Setlists: 2002

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December 17 / Indianapolis, IN / Conseco Fieldhouse
Notes: The final lap of the 2002 Rising tour brings the tour premiere of "Loose Ends," along with rarities "Darlington County" and the "Detroit Medley." And, for a sea of Santa hats in the pit (thanks to a fan effort that benefited the local foodbank), the seventh straight "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." To be continued in 2003...
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Darlington County/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Two Hearts/Loose Ends/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Glory Days/Born to Run/Detroit Medley
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Dancing in the Dark

December 16 / Columbus, OH / Schottenstein Center
Notes: Columbus, Ohio had to hang on for a month until this make-up show, the first of three postponed from their original dates due to Clarence Clemons' eye surgery. Worth-the-wait rarities included "Candy's Room," "Where the Bands Are," Out in the Street," a solo-piano "If I Should Fall Behind," and a bit of "Hang on Sloopy" added to "Glory Days." "She's the One" drops out for the first time since September, with "The Fuse" and "Two Hearts" returning to the set as the 2002 tour nears its end.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Promised Land/The Fuse/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Out in the Street/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Two Hearts/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/If I Should Fall Behind/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Where the Bands Are/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Dancing in the Dark

December 13 / Albany, NY / Pepsi Arena
Notes: What was originally planned as the last show of the year includes "My Love Will Not Let You Down," "This Hard Land," and, to close the show after "Santa Claus," Chuck Berry's "Around and Around."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/My Love Will Not Let You Down/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/This Hard Land/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Around and Around

December 11 / New York, NY / NBC Studios
Notes: With no Holiday shows from Asbury Park on the schedule this year, Springsteen's guest spot on Late Night with Conan O'Brien gave a national TV audience a taste of what those shows have brought the past couple years. Bruce incorporated the E Street Band with the Max Weinberg 7 and delivered one of his best television performances to date. Kicking off with an eight minute version of "Kitty's Back," Springsteen looked remarkably young and certifiably "loose." After a commercial break they went right in to "Merry Christmas, Baby" with Conan O'Brien --"the man himself" -- looking quite nervous while helping out on rhythm guitar. Springsteen even changed a line of lyrics to namedrop the Late Night show. After beckoning Santa Claus up on stage, Bruce presented Max with a blow-up sex doll, gave Conan a George Foreman grill that "the whole band pitched in" to get, and worked his way into the audience to throw out candy.
Setlist: Kitty's Back/Merry Christmas, Baby

December 9 / Columbia, SC / USC Arena
Notes: The Detroit Medley is back! And while the solo piano slot seems to have disappeared on this December run, the tour premieres continue: Columbia gets "My Love Will Not Let You Down," "Growin' Up," and "This Hard Land."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/My Love Will Not Let You Down/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Growin' Up/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/This Hard Land/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Born to Run/Detroit Medley
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Ramrod

December 8 / Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Coliseum
Notes: The weather outside's been frightful, but the show must go on. Bruce and the band turn on the power with "Backstreets," "Darlington County," and "Where the Bands Are."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Candy's Room/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Darlington County/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Backstreets/Into the Fire
First Encore: Where the Bands Are/Dancing in the Dark/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod/Santa Claus is Coming to Town

December 5 / Toronto, ON / Air Canada Centre
Notes: "Santa Claus" comes to Toronto for the first Canadian show of the Rising tour, along with such rarities as "Candy's Room," "Cadillac Ranch," and a solo-piano "If I Should Fall Behind."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Candy's Room/No Surrender/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Cadillac Ranch/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/If I Should Fall Behind (solo piano)/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Santa Claus is Coming to Town

December 4 / Pittsburgh, PA / Mellon Arena
Notes: "Santa Claus" finally comes to town, closing the show at the end of a nine-song encore. Plus a pair of Steel City specials: an acoustic "Youngstown," and "Code of Silence" with hometown boy (and co-writer) Joe Grushecky. All three were tour debuts. Grushecky stayed on stage for the rest of the first encore, and even his teenage son Johnny joined in on "Glory Days."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Out in the Street/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Youngstown/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Code of Silence (with Joe Grushecky)/Glory Days (with Joe and Johnny Grushecky)/Born to Run (with Joe Grushecky)
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road/Santa Claus is Coming to Town

December 2 / Atlanta, GA / Philips Arena
Notes: Bruce returns to the town where he recorded The Rising and invited the disc's producer, Brendan O'Brien, to join the band for "Glory Days" and "Born to Run." "Should we keep rockin'? Let's PRODUCE!" Atlanta's somewhat efficient show didn't delve deep into the past, but saw the tour premiere of "Where the Bands Are."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Where the Bands Are/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Dancing in the Dark

