Springsteen Dusts Off Seven Tour Debuts For High Hopes Finale

The past 26 months have been an incredible time for Bruce Springsteen fans. The Boss has released two albums over that span and played nearly 200 shows across the world since March 9, 2012. The New Jersey native and the E Street Band dug deeper into their massive back catalog than ever before over the past few years, giving fans a chance to hear them play songs thought lost long ago. Springsteen continued that trend for the last two shows of the High Hopes Tour, which took place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Saturday and Sunday.

The E Street Band was nearly back to its full size with the addition of Little Steven for the Mohegan Sun shows, though Patti Scialfa was absent. Saturday's performance featured the tour debuts of "Racing In The Street ('78)," "Quarter To Three" and "The Price You Pay." However, that was only the beginning. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's High Hopes finale last night contained a whopping seven tour debuts, including a string of six out of the first seven songs they played. The Boss tipped his hat towards the casino setting of the finale by opening up with only the second full band "Roll Of The Dice" since 2003. "Leap Of Faith" made it two tour debuts in two songs before the band offered their second take on Van Halen's "Jump." Next up was a string of four tour debuts in a row - "Frankie," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "Seven Angels" and "Don't Look Back." Later in the set, the E Street Band dusted off "I'm A Rocker" for the first time this tour. The show came to a close with a six-song encore that was heavy on the hits.

Springsteen took the stage by himself for the final tune of the evening - a solo pump organ take on "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide. Bruce thanked the over four million fans who came out to see the band over the course of the Wrecking Ball and High Hopes Tours and said "while we're apart, just remember..." and launched into "Dream Baby Dream." Since the start of the year Springsteen and his band played 170 different songs in just 34 shows. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't currently have any future performances scheduled.

Here's the setlist from last night's tour finale:

[Published on: 5/19/14]

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