Springsteen Raises A Cain With Fiery Set List in Washington DC (April 1, 2012)

Best set list of the tour so far...
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Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - April 1, 2012 4/1/12 Washington DC

Boys and girls, we have a winner. Bruce Springsteen showered DC with his love and played a (mostly) brilliant set list in our nation's capital and thus my complaining about these set lists takes on a different tone entirely. I'm not going to stop complaining about them- don't be ridiculous. No, instead the complaining will sound a little like this...

That son of a bitch played "Adam Raised A Cain" and I wasn't there to hear it. Yes, I'm bitter. Very, very bitter. That son of a bitch played "The Promise," full band and I wasn't there to hear it. Yes! I'm bitter.

Those two tour premieres were nestled between songs from Wrecking Ball and fan favorites like "Seaside Bar Song," "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?", "Trapped," and "Because The Night." "American Skin (41 Shots) has become a staple of shows on this tour since the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and I doubt it's a coincidence he brought it back out in DC as the entire saga has become the center of national attention.

This, friends, is the point I've been making for years with reviews of shows I've attended and commentaries about set lists for shows I've not. He can do this shit like this every night. He can promote his new album and proudly play his most recent work, perform classics that built his fan base over 40 years, and mix in a healthy dose of rarities, and change things up every night. His catalog of songs is deep enough to do this every night. This is why I still care and why I'm praying he announces a second U.S. leg of this tour. This is why I get so angry when he sleepwalks through a lame, unimaginative, derivative setlist.

Many great songs have already been played in these early shows of the Wrecking Ball world tour but no set list thus far tops tonight. 

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
April 1, 2012, 
Washington DC

  1. We Take Care of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Night
  4. Death to My Hometown
  5. My City Of Ruins
  6. Seaside Bar Song
  7. Does this Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
  8. Jack of All Trades
  9. Trapped
  10. Adam Raised A Cain
  11. Easy Money
  12. She's The One
  13. Waiting on a Sunny Day
  14. The Promise (full band)
  15. Apollo Medley
  16. American Skin
  17. Because The Night
  18. The Rising
  19. We Are Alive
  20. Thunder Road
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  21. Rocky Ground
  22. Out In The Streets
  23. Born to Run
  24. Dancing in the Dark
  25. Land of Hope and Dreams
  26. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out