The River Tour: Albany Setlist


In case you missed the Springsteen show in Albany last night.  From Backstreets:

Meet Me in the City
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Jackson Cage
Two Hearts
Independence Day
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Crush On You
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
I Wanna Marry You
The River
Point Blank
Cadillac Ranch
I’m a Rocker
Fade Away
Stolen Car
The Price You Pay
Drive All Night
Wreck on the Highway
Wrecking Ball
Be True
Because the Night
The Rising
Thunder Road
* * *
Born to Run
Detroit Medley
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Bobby Jean

Springsteen Takes Us Down the River Again


Rolling Stone is running a story from behind the scenes of Springsteen’s current tour. The tour celebrates “The River,” Springsteen’s fifth studio album (released in 1980) and his first double album.

I’m hoping to be there, with my whole family, on April 18 in State College (and maybe, if Joy will let me, on April 20 in Baltimore.  I am on sabbatical after all!)

Here is a taste:

Springsteen characterizes his earlier albums as “outsider records. I was part of a marginal community at the Shore. The records were an imagined version of that outsider’s scene.” The River, he contends, “was the first insider record, where the character is meditating on those elements — marriage, work, love, faith, death — that you have in common with everyone else.

“You’re asking people to retrace some miles with you from 35 summers ago,” Springsteen says of the current tour, noting that he’s played The River in its entirety only once before, at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 2009. He warns that the album is “not gonna say the same things now that it said at the time. It’s gonna say that — and something else. I have an idea what it’s gonna be, but” — he leans forward for emphasis, grinning — “I’m anxious to feel it.”

It is a recent hunger. Until November, Springsteen had no plans to tour with the E Street Band in 2016. Last summer, the singer completed a new solo album that he had started almost four years ago, prior to 2012’s Wrecking Ball. “I was probably gonna go out and perform it on my own,” Springsteen says. But in November, as he and manager Jon Landau discussed promotion for The Ties That Bind, Landau suggested that Springsteen and the E Street Band perform The River at a couple of small-hall shows in New York and Los Angeles. 

“Bruce said, ‘It takes as much time to rehearse for two shows as it does for 20. Why don’t we do 20?’ ” Landau recalls. “I fell out of my chair.” Weinberg says he got the call about the tour after Thanksgiving. Concert dates were announced the next week.

Weinberg says he was “absolutely delighted” to hit the road. “In all of my professional engagements, I have what I call the Springsteen Clause. It’s inviolate. It’s my own version of force majeure. It’s an act of God or Bruce Springsteen. And it works all the time.”

Song of the Day

I know that this was the “Song of the Day” a couple of days ago, but, as my family can attest, I am obsessed with it.

Pittsburgh was the first night of the River Tour.  There is something about the energy and sheer joy of this performance that keeps drawing me back.  Watch it once, then go back and watch it again, concentrating on just how excited Max seems to be on drums.  Not bad for a bunch of 6o-year-olds.

By the way, I sold my tickets to the Newark show on Sunday.  We just couldn’t make it work.  But I will be trying to go to the April shows in State College and (maybe) Baltimore.

It’s Official: The River Tour Has Been Extended

River Tour

Here are the details.

Hopefully I will see you in State College on April 18th or Baltimore on the 20th.

March 19 — Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (On Sale Jan. 29, 10 a.m.)
TBD — Portland, OR — Moda Center (On Sale TBD)
TBD — Seattle, WA — KeyArena at Seattle Center (On Sale TBD)
March 28 — New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena (Jan. 24 Rescheduled)
March 31 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center (On Sale Feb. 5, 10 a.m.)
April 3 — Oklahoma City, OK — Chesapeake Energy Arena (On Sale Jan. 30, 10 a.m.)
April 5 — Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center (On Sale Jan. 30, 10 a.m.)
April 7 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center (On Sale Feb. 5, 10 a.m.)
April 10 — Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum (On Sale Feb. 5, 10 a.m.)
TBD — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center (On Sale TBD)
April 14 — Auburn Hills, MI — The Palace of Auburn Hills (On Sale Feb. 5, 10 a.m.)
April 18 — University Park, PA — Bryce Jordan Arena (On Sale Feb. 6, 10 a.m.)
April 20 — Baltimore, MD — Royal Farms Arena (On Sale Feb. 5, 10 a.m.)
April 23 & 25 — Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center (On Sale Jan. 29, 11 a.m.)
May 19 — Lisbon, Portugal — Rock in Rio Lisboa

