Springsteen Kicks Off 2-Night Stand At New York's MSG On Wrecking Ball Tour (Setlist 4/6/12)

"Lion's Den" and "Murder Inc" get their tour premiere...
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Bruce Springsteen - New York, New York Madison Square Garden Set List April 6, 2012

I'm a couple days late talking about the set list of for the first show of a 2-night stand for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band as they bring their Wrecking Ball World Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden because I was in Atlanta watching Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds while this show was going on. The second night will be tomorrow, as the band takes off a couple days for Easter.

So, what do we have here? The tour premiere of "Murder Incorporated" and "Lion's Den" and the return to the set of "Shackled & Drawn." Okay. Well. You know, that's... something. It has to be tough to find ways to surprise New Jersey, New York, and Philly when you've spent so many nights playing there. Of course it helps to have a 40-year career with a catalog among the greatest in music history.

I guess I'm being jaded as I skim the list here because it all has a very been there, done that feel to it. This is one of those nights I'm sure was better than its setlist. "Lion's Den" isn't one I'd have expected to surface on this tour and it's good to see Bruce digging deeper but some songs should stay rare for a reason. It should also be mentioned "Kitty's Back" was back in the encore, a great song that doesn't get played often enough.

I'm a little burned out on "Murder Incorporated" and "Out In The Street" and I can't begin to tell you how tired of "Lonesome Day" I am (but Bruce is going to insist I keep trying) but they're pretty good songs. What this set list seems to do more than anything is reinforce the notion you're usually better off seeing Bruce on the second night of a multi-night stand.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
April 6, 2012

  1. Badlands
  2. We Take Care of Our Own
  3. Wrecking Ball
  4. Out in the Street
  5. Death to My Hometown
  6. My City of Ruins
  7. Murder Incorporated
  8. Johnny 99
  9. Jack of All Trades
  10. Shackled & Drawn
  11. Lion's Den
  12. Easy Money
  13. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
  14. The Promised Land
  15. Apollo Medley
  16. American Skin (41 Shots)
  17. Lonesome Day
  18. The Rising
  19. We Are Alive
  20. Thunder Road
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  21. Rocky Ground
  22. Kitty's Back
  23. Born to Run
  24. Dancing in the Dark
  25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out