehearsed the previous day. During "My City Of Ruins" the lines "Are we missing anybody? If you're here, and we're here, they're here", were spoken in Spanish. Bruce was clearly moved when the crowd started cheering for Clarence. The guitar-intro of "Wrecking Ball" features extra improvisation by Bruce. Trapped is played by request of a 14-year-old boy. Despite the half-stadium configuration, the show is relatively poorly attended with plenty of empty space around the arena. European debuts of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", the "Apollo Medley", "We Are Alive", and "Rocky Ground". As well as "Rocky Ground", Michelle Moore also sings on the 'Apollo Medley' and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" for the first time. The printed setlist is reported to have included "The Promise" and "The E Street Shuffle". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Javichun and Dopersan).
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2012-05-15 - ESTADIO DE GRAN CANARIA, LAS PALMAS, SPAIN

Soundcheck: WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / ROCKY GROUND

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / OUT IN THE STREET / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SEEDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce and the band play Gran Canaria for the first time, the third largest island of the Canary Islands. 26-song set features four tour firsts - "Two Hearts" (which includes "It Takes Two"), "Working On The Highway", "The River" and "Born In The U.S.A.". The latter (played by request) displaces "Rocky Ground", dropped for the first time of the tour. "Seeds" returns to the set, last played at the beginning of April. First appearance of a chain-gang style call and response introduction to "Shackled And Drawn". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape and DVD (both from Tailschao).
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2012-05-17 - ESTADI OLIMPIC LLUIS COMPANYS, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Soundcheck: LOOSE ENDS / MY LUCKY DAY / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / UNKNOWN GOSPEL SONG

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / NO SURRENDER / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / OUT IN THE STREET / TALK TO ME / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / SHE'S THE ONE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / HUNGRY HEART / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

What to say? The longest show of the tour to date with 29 songs over three hours ten minutes. Two tour premieres, but the big news is the return of the piano and guitar introduction to "Prove It All Night", made famous during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour of 1978. It was also played twice in 1980, but never since, and never before in Europe. Also, possibly for the first time, Steve takes the closing guitar solo. It was played as a request for a group of fans with a sign that read "With Intro 78 Prove it all night". Click the date/location link above to hear it. Start of the show can be watched on TV3alacarta. Set also features the European debut of "Talk To Me". "Born In The U.S.A." remains in the encores. The "Apollo Medley" is dropped - the first time this has happened, other than the shortened festival set in New Orleans. Donna Summer's "Last Dance" is played as the band take to the stage. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". The chain-gang style call and response introduction to "Shackled And Drawn", debuted in Las Palmas, is extended, with Bruce singing, "Work all day I wanna hear you holler, workin' all day for a dime and a dollar". Tour premiere "Hungry Heart" includes a somewhat unusual improvised sax solo. The soundcheck featured Bruce and the band working on an unknown gospel song with the singers - you can find a recording of the song on the detail page. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Carbobueno, Fortylicks (two different versions), Javichun and Zimmy21). A fourteen-track multi-cam Blu-ray (DVD Dubbing Guy) circulates, which also includes thirteen tracks from the second show.
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2012-05-18 - ESTADI OLIMPIC LLUIS COMPANYS, BARCELONA, SPAIN

NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / BADLANDS / RAMROD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

A few setlist twists for the second night in Barcelona - "Night" moves to the opening slot and is followed by "The Ties That Bind". "Two Hearts" includes "It Takes Two". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". "Badlands" slots in towards the end of the main set. The second "Spirit In The Night" of the tour appears in the "early classic" slot, before "The E Street Shuffle", by request. Also in the 28-song set; "Downbound Train", "Racing In The Street" and "Ramrod". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Javichun) and thirteen-track multi-cam Blu-ray from DVD Dubbing Guy. The disc also includes fourteen tracks from the first Barcelona show.
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2012-05-25 - COMMERZBANK-ARENA, FRANKFURT, GERMANY

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / SUMMERTIME BLUES / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

30-song setlist in Frankfurt with the tour premieres of "Summertime Blues", "Sherry Darling" and "Cadillac Ranch", all by sign request. The latter two feature in an eight-song encore. "Spirit In The Night" features the "mighty yeah, yeah" introduction for the first time, which will remain for the rest of the tour. First ever performances in Germany of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "The E Street Shuffle", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", "Summertime Blues", "We Are Alive", and "Rocky Ground". Longest show of the tour to this point at 3:20. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Flottman1), IEM/AUD mix 'Frankfurt Wrecking Ball Night' (Crystal Cat), partial DVD and complete multi-cam DVD by DVD Dubbing Guy.
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2012-05-27 - RHEINENERGIESTADION, COLOGNE, GERMANY

Soundcheck: SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE E STREET SHUFFLE

NO SURRENDER / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / HONKY TONK WOMEN - DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RIVER / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / AMERICAN LAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

29-song set includes the tour premiere of Moon Mullican's "Seven Nights To Rock". "Two Hearts" includes "It Takes Two". Just as in Hartford in 2000, an impromptu "Honky Tonk Women" segues into "Darlington County". The "Apollo Medley" also returns after a short break for its first ever performance in Germany. Surprisingly, for the first time since 1977, no song from Darkness On The Edge Of Town is performed. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Jrgen8395, Totem13 and Zimmy21) and partial DVDs.
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2012-05-28 - MEGALAND, LANDGRAAF, THE NETHERLANDS

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / RADIO NOWHERE / I'M ON FIRE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / 96 TEARS (with Garland Jeffreys) / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART (with Mumford & Sons) / DANCING IN THE DARK / AMERICAN LAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Springsteen and the band headline Pinkpop Festival, just as they did in 2009. Somewhat truncated 23-song set to fit into the festival time-slot with two tour premieres, "I'm On Fire" and "96 Tears" with the E Street Band backing Garland Jeffreys. "Jack Of All Trades" is dropped from the set for the first time. Bruce and the Band are joined by the brilliant Mumford & Sons for "Hungry Heart". The British folk-rock band played the same stage earlier in the evening, with Bruce and Jake watching from the side of the stage. An eventful "Spirit In The Night" sees Bruce forgetting the words (he's assisted by a guy in the front row) and tripping over a speaker. He also does a little crowd surfing, but is stopped by a security officer. European debut of "96 Tears" and first ever performances in the Netherlands of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Shackled And Drawn", and "We Are Alive". For the first time this tour, Michelle Moore joins the E Street Choir for the whole show. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Zimmy21). Four songs are broadcast on Dutch TV and radio: "Death To My Hometown", "Spirit In The Night", "I'm On Fire" and "Shackled And Drawn".
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2012-05-30 - OLYMPIASTADION, BERLIN, GERMANY

Soundcheck: SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / WHEN I LEAVE BERLIN

WHEN I LEAVE BERLIN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / HUNGRY HEART / TRAPPED / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / SAVE MY LOVE / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

28-song show opens with a beautiful cover of "When I Leave Berlin", a 1973 song by Wizz Jones. It was soundchecked several times prior to the show and is the only known Springsteen version of the song. "Save My Love" makes its tour and European debut. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet "Sad Mood". Both "Hungry Heart" and "Trapped" are played via sign request. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (WB & Vortex242). Pro-shot video of "When I Leave Berlin" is posted to the official Bruce Springsteen Youtube channel following the show.
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2012-06-02 - ESTADIO ANOETA, DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

Soundcheck: WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER / BE TRUE / SPANISH EYES / BURNING LOVE / PINK CADILLAC / DON'T LOOK BACK (instrumental)

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / THE TIES THAT BIND / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / SAVE MY LOVE / THE RIVER / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Interesting 28-song set opens with the tour premiere of "Who'll Stop The Rain". Also played: "Adam Raised A Cain" into "Prove It All Night" (the latter without the 1978 intro), the first ever performance in Spain of "Save My Love", and a nice pairing of "The River" and "Backstreets", the latter with a near 'Sad Eyes' interlude. Close, but not quite. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". The "this train" introduction to "Land Of Hope And Dreams" is dropped for the first time since Los Angeles. Both "The Rising" and "We Are Alive" are dropped for the first time on the tour. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by soulcrusaders). At least part of the soundcheck was filmed from an apartment overlooking the stadium.
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2012-06-03 - BELA VISTA PARK, LISBON, PORTUGAL

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / NO SURRENDER / SHE'S THE ONE / I'M ON FIRE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / HUNGRY HEART / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

Bruce and band perform a 24-song set at Rock in Rio Festival, only the second time Springsteen has played in Portugal. Bruce didn't take to the stage until after midnight on the morning of June 4, and it was nearly 2.45am before he was finally done. Set closes with the tour debut of "Twist and Shout," the first time this year a show hasn't ended with "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". Fireworks started when he finished "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" as a form of closing the Festival. But Bruce didn't care and neither did the 81,000 people attending this show who have been waiting 19 years for his comeback. "She's The One", "I'm On Fire", and "Hungry Heart" are played by sign request. First ever performances in Portugal of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "My City Of Ruins", "Spirit In The Night", "No Surrender", "She's The One", "I'm On Fire", "Shackled And Drawn", "Waitin' On A Sunny Day", "The Rising", "Lonesome Day", "We Are Alive", "Dancing In The Dark", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", and "Twist And Shout". Patti Scialfa is not present.

