Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Release Famed Helsinki 2012 Show

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On July 31, 2012 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band brought a lengthy European Tour to a close with their first-ever four-hour performance. Fans have been clamoring for an official recording of the performance at Helsinki’s Olympiastadion ever since that memorable night and today they’ve gotten their wish.

Helsinki 2012 is the latest installment of Bruce Springsteen’s live archival series and is available for purchase in a variety of formats via live.brucespringsteen.net. Bruce started the evening with a five-song acoustic set for those who entered the venue at doors and while sadly the unplugged portion wasn’t recorded, the 33-song, 4:06 main set and encore are available in all their glory.

The Backstreets team explains that Helsinki 2012 wins on both the quality and quantity scales:

While much is made of the duration of Helsinki and the hindsight that Bruce was aware he was breaking the barrier, the setlist speaks for itself. It’s loaded with non-album rarities like “Loose Ends,” “Be True,” and the marvelous “Back in Your Arms.” Appropriate cover songs provided more surprises from start to finish, among them John Fogerty’s “Rockin’ All Over the World,” Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” and Steven’s classic gift to Southside Johnny, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” Throw in “Prove It All Night” with the Darkness tour intro, “Light of Day,” “Detroit Medley” (for the first time on the tour), and “Twist and Shout” (featuring Jon Landau himself), and you have the Wrecking Ball tour at its finest.

Digital downloads are available now with CDs set to ship on June 5.

Setlist

Bruce Springsteen at Olympiastadion

Pre-Show Acoustic Set
  • I'll Work for Your Love  
  • Leap of Faith  
  • No Surrender
  • For You
  • Blinded by the Light  
Main Set
  • Rockin' All Over the World  
  • Night
  • Out in the Street
  • Loose Ends
  • Prove It All Night  
  • We Take Care of Our Own
  • Wrecking Ball
  • Death to My Hometown
  • My City of Ruins
  • Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?  
  • Be True
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Downbound Train
  • Because the Night  
  • Lonesome Day
  • Darlington County
  • Light of Day  
  • Shackled and Drawn
  • Waitin' on a Sunny Day
  • Back in Your Arms  
  • The Rising
  • Badlands
  • Land of Hope and Dreams
Encore
  • We Are Alive
  • Born in the U.S.A.
  • Born to Run
  • Detroit Medley  
  • Glory Days
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  • I Don't Want to Go Home  
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher  
  • Twist and Shout