Caught my third Bruce Springsteen show in five days tonight (I’m aware that I have no life, thanks). Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band was on hand and came on stage to sing backup on 10th Avenue Freeze Out.
Bruce did three songs from his second record, The Wild, The Innocent and the Street Shuffle. To the delight of those of us who have been following him for years, he did 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), E Street Shuffle and Kitty’s Back.
You have to go back over 30 years to the last time he did all three of those songs in the same show.
Overall, Bruce did 32 different songs over the three nights I saw him. There’s a main selection of 15 songs each night and assorted options for the other nine or 10 slots.
The show clearly seemed like a tribute to long-time E Streeter Danny Federici. The guys in the band acknowledged “The Phantom” several times and Bruce touted him to the crowd at one point. At the end, Bruce pushed him to the front of the stage to get some applause.
Rumor has it that Danny could be leaving the tour for health reasons. I hope that is not the case. I had a chance to meet Danny a few years back and he could not have been nicer.
Thanks to all the people who have e-mailed about Bruce. It’s great to know that so many of you good baseball fans also enjoy live music. I’ve had a chance to meet a few of you at the shows and that was fun.
Thanks also to my brother-in-law Dave, who took time out of his schedule to catch all three shows with me. Our next stop will be Eagles-Patriots on Sunday.