Springsteen Brings 'Wrecking Ball' Tour Home To Jersey For First of 2 Shows (4/3/12 Setlist)

Not a lot of surprises as Bruce brings it all back home...
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Bruce Springsteen New Jersey Night 1 April 3, 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour Set List

Recent setlists from Bruce and the E Street Band have gotten increasingly diverse and adventurous while remaining a means of promoting his new Wrecking Ball CD. I figured the band returning to its famed stomping grounds of New Jersey (wait... you didn't know Springsteen was from Jersey?) would be a catalyst for a night filled with big surprises and audibles galore... and I was wrong.

Now let's not be hasty; there was a tour premiere last night but in recent days he's been dusting off two or three premieres a night. Not last night for the home team. Maybe it's because he's played every song he's ever written at a Garden State venue at one time or another. Maybe he just wasn't feeling. Whatever it was, this set list won't be one of the more memorable.

Prior to the show, a friend suggested this might be the night "Jungleland" comes out. I admitted it was a good hunch but didn't think it likely. It did make me wonder as I followed set list updates throughout the night on Twitter. Alas, I was right (yes, I know, a real Nostradamus) but once again Bruce shocked me with the song he did bring out for the first time this tour: "So Young And In Love" from Tracks. You can thank Bro. Steven Van Zandt for that one as he's reportedly said the second disc of Tracks is his favorite Springsteen album.

Outside of that, we got the return of "Badlands" and "The Promised Land" to the set, "American Skin (41 Shots)" remains in the set, and "Seeds" was revived after a few nights off. I was excited to see "Because The Night" again in the set list. I've just got to hear that one because not only is it among my Springsteen favorites, it's also a Nils Lofgren showcase and Nils is a serious badass.

So there you have it, kids, live from the swamps of Jersey. Maybe he held back the surprises for Night 2 tonight at the same venue. You can bet your ass I'll be following it and we'll touch Indians tomorrow and see what changed and what didn't.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
April 3, 2012, 
E. Rutherford, NJ (Night 1)

  1. We Take Care of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Badlands
  4. Death to My Hometown
  5. My City of Ruins
  6. So Young and In Love
  7. E Street Shuffle
  8. Jack of All Trades
  9. Seeds
  10. Prove It All Night
  11. Easy Money
  12. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
  13. The Promised Land
  14. Apollo Medley
  15. American Skin (41 Shots)
  16. Because the Night
  17. The Rising
  18. We Are Alive
  19. Thunder Road
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  20. Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
  21. Out in the Street
  22. Born to Run
  23. Dancing in the Dark
  24. Land of Hope and Dreams
  25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out