Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band have been getting their sea legs under them as The Boss’s world tour starts to heat up. Last night in Philly at the first of two Wachovia Center performances, Springsteen showed why his fans always circle Philadelphia dates when his tour schedule comes out by offering a bustout and finding a new way to interact with his audience.
In the middle of The Boss’s lengthy set, Springsteen and the E Street Band lit into the extremely rare Seaside Bar Song and even detailed the origins of the tune from 1973 which was recorded for The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle but went unreleased until 1999’s Tracks compilation. Later in the night the New Jersey native dedicated American Skin (41 Shots) to Trayvon Martin.
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, Apollo Medley, American Skin (41 Shots), Lonesome Day, The Rising, We Are Alive, Thunder Road
Encore: Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore), Land of Hope and Dreams, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, Raise Your Hand, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
A memorable moment took place during the six-song encore, when Springsteen strode off the stage and into the crowd in Raise Your Hand. Bruce kept the tune going as he shook hands and high-fived audience members. At one point he took a seat and a quick-thinking fan handed him a beer. The Boss was happy to oblige. Take a look…
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band return to the Wachovia Center tonight. Be sure to have a brew ready if The Boss comes callin’.