No complete audio as yet. Some two hours of high definition pro-shot footage circulates, comprised of nineteen songs. The video begins with "Spirit In The Night" and is missing the first six tracks. The first verse of "Waitin' On A Sunny Day" is cut. Six songs are streamed live on the Rock in Rio Youtube channel: "Spirit In The Night", "Because The Night", "No Surrender", "She's The One", "I'm On Fire" and "Shackled And Drawn". Subsequently two more videos are posted on Youtube - "The River" and "Twist And Shout".
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2012-06-07 - STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY

Soundcheck: ADAM RAISED A CAIN / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / LIGHT OF DAY

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / CANDY'S ROOM / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / OUT IN THE STREET / NO SURRENDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE PROMISE / THE RIVER / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / WE ARE ALIVE / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / GLORY DAYS / TWIST AND SHOUT

Bruce's fourth appearance at the famous San Siro and he produces an incredible 33-song set that clocks in at over three-and-a-half hours. This magical night in Milan is one of the longest shows Bruce has ever done, although surpassed by the Madrid and Helsinki shows performed later on this leg of the tour. The band enter the stage to the theme song from Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". "The Promise" is played by Bruce alone at the piano. The "this train" introduction returns for the final time during "Land Of Hope And Dreams", which closes the main set. Four tracks from Born In The U.S.A. feature in the ten-song encore. A fan holds up a request to dance with Jake Clemons, and is allowed to do so during "Dancing In The Dark". First ever performances in Italy of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", "The Promise", "We Are Alive", and "Rocky Ground". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by D.M., Zimmy21 and Zuma66), released on 'The Night They Drove San Siro Down' (Kokomo) and 'The Italian Promise' (Godfather). Multi-cam DVD 'Milan Always Primo' (Amos99) also circulates.
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2012-06-10 - STADIO ARTEMIO FRANCHI, FLORENCE, ITALY

BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BE TRUE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / HONKY TONK WOMEN - DARLINGTON COUNTY / BURNING LOVE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RIVER / THE RISING / BACKSTREETS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN

Another Italian marathon, this time thirty songs in two minutes short of three-and-a-half hours. Prior to the show Little Steven tweets "Are you ready for the frenzy in Firenze?". The band take the stage to Ennio Morricone's Once Upon a Time in the West. Tour premieres for "Be True" and, by sign request, "Burning Love", both of which were soundchecked a week or so ago in San Sebastian. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". The "this train" introduction is once again dropped from "Land Of Hope And Dreams", not to return for the remainder of the tour. "Who'll Stop The Rain" closes the rain affected show, the first time that has happened. About halfway through the set light rain began to fall before turning torrential by the encores. "Darlington County" with the "Honky Tonk Women" intro gets another airing, and the "Apollo Medley" returns to the set after a break of five shows. First ever performance in Italy of "Burning Love". Although Patti is in Italy, she's not on stage with the E Street Band.

Audience tapes (by Red Giant and Biccio). Both incomplete: Red Giant version misses the final five songs, Biccio59 cuts during "Twist & Shout". The Biccio59 tape has been pressed on vinyl as part of a limited edition (400) five-LP/three-cd/DVD box set 'A Firenze' from Virgin Vinyl Records.
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2012-06-11 - STADIO NEREO ROCCO, TRIESTE, ITALY

BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RIVER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN (with Elliott Murphy) / BOBBY JEAN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Once again, on this last night in Italy, "Once Upon A Time In The West" plays as the band take to the stage. Elliott Murphy joins Bruce on stage for "Born To Run". 29-song set includes "Downbound Train" and the European tour debut of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which is played by sign request to close the main set. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". First ever performance in Italy of the "Apollo Medley". Once again Patti is absent.

No audience tape, other than a DVD-rip by Hrubesh.
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2012-06-17 - ESTADIO SANTIAGO BERNABEU, MADRID, SPAIN

BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BE TRUE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / SHE'S THE ONE / TALK TO ME (with Southside Johnny) / SPANISH EYES / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RIVER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / THE RISING / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT (with Southside Johnny)

A real marathon tonight, one of the longest shows in Springsteen's known performing history, clocking in at an incredible three hours and 48 minutes. Only the July 31 show in Helsinki can be confirmed as longer. Southside Johnny joins Bruce on stage for "Talk To Me", performed by (a rather convenient) sign request, which includes a snippet of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" in the midsection. "The River" is dedicated to Nacho, a 20-year-old who died of cancer a couple of days before this show, for which he had a ticket. Live premiere of "Spanish Eyes", one of three songs tonight from The Promise. There's another airing for "Be True", and also the third "My Love Will Not Let You Down" of the tour. Patti is at home with the kids.

Audience tapes (by AlvaroVRAC and Javichun). Released as a three-CD set titled 'Spanish Eyes' by Godfather.
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2012-06-19 - PARK & SUITES ARENA, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / GROWIN' UP / JACK OF ALL TRADES / CANDY'S ROOM / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / POINT BLANK / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / FIRE / ROCKY GROUND / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

First indoor arena show in Europe for this tour. In what is becoming a regular occurrence, the band take the stage to Once Upon A Time In The West. The 28-song set features the tour premieres of "Growin' Up" (with Roy playing a piano solo where Clarence would usually play the sax solo, and including a story in the midsection about European football) and "Fire" (by sign request and including three intentional false starts, just like the 1986 Bridge Benefit show). "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Bruce takes the outro guitar solo on "Prove It All Night". First ever performances in France of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", the "Apollo Medley", and "Rocky Ground". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Germain version missing "Fire" and "Rocky Ground").
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2012-06-21 - STADIUM OF LIGHT, SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND

BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / POINT BLANK / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Held at the home of Sunderland AFC. 28-song set for the first of three shows in England. It's Nils 61st birthday and he celebrated it on stage. "Point Blank" remains in the set, "Born In The U.S.A." is dropped for the first time since it was premiered in Las Palmas on May 15, and "Rocky Ground" is also skipped. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". "Spirit In The Night" was last played in the UK in 1975. Set also includes the 300th performance of "Waitin' On A Sunny Day". First ever performances in England of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", and "We Are Alive". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by aphex2020, Essexboy and Nige78).
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2012-06-22 - ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / SAVE MY LOVE / THE PROMISE / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / CADILLAC RANCH / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

Held at the home of Manchester City FC. The second show in England and a 30-song set clocking in at three hours 17 minutes. No tour premieres just as the previous night, however "Prove It All Night" (by sign request) has the 1978 intro and "The Promise" is played solo at the piano. Bruce and Steve sing the duet of Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two" at the end of Two Hearts. During "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" Bruce and Steve were joking: Bruce: "You can look between channels 92 and 100 in the hotel." Steve: "Did you look?" Bruce: "Oh no, I looked, but I didn't touch!" It also featured the "Hey you! Get out the car!" line from the original version on the unreleased The Ties That Bind album. Other notable inclusions in the set are "Save My Love", "Cadillac Ranch", the 350th performance of "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and "Twist And Shout", containing a few bars of Chuck Berry's "Louie Louie", to close. Bruce did a striptease (down to a shirt!) during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" while standing on the piano. Trumpeter Curt Ramm takes a tumble during "Twist And Shout", much to Bruce and Steve's amusement. Bruce: "I've never seen that happen before!" - and at the end - "We can't do no more, somebody's gonna get hurt!" First ever performances in England of "Save My Love" and "The Promise", as well as the 1978 intro to "Prove It All Night". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by Essexboy and Tommy Bagnall) and released on 'Hey You, Get Out The Car' (Earlmv).
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2012-06-24 - SEACLOSE PARK, ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND

BADLANDS / NO SURRENDER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / LONESOME DAY / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

Springsteen and band perform at the famous Isle of Wight Festival, hosted on the island off the south coast of England. The third and final show in England in June is a shorter 25-song festival set. Once again no tour premieres, although "Lonesome Day" makes a rare mid-set appearance. According to the setlist "Prove It All Night" including the 1978 introduction was planned, but "Because The Night" is played instead. At the end of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", Bruce tells the crowd that he had heard there would be fireworks, and that they would not leave the stage before seeing them, and so "Twist And Shout" closes out the show with the accompaniment of a spectacular fireworks display. Referring to his tumble down the steps in Manchester, Curt Ramm is introduced as "Curt Ramm and his flying trumpet!" This time he takes extra care making his way down the steps. Patti Scialfa is not present.

No audio as yet. Four songs are broadcast by UK satellite channel Sky Arts - "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Shackled And Drawn" and "Twist And Shout".
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2012-07-04 - PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS-BERCY, PARIS, FRANCE

Soundcheck: EASY MONEY / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / WRECKING BALL

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / JACK OF ALL TRADES / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / INDEPENDENCE DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND

The first of two nights at Bercy and the twelfth time Springsteen has played the arena. Back to the stage after a ten-day break and Bruce plays no less than three July 4 specials - "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (with the original "waitress" lyrics), "Darlington County" and a solo piano "Independence Day". In addition "American Land" closes the show. "La Vie en rose" (best known as the signature song of Edith Piaf) welcomes the band on stage, played by the accordion duo of Roy and Charlie. Patti returns to the stage for the first time since Los Angeles - as a result "Easy Money" makes its European debut, replacing "Shackled And Drawn", and "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready", as well as a snippet of "Sad Mood". Bruce reverts to singing "get on board" rather than "thank the Lord" at the end of "Land Of Hope And Dreams", as will be the case for the remainder of the tour. First ever performances in France of "The E Street Shuffle", "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", and "We Are Alive".

