As he did in the last tour, Bruce is taking requests from the crowd, collecting hand-made signs from fans and deciding which songs to challenge the mighty E Street Band with. Tonight’s wild card was the Ramones’ classic I Wanna Be Sedated.
Little Steven Van Zandt, a Ramones disciple, was gleeful as he and Bruce rocked out the old punk standard. Then after the main set, Bruce welcomed Dropkick Murphys guitarist Tim Brennan on stage. He proposed to his girlfriend in front of the crowd of 20,000 and she accepted after getting over her shock.
Brennan then joined the band for a rousing version of So Young And In Love. Then two more of the Dropkick Murphys came in stage and added their unique sound to American Land .
One of the things I find great about Bruce shows are the guests. In the last few weeks he has been joined in stage by Tom Morello, Mike Ness and now the Dropkicks. It’s cool to see younger guys like that joining the old master.
The 27-song show lasted nearly three hours. With Max Weinberg getting ready to join Conan O’Brien on his new time slot, he will have to miss a few shows in Europe this summer. So Bruce is breaking in Max’s son, 18-year-old Jay Weinberg, as a drummer. What a talent he is. He joined the band for Radio Nowhere, Lonesome Day, The Rising and Born to Run.
Bruce’s set always tells a story from beginning to end and is topical. He touched on what’s going on in he country by playing Seeds, Johnny 99 and Youngstown in a row. But by the end he was preaching a return to good times with Glory Days and a great show closer, Seven Nights to Rock.
Clarence Clemens, the Mariano Rivera of the sax, nailed the Jungleland solo. I’ll be seeing Bruce and the ESB again in May at the Meadowlands. If any of you are going, please let me know and maybe we can meet up for a pre-show beer.
Here’s the setlist:
Main set: Badlands, Candy’s Room, Outlaw Pete, She’s the One, Working on a Dream, Seeds, Johnny 99, Youngstown, Raise Your Hand, I Wanna Be Sedated, Spirit in the Night, For You, Waitin’ on a Sunny Day, The Promised Land, Jungleland, Kingdom of Days, Radio Nowhere, Lonesome Day, The Rising, Born to Run.
Encore: Hard Times, Thunder Road, Land of Hope and Dreams, So Young and in Love, American Land, Glory Days, Seven Nights to Rock.