November 24 / Tampa, FL / Ice Palace
Notes: Nine songs not played the night before-- including a slew of oldies like "Does This Bus Stop," "Saint in the City," and "Incident," plus another real oldie: "Twist and Shout" to close the show.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Night/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?/It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod/Twist and Shout

November 23 / Miami, FL / American Airlines Arena
Notes: The Florida stunners continue, as Miami gets four tour debuts and as many special guests: "Because the Night" with Bono and Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame), "If I Should Fall Behind" with Dion, "Out in the Street," and "So Young and in Love." Between the encores, yet another friend was onstage, as Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore came on to announce, "Live from Miami, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!" To which Bruce responded: "He's alive!"
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Promised Land/The Fuse/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Out in the Street/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Because the Night (with Bono and Dave Stewart)/For You (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: So Young and in Love/Glory Days/If I Should Fall Behind/Born to Run
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Dancing in the Dark

November 21 / Orlando, FL / TD Waterhouse
Notes: Yowza! The tour debut of "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City," "Human Touch," and, at long last, the return of the full "Detroit Medley." The set also includes "Candy's Room" and "The Promise," with "Dancing in the Dark" moving to the second encore to close the show. They don't call it the Magic Kingdom for nothin'.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Darlington County/It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Human Touch/The Promise (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Glory Days/Born to Run/Detroit Medley
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Dancing in the Dark

November 19 / Birmingham, AL / BJCC
Notes: The incomparable Emmylou Harris makes a guest appearance on "My Hometown," and "Darlington County" has its tour debut. During the by-request "Cadillac Ranch," a fan throws a houndstooth hat onstage (which legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was known for), and Springsteen wears the hat for the entire song.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Promised Land/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Darlington County/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/My Hometown (with Emmylou Harris)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Glory Days/Born to Run/Cadillac Ranch
Second Encore:My City of Ruins/Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod

November 16 / Greensboro, NC / Coliseum
Notes: "Cadillac Ranch" makes its tour debut, but there's a brief hiccup during the show when Bruce falls down during his visit to the back of the stage during "Waitin' on a Sunny Day." He made a quick recovery, but had a pretty good gash on his forearm to show for it.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Promised Land/The Fuse/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Cadillac Ranch/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Incident on 57th Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod

November 14 / Lexington, KY / Rupp Arena
Notes: Several shake-ups in Kentucky included a pair of Darkness rarities-- the foremost being "Streets of Fire," which the E Street Band hasn't performed live since the Darkness tour. "Racing in the Street" was played for only the third time on the Rising tour (a full-band version of "Racing" took the slot that had lately been reserved for a solo-piano performance). "Glory Days" and "Thunder Road" returned to the encores, and -- say it ain't so! -- "Born in the U.S.A." dropped out of the show for the first time since the tour began.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/Streets of Fire/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Two Hearts/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Racing in the Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Thunder Road/Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod

November 12 / Cincinnati, OH / U.S. Bank Arena
Notes: Welcome back, CC! The band's return to their fall schedule, with Clarence Clemons back in action only a week after surgery, is Cincinnati's first general admission show in nearly 23 years. It's also notable for an ongoing boycott effort in Cincy-- not by those opposing the G.A. plan, but by civil rights activists protesting police brutality (see a story in the Cincinnati Post). Springsteen opens with "American Skin" for the first time. Also in the set: a full-band "Does This Bus Stop," and, by request from a sign-holder, "I'm a Rocker."
Setlist: American Skin/The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street/Night/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/My Hometown (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/I'm a Rocker/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Ramrod

November 4 / Houston, TX / Compaq Center
Notes: With "Worlds Apart" back in the set (after being dropped in Dallas for the first time the night before), Houston gets three completely different songs between "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" and "Badlands," also including "Does This Bus Stop" and "No Surrender." Playing on the P.A. after the show is Dean Martin's "Houston."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Atlantic City/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/For You (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Working on the Highway

November 3 / Dallas, TX / American Airlines Arena
Notes: Back in the U.S.A., Springsteen and the E Street Band begin their November-December swing. A five-song second encore brings special guest Don Henley to the stage for "I Fought the Law" (a song played the same night on Little Steven's Underground Garage). After closing most shows in Europe, "Thunder Road" drops back out of the set; Springsteen puts on a cowboy hat for "Working on the Highway" instead as the last song of the night. The biggest omission: "Worlds Apart" isn't played for the first time on the tour, replaced by "Further On (Up the Road)." Relative rarities like "Night," "The Ties That Bind," and a solo-piano "Incident," also make for a strong Texas opener.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Night/Further on (Up the Road)/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: I Fought the Law/My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Working on the Highway