Audience tapes (by jeffou67, Le Viben and Zimmy21). Available on CD 'La Vie En Rose' from Godfather. Pro-shot video of "Independence Day" is subsequently posted on Bruce's Youtube channel.
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2012-07-05 - PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS-BERCY, PARIS, FRANCE

THE TIES THAT BIND / NO SURRENDER / TWO HEARTS / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / CANDY'S ROOM / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / I'M GOIN' DOWN / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / FOR YOU / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

A spectacular 31-song setlist for the second night in Paris with Bruce taking the concept of a varied set on night two and blowing it out of the water. A six-pack of classics (including the second "Something In The Night" of the tour) kick-off the show before we even get to the the usual opener "We Take Care Of Our Own". This wasn't the plan - the setlist shows "The Ties That Bind" going straight into "We Take Care Of Our Own". Both "Incident On 57th Street" and an 11-minute "Racing In The Street" with an extended coda are played - the last time that both songs were played at an E Street show was back in 1978. Also in the set: "I'm Goin' Down", "Easy Money" and the tour premiere of "For You", played solo on the piano. Bruce drags daughter Jessica on stage for a dance during "Dancing In The Dark", and the walk-on music is "Au clair de la lune", played by the accordion duo of Roy and Charlie. "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready" and a snippet of "Sad Mood". First ever performances in France of "Something In The Night" and "Incident On 57th Street".

Audience tapes (by Camille, D.M, Germain, Le Viben and Zimmy21). Available on CDs 'Au Clair De La Lune' from Godfather and excellent IEM/audience mix 'Paris Second Wrecking Ball Night' (Crystal Cat).
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2012-07-07 - FESTIVALPLADSEN, ROSKILDE, DENMARK

NO SURRENDER / BADLANDS / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE (with The Roots) / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT (with The Roots)

Springsteen and band perform on the Orange Stage at Denmark's Roskilde Festival. Back to a more standard 26-song / ~three hour festival set, featuring members of The Roots (Black Thought, Kamal Gray, F. Knuckles, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson, James Poyser, and Mark Kelley) on "The E Street Shuffle" and the finale "Twist And Shout". They played the same stage earlier in the day. "Two Hearts" includes "It Takes Two". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Set features the 300th performance of "No Surrender". First ever performances in Denmark of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "The E Street Shuffle", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", and "We Are Alive". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by LB) and IEM/AUD mix. Pro-shot video of "The E Street Shuffle" is subsequently posted to Bruce's Youtube channel.
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2012-07-09 - LETZIGRUND, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Soundcheck: MY HOMETOWN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME

DON'T LOOK BACK / BADLANDS / THE TIES THAT BIND / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / WORKING ON A DREAM / GROWIN' UP / SAVE MY LOVE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE RIVER / THE RISING / OUT IN THE STREET / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

"Don't Look Back" opens, the first of three tour premieres. Tonight is only the second appearance of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town outtake since 2000. The other two are both sign requests: "Working On A Dream" (the first song to be played from the eponymous album this tour) and a solo piano "If I Should Fall Behind". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". There are also two other sign requests in the shape of "Growin' Up" and "Save My Love". "Growin' Up" features Bruce taking a guitar solo in the place of the usual saxophone solo (or, as in Montpellier, Roy's piano solo). First ever performances in Switzerland of "Don't Look Back", "The Ties That Bind", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "My City Of Ruins", "Spirit In The Night", "Growin' Up", "Save My Love", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", "We Are Alive", and "Seven Nights To Rock". Patti is not present again.

Audience tapes (by Alysha and Zimmy21).
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2012-07-11 - SYNOT TIP ARENA, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD / BADLANDS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / CANDY'S ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / THIS HARD LAND / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

Springsteen returns to Prague - only the second time he has played in the city. This is also the first time the E Street Band has performed in the Czech Republic. Set opens with a solo acoustic "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". "Candy's Room", "My Love Will Not Let You Down" and "Bobby Jean" are all played via sign requests. The set also includes "Atlantic City" and the tour premiere of "This Hard Land." "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". "We Are Alive" is dropped in favour of "Thunder Road". First ever performances in the Czech Republic of "Badlands", "Prove It All Night", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "My City Of Ruins", "Spirit In The Night", "Candy's Room", "She's The One", "Jack Of All Trades", "Because The Night", "My Love Will Not Let You Down", "Shackled And Drawn", "Waitin' On A Sunny Day", "The Rising", "Land Of Hope And Dreams", "Thunder Road", "Born To Run", "Seven Nights To Rock", "Dancing In The Dark", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", and "Twist And Shout". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by D.M.).
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2012-07-12 - ERNST-HAPPEL-STADION, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / BADLANDS / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / RENDEZVOUS / LOOSE ENDS / EMPTY SKY / TRAPPED / JACK OF ALL TRADES / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / TOUGHER THAN THE REST / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / HUNGRY HEART / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA

Three tour premieres in a set with 31 songs over just short of three hours 40 minutes. "Loose Ends" is a tour first, and is followed by "Empty Sky", last played solo at the final stop of the Devils & Dust Tour in Trenton in November 2005, or with the band at a Magic Tour rehearsal in September 2007. A solo piano "Tougher Than The Rest" is the third debut, and is the first song from Tunnel Of Love to be played this tour. Following "Because The Night" Bruce starts to play "Johnny 99" but abandons it after the first few lines and goes straight into "Darlington County". No less than six requests: "Rendezvous", "Loose Ends", "Empty Sky", "Trapped", "Racing In The Street" (selected from a deck of cards), and "Hungry Heart". First ever performances in Austria of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Spirit In The Night", "Loose Ends", "Trapped", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", "Tougher Than The Rest", "Racing In The Street", "We Are Alive", and "Seven Nights To Rock". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by D.M.).
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2012-07-14 - HYDE PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Bruce joins John Fogerty on stage for a rollicking "Rockin' All Over The World" during John's afternoon set at Hard Rock Calling.

Radio broadcast.
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2012-07-14 - HYDE PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND

THUNDER ROAD / BADLANDS / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND (with John Fogerty) / TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello) / EMPTY SKY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE RIVER / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / THE RISING (with Tom Morello) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY (with Tom Morello) / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / I SAW HER STANDING THERE (with Paul McCartney) / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA (with Paul McCartney and Tom Morello) - GOODNIGHT IRENE

Bruce and band return to the Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park with a fine show and a farcical conclusion. The positives first - an exquisite "Thunder Road" opens, sung with just the accompaniment of Roy Bittan on piano. This same arrangement was regularly heard on the Born To Run Tour, with Bruce specifically noting this was the first thing he played at his first show in London (at the Hammersmith Odeon in November 1975). A sign requested "Take 'Em As They Come" premieres, last played 2003 in Copenhagen. Tom Morello guests on several numbers, including "Death To My Hometown" and "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", and John Fogerty joins for "The Promised Land".

The final guest for the evening is Paul McCartney, and together they play "I Saw Her Standing There" followed by a raucous "Twist and Shout". Unfortunately, despite only being a few minutes over the 10.30pm curfew the concert organisers choose to cut the sound at the conclusion of "Twist And Shout", and as a result Bruce is unable to play a final song, nor is he able to say his farewells to the crowd. Instead he sings a brief a cappella, unamplified "Goodnight Irene" and leaves the stage. As a result, this is the first show of the tour to not include "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." Steve took to Twitter following the show to express his disappointment and anger, while Bruce commented "I wasn't aware the plug had been pulled, and people couldn't hear what I was singing. Afterwards I said to Paul, 'I can understand them pulling the plug on me, but you? Aren't you a knight?'". Paul McCartney remembers: "Bruce, sort of, got in touch and said, 'Do you wanna get up? We'd like you to get up'. I said, 'Well, I don't know, I'll just come along to the show', so we're in the side of the show in the wings, and he says 'Are you gonna get up, man?', I said 'I don't know, maybe'. Then his roadie says 'I've got a bass for you, I've got a guitar, it's all tuned, it's ready to go'. I go 'Oh, you're REALLY ready!'. So they're all really ready to go, so, what have they rehearsed? He said 'Twist And Shout' and 'I Saw Her Standing There'. So at last minute, I sort of have to say, 'Yeah, I'll do it', so I go on, and it's great, they really have rehearsed it, and I'm the only one who sort of doesn't know it, even though I wrote the bloody thing. So then they go to 'Twist And Shout', and I'm singing it, and someone had whispered 'We haven't got any time, we can't do it', but it was so nice, Bruce is going 'Yeah, come on, man' and Bruce is you know, he's a do-er, a go-getter, so I was happy. 'Yeah!'. We're rocking away, all our monitors stayed on, so we weren't really aware that the plug had been pulled on the audience, that you see on the youtube later, it's all gone dead. And he is singing, he's gonna then go back and sing ' Good Night Irene', which I think was all dead, but we had a laugh again. You've gotta have a laugh, it would just be so terrifying if you didn't, so we just had a laugh afterwards, I was just apologetic like 'I'm sorry, man, only in Britain!'. It's the only place... You can't imagine in New York somewhere like that, them pulling the plug, and it got everyone of course, so that was the big story. Everyone in America was going to me 'Is it true, man? They pulled the plug on you and Springsteen?!', and I'm saying 'Yeah, well, you know, just some guy. Some bloody jobsworth...'"

