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Bruce Springsteen; Milan, Italy Setlist June 7, 2012

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Bruce Springsteen - Milan, Italy, June 7, 2012 - Setlist - 6/7/12 - Wrecking Ball World Tour

Bruce Springsteen resumes his trek across Europe on the Wrecking Ball world tour, stopping tonight in Milan, Italy.

We have good news and bad news in this one and we’re going to be positive on this Thursday and start with the good. This is now the longest set of the entire tour coming in at 33 songs strong.

The good is “Candy’s Room” and “The Promise,” the latter performed solo piano. The good includes “Spirit In The Night” and “E Street Shuffle” played back-to-back. Good also includes “Darkness On The Edge Of Town.” I also love seeing “Cadillac Ranch” in the encore.

“The Promise” is followed with “The River,” “The Rising,” and “Radio Nowhere,” which is an excellent suite of songs. There were several bowls of good poured out upon the fair people of Milan, Italy before they were doused with the bowls of Bruce’s wrath.

Not only did he insist on playing “No Surrender” but the legendary E Street Band, according to various internet reports, fucked it up twice before getting it right the third time. No, I mean fucked it up beyond the decision to play it. Maybe it was a mutiny. I’d like to think so but the time to do that is when Bruce brings a kid on stage for “Waiting On A Sunny Day.” “No Surrender” is weapons-grade bad, “Waiting On A Sunny Day” is a warcrime. At any rate, the poor people of Milan had to wait for the E Street Band to figure out how to play a song Bruce has been overplaying since the flood and then were subjected to “Working On The Highway.” “Bobby Jean” was a depraved act by a depraved man.

I know there are those of you who find yourselves tired of my bitching about turds in the setlists and wish I’d sit down and shut up. My response: I wish he’d stop playing turds. Bluntly put: I’ll stop when he does. I’m gonna be the hand gonna be beatin’ on him until he does it right.

  1. We Take Care of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Badlands
  4. Death To My Hometown
  5. My City of Ruins
  6. Spirit in the Night
  7. E Street Shuffle
  8. Jack of all Trades
  9. Candy’s Room
  10. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  11. Johnny 99
  12. Out in the Street
  13. No Surrender
  14. Working on the Highway
  15. Shackled and Drawn
  16. Waiting on a Sunny Day
  17. The Promised Land
  18. The Promise (Solo Piano)
  19. The River
  20. The Rising
  21. Radio Nowhere
  22. We Are Alive
  23. Land of Hope and Dreams
  24. Rocky Ground
  25. Born in the USA
  26. Born To Run
  27. Cadillac Ranch
  28. Hungry Heart
  29. Bobby Jean
  30. Dancing in the Dark
  31. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
  32. Glory Days
  33. Twist and Shout

Bruce Springteen’s Fabled 1978 Agora Show: Whatever Happened To The Master Tapes?


Photo by Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer:  Henry LoConti, owner of the Agora music hall, holds a three-disc set of Bruce Springsteen’s 1974 and 1978 performances at the Agora.

Thanks to Tom Feran, The Plain Dealer & The Plain

“Whatever happened to . . .?” is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer. Have a suggestion on a story we should update? Send it to John C. Kuehner.

(I have had the concert since 1980, when I got a cassette from the live broadcast.  It was the second best bootleg of my extensive collection.  It was crisp, clean and every detail and nuance of the concert could be heard.  I screwed up my master and was a bit pissed and I couldn’t even bear to listen.  Then with the advent of CD’s, I of course bought that show.  I was once more listening to cymbals and guitar riffs that made you think you were in the Agora in 1978!)   This is a must listen and any real Bruce collector should have this in their collection!)   

Today, we answer this question:

Whatever happened to the legendary “master tape” of Bruce Springsteen’s famed 1978 show at the Agora?
 If he can get an approving nod from Springsteen’s management, visionary Agora owner Henry LoConti hopes the recording can be heard by fans, and yield a Boss-scale benefit for the city that first embraced him 40 years ago.

For now, however, the reel-to-reel tape, handled only by gloved hands, rests in a vault at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where LoConti donated it.

Visitors can hear other Springsteen material on listening stations at the society, spokeswoman Angie Lowrie said, but that tape is not in a format to be included.

The tape, more than three hours long, was for a live album that never was. The show was the WMMS 10th anniversary concert of Aug. 9, 1978, for which more than 1,200 fans, who were awarded free tickets in a postcard giveaway, packed the Agora’s original site on East 24th Street. Springsteen and the E Street Band, who had been touring since May, stayed in town for several days for it.

