Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Springsteen - Nov. 8, 2005 Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia

This was a different show - not a huge stadium mega-concert, but simply solo Bruce on guitar, piano, organ, and, at one point, ukelele (I Wanna Marry You). The opening song used only harmonica and some kind of foot-powered thumping percussion panel, and the vocals were so distorted as to make the lyrics completely garbled, as if the sound was coming through an old, tinny radio heard from a distance. I had no idea what the song was, and I don't think most of the audience did either. This morning I found out it was Born in the USA. Go figure.

Otherwise, a great show. Different takes on a few songs - Johnny 99 was also fairly unrecognizable, unless you knew the words. It was great to hear the acoustic Atlantic City. This Hard Land was another highlight, along with a rocking Open All Night (quite a few from Nebraska, including Highway Patrolman -- loved hearing that live!).

So it was nice to see this intimate rendition of these great songs. I've been debating if I would have preferred the full band, over-the-top Bruce concert experience vs. this solo act (and since I've never seen Bruce with the full band, it's kind of hard to say). Anyway, setlist follows:
  • Born in the U.S.A.
  • Devils & Dust
  • The Ties That Bind
  • Long Time Comin'
  • Highway 29
  • Fade Away
  • Incident on 57th Street
  • Johnny 99
  • Ain't Got You
  • Atlantic City
  • Highway Patrolman
  • Reno
  • Be True
  • Drive All Night
  • The Rising
  • Further On (Up the Road)
  • Jesus Was an Only Son
  • This Hard Land
  • The Hitter
  • Matamoros Banks
  • I Wanna Marry You
  • Open All Night
  • The Promised Land
  • Dream Baby Dream

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