Bruce Springsteen Setlist in Cologne, Germany, May 27, 2012: You Asked For It?

Someone should go to jail for this...
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Bruce Springsteen - Cologne, Germany, May 27, 2012 Setlist Wrecking Ball TourIt had to end some time, didn't it?

These setlists have gotten long, epic, and filled with good time rockers and a few surprises. There was nowhere to go but down after a great show in Frankfurt on this Wrecking Ball tour and we found the brickwall in Cologne, Germany tonight.

I'm going to dish out plenty of blame for Bruce for this but we're going to start with the real enemy: BruceFan. With great power comes great responsibility, something BruceFan fails to grasp at nearly every turn. These sign requests were a golden opportunity to goad Springsteen into playing songs he forgets because he's stupid or stubbornly refuses to play because he hates us.

The part of the equation we forgot is too many BruceFans are also stupid and that's how you get some dumbass dragging a giant piece of posterboard with "American Land" written on it. This is why those of us who use our nostrils for respiration can't have nice things. Of course that's the sign he picked! Of course he played it!

If I'd seen that dipshit carrying that sign into the stadium, I'd have put a stop to it and can you believe the cops would have put me in jail? In a civilized world, I'd show the cops the sign and they'd pull out their billy clubs and continue administering the assbeating I initiated, but no. They'd arrest me so instead I have to listen to "There Are No Cats In America and the streets are paved with cheese" instead of, you know, "Zero & Blind Terry" or "Racing In The Streets."

Now it's time to yell at Bruce for the rest of this setlist and the counts on his indictment begin with song one, "No Surrender." He thought I'd let him get away with "Darlington County" if he played a little of the Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" in the intro and he thought wrong. Add another count to the indictment. "Working On The Highway" is never acceptable. Felony. I'm beside myself. I can believe it but I can't permit it.

In spite of the carnage, he did manage to put a few good ones in over the course of 29-songs because he's got too many great songs to completely go over the ledge (I think). We get "Atlantic City" and "Spirit In The Night." We get "Radio Nowhere" and "Night."

This is your Cologne, Germany setlist and you are welcome to it…

1. No Surrender
2. Two Hearts
3. We Take Care of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. The Ties That Bind (sign request)
6. Death to My Hometown
7. My City of Ruins
8. Spirit in the Night
9. The E Street Shuffle
10. Jack of All Trades
11. Atlantic City
12. Darlington County [w/ "Honky Tonk Women" intro]
13. Night
14. Working on the Highway
15. Shackled and Drawn
16. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
17. Apollo Medley
18. The River
19. The Rising
20. Radio Nowhere
21. We Are Alive
22. Land of Hope and Dreams

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23. Born in the U.S.A.
24. Born to Run
25. Hungry Heart
26. Seven Nights to Rock
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. American Land (sign request)
29. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out