November 2 / Sea Bright, NJ / Tradewinds
Notes: The night before the Rising tour's U.S. dates are to resume, Springsteen took a break from arenas to rock a small club for a good cause. The third annual Light of Day Benefit had its third straight appearance from Springsteen, bringing together a host of Jersey-style rockers to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (and celebrate organizer Bob Benjamin's birthday while they were at it). Springsteen came on at 10:40 to play for nearly an hour with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, joined by several other guests including Garland Jeffreys. In the midnight hour, he came back to the stage to play a few with Gary U.S. Bonds. With the Tradewinds scheduled to close, this was the last Light of Day benefit to be held there-- but we'll hope it finds a new home for years to come. For more information on the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, visit www.pdf.org.
With Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers: I Can't Turn You Loose/Never Be Enough Time/Homestead/96 Tears (with Jeffreys)/Wild in the Streets (with Jeffreys)/Fire/Pumping Iron/Boom Boom/Light of Day (with Benjamin)/The Twist-Peppermint Twist Medley (with Bonds)
With Gary U.S. Bonds: Jole Blon/Quarter to Three-Havin' a Party

October 27 / London, England / Wembley Arena
Notes: The final show of the 2002 European swing includes "Jackson Cage," "Does This Bus Stop," and an acoustic "The River," featuring Soozie on violin, among other rarities. While Bruce and the E Streeters now return to the States for the remainder of the year, the Rising tour isn't done with Europe yet -- as Bruce said at the end of the past couple shows, he'll "see ya in the spring!"
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/The Fuse/Jackson Cage/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Night/Mary's Place/Counting on a Miracle/The River (solo acoustic)/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 24 / Stockholm, Sweden / The Globe
Notes: Six words: G, L, O, R, I, A. Okay, that's one word. Stockholm brings the tour premiere of "Gloria," along with such rarities as "Jackson Cage," "Candy's Room," and a double-whammy solo piano set of "Incident" and "For You."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Jackson Cage/The Fuse/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Gloria/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/For You (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 22 / Rotterdam, The Netherlands / Ahoy
Notes: The tour premiere of "The River," played solo acoustic following a solo piano "For You." "Bobby Jean" also returns to the set for the first time since August.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Prove It All Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/For You (solo piano)/The River (solo acoustic)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 20 / Berlin, Germany / Velodrom
Notes: The tour debut of "The Promise" is performed solo piano, back-to-back with "Incident." "Night" turns up in between "She's the One" and "Mary's Place." Other rarities in the set include "The Ties That Bind" and "Atlantic City."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/Atlantic City/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/No Surrender/Two Hearts/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Night/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/The Promise (solo piano)/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 18 / Bologna, Italy / Palamalaguti
Notes: The first encore started off with Roy by himself on piano, playing what turned into the tour debut of "Stand on It." Other non-standards include "Night," "Something in the Night," "You Can Look," "No Surrender," and a solo piano "For You." Elliott Murphy is two for three on the European leg so far, guesting again on "Born to Run." Other highlights came courtesy of the enthusiastic (to say the least) Italian crowd-- their singing brought an extended "Waitin' on a Sunny Day," as well a surprise ending to the show. "Thunder Road" was already a bonus show-closer after "Land of Hope and Dreams." But when the crowd continued to sing the melody to Clarence's solo even as the roadies were breaking down the equipment, Springsteen came back onstage and accompanied the crowd on piano for an extra "Thunder Road" coda.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Night/Something in the Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/You Can Look/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Backstreets/For You (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Stand on It/Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/ Born to Run (with Elliott Murphy)
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 16 / Barcelona, Spain / Palau Sant Jordi
Notes: With MTV Europe and VH1-UK airing the first half of the Barcelona show live, "Dancing in the Dark" is moved to the main set for the first time, just after "Mary's Place," to close out the broadcast. From the opening "The Rising" to "Dancing in the Dark," 13 current tour standards went out over the European airwaves. (For those in the U.S., nothing is currently set in stone, but source at VH1 reports suggests a broadcast is in the works for December.) After "Dancing in the Dark," with the cameras off, several surprises: the tour debut of "Spirit in the Night" followed by "Incident," both solo piano; "Night" to open the first encore; and the return of "Thunder Road" as a bonus to close the show.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Dancing in the Dark (end of broadcast)/Countin' on a Miracle/Spirit in the Night (solo piano)/Incident on 57th Street (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Night/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Thunder Road