"My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Bruce revises the introduction to "Shackled And Drawn" - "hey, hey, I'm calling / working while the rain is falling." European debut of "I Saw Her Standing There" and first ever performance in England of "Take 'Em As They Come". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Quick45), IEM, audience shot DVD and partial pro-shot video. Excellent IEM mix released on CD 'London Killing The Power Night' from Crystal Cat. Six songs are broadcast on Sky Arts (in the UK) and Palladia (in the US) several months later; "Thunder Road", "Because The Night", "Shackled And Drawn", "We Are Alive", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout". Audio from the broadcast of these six songs is available on CD 'Twist And Shush' from Godfather.
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2012-07-17 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND

TWIST AND SHOUT / I FOUGHT THE LAW / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / I'M A ROCKER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / JACK OF ALL TRADES / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / EASY MONEY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / MY HOMETOWN / THE RIVER / THE RISING / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT / AMERICAN LAND

Opening night in Dublin starts hilariously. Bruce (aided by Steve) drags a giant electrical switch to the front of the stage, turns it to "ON" and says, "Before we were so rudely interrupted..!" (referring to the previous show in London) and play the last minute or so of "Twist And Shout" followed by the night's first tour premiere, "I Fought The Law". The second, "I'm A Rocker" is played by request. "My Hometown", the third, is dedicated to U2. During "Dancing in the Dark" the big screens show the giant switch, in the "ON" position. Two people, dressed as a London police officer and a City official come on stage to stop them playing "Twist And Shout", but Bruce refuses. Before playing "American Land" the characters return, wrestling Bruce and Steve for control of the switch as it is turned on and off before finally going back to "ON." Patti Scialfa returns to the stage for the first time since the two shows in Paris - consequently, "Easy Money" returns to the set and "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". First ever performances in Ireland of "I Fought The Law", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "I'm A Rocker", "Jack Of All Trades", "Easy Money", and "We Are Alive".

Audience tape (by Kagee), released on 'Back To Back In Dublin, Night One' (Earlmv).
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2012-07-18 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND

THIS HARD LAND / NO SURRENDER / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / THE TIES THAT BIND / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / BADLANDS / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / JACKSON CAGE / SHE'S THE ONE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / EASY MONEY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISE / THE RIVER / BACKSTREETS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / ROCKY GROUND / AMERICAN LAND

Jake Clemons arrives on stage in a wheelchair. According to Bruce, "Jake sneezed last night and put his back out" - consequently he sings during "Spirit In The Night", "crazy Jakey got really hurt / He sneezed, threw out his back in just his socks and shirt". Second show in Dublin with no less than sixteen songs not played the previous night. A solo acoustic "This Hard Land" opens, the second airing for the song this tour, although the first in this arrangement. A Darkness On The Edge Of Town trio follows "We Take Care Of Our Own", and it's not until the ninth song of the evening that we get to "Wrecking Ball". "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". Other notables include the third tour performance of "Jackson Cage" and magnificent triple hit of a solo piano "The Promise", "The River" and "Backstreets" before "Land Of Hope And Dreams" closes the main set. Encores include an unexpected "Rocky Ground" before the obligatory "American Land" for Ireland brings the evening to a close. First ever performances in Ireland of "Something In The Night", "Jackson Cage", "The Promise", "Backstreets", and "Rocky Ground".

Audience tape (by Kagee).
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2012-07-21 - VALLE HOVIN STADION, OSLO, NORWAY

THE PROMISED LAND / NO SURRENDER / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / BADLANDS / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU / HUNGRY HEART / STREETS OF FIRE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / ROCKY GROUND / THE RIVER / THE PROMISE / THE RISING / LONESOME DAY / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT / NIGHT

First show of three in Norway and Bruce provides another marathon with a 33 song set. Springsteen takes to the stage alone and opens with an acoustic "The Promised Land". "Spirit In The Night" again includes revised lyrics poking fun at Jake's injury. Set also includes tour premieres for Darkness On The Edge Of Town outtake "Ain't Good Enough For You" and "Streets Of Fire". There's another outing for the solo piano "The Promise", and a surprise closer in "Night". Bruce improvises a brief song about curfews in the introduction to "We Are Alive". European debut of "Ain't Good Enough For You" and first ever performances in Norway of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Streets Of Fire", "Shackled And Drawn", "Rocky Ground", "The Promise", and "We Are Alive". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes available, an incomplete recording released as 'Live Oslo' (LB). The complete show is released on CD 'Beneath A Peaceful Sky' (Godfather).
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2012-07-22 - RÅDHUSPLASSEN, OSLO, NORWAY

WE SHALL OVERCOME

Bruce and Steve play at the memorial concert for the victims of Utöya and Oslo. Prior to an acoustic "We Shall Overcome", Bruce said a few words, "Good evening, Steve and I are honoured to be included here tonight, for all of us who love democracy and tolerance this was an international tragedy. I want to send this out as a prayer for a peaceful future for Norway and dedicate it to the families that lost their loved ones." The concert is broadcast over the internet and television across the world.

Pro shot video.
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2012-07-23 - KOENGEN, BERGEN, NORWAY

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / COVER ME / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SEASIDE BAR SONG / THIS DEPRESSION / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / FOR YOU / THE RIVER / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / BADLANDS / I'M ON FIRE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

First of two shows in Bergen and a Born In The U.S.A.-heavy setlist, with seven songs from the album including the tour premiere of "Cover Me". Opening song "Who'll Stop The Rain" is played with just the accompaniment of Roy on piano - a unique arrangement for the Creedence Clearwater Revival cover. There's also the live premiere of "This Depression" (played acoustically, by Bruce alone), which leaves just two Wrecking Ball tracks unplayed to date: "You've Got It" and "Swallowed Up (In The Belly Of The Whale)". Set also includes a solo piano "For You", "Radio Nowhere" and the first ever performance of "Seaside Bar Song" outside of the U.S. The encores feature the 1250th confirmed performance of "Born To Run". A fan takes over the drum kit during "Dancing In The Dark". First ever performance in Norway of "For You". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Ballerusk).
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2012-07-24 - KOENGEN, BERGEN, NORWAY

Soundcheck: THIS DEPRESSION / YOU'VE GOT IT

LONG WALK HOME / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / MY LUCKY DAY / OUT IN THE STREET / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / RED HEADED WOMAN / PROUD MARY / FIRE / THIS DEPRESSION / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / YOU'VE GOT IT / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / BADLANDS / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND

If last night was Born In The U.S.A. night, then tonight is definitely Wrecking Ball night with eight songs from the album, including a full-band "This Depression" (last night was solo acoustic) and the live premiere of "You've Got It". 31-song set opens with an acoustic "Long Walk Home", a tour debut. "My Lucky Day", "Red Headed Woman" and "Proud Mary" are also all tour premieres. It's only the third time "Red Headed Woman" has been played since 1999. Also in the set, "Fire" and "Racing In The Street". First ever performances in Norway of "The E Street Shuffle", "Red Headed Woman", and "Proud Mary". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Ballerusk).
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2012-07-27 - ULLEVI, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

Soundcheck: WHERE THE BANDS ARE / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS

THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / COVER ME / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES / JACK OF ALL TRADES / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / BADLANDS / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT

First of two shows at Ullevi in Gothenburg. 31-song set with two tour premieres, "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" (by request) and a magnificent, majestic "Drive All Night", with the crowd lit by the glow of thousands of mobile phones. There's another airing for "Cover Me" in the opening five songs before "We Take Care Of Our Own", which also include a full-band "The Promised Land" to open, plus "Something In The Night" and "My Love Will Not Let You Down". First ever performances in Sweden of "Something In The Night", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", and "We Are Alive". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by D.M. and LB. The latter is incomplete). Video of "Drive All Night" is subsequently posted to Springsteen's Youtube channel.
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2012-07-28 - ULLEVI, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

Soundcheck: FRANKIE / WHERE THE BANDS ARE / REASON TO BELIEVE

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE TIES THAT BIND / OUT IN THE STREET / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / I'M GOIN' DOWN / MY LUCKY DAY / LOST IN THE FLOOD / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / FRANKIE / THE RIVER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / LONESOME DAY / HUNGRY HEART / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / WHERE THE BANDS ARE / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / RAMROD / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / JUNGLELAND / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA

Stunning setlist for the second night in Gothenburg, the highlight of which is clearly the return of "Jungleland", the first time it has been played since the death of Clarence Clemons in June 2011. Unsurprisingly it was dedicated to The Big Man. If that's not enough there's also the tour debuts of "Lost In The Flood" (by request), the European debut of "Frankie", and "Where The Bands Are". The full-band "Frankie" was last played September 2003, in Boston. The last time "Lost In The Flood", "Backstreets" and "Jungleland" were all played in the same set was back in September 1978, at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, MI. The wet show opens with "Who'll Stop The Rain", and the 31-song set also includes "Downbound Train", "I'm Goin' Down" and an outstanding "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", played by request. Bruce said it was the song that got him his record deal, back in May 1972. Patti Scialfa is not present. Prior to the show Steve tweeted, "There's something about the thought of fans waiting out in the rain all day that makes us crazy. I feel one for the ages coming on." He was right!

Audience tapes (incomplete, 'Wrecking Gothenburg (Night #2)' by LB and a complete tape by Mortenkofed). Released on CD 'Gothenburg Second Wrecking Ball Night' from Crystal Cat, which appears to be an IEM/audience mix.
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2012-07-31 - OLYMPIASTADION, HELSINKI, FINLAND

Pre-show (solo acoustic): I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE / LEAP OF FAITH / NO SURRENDER / FOR YOU / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

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 1000 DANCES / SHACKLED 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)

Just how could Bruce follow up two wonderful nights in Gothenburg? With the longest show in his performing history, of course. 33 songs over four hours 6 minutes, and that doesn't include the five song acoustic pre-set played to the fans that made it into the stadium early, just thank them for following him around Europe. Following the mini-set he spent ten minutes collecting signs and shaking hands before returning to the microphone to say, “Thanks to all you regulars and thanks for making it a lovely summer for us, and we'll see you in a little while!” The main set opens with CCR's "Rockin' All Over The World", last played in 2009 at the final show of the Working On A Dream Tour in Buffalo. "Prove It All Night" with the 1978 introduction follows soon after. Also played, the second "Light Of Day" of the tour, plus the Wrecking Ball Tour debut of "Back In Your Arms". The nine-song encore includes three premieres, "Detroit Medley", "I Don't Want To Go Home" (last played at an E Street Band show in 1981), and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher". "Twist And Shout" brings the night, and the European leg of the tour, to a conclusion. European debuts of "I Don't Want To Go Home" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher", and first ever performances in Finland of "Leap Of Faith", "For You", "Blinded By The Light", "Rockin' All Over The World", "Loose Ends", "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?", "Be True", "Jack Of All Trades", "Downbound Train", "Light Of Day", "Shackled And Drawn", "Back In Your Arms", "We Are Alive", and the "Detroit Medley".. What a night, what a tour. Patti Scialfa is not present and Jon Landau played guitar on "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" and "Twist And Shout".