Springsteen and the E Street Band Cover “Take It Easy” in Chicago Last Night

In Pittsburgh on Saturday night Springsteen covered David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel.”  Last night in Chicago he paid tribute to Glen Frey with a cover of “Take It Easy.”

Here is the Chicago set list:

  1. The Ties That Bind
  2. Jackson Cage
  3. Two Hearts
  4. Out in the Street
  5. Crush on You
  6. Ramrod
  7. Night
  8. She’s the One
  9. Take It Easy
  10. Born to Run
  11. Dancing in the Dark
  12. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Springsteen “The River” Tour Setlist–Pittsburgh

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Springsteen’s “The River” tour opened last night in Pittsburgh.  I have posted the setlist below.  I’m really looking forward to catching the show in Newark, New Jersey later this month:

1. Meet Me In The City
2. The Ties That Bind
3. Sherry Darling
4. Jackson Cage
5. Two Hearts
6. Independence Day
7. Hungry Heart
8. Out In The Street
9. Crush On You
10. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
11. I Wanna Marry You
12. The River
13. Point Blank
14. Cadillac Ranch
15. I’m A Rocker
16. Fade Away
17. Stolen Car
18. Ramrod
19. The Price You Pay
20. Drive All Night
21. Wreck On The Highway
22. Badlands
23. Wrecking Ball
24. Backstreets
25. Because The Night
26. Brilliant Disguise
27. The Rising
28. Thunder Road
29. Rebel Rebel
30. Bobby Jean
31. Dancing In The Dark
32. Born to Run
33. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
34. Shout


A Springsteen Winter Tour?

Stan Goldstein is reporting that Springsteen and the E-Street Band may be heading off on a two to three month tour with the E Street Band following the Saturday Night Live appearance on December 19, 2015.

Here, again, is Blogness on the Edge of Town:

Bruce Springsteen’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” Dec. 19 is now official — but that might not be all Bruce has up his sleeve for the holidays. Stan Goldstein — longtime writer for the Bruce Blog at and author of “Rock and Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore” — says his sources are telling him Bruce and the band are gearing up for live dates as well.
“Look for Bruce to announce dates for a two- to three-month E Street Band tour that will start sometime in December,” Stan reports, and he’s usually right.
Stay tuned for more information as it comes out!

Finally! E Street Band Will Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jay Lustig of The Star Ledger reports.  Here is a taste.

The band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence, a special award for sidmen, at the April 10 ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Other honorees will include Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. Managers who worked with the Beatles (the late Brian Epstein) and the Rolling Stones (Andrew Loog Oldham) will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which goes to non-performers.

Tickets will be sold to the general public for the Barclays show, beginning at some point next month.

Monmouth University to House Springsteen Collection

Attention all Springsteen researchers.  The Bruce Springsteen Collection currently housed at the Asbury Park Public Library is moving to Monmouth University.

Does Monmouth have an opening in their history department? 🙂

The Associated Press reports:

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey university will be the new home for nearly 15,000 documents associated with Bruce Springsteen.

Books, concert programs, magazines and newspaper articles formerly kept at the Asbury Park Public Library will be moved to Monmouth University in West Long Branch on Nov. 1.

The material has outgrown the library, which offered viewing by appointment only.

The university’s Bruce Springsteen Special Collection will be accessible to anyone and have enough space for it to grow to include recordings, film footage and other documents.

Monmouth University President Paul Gaffney II says the school’s music industry students will benefit greatly from having access to the documents.

The university is about five miles from Asbury Park, where Springsteen performed in his early days.

Thanks to Messiah College librarian Beth Transue for calling this to my attention.