October 14 / Paris, France / Bercy
Notes: The European jaunt begins, with special guest Elliott Murphy once again joining the Boss in Paris, on "Born to Run." No extra encore, but "Backstreets" returns to the set, and Springsteen takes a solo turn on the piano with "My Hometown."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Further On (Up the Road)/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Backstreets/My Hometown (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run (with Elliott Murphy)
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

October 7 / Buffalo, NY / HSBC Arena
Notes: The initial U.S. leg wraps up in style, with the tour premieres of "You Can Look," "Tougher Than the Rest" (the first Tunnel of Love song of the tour), and a solo-piano "Lost in the Flood." Rarities like these, along with an increasingly regular post-"Land of Hope and Dreams" slot, and late-leg additions like "Further On," "No Surrender," and "She's the One" show how much has changed since August. But exactly two months down the road from opening night, Springsteen is still consistently showcasing 11 tunes per night from The Rising.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Further On Up the Road/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)/No Surrender/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Tougher Than the Rest/Lost in the Flood/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Workin' on the Highway

October 6 / Philadelphia, PA / First Union Center
Notes: Well, on one hand it's no surprise at all-- you just knew Philly would get this kind of show. On the other hand, get ready for this: "Night," "Further On Up the Road," "Does This Bus Stop," "For You," "Incident," "Kitty's Back" (!).... It's an embarrassment of riches. Springsteen also continued the city-specific treats, with the tour debut of "Streets of Philadelphia." Both "Streets" and "Incident" featured Springsteen at the piano. "The Promised Land" dropped out of the set for the first time on the tour proper.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Night/Further On Up the Road/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?/For You/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Streets of Philadelphia/Incident on 57th Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Kitty's Back

October 5 / New York, NY / NBC Studios
Notes: Bruce Springsteen with and without the E-Street band played two songs on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Setlist: Lonesome Day/You're Missing (solo piano)

October 4 / Boston, MA / Fleet Center
Notes: Boston gets its usual high-quality show - a marathon performance that's the longest show yet of the tour, at 26 songs and just over three hours. Highlights included "Candy's Room," "For You" on solo piano, and an extra song ("Working on the Highway") in the first encore. "My Hometown" was dedicated to Lenny Zakim. Last but not least, Bruce and regular Beantown guest Peter Wolf finished up with a cover of the one-hit-wonder Standells's "Dirty Water," a song near and dear to every Bostonian's heart.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/The Fuse/Prove It All Night/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/My Hometown/For You (solo piano)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Working on the Highway/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Dirty Water

October 4 / Boston, MA / Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge Dedication
Notes: The formal ceremony to open the bridge named for the late Civil Rights activist (and friend of Bruce) Lenny Zakim included a Springsteen performance, on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Before singing "Thunder Road," Springsteen said, "We honor Lenny by continuing his fight for social justice." Click here for online video!
Setlist: Thunder Road

September 30 / St. Paul, MN / Xcel Energy Center
Notes: The Twin Cities catch the tour premieres of "Further on up the Road" and "Nothing Man." That leaves "Let's Be Friends" and "Paradise" as the only two songs from "The Rising" not yet performed on the tour. "The Fuse" gets a break tonight to make room for "Further." Bruce also continues to tinker with the end of the show, making what may have been a last minute decision to come back on for a final "Working on the Highway."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/Prove It All Night/Further on up the Road/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Nothing Man/Countin' on a Miracle/Racing in the Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Working on the Highway

September 29 / Fargo, ND / Fargodome
Notes: Fargo gets the tour premiere of "Working on the Highway" and "Night" finds its way back in the set.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/The Fuse/Prove It All Night/Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place/Working on the Highway/Countin' on a Miracle/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

September 27 / Milwaukee, WI / Bradley Center
Notes: Milwaukee got the tour premieres of "No Surrender" and "Mary Queen of Arkansas" (performed solo, with harmoica and acoustic guitar), plus the rare "Something in the Night." But the biggest surprise of the night came at the end. After "Land of Hope and Dreams," it seemed to be time to go, as usual-- then Springsteen said, "Well, I guess I got a little bit left." Like "Kansas City" a few days ago, it was a local special: with memories of the Milwaukee '75 "bomb scare" show surely dancing in their heads, Bruce and the band launched into an extended jam on Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie." Bruce still remembers his history-- it's the same song they returned to the Uptown Theater stage with back on 10/2/75 after waiting out the bomb scare in a hotel bar, when Bruce asked the eternal question, "Are you loose?" Bruce and the band last covered the song in Philly on 9/21/99.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/No Surrender/The Fuse/Something in the Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place /Countin' on a Miracle/Mary, Queen of Arkansas/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Little Queenie

