Personal/Musical: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Since I have a quick minute after finishing my session and lunch with Professor Fahey, I thought I would jot down last night's setlist. All I have time to say right now is F.U.N. – rocking, rolling, rip-roaring show. Erik was doing his crazy "I'm having a great time" dancing the whole night, which always reminds me of the first time I saw him dancing away at the back of a crowd like that, when we saw Black 47 at Notre Dame. So this is just the latest in a series of good times.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band:
August 23, 2009 Mansfield, Massachusetts Comcast Center
Night Badlands Out In The Street Outlaw Pete It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City Working On A Dream Murder Incorporated Johnny 99 Independence Day Heatwave (instrumental) I'm Going Down You Never Can Tell Janey Don't You Lose Heart Prove It All Night Waitin' On A Sunny Day The Promised Land The River (Jay Weinberg replacing Max Weinberg on drums from here on) Lonesome Day The Rising Born To Run
Girls In Their Summer Clothes Thunder Road American Land (with Ken Casey of the Celtic Punk group Dropkick Murphys, joining Bruce on stage for lead vocals) Glory Days Dancing In The Dark Twist & Shout Hang On Sloopy Growin' Up Hungry Heart
August 23 / Comcast Center / Mansfield, MA Notes: Night two for Boston brings a "setlist B," with half of the songs switched up from the night before. (Did we say Boston? we meant Mansfield. "Good evening, Mansfield!" said Bruce, before adding, "Where the fuck is Mansfield?") "Saint in the City" came out early, with Bruce and Steve flashing guitars like switchblades on a killer duel. "Murder Incorporated" (Nils taking one solo, Bruce the other) took the place of "Seeds," and after a powerhouse "Johnny 99" it was time for a tour debut. "Alright, let's try this one," said Bruce, leading the band into a nice "Independence Day."
For the sign collections it was an instrumental "Heat Wave," a song they last played six years ago with Martha Reeves herself. Granted requests included both "I'm Goin' Down" and its B-side, "Janey Don't You Lose Heart." Lots of conferring before the latter, Bruce explaining, "We know these... we just don't know them right away!" In between was "You Never Can Tell," the first reprise after its debut in Bilbao. Charlie strapped on the accordion for this Chuck Berry chestnut, taking a solo out on the thrust with Bruce. "Prove It All Night" spotlighted the guitar wizardry of Nils Lofgren, who took a tremendous, extended solo that proved to be a real highlight of the night.
A lengthy encore—bizarrely so, packing in nine songs—kicked off with "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," a rarity on this tour and played better than it ever was on the Magic tour. It was played for another sign, "Happy 6th birthday to 'a girl in her summer clothes.'" That resonated with Springsteen, just a month away from the big 6-0: "I'm coming up on that one myself. That's my number. It's fortuitous!" Soon the Dropkick Murphy's frontman Ken Casey was on stage to trade vocal lines with Bruce on "American Land." After a couple more crowd-pleasers we came to the now-standard closer "Twist and Shout"... but Bruce clearly had more gas in the tank, taking the band into "Hang on Sloopy" and "Growin' Up" before leaving the stage. And that still wasn't all, as a tenacious crowd brought them back out for a final "Hungry Heart." - photographs by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy