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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.; 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!

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. (1) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $2,031,105; $91.27.
2. (2) Cirque du Soleil – “Michael Jackson: The Immortal”; $1,755,442; $113.26.
3. (3) Elton John; $1,215,209; $109.60.
4. (New) Radiohead; $1,114,246; $58.33.
5. (New) Romeo Santos; $749,885; $73.22.
6. (5) Brad Paisley; $613,255; $42.71.
7. (4) Jason Aldean; $606,359; $44.95.
8. (6) Lady Antebellum; $551,924; $50.28.
9. (7) The Black Keys; $530,634; $47.07.
10. (8) Miranda Lambert; $380,811; $42.68.
11. (9) Blake Shelton; $365,387; $47.76.
12. (10) Jeff Dunham; $303,862; $45.07.
13. (11) Eric Church; $278,239; $35.80.
14. (12) Kelly Clarkson; $196,597; $54.28.
15. (14) Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles; $172,608; $49.34.
16. (13) Yanni; $166,899; $59.84.
17. (15) “Mythbusters”; $159,242; $51.54.
18. (New) Celtic Woman; $158,746; $58.15.
19. (17) Bassnectar; $134,163; $33.99.
20. (19) Casting Crowns; $133,964; $28.37.
For free upcoming tour information, go to

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.

Is Bruce Feeling the ‘Fenway Guilt’? What About the Rest of The USA?

According to Peter Chianca, it seems that Bruce Springsteen is no longer Born in the USA, but more Born in the East Coast!

Thanks to By Pete Chianca

Call it Springsteenian Guilt Syndrome (SGS) — I’m almost embarrassed to be getting three stadium shows in Boston on the fall leg of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” tour (as many as Jersey), especially when Bruce has yet to hit Pittsburgh, Kansas City or the Pacific Northwest. Just ask the commenters on our Facebook page, who are starting to get a little frantic, frankly.

What possessed him to embark on two Fenway shows and a Gillette Stadium stop in the same week we’ll never know — Maybe it’s because he’s enjoyed the time spent here while son Evan, who graduated this week, was attending BC. Or it could be because Camp Springsteen knows that we’ll pony (boy) up for the tickets no matter how many times he comes. Pittsburgh won’t come out unless he’s there with Grushecky. (Ahem.)

As for me, I have tickets to Fenway 1 and Gillette. Will I go for night 2 as well, or will sanity (along with my mortgage, my car payment and my family vacation fund) prevail? Stay tuned, and in the meantime, catch up with the Springsteen stories you may have missed if you for some reason aren’t glued to our Facebook page (and Twitter feed, natch) 24 hours a day, even though you should be.

• Speaking of Beantown, see Springsteen wandering the streets of Boston! (Above.) And where was I? That’s right, at work. What was I thinking?

22 seconds of the “Rocky Ground” video, for some reason.

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

Taylor Hill, FilmMagic

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.

Bruce Springsteen: “America Was Robbed”

Bruce Springsteen: America Was Robbed

Thursday, 16 February 2012
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen explores “the American Dream” throughout his new  record.

The American music icon is currently promoting his upcoming album Wrecking  Ball.

British newspaper the Telegraph reports that Bruce, who has always lauded his  blue-collar upbringing, wanted to address his country’s current cultural and  fiscal crises through his music.

“My work has always been about judging the distance between American reality  and the American Dream,” Bruce explained at a press conference in Paris this  week. “[The 2008 Wall Street crisis acted as] an enormous fault-line [that]  cracked the American system wide open and its repercussions are just beginning  to be felt.”

Bruce believes that this recent financial meltdown has left much social and  pecuniary carnage in its wake.

“An outrageous theft occurred that struck to the heart of the American idea.  And there has been no accountability,” Bruce explained. “[The title of my new  album Wrecking Ball represents] the flat destruction of some American ideals and  values over the last 30 years. It seemed like a good metaphor.”

Bruce remains optimistic about the US. He believes that Occupy Wall Street  protestors are benefitting society through their dissent.

“The Occupy Wall Street movement has been powerful about changing the  national conversation,” Bruce explained. “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.”

Although Bruce is happy to touch on political subjects in his music, the  singer wouldn’t even consider taking on a role in government.

“As an artist, its better to maintain a certain distance from the seat of  power,” he explained.

Bruce’s album Wrecking Ball will be released in the US in  March.

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