I watched the Twitter feed tonight as Bruce Springsteen's March 19 show in Greensboro, NC was updated on my timeline and I continued to get angrier and angrier. Scathing, angry thoughts rushed through my head as I prepared to excoriate him. I grabbed my copy of The Bill of Rights and The Federalist Papers from history classes years ago to find any indication that freedoms of speech and expression included the right to bear bricks. Finding no such legal ground to stand on, resignation set in and I didn't know if I was even going to bother. If Bruce doesn't care enough to make these set lists interesting, I'm not going to spend my time night after night after night pointing out all that is wrong with them.
The first 14 songs of the night were the exact same as the Atlanta show. Some of that's understandable as this is the second night of this all new tour but I expect more from Bruce because he can give more.
And then it happened. Bruce reminded me why I care and why I get so frustrated when he does it wrong so often.
It was then I learned that in the slot he planned to play "She's The One" and instead played "Lonesome Day" last night, he gave himself the choice of "Atlantic City" and "Because The Night." I nearly wept. I have never gotten either of those songs and would kill to hear them both.
Given the choice, I give "BTN" the slight edge... I think. Let me be clear: the answer to the question "Atlantic City" or "Because The Night" is always BOTH! I want to get mad at him for not setlisting both but neither is the wrong answer and I appreciate him remembering he wrote these songs, for remembering people want to hear these songs, and in the case of "Atlantic City," perhaps remembering he hasn't played it in a long ass time and it happens to be an ideal fit for the theme of Wrecking Ball- you know, the album he's touring to support!
He opted for "Because The Night" and word from Twitterverse is Nils Lofgren was ON FIRE during the guitar solo. You remember Nils, right? World class guitarist in the E Street Band. Apparently he walked past Bruce in the catering line tonight and Bruce remembered he had a guitarist of immense talent and creativity and decided to give the man something to do tonight. Heaven came down and glory filled my soul. Resting the tired "Lonesome Day" for one night in favor of a classic- that's doing it right.
We then get to the encore and Bruce did it again and by that I mean he got it right! He put away the Feivel costume and played "Rosalita" in the encore. "Rosie" used to be a true rarity. It's become a more frequent part of the set lists but is still a treat and in a battle between it and "American Land," that's Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Rosie wins and that shit ain't even close.
It matters. This is what ignites my soul and makes me reach for my Springsteen records. This is why I love the band and the music.
I have friends attending the Tampa show on Friday, which is next on the docket. I hope and pray the improved set list in Greensboro continues as the band rolls into Florida.
Bruce Springsteen / Greensboro, NC / March 19, 2012
- We Take Care Of Our Own
- Wrecking Ball
- Death To My Hometown
- My City Of Ruins
- E Street Shuffle
- Jack Of All Trades
- Easy Money
- Waiting On A Sunny Day
- The Promised Land
- The Way You Do The Things You Do
- Shackled & Drawn
- Because The Night
- The Rising
- We Are Alive
- Thunder Road
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- Rocky Ground
- Land Of Hopes And Dreams
- Born To Run
- Dancing In The Dark
- Tenth Avenue Freeze Out