Bruce Springsteen: The Southland Music Line Follows The Boss To Australia & New Zealand

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“I saw my rock ‘n’ roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.”
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Those famous words stated by rock critic Jon Landau appeared in a 1974 “The Real Paper” article. (Landau, who would eventually work alongside Springsteen co-producing a number of his albums also began managing The Boss in 1978). In his article, Landau described the anxiety he had been experiencing and how it had all been lifted by the time Springsteen left the stage on a particular night in 1974.
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BRUCEBruce Springsteen in Australia 2017

 In the Seventies, Springsteen released some of rock’s most iconic albums like “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”, “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle”, “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town”.
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.Bruce’s legendary series of concerts at The Bottom Line in 1975, which were broadcast live on New York City’s WNEW-FM, have been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll History. These memorable shows and albums helped lay the groundwork for one rock’s most enduring and accomplished music artists.
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My introduction to Bruce came when, as a young boy, I thumbed through record albums at a Ben Franklin 5 & 10 store in Lander, Wyoming. Just from the distinctive outer cover of “Born to Run”, I knew something special was waiting for me on the inside.
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8127ICDt45L._SL1500_The album that changed everything for a young boy thumbing through the record bin at a Ben Franklin 5 & Dime Store in Lander, Wyoming in the mid-seventies.

 As the 1980’s arrived, my admiration for the music of Bruce Springsteen was cemented on a personal level. He can easily be likened as my Beatles, Elvis and Sinatra. The release of “The River”, “Nebraska”, “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Live: 1975-85” and “Tunnel of Love” shaped my strong connection to music and provided continued inspiration that has been a major part of my life to the present day. Whether it be the record bins of the small discount store in Wyoming or the big city two-level record store in Brooklyn Heights, New York where I eagerly purchased 1987’s “Tunnel of Love” on the day of its release, that same feeling still exists when it comes to the most exciting and, at times, powerful music I have ever heard.

When asked to travel to Australia and New Zealand for Springsteen’s tour in early 2017, it took little time for me to decide to join the pilgrimage down under and follow my rock and roll hero. Following the highly successful 2016 Tour, which was the top money grossing tour of the year ($268.3 million), I quickly prepared for what would be one of my greatest music adventures.

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PhotoGrid_1484039586080Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band toured Australia and New Zealand for 14 dates during January and February, 2017.

 Bruce Springsteen has had a long and enduring career with many amazing accomplishments. Along with The Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna, he ranks as one of the four all-time top money earning concert performers. He is #3 on the list of music artists with the most number one albums (he has 11). The only rock artist with more number one albums are The Beatles. Since 1974, Springsteen has released more than 70 singles and has had a chart topping album in every decade since his first in 1980, “The River.”
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1984’s “Born in the U.S.A. sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It was the #1 album of 1985 and remained in the Billboard’s Album Top Ten from 1984 to early 1986 while producing a record tying seven top ten singles. 1986’s “Live: 1975-85” was the first boxed set to top Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. For a rock and roll guy from New Jersey who was once a basic unknown musician appearing simultaneously on the covers of “Time” and “Newsweek” in 1975, Bruce Springsteen rose to iconic levels within a few short years.

To further grasp the level of Springsteen’s monumental success, his many accolades include 20 Grammy Awards and 49 nominations, the second most wins by any rock artist. Only U2 has won more, at 22 Grammys. He also earned 2 Golden Globes and 1 Oscar. Springsteen was inducted into both The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999. Other notable honors: named a Kennedy Center Honor Recipient in 2009, MusiCares Person of the Year in 2013 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. (The E Street Band was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014).
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1460240_10152015771179493_83042725_nBruce Springsteen’s signature plaque at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. (photo by J. Cole) Springsteen was inducted in 1999.

In late 2016 following the conclusion of his successful tour and a number of monumental record-setting 4 hour plus shows, Springsteen’s much awaited self-penned book “Born to Run” entered at #1 on the best-seller list. In his recent best-selling memoir, Bruce Springsteen stated that his music is emotionally biographical.
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Yes, he is “The Boss” and can firmly be placed among the all-time greats.
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From the very beginning, each album has driven him to push himself to new heights as a songwriter. His catalog of music has touched on an array of subjects: love, loss, hope, dreams, passion and escape. Those of us who actually “get it” have a lasting bond with those stories, characters, ideas and dreams that relate to us through his songs. 
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Attending a show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is the ultimate experience for any concert goer. I have seen a who’s who list of performers in my 50-plus years of life and countless amazing shows since my first concert (Elvis Presley in Mobile, AL on Wednesday, June 20, 1973), but an E Street Band show has a place within its very own stratosphere. Each show is different from the previous one, yet with the same dramatic ascent to its climatic ending. I personally liken each show to a retelling of a great movie, but done so with an intriguing difference each night. It’s not just a guy and a band playing their greatest hits. It’s a 3 1/2 to 4 hour spellbinding journey that delivers something special night after night – a rock & roll church revival, a circus, the world’s largest family gathering and above all, deliverance. 
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banner bruce perthBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band kicked off the Summer Tour 2017 with three shows in Perth, Western Australia.

