Bruce Springsteen &
The E Street Band brought their High Hopes Tour to the familiar confines of the Times
Union Center in Albany, NY last night, a venue that had previously hosted the band in
1999, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Springsteen played to the diehards in the room by filling
the 27-song setlist with requests, covers and bust outs.
With only four shows remaining on the tour, and no future E Street Band dates currently
scheduled after that, Springsteen let it all hang out in Albany. There were three tour
debuts and a number of rarely played gems. The fun started with a cover of INXS's "Don't
Change," which was debuted in Australia earlier this year. Four songs into the set, Bruce
dusted off the High Hopes track "This Is Your Sword" for the first time in the
states. Later in the set Springsteen and the band offered the tour debut of Roy Head and
the Traits's 1965 hit "Treat Her Right."
A few songs later the ensemble kicked off a run
of requests with the tour premiere of Ben E. King & The Drifters's "Save The Last Dance
For Me" and also performed "Better Days," "Seaside Bar Song," "Mary's Place," "Stayin'
Alive" and "Kingdom Of Days" by request. "Better Days" was last played in the U.S. on
March 4, 2003 in Jacksonville. "Stayin' Alive," a Bee Gees cover, was debuted earlier this
year, while "Kingdom Of Days," which was performed solo acoustic by The Boss, had been on
the shelf since July 14, 2009. The show's eight-song encore included such classics as
"Born In The U.S.A.," "Born To Run," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and a full band "Thunder
Road." Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band now head to Hershey, PA for a show tonight.
Here's the setlist from last night's performance:
Watch fan-shot footage of "Save The Last Dance For Me" via Larry Rulz: