See Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Introduce ‘Bobby Jean’ For Tour Debut In Tulsa
The Born In The U.S.A. cut was performed at an E Street Band show last night for the first time in nearly six years.
By Scott Bernstein Feb 22, 2023 • 9:28 am PST
Bruce Springsteen has been slowly rolling out gems from his massive catalog over the course of his first tour with the E Street Band since 2017. The latest tour debut came as part of the encore last night at BOK Center in Tulsa, where The Boss led the 19-piece outfit through the trek’s first “Bobby Jean.”
“Bobby Jean” was originally released on Bruce Springsteen’s massively successful 1984 studio album, Born In The U.S.A. The song was debuted live in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 29, 1984. While “Bobby Jean” last saw action at an E Street Band show on February 25, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand, The Boss delivered a solo performance at the 2019 Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in New York City.
Springsteen counted off “Bobby Jean” after launching Tuesday’s encore with classics “Thunder Road,” “Born To Run” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).” The Boss was in fine voice on the emotion-laden that was purportedly written by Bruce about his relationship with guitarist Steve Van Zandt upon learning “Little Steven” would leave the E Street Band before their 1984 tour. Van Zandt returned to the fold in 1999 and has been a member of the ensemble ever since.
Check out footage captured by a fan of last night’s “Bobby Jean” below:
Saxophonist Jake Clemons was back in the mix after missing the previous two shows with COVID. Patti Scialfa did not perform in Tulsa, as Springsteen’s wife only appears at occasional concerts.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have settled in on a structure for setlists this tour that leaves room for tour debuts on most nights. “No Surrender” opened as the song has at each show besides the Houston stop on Valentine's Day. Another change was the absence of “Glory Days” for the first time, while “Darlington County” made its second appearance of the trek.
The first Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in six years pulls into Portland, Oregon this Saturday, February 25. Last week the tour was expanded with a second North American leg. Tickets for the summer/fall run go on sale today. Buy Bruce Springsteen tickets via Ticketmaster.com and see a full list of dates by scrolling below.
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Setlist (via Brucebase)
Set: No Surrender, Ghosts, Prove It All Night, Letter To You, The Promised Land, Out In The Street, Candy’s Room, Kitty’s Back, Nightshift, If I Was The Priest, The E Street Shuffle, Darlington County, Johnny 99, Last Man Standing, Backstreets, Because The Night, She’s The One, Wrecking Ball, The Rising, Badlands
Encore: Thunder Road, Born To Run, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Bobby Jean, Dancing In The Dark, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, I’ll See You In My Dreams