September 25 / Chicago, IL / United Center
Notes: The first special guest of the tour, as the encores bring Eddie Vedder to the stage for a "My Hometown" duet. "Jackson Cage" finallly makes it to the tour proper (and, along with "The Ties That Bind," makes for two River songs in the first five slots). "She's the One" is in the set for the second night running, as is a solo-piano slot: in KC it was "Incident," in Chicago it's "For You."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/The Fuse/Jackson Cage/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place /Countin' on a Miracle/For You/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/My Hometown/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

September 24 / Kansas City, MO / Kemper Arena
Notes: Maybe it's his birthday that brings it out in Bruce. If so, can we get him some more birthdays? The band's second show of September brings five tour premieres, for a total of nine new songs added to the rotation between Denver and Kansas City alone. Includes the tour premieres of "Night," "Something in the Night,""She's the One," a solo piano "Incident on 57th Street," and a different show-closer for the first time this tour, "Goin' to Kansas City." So the basic structure may be staying the same, but the possibilities are opening up by leaps and bounds. (And hey, "Lonesome Day" followed by "Night" is how our "dream setlist" starts off-- wonder if Bruce reads the Chicago Sun-Times?)
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Night/The Fuse/Something in the Night/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/She's the One/Mary's Place /Countin' on a Miracle/Incident on 57th Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/Goin' to Kansas City

September 22 / Denver, CO / Pepsi Center
Notes: On his birthday eve, Springsteen comes roaring back after a three week break with four tour premieres: "The Ties That Bind," "Candy's Room," "Racing in the Street," and-- for the first time since the Born in the U.S.A. tour-- "I'm a Rocker." "Two Hearts" comes back for the first time since opening night, though in a different position. "Thunder Road" finally leaves the set altogether.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Ties That Bind/The Fuse/Candy's Room/Empty Sky/You're Missing /Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Two Hearts/Mary's Place /Countin' on a Miracle/Racing in the Street/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/I'm a Rocker/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 30 / St. Louis, MO / Savvis Center
Notes: Bruce winds up the August segment with a tour premiere, "Downbound Train" taking the post-"Fuse" slot. "Glory Days" back in the encores (in place of "Ramrod") makes for five songs from the Born in the U.S.A. album in St. Louis.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Downbound Train/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 29 / New York, NY / Rose Center
Notes: Not a tour stop per se, but a suprisingly long set in NYC, despite the rain. Introduced by James Gandolfini, Springsteen and the E Street Band opened this year's Video Music Awards with a live performance of "The Rising." Bruce's VMA opening was broadcast from the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The MTV cameras then took the proceedings to Radio City Music Hall, but fans who endured the rain at the planetarium were treated to half of a typical Rising show. Bruce and the band began the evening's hour-and-15-minute performance with two takes of The Rising-- one to warm up, followed by one for the cameras--and that was in addition to running through the song several times at the afternoon soundcheck.
Setlist: The Rising/The Rising/Lonesome Day/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Mary's Place/Thunder Road/My City of Ruins/Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run

August 27 / San Jose, CA / Compaq Center
Notes: Bruce is still searching for the right place for "Thunder Road"-- tonight it kicks off a four-song second encore. The first encore, meanwhile, continues to drive 'em wild with the one-two punch of the rocked-up "Dancing in the Dark" and "Ramrod."
Setlist: Main set the same as 8/10, et. al.
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: Thunder Road/My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 25 / Phoenix, AZ / America West
Notes: "Dancing in the Dark" stays in the set for the third night in a row, this rock arrangement a very welcome addition to the show.
Setlist: Same as Tacoma, 8/21.

August 24 / Los Angeles, CA / The Forum
Notes: Mixing some of the more unusual elements from the recent Portland and Tacoma shows, L.A. brought the Best of the Northwest, with "Atlantic City" in the main set and "Dancing in the Dark" and "Ramrod" opening the encores.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Atlantic City/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Thunder Road/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 21 / Tacoma, WA / Tacoma Dome
Notes: Whoa. A "rock" version of "Dancing in the Dark." Oh, and Seattle got "Ramrod" too. Bruce remembered his bout with the flu in 1984 - "I spent a week here one night. I was so sick. But it's great to be back!"
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Thunder Road/Into the Fire
First Encore: Dancing in the Dark/Ramrod/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 20 / Portland, OR / Rose Garden
Notes: The setlist gets a bit of a shake-up as "Atlantic City" replaces "Darkness" and "Backstreets" stands in for "American Skin."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Atlantic City/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/Backstreets/Into the Fire
First Encore: Thunder Road/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 18 / Las Vegas, NV / Thomas and Mack Center
Notes: Viva la difference! "Viva Las Vegas" makes an appearance in the first encore. The rest of the show remains the same.
Setlist: Same as 8/10, et. al.
First Encore: Thunder Road/Viva Las Vegas/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: Same as 8/10, et. al.