WMMS simulcast the concert live in stereo to a network of FM stations — more than 30 of them, in LoConti’s recollection, including Chicago and Detroit — which made it one of Springsteen’s most widely bootlegged shows. Former WMMS programmer John Gorman recalls in his book “The Buzzard” that Bob Seger told him he recorded it off the radio in Detroit, calling it “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll show I ever heard,” and drummer Max Weinberg called it the best show the E Street Band ever did.

One audio feed from the show went to a production truck outside the Agora for radio.


agora1.jpgPeggy Turbett, The Plain DealerHenry LoConti would like to release the boxed set to support the Western Reserve Historical Society, but so far Springsteen’s manager won’t approve the release.

Another line, LoConti said, went directly upstairs to Agency Recording Studios, and was captured on 24-track tape for a possible album. That’s the pristine master recording in the vault.

“It’s one of the biggest bootlegs out there,” LoConti said, which may explain why the album never happened. But he notes that bootlegs don’t have the full show, because Springsteen played an encore after the radio broadcast ended, “and not the quality of 24-track.”

LoConti recently made the recording into a very limited edition four-disc box set (so limited there were only 10 copies) that also included the 16-track recording of an hourlong Springsteen show at the Agora from June 1974, when the E Street Band included keyboardist David Sancious.

He sent copies to Springsteen, Miami Steve Van Zandt and Springsteen’s management, asking permission to issue the set for sale, with all proceeds going to the Western Reserve Historical Society.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “the manager said no.”

But LoConti hasn’t given up the idea. He would, in fact, like to take it up a notch with a higher-cost version of the box set that would add a DVD from an Aug. 30, 1978 show at the Agora with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. For its last 28 minutes, they’re joined onstage by Springsteen, Miami Steve and Clarence Clemons, who came from playing a show at the Richfield Coliseum.

Five cameras recorded video because the show was being shot for the “Live at the Agora” TV series. Miami Steve would not allow the 28-minute closing jam to be used in the show, however, because he did not want the high-profile guests to take attention away from Southside Johnny.

LoConti hopes he now can get permission to use the video. In his vision, the money from the box sets would be used to give the historical society’s Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum its own separate home in Midtown on the Euclid Corridor.

“I put the box set together for that purpose,” he said. “It’s a good-sounding album. And it’s history.”

Springsteen To Play San Sebastian This Saturday

‘The Boss’ will play Donostia-San Sebastian’s Anoeta stadium as part of the ‘Wrecking Ball’ tour

Click to access the Video of Badlands that opened the Barcelona Show!  It is a good one!–springsteen-play-san-sebastian-this-saturday/


“The Boss”‘ concert at the city’s Anoeta stadium will mark the US rocker’s first visit since 2008, and his second gig in the Gipuzkoan capital. In summer 2008 he played the same venue and practically took over the city’s María Cristina Hotel. He was delighted by the Gipuzkoan capital and bid farewell promising “I’ll be back.” And so it was. In 2009 he played in Bilbao, though he chose to spend the night in Donostia, returning once again with his family in August of the same year.

He will present his latest album, “Wrecking Ball”, released early this year. With economic injustice, Springsteen’s powerful new disc has a subject he can sink his teeth into, and he matches it with music that has some of the same clenched fury.

Tickets for Springsteen’s June 2nd concert at Anoeta can be purchased via Entrance to the central rink costs 65 Euros (plus booking fee). Seats are priced at between 65 and 83 Euros (+ fee) depending on location.

More Bruce Springsteen at The Pinkpop Festival In the Netherlands!

Bruce Springsteen Pinkpop Festival Setlist Landgraaf, The Netherlands 5/28/12 Setlist Wrecking Ball Tour Mumford & Sons

Thanks once more to our new friend, Josh Hathaway, who is a Huntsville, AL resident.  Josh Hathaway has turned a lifelong musical obsession into a not-very-lucrative career as a freelance music writer. BlindedBySound is the best chapter in that adventure, where he serves as site publisher.  He is also helping us spread the word of all that is Bruce Springsteen and more!

The E Street Band look to rebound from calamity in Cologne with their headlining set at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands tonight. This set being part of a festival, it comes in several songs lighter than recent stadium shows on the European leg of the tour.

It’s too much to expect a complete recovery, then, from last night’s debacle but it’s a step in the right direction. This abbreviated set actually improves on things because they didn’t play the turds; it was addition by subtraction.