During the Australia/New Zealand Tour, Bruce performed a combined total of 92 different songs at 14 separate shows. No one ever sits down and virtually every song is sung along by every single soul in attendance – proof of why his popularity is so long-lasting.

 His ability to tackle life events goes without saying, too.  Following the horrific occurrences of 9/11, Springsteen released “The Rising” as a testament to the loss and unity that not only Americans felt, but the world as a whole. The song “My City of Ruins” was also used by several media outlets in New Zealand following the disastrous earthquake of 2011. Springsteen has lent his voice to various causes since the 1970s including No Nukes, USA for Africa, Amnesty International and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, he provided one of the most soul stirring moments at the first New Orleans Jazz Festival since the deadly storm.
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00bruceBruce Springsteen in Perth, Western Australia – 2017 (J.Cole)

 Yes, Bruce Springsteen is known to speak what he honestly believes. Whether fans agree or disagree with his various stances on politics or cultural debate, most accept his right to speak accordingly. At the same time, he respects the beliefs of others. In our modern times, anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account usually feels free to say anything to their captive social media audience. Springsteen, occasionally does the same but to an audience of fans who often see Bruce as “one of them” regardless of agreement on politics.
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Sadly, some are willing to accept what has been spread by the very same media many criticize when not fitting their point of view. An example of this happened in Melbourne, Australia after the widespread news that U.S. President Donald Trump supposedly hung up on the Prime Minister of Australia, a story that has since been debunked. One evening shortly after the story aired, Bruce entered the stage and with a tongue in cheek manner stated the following: “We stand before you, embarrassed Americans tonight.” He then introduced a ’60s pop tune, “Don’t Hang Up” by a group called the Orlons. Before breaking into song he concluded by saying “We’re gonna use this to send a letter back home.” The crowd got the joke pretty quickly and understood his touch of humor. Although several interpreted his comments wrongly and voiced dislike, Bruce was in no way speaking abusively of his American home. Following the intro and song, Bruce put on another amazing show, giving all in attendance something to come together and embrace.
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Screenshot_20170129-223518Bruce Springsteen – Australia/New Zealand Summer Tour 2017

 Personally, I respect a person’s right to voice an opinion whether it be on social media or in front of an audience if it is not done with hate. Agreeing or disagreeing is just a part of who we all are as members of the human race.
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 With each passing year, we see less classic music greats with us. Who will be the heirs apparent to that title? Will there ever be another Jagger and Richards, Lennon and McCartney, Neil Young, David Bowie, Pete Townshend or Eric Clapton? Will there ever be another “Boss?” The world of today’s music is often filled with temporary pretenders to the throne and the outlook sometimes seems bleak. My advice is to make every attempt to attend shows by the remaining rock and roll legends still with us. The hunger for seeing these icons is evident as witnessed by the success of last year’s Desert Trip concert which featured The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. The mega-success of Springsteen’s 2016 Tour, the enthusiasm for the upcoming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40 Anniversary Tour and other tours by classic artists give further realization of their treasured existence.

I must add, attending a show by Bruce is something one must experience – a trip through the Badlands and into the Promised Land.
Heroes come from all sources and Bruce has always been that Rock and Roll Hero to so many of us. In truth, he is just a man and his songs who has given us years of some the greatest music of a lifetime.  He is a modern day poet who just happens to put on the world’s greatest rock and roll show on planet earth.
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My words to Bruce are a simple, heartfelt, “Thank you!”
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1376380_10151992237219493_596973616_nJohnny Cole on the Boardwalk across from The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. (2014)

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 THE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SUMMER TOUR 2017:

Some Tour Facts –

> 14 Shows were performed during the Australia/New Zealand Summer Tour 2017.
> Nearly $40 Million grossed.
> 262, 000 attended.
> 92 different songs were performed from Bruce’s catalog of songs and covers.

* Springsteen has grossed over $102 million in Australia and New Zealand on the three tours that have visited the continent during the past five years. More than 686,000 tickets were sold for 37 shows.