Audience tapes by Corenol (inc. pre-set), Queengrooves and Tootai. The Tootai tape is released as 'The Finnish Finish' (Ev2), which also includes the acoustic pre-set from Corenol's recording. However, the Queengrooves tape is probably the best of the three.
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End of the European leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour


2012-08-13 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA

BORN IN THE U.S.A. / DOWNBOUND TRAIN

Full-band soundcheck and warm-up prior to the first show of the second American leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour. The songs listed above were heard from outside the venue, it's likely several other songs were also practised.
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Start of the final American leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour


2012-08-14 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA

THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BOOM BOOM / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DIRTY WATER / TWIST AND SHOUT

No great surprises for the first of two nights in Boston as Bruce and Band return to the stage after a two week break. "Boom Boom" makes its first appearance this tour, and there's the expected "Dirty Water" in the encores. 29-song set also includes "Drive All Night", and "The E Street Shuffle" makes a welcome comeback after a short break. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Bakerstuff and Jdwtyl).
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2012-08-15 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA

THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / SHERRY DARLING / SUMMERTIME BLUES / GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / KNOCK ON WOOD / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / THUNDERCRACK / FRANKIE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BACKSTREETS - DREAM BABY DREAM / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN - ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / DANCING IN THE DARK / QUARTER TO THREE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND (with Ken Casey)

First night in Boston may have been relatively standard, but Bruce really mixes things up on night two with 18 songs not played the previous night and plenty of rarities. "Thunder Road" opens, performed by Springsteen accompanied only by Roy. A quartet of summer songs follows, including the second "Summertime Blues" of the tour. Eddie Floyd's "Knock On Wood" makes a surprise appearance, only previously played with the E Street Band on April 29, 1976. "Thundercrack", "Frankie" and "Prove It All Night" (with 1978 intro, for the first time in the United States since 1980) follow. If that's not enough, "Backstreets" includes a 'Dream Baby Dream' interlude. A solo acoustic "Who'll Stop The Rain" opens an encore set that also features "Detroit Medley", "Quarter To Three" (with "I'm a prisoner of rock 'n' roll!") and "American Land" with Ken Casey from Dropkick Murphys. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Bakerstuff).
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2012-08-18 - GILLETTE STADIUM, FOXBOROUGH, MA

Soundcheck: WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / JUNGLELAND (introduction only)

MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / OPEN ALL NIGHT / GROWIN' UP / LOST IN THE FLOOD / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / RADIO NOWHERE / BADLANDS / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DRIFT AWAY / TWIST AND SHOUT

Another fine show for the third night in Massachusetts. A 28-song set opens with "My Love Will Not Let You Down" into "Night". A surprise premiere for "Open All Night" (by request), performed in the Seeger arrangement. The last E Street performance of "Open All Night" was April 4, 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. Main set also includes "Growin' Up (with Bruce again taking a guitar solo in the place of Clarence's saxophone), "Lost In The Flood" and "Racing In the Street". Encore features the second tour "Jungleland", plus Dobie Gray's "Drift Away", only played twice before tonight. Last known performance was December 14, 1984 in Memphis, TN. Interestingly, the printed setlist indicates that Bruce was intending to open with "Kitty's Back". Over the three Massachusetts nights, Springsteen played 57 unique songs. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Hobbes).
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2012-08-24 - ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO, ON

WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / HUNGRY HEART / SHERRY DARLING / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THUNDERCRACK / JACK OF ALL TRADES / MURDER INCORPORATED / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / CANDY'S ROOM / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT - LA BAMBA / GLORY DAYS

The first of two shows in Canada. After Charles Giordano's "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" welcomes the band to the stage, a 29-song set opens with "Working On The Highway", for only the third time. In a nod to 1978 "Mona" leads straight into "She's The One", last played like this in 2008 and 1981. There's also a rare solo piano "Incident On 57th Street". "Glory Days" closes the show. Bruce plays "Jack Of All Trades" on the day that a man shot dead a former colleague outside the Empire State Building in New York City, and follows it with "Murder Incorporated". First ever performances in Canada of "We Take Care Of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", "Death To My Hometown", "Jack Of All Trades", "Shackled And Drawn", and "We Are Alive". Patti Scialfa is not present.

No audio as yet.
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2012-08-26 - MAGNETIC HILL, MONCTON, NB

NO SURRENDER / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / JACK OF ALL TRADES / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / LONESOME DAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / THE RIVER / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWIST AND SHOUT (with The Trews, Tom Cochrane, and Peter Elkas)

Springsteen plays at the Magnetic Hill Music Festival, his first performance in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. A fairly standard 26-song, three hour festival set includes the first ever performance in Canada of "Pay Me My Money Down", previously played this tour in New Orleans. Show also features a solo piano "If I Should Fall Behind" and "The River" makes its first appearance on this leg. Bruce forgets the words during "Spirit In The Night". For "Twist And Shout" Bruce and the band are joined by Canadian bands The Trews and Tom Cochrane, who both played the same stage earlier in the day, along with Peter Elkas. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by cikubw).
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2012-08-29 - VERNON DOWNS RACEWAY, VERNON, NY

Soundcheck: HUMAN TOUCH

OUT IN THE STREET / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / HUNGRY HEART / STAND ON IT / I'M A ROCKER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / FRANKIE / OPEN ALL NIGHT / JACK OF ALL TRADES / HUMAN TOUCH / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BACKSTREETS - DREAM BABY DREAM / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Bruce and the band play Vernon Downs, the horse racing track located in the town of Vernon in central New York. Great set opens a trumpet "Call to the Post", followed by four requests in the first five songs, including the tour premiere of "Stand On It" (last played in Washington, D.C. at the end of the Working On A Dream Tour) and "I'm A Rocker", for the second time this tour. There's also the third tour "Frankie", a second airing of "Open All Night" and the tour debut of "Human Touch", the first song to be played from that album this tour. The 1978 guitar intro precedes "Prove It All Night", and the remainder of the show also includes "Backstreets" and "Quarter To Three". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Bakerstuff).
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2012-09-02 - CITIZENS BANK PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: NONE BUT THE BRAVE (x2) / THE TWIST (partial) / LET'S TWIST AGAIN / BRISTOL STOMP (partial) / LOVE TRAIN (partial) / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN (partial) / COUNTY FAIR (x2) / TV MOVIE

SUMMERTIME BLUES / OUT IN THE STREET / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / LOST IN THE FLOOD / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / GREEN ONIONS / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / CADILLAC RANCH / I'M ON FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / HUMAN TOUCH / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / JERSEY GIRL / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Bruce and the band return to Philadelphia with their first ever show at Citizens Bank Park. "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" welcomes the band on stage, played by Charlie Giordano on organ. "Summertime Blues" opens, the first of four "summer" songs before "We Take Care Of Our Own". The band play "Green Onions" as Bruce collects signs, followed by the tour premiere of "Good Rockin' Tonight". Other premieres are "Jersey Girl" in the main set and "You Can't Sit Down" in the encores. "We Are Alive" includes a rambling introduction about the "train coming." At the end Bruce reminds the public with the message: "Remember... the E Street Band will be back tomorrow night, same time, same location!". Patti Scialfa is not present. Interesting soundcheck includes "None But The Brave" and "County Fair". If you have a recording, please get in touch.

Audience tapes (by Tapehead2 and Travitz) and multicam DVD/Blu-ray from DVD Dubbing Guy.
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2012-09-03 - CITIZENS BANK PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA

FACTORY / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STREETS OF FIRE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / FRANKIE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / LONESOME DAY / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / JUNGLELAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND

Last show in Philly this tour opens with the tour premiere "Factory" in a solo acoustic performance on Labor Day, the first of five songs in a row from Darkness On The Edge Of Town before "We Take Care Of Our Own". A stunning guitar-laden trio after "Factory" includes "Prove It All Night", with the 1978 guitar introduction. The Darkness-heavy opening was intended, although "Streets Of Fire" was audibled in. There's also three songs in a row from Greetings, along with another airing for "Frankie". "The River" is played by request (although it was also on the printed setlist), and "Jungleland" is the highlight of the encores, with "American Land" closing the show. Second concert of the tour (after the first night in Barcelona) to only feature Springsteen originals and no cover songs. The printed setlist shows several tantalising possibilities that Bruce elected to skip, including "Incident On 57th Street", "Ain't Good Enough For You", "My Love Will Not Let You Down", "Light Of Day", "Love Train" (The O'Jays, never played by Springsteen), and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by Edtyre and Travitz).
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2012-09-07 - WRIGLEY FIELD, CHICAGO, IL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / TRAPPED / JACK OF ALL TRADES (with Tom Morello) / ATLANTIC CITY (with Eddie Vedder) / LONESOME DAY / I'M GOIN' DOWN / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / NONE BUT THE BRAVE / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / BADLANDS (with Tom Morello) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS (with Tom Morello) / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / JUNGLELAND / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder) / TWIST AND SHOUT (with Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder)