Not only that but look at this stretch: “Spirit In The Night,” “Because The Night,” and “Radio Nowhere.” That’s mighty! Look at just before and just after them: “My City Of Ruins” and “I’m On Fire” (the latter being a tour premiere). It’s hard to imagine how much energy came out of the place after fiery “Because The Night” and “Radio Nowhere” down to “I’m On Fire,” but it’s one of the songs on Born In The USA that doesn’t make me cringe

This being a festival and Bruce being a man of the people, there were guest musicians who came out to hang with the band during the encore. Amazingly, you can get more people on stage with the E Street Band and the E Street sideshow! Garland Jeffreys joined them for a rendition of “96 Tears,” a cover they played when I saw them in Atlanta on the Working On A Dream tour.

The other guest tonight was Mumford and Sons, who joined the band on “Hungry Heart.” I’m actually curious what that sounded like. I wonder if they changed up the arrangement or the harmonies to include the Mumfords or if it was played straight.

In addition to “96 Tears” and “Hungry Heart,” the encore included the now familiar run of “Born In The USA,” “Born To Run,” and “Dancing In The Dark.” That asshole fan in Cologne may have done us all the greatest disservice of all by encouraging Bruce to start playing “American Land” again. There really is no justice in this world if that individual is not found and tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity.

Here is the full setlist for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at the Pinkpop Festival, featuring special guests Garland Jeffreys and Mumford & Sons.

  1. We Take Care Of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Badlands
  4. Death To My Hometown
  5. My City Of Ruins
  6. Spirit In the Night
  7. Because The Night
  8. Radio Nowhere
  9. I’m On Fire
  10. Shackled & Drawn
  11. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
  12. The Promised Land
  13. The River
  14. The Rising
  15. We Are Alive
  16. Thunder Road ### ### ###
  17. 96 Tears [with Garland Jeffreys]
  18. Born In The U.S.A
  19. Born to Run
  20. Hungry Heart (w/Mumford and Sons)
  21. Dancing in the Dark
  22. American Land
  23. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out; A great page for the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Germany Show!

It may only be up for a day or two, but click on the link and get some great shots of the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Show!  The photos of the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Show are amazing.  There is also the setlist for the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Show.  Not only are there photos and setlists for the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Show, you can see the setlists for the entire Wrecking Ball Tour!  Enjoy the photos and setlist from the Bruce Springsteen Frankfurt Show. Enjoy!

Springsteen Plays 1978 Version of ‘Prove It All Night’ in Barcelona

Thanks to  Stan GoldsteinThe Star-Ledger

Bruce Springsteen has performed “Prove It All Night” hundreds of times over the years, but Thursday night at the Estadi Olimpic in Barcelona, Spain, Bruce performed the 1978 introduction to “Prove It.”

What is the 1978 introduction? It’s beautiful piano work by Roy Bittan, joined by powerful drumming by Max Weinberg into intense guitar work  by Bruce. All three then combined for this powerful into that runs for more than two minutes .

It was the intro to the song on 1978′s Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour and last night was the first time Bruce has played that intro in more than 32 years.

It was a solid 29-song, three-hour show for the first of back-to-back nights in Barcelona. Also played were the tour premieres of “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” and “Hungry Heart.”

“Talk to Me” was played for a sign request and this was the first show of the tour that the Apollo Medley (“The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “634-5789″) was not played. That’s welcome news to most fans here in the U.S. and probably to many in Europe too as it needed a break.

“Thunder Road” was played for the first time since the April 24 show in San Jose Calif., and “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Bobby Jean” were played for the second straight show. “Rocky Ground” led off the encores after not being played in Las Palmas on Tuesday.

Set list:

Show began at 9:50 p.m. Barcelona time (six hours ahead of New Jersey)

Bruce and the band took the stage to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” being played over the PA in tribute to Disco Queen who died on Thursday.

1. Badlands 2. We Take Care Of Our Own 3. Wrecking Ball 4. No Surrender 5. Death To My Hometown 6. My City Of Ruins 7. Out In The Street 8. Talk To Me 9. Jack Of All Trades 10. Youngstown 11. Murder Inc. 12. Johnny 99 13. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) tour premiere) 14. She’s The One 15. Shackled & Drawn 16. Waiting On A Sunny Day 17. The Promised Land 18. The River 19. Prove It All Night (1978 version) 20. Hungry Heart (tour premiere) 21. The Rising 22. We Are Alive 23. Thunder Road


24. Rocky Ground 25. Born In The USA 26. Born To Run 27. Bobby Jean 28. Dancing In The Dark 29. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

Show over at 12:50 a.m.