The following was taken from several notes during tour.

Show #1Sun. Jan. 22 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Lonesome Day/ Darkness on the Edge of Town /

No Surrender / Out in the Street / Land of Hope and Dreams (with “People Get Ready” outro) /
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? /
Growin’ Up / Spirit in the Night / Lost in the Flood /
Kitty’s Back / Incident on 57th Street /
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) / The Ties That Bind /
Darlington County / Working on the Highway / The Promised Land /
American Skin (41 Shots) /
My Hometown / Candy’s Room  / She’s the One / Because the Night /
The Rising / Badlands
Encore: Blood Brothers (acoustic) / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean

* Personal Hightlights: The first of the three shows in Perth featured one of his best setlists of the tour.

* Sign Request: Blood Brothers (first time performed since 2008)

* Opening Act: None

Show #2 – Wed. Jan. 25 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Prove It All Night / My Love Will Not Let You Down /
Two Hearts / Wrecking Ball / Out in the Street / Hungry Heart / My City of Ruins /
Mary’s Place / Atlantic City / Johnny 99 / Murder Incorporated /Death to My Hometown /
The River / Downbound Train / I’m on Fire / Because the Night / The Rising /
Badlands / Thunder Road
Encore: Jungleland / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

* Personal Hightlights: Bruce was at the top of his game on night #2. One of my most memorable Springsteen shows of the tour. Several hightlights including his performances of  “Atlantic City”, “Johnny 99” and one of my personal favorites, “Downbound Train”.

* Tour debuts: (16) “Prove it All Night”, “My Love Will Not Let You Down”, “Two Hearts”, “Wrecking Ball”,
“Hungry Heart”, “My City of Ruins”, “Mary’s Place”, “Atlantic City”, “Johnny 99”, “Murder Incorporated”,
“Death to My Hometown”, “The River”, “Downbound Train”, “I’m on Fire”, “Thunder Road” and
“Jungleland”

* Sign Request: None

* Opening Act: None

Show #3Fri. Jan. 27 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia (AU)

Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Night /It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City /
Cover Me / Radio Nowhere / Glory Days / Hungry Heart / The River / Youngstown /
Murder Incorporated /Johnny 99 / Ramrod / You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) /
Death to My Hometown / Drive All Night / I’m Goin’ Down / Because the Night / The Rising /
Badlands / Land of Hope and Dreams
Encore: Backstreets / Born to Run / Seven Nights to Rock / Dancing in the Dark  /
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out / Shout / Bobby Jean

* Personal Hightlights: Another phenomenal beginning to a show with “New York City Serenade” (with strings), “Night”,  and “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”.

* Tour debuts: (12) Night”, “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”,Cover Me”, “Radio Nowhere”, Glory Days”,“Youngstown”, “Ramrod”, “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)”, “Drive All Night”,
“I’m Goin’ Down”,
“Backstreets” and “Seven Nights to Rock”

* Sign Request: None

* Opening Act: None

Show #4 – Mon. Jan. 30 at Adelaide Entertainment Center / Adelaide, Southern Australia (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade / American Land / The Ties That Bind / No Surrender /
Land of Hope and Dreams / Trapped / Spirit in the Night / Glory Days / Hungry Heart /
Wrecking Ball / Youngstown / Something in the Night / Darlington County / Brown Eyed Girl /
Murder Incorporated / Death to My Hometown / Racing in the Street / Because the Night /
She’s the One / The Rising  / Badlands / Thunder Road
Encore:  If I Should Fall Behind (acoustic) / Born to Run /Dancing in the Dark /
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (with Richie Sambora) / Shout (with Richie Sambora) / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

* Personal Hightlights: The tour debut of “Trapped”, the acoustic solo performance of “If I Should Fall Behind” and Richie Sambora (formerly of Bon Jovi) joining the band on “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Shout”.

* Tour debuts: (6) American Land”, “Trapped”, Something in the Night”, “Brown Eyed Girl”,
“Racing in the Street”, “If I Should Fall Behind”

* Sign Request: “She’s the One”

* Opening Act: None

Show #5 – Thur. Feb. 2 at AAMI Park / Melbourne, Victoria (AU)
Setlist:
Don’t Hang Up (solo acoustic) / American Land / The Ties That Bind / No Surrender /

Two Hearts  / The Promised Land / Glory Days / Hungry Heart / Wrecking Ball /
New York City Serenade / Atlantic City / Johnny 99  / Murder Incorporated / Death to My Hometown /
The River / Mary’s Place  / Darlington County / Working on the Highway  / I’m on Fire /
Because the Night / The Rising / Badlands / Land of Hope and Dreams
(with “People Get Ready” outro)

