Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Levon Helm in Newark, NJ Setlist May 2, 2012

The rarities come out as the Wrecking Ball Tour comes to an end...
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Bruce Springsteen - Newark, NJ - 5/2/2012 - May 2, 2012 - Set List - Wrecking Ball Tour
Hells holy acre, boys and girls, the last show of the first leg of Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball World Tour was a barnburner that rivals the Masterpiece in Motown and just might take the title as the set of the first leg.

I wouldn't have believed something like this would be possible when he opened with "No Surrender." I might have been tempted to leave right then and there- but I wouldn't have because even when I get discouraged and disgruntled, I still have the faith in Bruce. Tonight, faith was rewarded.

"Bishop Danced" is a Springsteen rarity first officially released on Tracks box set going back to the early, early days of his career. The song was only played one or two times back in the '70s and it came out tonight to the delight of fans. There aren't many rarer songs in his catalog and some of the guys who've been in the E Street Band for ages have never played it.

How do you follow that up? Why not play the tour premiere of "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" from his 1973 debut Greetings From Asbury Park? That 1-2 punch right there is as exciting, shocking, and exhilarating as anything he's done on this tour. I'm not saying "Bishop" and "Saint" are my favorites but they're great tunes and give me up for a performance of "Zero & Blind Terry." Okay, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away with that but this is still an amazing and stunning bit of rarity action.

Also played in the main set tonight were "Candy's Room," a song like more than the two mentioned above that is only slightly more often played, and "Talk To Me." The main set ended with the predictable run of songs from this leg of the tour and I do wish he'd shake that up but holy shit: "Bishop," "Saint," "Candy," and "Talk."

Now here's where things get really wild. Bruce and the band paid tribute to the late Levon Helm by opening the encore with a performance of The Band's classic "The Weight." I hope Camp Springsteen puts this on YouTube for us all to share in because I get goosebumps thinking about it. I know I've taken Bruce to task for playing covers when he could be playing his own songs and I've taken stick from some of you for doing it. Here's the thing: I don't have a problem with him doing occasional good covers. This is a great cover and a timely one. It's also the kind of song I can imagine the E Street Band truly dominating.

A very good friend of mine was in Newark for this show and jealousy is a terrible thing but I think she'll forgive me for being shades of green never before seen by the naked eye.

  1. No Surrender
  2. We Take Care of Our Own
  3. Wrecking Ball
  4. Badlands
  5. Death to My Hometown
  6. My City of Ruins
  7. Bishop Danced
  8. Hard To Be A Saint In The City
  9. Jack of All Trades
  10. Candy's Room
  11. She's The One
  12. Shackled & Drawn
  13. Waitin' On a Sunny Day 
  14. The Promised Land
  15. Talk to Me
  16. Apollo Medley
  17. The Rising
  18. Lonesome Day
  19. We Are Alive
  20. Land Of Hopes And Dreams
  21. The Weight
  22. Rocky Ground
  23. Born To Run
  24. Dancing In The Dark
  25. Rosalita
  26. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out