For the first time, the Boss and his band take the stage at Wrigley Field. The show starts with "Prove It All Night" including the '78 intro and the set also includes the tour premiere of "None But The Brave". Tonight is only the third time it has been played at an E Street show, and the sixth time in total. Tom Morello joins the band for "Death To My Hometown," and he returns for "Jack Of All Trades", "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", "Badlands" and "Land Of Hope And Dreams." Eddie Vedder guests on "Atlantic City." Both Vedder and Morello return for the last two songs of the night, with Bruce referencing the "Cavalcade of Stars", referring to a TV show from the 50's. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Darktrain). Released on CD 'Hometown Boys' (Godfather).
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2012-09-08 - WRIGLEY FIELD, CHICAGO, IL

Soundcheck: THIS DEPRESSION (multiple times)

THE PROMISED LAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / NO SURRENDER / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / THIS DEPRESSION (with Tom Morello) / MY HOMETOWN (with Eddie Vedder) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (with Eddie Vedder) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND (with Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder)

For a second night running, both Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder guest, appearing separately and together on throughout the show. Rain begins to fall halfway through the show so Bruce plays "Who'll Stop The Rain", tonight sung alone with an acoustic guitar. "This Depression" sees it's U.S. premiere, only previously played live twice in July in Norway. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (Soomlos & Analog4011).
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2012-09-14 - NATIONALS PARK, WASHINGTON, DC

Soundcheck: NOTHING MAN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / THE TIES THAT BIND / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / JACK OF ALL TRADES / JACKSON CAGE / SHE'S THE ONE / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND (with Ali Weinberg) / TWIST AND SHOUT (with Ali Weinberg)

Second show in Washington this tour. The 30-song set opens with "Prove It All Night" with the 1978 intro, and sees one tour premiere in Blinded By The Light. Bruce reprises a briefer version of the "train coming" introduction to "We Are Alive". During the encores Ali Weinberg, Max's daughter, joins the band on stage, playing the accordion during American Land. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by vwmule).
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2012-09-19 - METLIFE STADIUM, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: EASY MONEY / HUMAN TOUCH / MANSION ON THE HILL / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

Pre-show (solo acoustic): GROWIN' UP / FOR YOU

SHACKLED AND DRAWN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE (with Vini Lopez) / JACK OF ALL TRADES / HUMAN TOUCH / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / EASY MONEY / THE PROMISED LAND / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / MANSION ON THE HILL / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WE ARE ALIVE / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Vini Lopez) / TWIST AND SHOUT (with Vini Lopez)

A 30-song set for the first of three shows in East Rutherford. Bruce's first appearance at Metlife Stadium. Prior to the show Bruce entertains the pit with a short solo-acoustic set of "Growin' Up" and "For You". Main set opens with "Shackled And Drawn" (the first time it has appeared in that slot) followed by another rendition of the 1978 version of "Prove It All Night", for the ninth time so far this tour. Patti Scialfa returns to the stage for the first time this leg and is featured on the tour premiere of "Mansion On The Hill". "My City Of Ruins" includes "People Get Ready". Vini Lopez makes a guest appearance behind the drums on "The E Street Shuffle" and also returns later in the set to play tambourine during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and the show-closing "Twist And Shout", which also features fireworks shot off from the top of stadium.

Audience tapes (by Bakerstuff and Bossman284) and DVD/Blu-ray (NYCBC).
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2012-09-21 - METLIFE STADIUM, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: JOLE BLON / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / MARY'S PLACE / I'M A ROCKER / THIS DEPRESSION / LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD / OUT IN THE STREET / NIGHT / HUNGRY HEART / NO SURRENDER / LOST IN THE FLOOD / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / THIS LITTLE GIRL (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME) / TALK TO ME / THIS DEPRESSION / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / MARY'S PLACE / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / RAMROD / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / AMERICAN LAND (with Gary U.S. Bonds)

Second show of three at Metlife Stadium. After taking to the stage to Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind", Bruce opens with one of the biggest surprises of the tour to-date in the live premiere of The River outtake "Living On The Edge Of The World". In 1980 he did insert a verse into "Ramrod" during a concert at Madison Square Garden, but this is the first time he has performed the complete song. A shorter 28-song set with as many as five tour premieres also includes a welcome guest appearance on several songs by Gary U.S. Bonds. Other notables are a magnificent "Lost In The Flood", "Talk To Me", "This Depression" and "Incident On 57th Street" into "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Bossman284) released on 'Living On The Edge Of The World' (Earlmv) and DVD/Blu-ray (NYCBC).
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2012-09-22 - METLIFE STADIUM, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

Soundcheck: INTO THE FIRE / WHERE THE BANDS ARE / JANEY, DON'T YOU LOSE HEART / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / CYNTHIA / GIVE THE GIRL A KISS

OUT IN THE STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / CYNTHIA / BADLANDS / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / COVER ME / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / THIS LITTLE GIRL (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEART / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR / INTO THE FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / JUNGLELAND / THUNDER ROAD / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Gary U.S. Bonds) / HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU - TWIST AND SHOUT (with Gary U.S. Bonds, Adele Springsteen, Ginny Springsteen, Mike Scialfa, Patricia Scialfa, and Maureen Van Zandt)

Bruce and band take the stage to "In The Midnight Hour" for their last show of three at Metlife Stadium, and the final stadium show of 2012. The set (delayed by two hours due to thunderstorms passing over the stadium) sees four tour premieres: "Cynthia", "In The Midnight Hour" (last played with the E Street Band at the 1980 New Years Eve show at Nassau Coliseum), "Into The Fire" and "Meeting Across The River". Just like the night before, Gary U.S. Bonds joins the band for "Jole Blon" and "This Little Girl". A full band tour premiere is for "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart". "My City Of Ruins includes "Twistin' The Night Away". At midnight the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to Bruce and prior to "Twist And Shout" Bruce cut a cake (delivered by Bruce's mom Adele, his oldest sister Ginny, Patti Scialfa's mother - introducing whom Bruce sings a line from Allen Toussaint's "Mother-In-Law" - and brother, plus Maureen Van Zandt) for his 63rd birthday, and shared it with fans in the pit, who once again sang "Happy Birthday". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by Ademotte, Bakerstuff & LarryRulz), IEM/AUD mix, and DVD/Blu-ray (NYCBC). IEM/AUD mix available on CDR 'Bruce's Rain Delayed Birthday Bash!' (Ev2).
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2012-10-16 - HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY, NY

With Steve Van Zandt: UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Southside Johnny) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with all performers)

Springsteen makes a not totally unexpected guest appearance at Right To Rock 2012, an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit charity dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Man of the hour however is Steve Van Zandt, who is presented with the 'Big Man Of The Year Award'. Clarence Clemons was honored in 2009 with the inaugural award, and each year the charity has presented it to "a musical luminary who is represents the ideals of our organization and is passionate about our mission of transforming children's lives through music education." Bruce gives a speech, before joining Steve and guests on stage for three songs. Also present: event chairs Max Weinberg and Maureen Van Zandt along with Elvis Costello, Dion, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Bernie Williams, The Midtown Men, and others. Backing band are the NYC Hit Squad, accompanied by Bobby Bandiera, Jake Clemons, Charlie Giordano, Everett Bradley, Cindy Mizelle, Curtis King, Tawatha Agee, and the E Street Horns.

Audience tape (by Larryrulz, remastered by Mrclst).
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2012-10-18 - CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PARMA, OH

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / YOUNGSTOWN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THUNDER ROAD

Springsteen performs at a rally in support of President Barack Obama's re-election bid. After being introduced by Bill Clinton, Bruce performs solo-acoustic, including the live premiere of "Forward", a short ditty about the campaign. CNN and local news stream the rally online.

Audio and video from the internet stream circulates.
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2012-10-18 - HILTON COLISEUM, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, AMES, IA

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / THE RIVER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / THUNDER ROAD

A few hours after his performance in Parma, Springsteen takes to the stage in the same venue that he played while on tour in 1981, 1984 and 1992 for another rally in support of President Obama. The set features "The River" replacing "Youngstown", and "This Land Is Your Land" drops out.

No audio as yet.
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2012-10-19 - SCOTIABANK PLACE, OTTAWA, ON

Soundcheck: THE TIES THAT BIND / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

THE PROMISED LAND / THE TIES THAT BIND / NO SURRENDER / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JACK OF ALL TRADES / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / CANDY'S ROOM / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET / WE ARE ALIVE / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

The final leg in 2012 of the Wrecking Ball Tour kicks off. Bruce and the Band return to the stage after four weeks off with a relatively short 26-song set including the tour premiere, first ever North American performance, and only the second performance ever of "Queen Of The Supermarket", played by Springsteen alone with an acoustic guitar for the first time. Set also includes "Prove It All Night" with the 1978 intro and "Drive All Night". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Blacklab Jr.).
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2012-10-21 - COPPS COLISEUM, HAMILTON, ON

MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / JACK OF ALL TRADES / TRAPPED / I'M GOIN' DOWN / SHE'S THE ONE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / TERRY'S SONG / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / I'M A ROCKER / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

An interesting 26-song set for the second of two nights in Canada. The main-set includes the tour premiere of "Terry's Song", performed in concert for only the second time ever (and the first time in Canada). It was played as a tribute to Sydney Wood, an 11-year-old Hamilton native who tragically passed away on August 20, 2011. A video tribute to Sydney can be found here . Show opens with "My Love Will Not Let You Down", and the main set also includes "I'm Goin' Down", by sign request. The encores open with another sign request, "I'm A Rocker". Bruce takes a tumble during "Dancing In The Dark" - no major damage done fortunately, other than his guitar. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Blacklab).
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2012-10-23 - nTELOS WIRELESS PAVILION, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / THE RIVER / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / THUNDER ROAD

Hours before his performance with the band at John Paul Jones Arena, Bruce plays another rally in support of President Obama's re-election bid. Same six song set as the rally last week in Ames, including the third airing of "Forward".