Encore: Long Walk Home (solo acoustic) / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark /
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out / Shout / Twist and Shout

* Personal Hightlights: The solo acoustic version of  “Long Walk Home”

* Tour debuts: (3) “Don’t Hang Up”, “Long Walk Home” and “Twist and Shout”

* Sign Request: None

* Opening Act: Jet

Show #6 – Sat. Feb. 4 at AAMI Park / Melbourne, Victoria (AU)
Setlist: American Land / Lonesome Day / My Love Will Not Let You Down / Out in the Street /
Sherry Darling / Hungry Heart / Glory Days / This Hard Land / New York City Serenade (with strings) /
Prove It All Night (’78 intro) / Trapped / Youngstown / Cover Me / Death to My Hometown /
My City of Ruins / Cadillac Ranch / I’m Goin’ Down / Waitin’ on a Sunny Day /
Because the Night / Badlands / Thunder Road
Encore: Born to Run / Seven Nights to Rock / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Twist and Shout

* Personal Hightlights: A solid show from the start to its climatic ending with fireworks.


* Tour debuts: (4) “Sherry Darling”, “This Hard Land”, “Cadillac Ranch” and “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”

* Sign Request(s): “Sherry Darling” and “This Hard Land”

* Opening Acts: Diesel, Jet

Show #7 – Tues. Feb. 7 at Qudos Bank Arena / Sydney, New South Wales (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / American Land / The Ties That Bind /
No Surrender / Out in the Street / My Love Will Not Let You Down / Hungry Heart /
Long Tall Sally / Wrecking Ball / Darkness on the Edge of Town / American Skin (41 Shots) /
Youngstown / The Promised Land / Mary’s Place / Candy’s Room / She’s the One /
Downbound Train  / I’m on Fire / Because the Night / The Rising / Badlands / Thunder Road
Encore: Jungleland / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean

* Personal Hightlights: A moving performance of “The Rising”.

* Tour debuts: (1) “Long Tall Sally”

* Sign Request(s): “My Love Will Not Let You Down”, “Hungry Heart” and “Long Tall Sally”

* Opening Act: None

Show #8 – Thur. Feb. 9 at Qudos Bank Arena / Sydney, New South Wales (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Lonesome Day / The Ties That Bind /
No Surrender / My Love Will Not Let You Down / Spirit in the Night / Out in the Street /
Hungry Heart / Death to My Hometown / Adam Raised a Cain / The River /
Youngstown / The Promised Land / Rendezvous / Be True / Working on the Highway /
Because the Night / The Rising / Badlands / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Encore: Born to Run / Detroit Medley / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean / Thunder Road (acoustic)

Personal Hightlights: An amazing solo acoustic version of “Thunder Road” at the end of the show.

* Tour debuts: (4) “Adam Raised a Cain”, “Rendezvous”,  “Be Trueand “Detroit Medley”

* Sign Request: “Adam Raised a Cain”

* Opening Act: None

Show #9 – Sat. Feb. 11 at Hanging Rock / Mount Macedon, Victoria (AU)
Setlist: The Promised Land (acoustic) / American Land / Badlands / Out in the Street /
Two Hearts / Growin’ Up / Blinded By the Light / Spirit in the Night / I’m Goin’ Down /
Hungry Heart / Wrecking Ball / The River / Youngstown / Johnny 99 /
Working on the Highway / Glory Days / Because the Night / The Rising / Rosalita
(Come Out Tonight)

Encore: Jungleland / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean / Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

Personal Hightlights:  Nils’ guitar on “Because the Night”, another very spiritual version of “The Rising” and “Rosalita” (the perfect song before the night’s encore).

* Tour debuts: (1) “Blinded by the Light”

* Sign Request(s): “Growin’ Up”, “Blinded by the Light”, “Spirit in the Night”, “I’m Goin’ Down” and “Jungleland”

* Opening Acts: Diesel, Jet

Show #10 – Tues. Feb. 14 at Brisbane Entertainment Ctr. / Brisbane, Queensland (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Lucky Town / Janey Don’t You Lose Heart /
Rendezvous / Be True / Back in Your Arms / Better Days / The Ties That Bind /
Out in the Street / Hungry Heart / Wrecking Ball / Leap of Faith / The River /
Youngstown / Candy’s Room / She’s the One / Because the Night / The Rising /
Badlands / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Encore: Secret Garden / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean

*Personal Hightlights:  A show complete with rarities and tour premieres was one of my favorites of the tour. The 80’s classic “The River” never sounded better, too.