Born to Rock: Bruce Springsteen’s 7 best albums

On the eve of ‘Wrecking Ball,’ a look at the Boss’s finest

By Melinda Newman Thursday, Mar  1, 2012  8:27 PM

Born to Rock: Bruce Springsteen's 7 best albums
Credit: AP Photo

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Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album, “Wrecking Ball,” comes out March 6 and The Beat Goes On is blatantly stealing a page from our colleague Kris Tapley’s “The Lists” concept. In anticipation of the new set, we’re ranking The Boss’s Top 7 albums. Take a look at our gallery and let the debate begin.
Springsteen’s canon of work dates back more nearly 40 years to 1973’s “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” While there was a major shift with his third album, 1975’s “Born To Run,” in terms of transforming from a proud Dylan wanna-be who crammed as many words as possible in to a song to someone who found his own identity and voice, what hasn’t changed has been his commitment to his craft and his live show.

At 62, Springsteen has become the chronicler of our times. Or as he says, it has always been his job to write about the distance between the American dream and American reality. Unlike many other artists whose songs aren’t rooted in any specific geography,  Springsteen’s narrative spans from sea-to-shining-sea. He is a product of New Jersey and the U.S.A. and the lyrical territory he roams in song seldom extends beyond our shores (despite the fact that he is now a bigger concert draw in Europe than he is here).
But to concentrate on Springsteen’s role as social commentator only shows one part of the story. Over the last several decades, Springsteen has delivered some of the goofiest, most joyous songs ever committed to record, whether it be the rollicking “Ramrod,” the double entendre-filled “Pink Cadillac,” the giddy “So Young And In Love” or the purely jubilant “Rosalita.”
It felt like a cheat to include live albums on here, so I didn’t. (I also chose not to include any bootlegs). However, any Springsteen fan’s collection is incomplete without two sets: “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Hammersmith Odeon London 75” and “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live 1975-1985.” The Hammersmith set, which wasn’t officially released until  2005, captures a moment in time: Springsteen’s first U.K. show that has now become the stuff of legend. Springsteen was freaking out beforehand as Columbia’s hype machine was in full effect and he wanted the music to speak for itself. The loose-limbed, sped-up “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” is a frenetic frenzy, and the 13-minute “E Street Shuffle” feels like it traverses space and time. It’s nothing less than revelatory to hear a 25-year old Springsteen, still so early in his career, at such command of his stage craft.
“Live 1975-1985,” if nothing else, shows the tremendous range of the E Street Band and serves as a de-facto greatest hits. It was also the first album to capture the wide-ranging magic of Springsteen’s show including such chestnuts as his covers of “Raise Your Hand” and “War” and songs that lay flat on vinyl, like “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” but came alive in concert.
There are high notes on every album released, even the ones I would rank toward the bottom of a list should I have included the full catalog, such as 2009′s “Working On A Dream” (though I’m hard pressed to find anything good to say about “Queen of the Supermarket”). As with all such lists, this one is totally subjective. For example, though I find them among his most cinematic works, I find myself seldom returning to  largely acoustic, solo albums like “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and “Devils & Dust”
Before you flip to the gallery, if you aren’t a Springsteen fanatic (yet), watch this video, and  see what joy he brings millions of us (plus, there are wonderful shots of dearly departed members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons):

Video: Bruce Springsteen Credits Occupy Wall Street For Inspiring Newt Gingrich


 BROOOOOOCE performing at the Grammy Awards (AP)

 Coming off  an invigorating performance to kickoff the Grammy Awards, Bruce BROOOOOCE Springsteen was in Paris this week to formally introduce his new album, Wrecking Ball, for a select group of reporters. Springsteen gave over much of the press conference to discussing the current state of American politics, and how his “angry patriotism” was reflected in the new music: “Previous to Occupy Wall Street, there was no push back at all saying this was outrageous—a basic theft that struck at the heart of what America was about, a complete disregard for the American sense of history and community.”

Springsteen expects some people may misunderstand the politically charged songs—a mix of folk music, gospel music and the E-Street Band sound—on the new album, just as Ronald Reagan misunderstood “Born In The USA” almost 30 years ago. That’s especially true for the rousing first single “We Take Care Of Our Own,” an ironic song that sums up the broken promises of the country as far as Springsteen sees it. “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream…What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account,” he later told the Guardian. “There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.”

Inquirer Editorial: Springsteen Exhibit OK, But What’s Next?

Posted: Sun, Feb. 19, 2012, 3:01 AM

Prior to the exhibit

Prior to the exhibit’s opening, an empty display case at the National Constitution Center awaits Springsteen’s favorite Fender Telecaster – the one featured on the cover of the “Born to Run” album. Bruce planned on using it during the Grammys telecast, but ended up playing another guitar instead. The Fender is actually a hybrid. It has a 1954 Telecaster body with a 1952 Esquire neck. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

True, both were born in the same country (the U.S.A.) and, in fact, within about 50 miles of Trenton. And both were born to run (in the Constitution’s case, a nation). And, of course, both continue to enjoy rock-star adulation despite advanced age and significant imperfections.

