Each Bruce Springsteen concert on the current leg of his The River Tour has been an event and last night’s performance at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey was no exception. The Boss and his band opened the show with ten songs from his earliest days, 1973 or before. Springsteen ended the marathon performance a whopping four hours and one minute after it started as he once again broke the record for his longest U.S. concert. Fans were treated to a number of tour debuts over the course of the marathon show.
Bruce told the crowd he would play many songs that he didn’t get to at his first two MetLife Stadium shows and he wasn’t kidding. The old school start to the evening featured the first U.S. versions of “Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?” and “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” in four years as well as rarities “Blinded By The Light,” “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” and “Summertime Blues.” There was also the tour debut of “Kitty’s Back.” One of the biggest surprises in the opening half of the show was The Boss’s first take on Manfred Mann’s “Pretty Flamingo” since 2014 and just sixth in the last 38 years.
Springsteen finally pulled from the last 40 years of his career, when he played “Atlantic City” in response to a sign request, more than 80 minutes after the show started. He then performed a run of five tunes from Born In The U.S.A. that included “I’m Goin’ Down,” “Downbound Train” and “I’m On Fire.” Bruce and the E Street Band dusted off “Living Proof” for the first time since 2009 in tribute to Springsteen offspring Evan as part of the back end of the 25-song main set. The Boss had one more surprise to kick off an eight-song first encore, the rarely played “Secret Garden.” The New Jersey natives then rolled through beloved classics for the remainder of the encore such as “Jungleland,” “Born To Run,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “Glory Days.” Nearly four hours after the show started, the band returned to the stage to put an exclamation mark on the night with a “Jersey Girl” second encore. The tour continues tomorrow at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Tracklist: I’m Goin’ Down, Pretty Flamingo, Living Proof, Atlantic City, Downbound Train, Secret Garden, Jersey Girl, 4th Of July Asbury Park (Sandy), Kitty’s Back, Incident On 57th Street, Rosalita, Summertime Blues, Blinded By The Light, Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street
Bruce Springsteen at MetLife Stadium
- New York City Serenade
- Blinded by the Light
- Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
- It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
- Spirit in the Night
- Summertime Blues
- 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
- Kitty's Back
- Incident on 57th Street
- Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
- Pretty Flamingo
- Atlantic City
- I'm Goin' Down
- Darlington County
- Working on the Highway
- Downbound Train
- I'm on Fire
- Hungry Heart
- Out in the Street
- Living Proof
- Candy's Room
- She's the One
- Because the Night
- The Rising
- Secret Garden
- Born to Run
- Dancing in the Dark
- Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
- Twist and Shout
- Glory Days
- Jersey Girl
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