Broadcast over the internet, and video was subsequently posted to the official Bruce Springsteen Youtube channel. Audience tape (by Lostbrook) also circulates.
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2012-10-23 - JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

SHACKLED AND DRAWN / LONESOME DAY / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SEASIDE BAR SONG / GIVE THE GIRL A KISS / LOST IN THE FLOOD / THIS DEPRESSION / MURDER INCORPORATED / JOHNNY 99 / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

25-song set for the second Charlottesville show of the day. Opening with "Shackled And Drawn", the concert also includes the tour premiere of "Give The Girl A Kiss". Only the second time since 1978 that "Lost In The Flood", "Backstreets" and "Jungleland" have all been played in the same show - the last time was July 28, in Gothenburg. Set also includes rarities "Seaside Bar Song" (by sign request) and "This Depression". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Lostbrook, Lp20 and Soomlos).
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2012-10-25 - XL CENTER, HARTFORD, CT

Soundcheck: RADIO NOWHERE / HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN / GOTTA GET THAT FEELING

HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN / RADIO NOWHERE / JACKSON CAGE / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / PINK CADILLAC / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / POINT BLANK / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / OUT IN THE STREET / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / FOR YOU / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / KITTY'S BACK / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Excellent 26-song set with two tour premieres; "Held Up Without A Gun" and "Pink Cadillac". "Held Up Without A Gun" is performed for only the fifth time - the last occasion was August 21, 2008 in Nashville. Also in the set are a great twosome of "Incident On 57th Street" followed by "Point Blank" and the third tour outing for "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)". "For You" is played by Springsteen alone at the piano and the encores open with "Kitty's Back". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Bruce sings a line of "Joy To The World" while collecting signs. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Hobbes, Bossman284 and Jdwtyl).
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2012-10-27 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / YOUNGSTOWN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN (with Joe and Johnny Grushecky) / THUNDER ROAD

Another six-song acoustic set at a rally in support of President Obama's re-election bid. Joe Grushecky and son Johnny join Bruce on stage for "We Take Care Of Our Own".

Audience tape (Neo).
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2012-10-27 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA

Soundcheck: CODE OF SILENCE

DON'T LOOK BACK / CANDY'S ROOM / THE TIES THAT BIND / STREETS OF FIRE / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / PRETTY FLAMINGO / TALK TO ME / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / RACING IN THE STREET / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS (with Joe and Johnny Grushecky) / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES (with Joe and Johnny Grushecky) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

27-song set that's heavy on the Darkness-era material - eight songs played tonight are on the album or were written during the sessions (plus "The Ties That Bind", which was written during the tour). Both "Pretty Flamingo" (a tour premiere, last played July 31, 2008 at Giants Stadium) and "Talk To Me" are sign requests. "Racing In The Street" opens the encores, and Joe and Johnny Grushecky guest on both "Glory Days" and "Light Of Day", which includes a snippet of "Land Of 1000 Dances". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Ademotte, remastered by Neo).
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2012-10-30 - BLUE CROSS ARENA AT THE WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY

Rescheduled to the following day due to Hurricane Sandy.
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2012-10-31 - BLUE CROSS ARENA AT THE WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY

Soundcheck: MONSTER MASH / A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL (multiple times)

A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / MONSTER MASH / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / ATLANTIC CITY / JACKSON CAGE / SHE'S THE ONE / COVER ME / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / RADIO NOWHERE / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / JERSEY GIRL / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

It's Halloween, and Rochester is treated to two premieres: a bullet-mic rave-up version of "A Night With The Jersey Devil" and a cover of Bobby (Boris) Pickett's 1962 hit "Monster Mash". The latter was requested by sign but Bruce admitted that the band had "cleverly" rehearsed it in soundcheck anticipating the request. Originally scheduled for October 30, the show was postponed to the following day due to Hurricane Sandy. Obviously struck by emotion following the devastation caused, Bruce dedicates "My City Of Ruins", which includes a snippet of "Sad Mood", to those affected by the storm, and also to the emergency workers. He also talks about the damage caused to Asbury Park, and also plays "Atlantic City", another area which suffered. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Bakerstuff) and IEM/AUD mix 'Tell Them The Boss-man You!' (Ev2).
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2012-11-01 - BRYCE JORDAN CENTER, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

Soundcheck: LION'S DEN / DEVILS & DUST

LION'S DEN / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / SEASIDE BAR SONG / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / COVER ME / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / JERSEY GIRL / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SHOUT

27-song set opens with only the fifth performance of "Lion's Den" in reference to the Nittany Lions, the name of Penn State's athletic teams. Main set highlights include a rare "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) and "Seaside Bar Song," as Bruce continues to honor the Jersey Shore in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Ending the show is a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Shout" which has to be seen to believed - check out the video by following the link above. Tonight is the first time the song has been played at one of his shows, although Bruce had done it twice before in 1982, a club appearance at Big Man's West with Joe Grushecky and at Steve's wedding reception in New York City. Patti Scialfa is not present.

No audio as yet.
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2012-11-02 - STUDIO 6A, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Soundcheck: LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY

UNDER THE BOARDWALK (with Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Billy Joel) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are the closing act at the NBC Telethon "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together", performing an abbreviated version of Land Of Hope And Dreams with the "People Get Ready" coda. Bruce dedicates the song to all the people in New York and New Jersey and "to all those who put their lives on the line with their service this week". Acts also performing on the telethon include Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Mary J. Blige, and Christina Aguilera. Jimmy Fallon, the host of NBC’s "Late Night", Brian Williams, the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" and Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" are among the presenters. Earlier in the telethon, Bruce joins in on backing vocals and acoustic guitar as Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler and Billy Joel perform Under The Boardwalk, backed by Joel's band. The telethon is shown simultaneously on several stations (from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time for the East Coast and on a tape delay for the West Coast) and streamed live on the NBC.com website. Money collected from the telethon was be donated to the American Red Cross.

TV broadcast.
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2012-11-03 - KFC YUM! CENTER, LOUISVILLE, KY

SHACKLED AND DRAWN / LONESOME DAY / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / ATLANTIC CITY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / GROWIN' UP / OPEN ALL NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RIVER / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce's first performance in Louisville since the Reunion tour. "Wrecking Ball" includes variant lyrics about Hurricane Sandy. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Set includes a rare "Streets of Philadelphia." "Growin' Up" (with Bruce taking a guitar solo in place of Clarence's saxophone and the fan who requested the song joining him to sing the last verse), "Open All Night", and "The River" are all sign requests. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (JB).
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2012-11-05 - DOWNTOWN MADISON, MADISON, WI

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

Bruce performs at a rally with President Barack Obama in Madison for the first of three rallies on the last campaign day prior to the 2012 presidential election. Bruce sings snippets of "Let's Stay Together" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in the intro to "Forward".
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2012-11-05 - NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OH

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

After visiting Madison earlier, Bruce and Patti fly with Air Force One to join Barack Obama and Jay-Z for a rally in Columbus. Bruce sings snippets of "Let's Stay Together" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in the intro to "Forward".
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2012-11-05 - DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE, DES MOINES, IA

NO SURRENDER / THE PROMISED LAND / FORWARD / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

After visiting Columbus, Bruce appears with President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama for their closing campaign rally "Finish What We Started" in Des Moines. Bruce sings snippets of "Let's Stay Together" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in the intro to "Forward".
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2012-11-08 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / TOUGHER THAN THE REST (with Patti Scialfa) / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

Bruce performs at the sixth annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit, an event in conjunction with The Bob Woodruff Foundation and The New York Comedy Festival. Springsteen's excellent ~20 minute set is comprised of four acoustic songs (including a moving "Land Of Hope And Dreams") and two bad jokes. He is joined by Patti Scialfa for "Tougher Than The Rest". Other acts on the bill include Max Weinberg's Big Band (who opened proceedings), Roger Waters (who performed a set accompanied by a band of Wounded Warriors), and John Mayer.

Video broadcast live over the internet. Soundboard audio also circulates.
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2012-11-11 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL, MN

Soundcheck: WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / STOLEN CAR / LONG WALK HOME / SHOUT (partial)

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / OUT IN THE STREET / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / HUNGRY HEART / JACK OF ALL TRADES / ATLANTIC CITY / SAVIN' UP / OPEN ALL NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / TWO HEARTS - IT TAKES TWO / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / LONG WALK HOME / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / ROCKY GROUND / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

First show after the presidential election unsurprisingly opens with "We Take Care Of Our Own", the first time it has appeared in that slot since mid-July in Austria. "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Sad Mood". Surprise of the night is the E Street Band premiere of "Savin' Up", via a sign request. Written by Springsteen in late-1981, the song was considered for Gary U.S. Bonds' album On The Line but not used - it turned up in 1983 on Rescue, Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers' debut album. Set also includes the tour premiere of the full-band "Long Walk Home", and "If I Should Fall Behind" played by Springsteen alone on electric guitar, by request. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Sparkjockey).
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2012-11-12 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL, MN

Soundcheck: DEVILS & DUST

I'M A ROCKER / HUNGRY HEART / NO SURRENDER / NIGHT / LOOSE ENDS / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / DEVILS & DUST / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / SHE'S THE ONE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / AMERICAN LAND

The second night in St. Paul brings two tour premieres: "Stolen Car", in only its sixth airing since the 1980s, and "Devils & Dust," in its first-ever full-band arrangement. Also notable is "I'm A Rocker," in the show-opening slot for the first time ever. This was an audible call - the setlisted opener was "My Love Will Not Let You Down". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" in the midsection. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by Musicfinder and Kurly).
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2012-11-15 - CENTURYLINK CENTER, OMAHA, NE