August 15 / Auburn Hills, MI / The Palace
Notes: The Motor City got a Motown snippet, "Dancing in the Streets," before Mary's Place. Otherwise the standard set.
Setlist: Same as 8/10, 8/12, and 8/14

August 14 / Cleveland, OH / Gund Arena
Notes: The first show after "the big three" found the arena not full to capacity, with last-minute tickets plentiful outside the venue. Not that the crowd wasn't enthusiastic; Kal Zucker tells us: "The fans were surprisingly good -- they seemed to keep up well with the new songs, and the vast majority of us were on our feet for 95+% of the show (and I'm not even talking about the standing room only floor)." If Springsteen isn't varying the set at the moment, he's at least finding different ways to shush the crowd when he needs quiet. This before Empty Sky: "You can extoll my glories at a later point in the evening...." As with the previous two shows, Springsteen delivered a cautionary speech about civil liberties before the full-band electric "Born in the U.S.A."
Setlist: Same as 8/10 and 8/12

August 12 / New York, NY / Madison Square Garden
Notes: During the whole 1999-2000 tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band never played the same setlist twice. That streak has come to an end; shows 2 and 3 of the Rising Tour had exactly the same songs in exactly the same order.
An extra treat after the show: those who stuck around a few minutes got to see a pre-recorded video performance, of Springsteen sitting on a couch and playing a completely rearranged acoustic "Countin' on a Miracle." No way to know if this will become a regular thing, but it's worth sticking around after upcoming shows just in case.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Thunder Road/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 10 / Washington, DC / MCI Center
Notes: The second show of the tour was in D.C., where, in Springsteen's words, "there's always a lot of purifying and expunging to be done." Purify and expunge they did, with an intense performance that did our hearts good after a rough start in Jersey. Energy was high, the enthusiastic crowd was attentive in all the right ways, and effort was clearly made to improve the pacing of the show. Notably streamlined were "Worlds Apart," still coming along, and "Mary's Place." The setlist doesn't quite tell the story, with just a few tweaks from opening night (including the tour premiere of "Bobby Jean,") but the expunging of "Two Hearts" and reordering of the encores went a considerable way toward purifying the show.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Bobby Jean/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Thunder Road/Glory Days/Born to Run
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 7 / East Rutherford, NJ / Continental Airlines Arena
Notes: "Like most inaugural shows in any rock tour, this one was fat with material and poorly paced, the performace failing to gain momentum like the enthralling, transcendent concerts of old that made Springsteen rock's most vital and exciting performer...."
A review of the 2002 tour kick-off? Nope, that was critic Jon Bream writing about the June 29 Born in the USA tour opener way back in 1984-- but it could easily apply to the first Rising show, 18 years down the road.
Opening night is never the smoothest of rides, and as with previous tour openers like Barcelona '99, Worcester '88, and St. Paul '84, the 8/7/02 Jersey show was ragged, suffering from sound problems and poor pacing. New material with great live potential, like "The Rising" and "Worlds Apart," has come a long way in rehearsals, but has yet to be nailed. A big welcome back to the full-band "Born in the U.S.A.," and watch for Nils' fiery guitar work to light "The Fuse."
It's also worth noting that after the second Born in the U.S.A. show, Bream wrote that Bruce "reclaimed his title as the most vital and exciting performer in rock 'n' roll." It should be interesting (to say the least) to watch Springsteen refine the show and the band get completely comfortable with the new material as the Rising tour continues. So expect this train to pick up steam-- right now the best news is that it's rolling again.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Two Hearts/Badlands/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Born to Run/Glory Days/Thunder Road
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams


WARM ON UP FOR THE RISING: REHEARSAL SHOWS AND MORE
August 5 / East Rutherford, NJ / Continental Airlines Arena
Notes: With the tour opener just a couple days away, Springsteen and the E Street Band held a dress rehearsal at the East Rutherford site of the tour kick-off. Tickets were distributed to VIPs and to FoodBank supporters, and roughly 200 fans who waited outside (though not nearly all of them) were let in as well. The Meadowlands venue wasn't even close to capacity for this trial run, but Springsteen and the band played a full 21-song show.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Two Hearts/Badlands/Mary's Place/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Born to Run/Ramrod
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams

August 2 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: The "Jackson Cage" rumors come to fruition, "Badlands" makes the set, and Clarence's bagpipes stay in their case.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Jackson Cage/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Badlands/Mary's Place/Paradise/Countin' on a Miracle/Backstreets/Into the Fire
Encore: My Hometown/Born to Run/Ramrod/Land of Hope and Dreams

August 1 / New York, NY / Ed Sullivan Theater
Notes: Taping for the Springsteen's two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (to be broadcast August 1 and August 2) took place back-to-back on the evening of August 1. Bruce and the E Street Band performed one song for each show; for the Friday show, Springsteen sat down with Letterman as a non-musical guest as well. It's a short chat, but there wasn't a single "in some fashion"! Hey, it's the little things that count.
Setlist (hour one, for August 1 broadcast): The Rising
Setlist (hour two, for August 2 broadcast): Lonesome Day

July 30 (evening) / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Springsteen and the E Street Band continue to work it all out in another dress rehearsal in front of an audience of fans. The set includes the long-absent "Cover Me," the live premiere of "Paradise," and a "People Get Ready" coda added to "Land of Hope and Dreams."
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Cover Me/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Two Hearts/Mary's Place/My Hometown/Paradise/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire (aborted)/Born in the U.S.A./Into the Fire
First Encore: Thunder Road/Glory Days
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born to Run/Land of Hope and Dreams

July 30 (morning) / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Springsteen and the E Street Band performed live on the Today Show, on a special edition of the show broadcast entirely from Asbury Park. After greeting the crowd around 7:20 -- "Good morning.... it's early...." -- Springsteen warmed up the Convention Hall crowd with a few acoustic numbers. He did two songs from the appropriate Greetings from Asbury Park LP, followed by "Waitin' on a Sunny Day," on which he was joined by Nils, Patti, Garry and Clarence. For the main set, broadcast in full an hour later, the entire E Street Band was onstage for three Rising tunes plus "Glory Days." Thousands of additional fans listened and watched the performance from the beach and boardwalk, on large screens set up outside Convention Hall. View clips online at www.msnbc.com.
Warm-up: Acoustic Setlist: Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?/For You/Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Broadcast: Electric Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Glory Days/Into the Fire

July 26 / Sonny's Southern Cuisine / Asbury Park, NJ
Notes: After the Friday afternoon rehearsal concert, Springsteen played an even more intimate set for a private post-show party at Sonny's. All but "Growin' Up" were played by request in this acoustic set, with Bruce's "big book of songs" at the ready. Patti Scialfa joined in on harmonies on "Tougher Than the Rest" and "Thunder Road."
Setlist: Back in Your Arms/Tougher than the Rest/I Wish I Were Blind/Growin' Up/Thunder Road

July 26 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
Notes: Another afternoon show, and another rehearsal-- as Springsteen stated clearly beforehand, in greeting the audience of radio contest winners-- but longer than on July 25, with more of a real-show structure. Same stage setup as the reunion tour, with new addition Soozie Tyrell taking her position between Gary Tallent and Roy's piano, on stage for the entire show. "Into the Fire" features Clarence on bagpipes. Springsteen plays an electric 12-string on "The Fuse." Samples crop up here and there, triggered by Roy (horns on "Mary's Place," vocals on "Worlds Apart"). "Glory Days" appears after a lengthy absence, as does the full-band electric "Born in the U.S.A." Camera crews were present to film the show, and "The Rising" both opens and closes the rehearsal for their sake.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/Prove It All Night/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waitin' on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Two Hearts/Mary's Place/Tenth Avenue Freeze-out/My Hometown/Countin' on a Miracle/American Skin (41 Shots)/Into the Fire
First Encore: Born to Run/Glory Days
Second Encore: My City of Ruins/Born in the U.S.A./Land of Hope and Dreams/The Rising

July 25 / Asbury Park, NJ / Convention Hall
The Story So Far: After preparing with the E Street Band elsewhere in Jersey for much of July, Springsteen moved the rehearsals to Asbury Park on July 23. With Springsten also taking time out along the way for TV tapings, he and the band settled into Convention Hall, where rehearsals will lead up to the July 30 live broadcast from this venue on the Today Show. While not part of the tour proper, Springsteen opened the Hall doors for a couple of "dress rehearsal" shows beginning July 25.
Notes:The July 25 performance was for a small-ish audience, largely consisting of Sony execs, beginning around 3 p.m. The 12-song set was heavy on material from The Rising, with "Mary's Place" including band introductions. Joining the E Street Band onstage is Soozie Tyrell, on background vocals and violin. After the hour-and-15-minute performance, Springsteen came out to greet the group of fans listening from the beach.
Setlist: The Rising/Lonesome Day/The Fuse/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Empty Sky/You're Missing/Waiting on a Sunny Day/The Promised Land/Worlds Apart/Two Hearts/Mary's Place/Into the Fire