Springsteen is not the most incongruous figure the Independence Mall museum has featured. At least the Boss’ title was, in the American tradition, earned rather than inherited – unlike that of Princess Diana, the subject of another recent Constitution Center exhibit. What, after all, could be more diametrically opposed to American democracy than British royalty?

New Jersey royalty is a different story, and if the Constitution Center had to feature a popular musician, Springsteen is much more appropriate than, say, Lady Gaga (another aristocrat, judging by her sobriquet). As rock stars go, Springsteen is an avid student of American history and society. His often politically pointed lyrics might get him in trouble in a country without the First Amendment.

Short of arguing that “Cover Me” foresaw the debate about the constitutionality of a health-insurance mandate, the museum has tried valiantly to emphasize Springsteen’s relevance to its mission. An ad invites visitors to “celebrate freedom of expression at the must-see exhibition.” The gift shop sells T-shirts that read “Freedom Rocks” underneath a silhouetted rock band composed of great American statesman (drums: “Honest” Abe Lincoln).

The very American imperatives of capitalism are clearly pertinent here. Pop-cultural exhibits no doubt help the Constitution Center sell tickets. And the resulting crowds may well glance over its handwritten congressional copy of the 13th Amendment as well as Bruce’s original handwritten draft of “Atlantic City.”

But the Constitution Center is also congressionally chartered and has benefitted from no small amount of government support – all of which should be considered carefully before anyone dreams up an exhibit about, say, American Idol. For a museum devoted to serious ideas, forgetting that would be a suicide rap indeed.

Bruce Springsteen: Rocker Charges US Government With ‘Un-American’ Acts

Posted on Feb 17th 2012 4:00PM by Jason MacNeil

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Bruce Springsteen didn’t mince words Thursday night at the Theatre Marigny in Paris during a press conference while promoting his upcoming ‘Wrecking Ball‘ album. The topic: His utter disappointment with the current state of America. “What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account,” Springsteen told The Guardian. “There’s a real patriotism underneath the best of my music. But it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.” Springsteen, who gave critics an advanced listen of the new studio album, also said the fury behind some of the record’s lyrics, including the title track, was because “a big promise has been broken.” “You can’t have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can’t get on the train,” he said. “There’s a cracking point where a society collapses. You can’t have a civilization where something is factionalized like this.”The musician noted he plans to back President Barack Obama leading up to the November election but he may not offer his support as overtly as he did during the 2008 election. “I don’t write for one side of the street… But the Bush years were so horrific you could not just sit around,” Springsteen said. “It was such a blatant disaster. I campaigned for Kerry and Obama, and I am glad I did. But normally I would prefer to stay on the sidelines. The artist is supposed to be the canary in the cage.” As for Obama’s first term as President, Springsteen listed Obama’s healthcare legislation (“thought not the public system I would have wanted”), the death of Osama Bin Laden and bringing “sanity to the top level of government” as successes. But he also said “big business still has too much of a say in government” and felt the Guantanamo Bay detention camp “would have been closed” by now. Springsteen also cited the recent Occupy movements around the world, especially Occupy Wall Street, with pushing important issues to the forefront. “The Occupy Wall Street movement has been powerful about changing the national conversation,” he said, as reported by The Telegraph. “The Tea Party set the conversation for a while but now people are talking about economic equality. That’s a conversation America hasn’t had for 20 years.”

Watch Bruce Springsteen’s ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ Video

According to the rocker, the album’s first single ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ — which Springsteen performed last week at the Grammys — gets right to the point. “The song asks the question that the rest of the record tries to answer which is, ‘Do we?’ We often don’t,” he said as reported by The Evening Standard. “I write carefully and precisely and I believe clearly. If you’re missing it, you’re not quite thinking hard enough.” The Telegraph reports Springsteen addressed the strong emotion driving the album, too. “You can never go wrong in rock ‘n’ roll when you’re pissed off,” he said. “My work has always been about judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” Springsteen also said “a lovely moment for me” on the album is the sax on ‘Land of Hope and Dreams,’ a song that features the late Clarence Clemons. “Losing Clarence is like something elemental, it’s like losing the rain, that’s a part of life,” he said. Springsteen launches the ‘Wrecking Ball’ world tour in Atlanta on March 18. The European leg begins May 13 in Sevilla and runs through July 31 in Helsinki. Although nothing is confirmed, there’s speculation a second North American leg is planned for later in 2012.