Soundcheck: REASON TO BELIEVE / DEVILS & DUST / MY FATHER'S HOUSE / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / STATE TROOPER

REASON TO BELIEVE / JOHNNY 99 / ATLANTIC CITY / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / SHERRY DARLING / LOST IN THE FLOOD / STATE TROOPER / TRAPPED / OPEN ALL NIGHT / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / HIGHWAY PATROLMAN / BACKSTREETS / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Nebraska's our next stop so Bruce plays six songs from that album, including the tour premieres of opener "Reason To Believe" (in the Magic Tour arrangement with the bullet mic), "State Trooper" (played solo on the Gretsch electric guitar), and a band version of "Highway Patrolman", last played with the E Street Band in September 1985 in Oakland. In addition a seventh Nebraska track, "My Father's House", was soundchecked and included on the handwritten setlist, but not played. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". The set also includes "Lost In The Flood", "Trapped", "Sherry Darling", and the first "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" of the year, all by sign request. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (Skybird).
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2012-11-17 - SPRINT CENTER, KANSAS CITY, MO

Soundcheck: KANSAS CITY / MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD

KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY! / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / CANDY'S ROOM / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / FIRE / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / COVER ME / DOWNBOUND TRAIN / I'M ON FIRE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Tour debut "Kansas City," opens the show, last played in this city in 2002. "My Beautiful Reward," also a tour premiere, and only its second-ever performance by the E Street Band, is dedicated to Lenny Sullivan, Bruce's cousin and assistant tour manager who died in Kansas City in 2009, prompting the last-minute cancellation of the show. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". Sign requests include a rare "Fire" and "Incident on 57th Street." "Light Of Day" includes "Land Of 1000 Dances". Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by mygnat).
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2012-11-19 - PEPSI CENTER, DENVER, CO

Soundcheck: GET OUT OF DENVER

GET OUT OF DENVER / I'M A ROCKER / THE PROMISED LAND / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / BISHOP DANCED / HUMAN TOUCH / SAVIN' UP / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / LONESOME DAY / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / ACROSS THE BORDERLINE / BORN TO RUN / BOBBY JEAN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

The tour debut of Bob Seger's "Get Out Of Denver" opens the set, last played in 2003, also in the opening slot. Rarities "Bishop Danced" and "Savin' Up" both make their second appearances of the tour. "Across The Borderline" opens the encores, last played with the E Street Band in 1988 during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour, including a verse in Spanish. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Spirit In The Night" returns to the set after a short break. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by idj2).
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2012-11-26 - ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

Soundcheck: SAVIN' UP / SEEDS / CITY OF NIGHT / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / SHACKLED AND DRAWN

SHACKLED AND DRAWN / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / RED HEADED WOMAN / STREETS OF FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / NOT FADE AWAY - SHE'S THE ONE / COVER ME / DARLINGTON COUNTY / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE RISING / BADLANDS / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / RACING IN THE STREET / RADIO NOWHERE / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Bruce returns to the stage after a week off with a 26-song set. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". The second "Red Headed Woman" of the tour and "Streets Of Fire" are sign requests, as are the encore opening pairing of "Racing In The Street" and "Radio Nowhere". Bruce slips in a bit of "Not Fade Away" before "She's The One". The soundcheck includes "City Of Night", one of several songs from The Promise yet to be aired in concert. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape, released as "Racing In Vancouver" (recorded by DGB, mixed by Ev2). Video footage also available on DVD.
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2012-11-28 - ROSE GARDEN, PORTLAND, OR

Soundcheck: HUNGRY / THIS DEPRESSION / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / MY LOVER MAN / REASON TO BELIEVE

LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / NO SURRENDER / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / LOOSE ENDS / GROWIN' UP / JACK OF ALL TRADES / SEEDS / JOHNNY 99 / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / BORN TO RUN / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

26-song set opens with "Land Of Hope And Dreams". "My City Of Ruins includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Loose Ends" is selected via a spinner that lands on "Steve's choice". Also in the set - "Growin' Up" (with Bruce taking a guitar solo in place of Clarence's saxophone and the fan who requested the song joining him to sing the last verse), "Seeds" (not played since the second show of the European leg back in May) and "Drive All Night", as well as another solo electric rendition of "If I Should Fall Behind". Interesting soundcheck is reported to include "Hungry", a 1966 hit garage rock classic by Paul Revere & The Raiders, and "My Lover Man." Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by Wgaddy).
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2012-11-30 - ORACLE ARENA, OAKLAND, CA

LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / COVER ME / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN / THE TIES THAT BIND / I'M GOIN' DOWN / DEVILS & DUST / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / KITTY'S BACK / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

27-song set in Oakland once again opens with "Land Of Hope And Dreams", followed by a three-pack of "Cover Me", "Adam Raised A Cain" and "Something In The Night". "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". Sign requests include "Pay Me My Money Down" and the second full-band "Devils & Dust" of the tour. Encores open with the fourth "Kitty's Back" of the tour to date. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tapes (by Bakerstuff and Markp) and ALD, which unfortunately suffers from static interference.
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2012-12-04 - HONDA CENTER, ANAHEIM, CA

Soundcheck: THIS DEPRESSION / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY (with Tom Morello) / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / STREETS OF FIRE / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN (with Tom Morello) / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / LONG TIME COMIN' / REASON TO BELIEVE / THIS DEPRESSION (with Tom Morello) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / BAD LUCK (with Tom Morello and Mike Ness) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / RAISE YOUR HAND / THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (with Tom Morello) / BADLANDS (with Tom Morello) / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Tom Morello)

The penultimate show in the U.S. of 2012 opens with "Land Of Hope And Dreams", played in that slot for the third show in succession. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Long Time Comin'" makes a welcome appearance, not played since the second-to-last show of the Seeger Sessions tour in 2006. It was performed by Springsteen alone with an acoustic guitar, and requested via a sign. "Reason To Believe" is another sign request. Tom Morello guests on various songs, including "This Depression". Mike Ness joins for "Bad Luck", in a repeat of 2009 at the LA Sports Arena. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by JB).
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2012-12-06 - JOBING.COM ARENA, GLENDALE, AZ

SURPRISE, SURPRISE / NO SURRENDER / I'M A ROCKER / HUNGRY HEART / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TRAPPED / LOST IN THE FLOOD / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / BE TRUE / LIGHT OF DAY - LAND OF 1000 DANCES / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) (with Sam Moore) / THE RISING / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / BORN TO RUN / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (with Garland Jeffreys) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with Garland Jeffreys and Jarod Clemons)

Final show of the tour in the U.S. this year opens with a solo acoustic "Surprise, Surprise". A great run of songs before "We Take Care Of Our Own" includes "Prove It All Night" with the 1978 intro, "Trapped" and the seventh "Lost In The Flood" of the tour. "My City Of Ruins" includes snippets of "Sad Mood" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Be True" (fourth time played this year) and "Light Of Day" (fifth outing, with "Land Of 1000 Dances") are via sign requests. The "Apollo Medley" is played for the first time in five months in honor of Sam Moore, who lives in the area and attended the show. Sam doesn't actually take to the stage, but does sing a few lines with Bruce during the song. The encores open with a solo piano "Incident On 57th Street", and Bruce is joined by Garland Jeffreys and Clarence's son Jarod for the final songs of the night. Patti Scialfa is not present.

Audience tape (by JB).
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2012-12-10 - PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / HUNGRY HEART / WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN / WRECKING BALL / DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN / MY CITY OF RUINS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / DARLINGTON COUNTY / SHACKLED AND DRAWN / WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY / THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO - 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.) / THE RISING / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / THUNDER ROAD / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / BORN TO RUN / GLORY DAYS / DANCING IN THE DARK / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

The final show of the 2012 leg is Springsteen's first in Mexico. Standard 26-song set opens with "Badlands" and includes another airing of the "Apollo Medley". "My City Of Ruins" includes a snippet of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". "Born In The U.S.A." returns after missing the entire second U.S. leg; it was last played at the final show of the European leg in Helsinki. Patti Scialfa is not present.

No audio as yet.
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End of the 2012 leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour


2012-12-12 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - PEOPLE GET READY / WRECKING BALL / MY CITY OF RUINS - JERSEY GIRL / BORN TO RUN (with Jon Bon Jovi)

With Bon Jovi: WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band join Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and others at Madison Square Garden to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the tri-state area. The concert is organised by the same group responsible for the 9/11 benefit "The Concert for New York City". The show is broadcast live via various channels around the world as well as webstreams. Bruce & The E Street Band open the show with a 30-minute four-song set that includes "My City Of Ruins" with a verse of "Jersey Girl" at the end. Jon Bon Jovi joins Bruce on stage for "Born To Run". Later on Springsteen returns the favour, accompanying Bon Jovi on "Who Says You Can’t Go Home" from their 2005 album Have A Nice Day.

TV broadcast (Unbooted). Audio of "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and "Wrecking Ball" is officially released via iTunes and CD '121212 The Concert For Sandy Relief', also available on unbooted bootleg.
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2012-12-15 - PRUDENTIAL CENTER, NEWARK, NJ

Soundcheck: TUMBLING DICE

TUMBLING DICE

Bruce's last public action in 2012 is a scheduled appearance as a special guest with The Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour in Newark. A somewhat starstruck Bruce shares lead vocals with Mick Jagger. This is the first time Springsteen has played "Tumbling Dice", from the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile On Main St. The show is broadcast worldwide via a pay-per-view special, and both video and audio recordings circulate.

TV broadcast.
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