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Friday, July 15, 2016

Springsteen 2016

As I was watching Bruce perform an acoustic version of Thunder Road alone on on the stage at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg I could not help but thinking if this was the last time I would se him in Sweden.

Almost exactly 4 hours earlier he had walked out on the stage and started the evening with another acoustic song, The Promise. In between these 2 acoustic gems we got to experience a classic Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band concert, full of energy that you don’t know where they find it night after night.
This was The River Tour which is supporting the The River box that was released last year.Many were thinking that we would get a concert version of the album start to finish, but this did not happen even if people got their hopes up when Ties That Bind was followed by Sherry Darling, but no. The explanation is probably that the band can not play a set set list every night with the necessary energy.

Even earlier I had met up with my friends to stand in line to get in to the stadium and then get as good places as possible in the field. Once on the field we waited another 3 hours….

You can always debate the setlist at a Bruce show but I feel that there is always something for everybody in attendance. Sure there might be 2 or 3 songs that you wish had been exchanged for other songs but in a set list of over 35 song that is going to happen for sure.

We got all the “necessary” classics and some more rare appearances like Spirit in the Night and a fantastic version of Drive all Night. One that was missing was the stadium breaker from 1985 (yes, I was there!), Twist and Shout but it was replaced but a energy filled Shout.
We got pretty close to the man during  Hungry Heart when he came out to the are where we were standing.

Here you can see that he is getting up there in age, 66, but you can not see the age of the man during the show. He is running from side to side of the stage, jumping up and down, urging the band and the audience on constantly.

Here are some more pictures and videos.

The Promise (Solo piano)
Out in the Street
The ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
My Lucky Day
Wrecking Ball
Spirit in the Night
Save My Love
Hungry Heart
My City of Ruins
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Death to My Hometown
Johnny 99
Murder Incorporated
The River
American Skin (41 Shots)
The Promised Land
Working on the Highway
Darlington County
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
I'm on Fire
Drive All Night
Tunnel of Love
Shackled and Drawn
Because th Night
The Rising
Land of ope and Dreams
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Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Seven Nights to Rock
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Bobby Jean
Thunder Road (Solo acoustic)

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