* Tour debuts: (6) “Lucky Town”, “Janey Don’t Lose Your Heart”, “Back in Your Arms”, “Better Days”, “Leap of Faith” and “Secret Garden”

* Sign Request(s): “Janey Don’t Lose Your Heart”, “Back in Your Arms” and “Better Days”

* Opening Act: None

Show #11 – Thur. Feb. 16 at Brisbane Entertainment Ctr. / Brisbane, Queensland (AU)
Setlist: New York City Serenade (with strings) / Working on a Dream / Roll of the Dice / Jole Blon /
Long Time Comin’ / Growin’ Up / Out in the Street / No Surrender / Hungry Heart /
Mary’s Place / Fire / Follow That Dream / The River / American Skin (41 Shots) /
The Promised Land / Downbound Train / I’m on Fire  / Because the Night / She’s the One /
Badlands / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Encore: Jungleland / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out  /
Shout / Thunder Road

*Personal Hightlights: This one will likely be remembered for the young teenage boy who joined Bruce on stage for a performance of “Growin’ Up”.


* Tour debuts: (6) “Working on a Dream”, “Roll of the Dice”, “Jole Blon”, “Long Time Comin'”, “Fire” and “Follow That Dream”

* Sign Request(s): “No Surrender”, “Mary’s Place” and “Jungleland” (a fan request)

* Opening Act: None

Show #12 – Sat. Feb. 18 at Hope Estate Winery / Hunter Valley, New South Wales (AU)
Setlist: Who’ll Stop the Rain  / Badlands / Out in the Street / I Fought the Law / Jole Blon

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day / I’m Goin’ Down / Hungry Heart / Mary’s Place / None But the Brave /
Wrecking Ball / You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) / Death to My Hometown
The River / Youngstown / The Promised Land / Working on the Highway / Glory Days /
Darlington County / Because the Night / The Rising  / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Encore: No Surrender / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean / Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

* Personal Hightlights:  Following a storm, Bruce opened show with the Creedence song “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and later performed the requested rarity “None But the Brave”.


* Tour debuts: (3) “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, “I Fought The Law” and “None But The Brave”

* Sign Request: “I Fought the Law”, “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” “None But the Brave” and “No Surrender”

* Opening Acts: Diesel, Jet

Show #13 – Tues. Feb. 21 at AMI Stadium / Christchurch, New Zealand
Setlist: No Surrender / Sherry Darling / It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City / Jole Blon /

Out in the Street / Spirit in the Night / Hungry Heart / My City of Ruins / Mary’s Place /
Radio Nowhere / Prove It All Night / Darkness on the Edge of Town / The River /
Youngstown / The Promised Land / Working on the Highway / Glory Days / Because the Night /
The Rising / Badlands / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Encore: My Hometown / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean / Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

* Personal Hightlights:  This show was performed on the anniversary eve of the devastating earthquake of 2011. Following the event, several New Zealand media outlets used Springsteen’s song “My City of Ruins” from his album “The Rising” as an anthem towards recovery. No other night on this tour had more meaning.  Christchurch showed up in a big way for this show – it truly was an event! Of course, “My City of Ruins” was captivating and moving. Bruce opened show with “No Surrender” and closed with a solo acoustic performance of “Thunder Road”.


* Tour debuts: None

* Sign Request(s): “Sherry Darling”, “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” and “Radio Nowhere”

* Opening Acts: Marlon Williams & The Yarro Benders, Jet

Show #14 – Sat. Feb. 25 at Mt. Smart Stadium / Auckland, New Zealand
Setlist: Darlington County / Working on the Highway / Glory Days / Johnny 99 /

Prove It All Night / My Love Will Not Let You Down / Out in the Street / Hungry Heart /
My City of Ruins / Wrecking Ball / The River / Youngstown / American Skin (41 Shots) /
The Promised Land / Candy’s Room / Because the Night / The Rising / Badlands / Rosalita
(Come Out Tonight)

Encore: Backstreets / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out /
Shout / Bobby Jean / Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

* Personal Hightlights: I am simply at a loss for words – such an emotional ending.

* Tour debuts: None

* Sign Request: None

* Opening Acts: Marlon Williams & The Yarro Benders, Jet

Acknowledgements:
Thank you to everyone who made the trip “down under” a memorable experience. I am forever grateful to several people, especially my wife, Lauri.  I also would like to thank Cindy Thamert and Brenda Germany for assisting with this article.

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