Springsteen Has a "Rendezvous" With 'The River' in Buffalo (Setlist April 13, 2012)

Rarities from 'The River' come out in Albany, NY
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Albany, NY Set List Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Tour 4/13/2012

Before we discuss tonight's Springsteen setlist in Albany, NY, I'd like to offer up an open letter to The Boss because this is just the strangest thing ever. I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, but- well, here's my letter and then we'll talk shop.

Dear Bruce Springsteen,

Thank you for eavesdropping on the private conversation I had with 11 today. I only wish the next time you possibly illegally wiretap our phone conversations and decide to heed our advice, you do it prior to a show we're going to end and not one you're going to play in, say, Buffalo.

Love and kisses,

Josh

Okay, if you're wondering what in the name of Vincent Lopez's ass I'm talking about, this is the story and I'm not making it up. 11 and I were on the phone talking about :: wait for it :: Springsteen set lists and as we were talking, I noted a difficult task Bruce does particularly poorly: representing The River in his set lists. It's one of his most important albums, it's a double album, and about the only song he likes to play from it is "Out In The Streets" (aka "OITFS).

The River is a bit of an unwieldy record that feels like two records packaged together more than a double album but there is so much great material on there and since the Reunion Tour, he just won't fucking play any of it. Tonight, we get one of the few semi-regular River songs in "Ramrod," the not often played "The Ties That Bind," and a shocker in "Point Blank." Incidentally and definitely worth noting "Point Blank" was played at my first E Street Band show. There will be a quiz later. "Ramrod" was apparently chosen from a sign from an audience member in honor of drummer Max Weinberg's birthday. Happy birthday, Mighty!

As cool as all that is and it is cool the big shocker tonight is "Rendezvous." It was cut during sessions for Darkness On The Edge Of Town; a live version was released onTracks and now a studio version was recently released on The Promise.

This doesn't top last night's show in Detroit but there were some damn, damn good songs played in tonight's set and it's got me praying Nashville gets added to the second run of N. American tour dates this fall.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Buffalo, NY
April 13, 2012

  1. We Take Care Of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. The Ties That Bind
  4. Death To My Hometown
  5. My City Of Ruins
  6. Rendezvous
  7. Mountain Of Love
  8. Jack Of All Trades
  9. Prove It All Night
  10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
  11. Shackled & Drawn
  12. Waiting On A Sunny Day
  13. The Promised Land
  14. Apollo Medley
  15. Point Blank
  16. American Skin (41 Shots)
  17. The Rising
  18. Lonesome Day
  19. We Are Alive
  20. Thunder Road
  21. Ramrod
  22. Born To Run
  23. Dancing In The Dark
  24. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out