July 24 / Sonny's Southern Cuisine / Asbury Park, NJ
Notes: After cruising around town showing Matt Lauer the Asbury Park sites for a Today Show taping, Bruce played two songs at Sonny's for the cameras and a small crowd. Brief snippets were shown on the Today Show's July 29 broadcast.
Setlist: I've Got a Feeling/My City of Ruins



Rumson Country Day School Benefits

April 13 -14 / Asbury Park, NJ / The Stone Pony
Event Notes: The invite-only affairs on Saturday, 4/13, and Sunday, 4/14, were private benefits for the Rumson Country Day School. Guests, besides friends and family, were parents and school supporters, who contributed $1000 per couple to the school for "admission,"and RCDS teachers, who were reportedly invited for free. Springsteen announced his contribution a couple of months back at a private fundraising event for the school.

Both shows were nearly 3 hours long and heavy with '60s-era cover tunes (Springsteen having offered at his original announcement to take such requests), many of which Bruce had never played live before. These shows also included three originals, played both nights at the end of the set: "Glory Days," "Thunder Road," and, most surprisingly, "Darlington County." While many fans have wondered post-9/11 if Springsteen would ever play the song again, "Darlington County" was performed at the Pony with the original "Our pas each own one of the World Trade Centers" line intact.

Bruce was accompanied by musicians including Patti Scialfa and her fellow Redheaded Women, Soozie Tyrell and Lisa Lowell; Southside Johnny; Bobby Bandiera; and on 4/14, Max Weinberg. Bobby provided the house band (including Bob Berger, Steve Shews, Joey Stann, Mike Mancini and Joe Bellia), starting off the show with songs including "Mustang Sally" and "American Girl." Weinberg guested on the second night; after getting a happy birthday serenade, Max drummed from "Domino" through "Darlington County."

April 13 setlist: Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican/Nick Lowe)/It Takes Two (Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston)/Detroit Medley (Mitch Ryder)/Tell Him (The Exciters) featuring Patti/Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival)/Tell Me Why (The Beatles)/The Boy From NYC (The Ad Libs)/Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (Bob Seger)/Domino (Van Morrison)/Soul Man (Sam & Dave)/Wonderful World (Sam Cooke)/Twistin' the Night Away (Sam Cooke)/Hey Tonight (CCR)/You've Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson)/Lucky Girl (Patti Scialfa) featuring Patti/Proud Mary (CCR)/Get Out of Denver (Bob Seger)/Tutti Frutti (Little Richard) with Southside Johnny /Darlington County with Southside Johnny/Glory Days/Twist & Shout//Thunder Road
April 13 Notes: On the setlist but not played were "Shake Rattle & Roll," "Sugar Sugar" (The Archies), and "From Small Things." The soundcheck included "It's Not Unusual" (Tom Jones), and a reggae version of "Sugar Sugar."

April 14 setlist: Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)/Seven Nights to Rock/It Takes Two /Detroit Medley/Tell Him /Green River /Tell Me Why/The Boy From NYC/Ramblin' Gamblin' Man /Happy Birthday (to Max) /Domino - w/ Max Weinberg, through "Darlington"/Soul Man/Ain't Too Proud to Beg (Temptations)/Wonderful World /Twistin' The Night Away /Hey Tonight /You've Really Got a Hold on Me/It's All Over Now (Bobby Womack-Rolling Stones)/Get Out of Denver /Darlington County/Glory Days /Twist & Shout //Thunder Road
April 14 Notes: Max Weinberg guested on drums from "Domino" through "Darlington County." On the setlist but not played: "Hitch Hike" (Marvin Gaye), "Hard Days Night," "Good Times" (Sam Cooke). The latter was played at soundcheck.


January 11 / Mashantucket, CT / Foxwoods Casino
Notes: Celebrating Clarence Clemons' 60th birthday, Springsteen joined CC and his band for four songs (the same four they did together on 9/1/01). B.B. King also joined in on "Glory Days," and they all sang Happy Birthday to the Big Man and even had a cake for the occasion. Seven years since that cake we saw in Blood Brothers...
Setlist: Raise Your Hand/Pink Cadillac/Mustang Sally/Glory Days


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