Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Etihad Stadium, Manchester 25th May 2016

May 29, 2016


In 1981 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band toured Europe, with 16 dates in the UK, in support of The River, which had been released the previous October.
Now, thirty years later, they’re back playing 4 UK dates following the release last December of The Ties That Bind, a four CD/three DVD collection that puts together a remastered version of the original album, a version of the planned single album and 22 outtakes and alternative versions.

The show starts at 7.50 pm, as I scramble to my seat following traffic hold ups and a ticket mix up. It ends 3 hours 15 minutes later. As with every Springsteen show I’ve seen I would have been happy for it to have been longer! The E Street Band, cut back to the core line up plus a violinist, are tremendous musicians and bass player Garry W Tallent gets my vote as the coolest man in rock. Everyone should see Bruce Springsteen at least once in their lives.

Set List: Atlantic City; Murder Incorporated; Badlands; The Ties That Bind; Sherry Darling; Two Hearts; No Surrender; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; Hungry Heart; Out in the Street; Darkness on the Edge of Town; Crush on You; You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch); I Wanna Marry You; The River; Point Blank; Johnny 99; Darlington County; Working on the Highway; The Promised Land; Waitin’ on a Sunny Day; Because the Night; The Rising; Thunder Road

Encore: Backstreets; Born to Run; Glory Days; Dancing in the Dark; Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out; Shout; Bobby Jean; This Hard Land

June 2012

July 8, 2012

22 June – If I ever wondered why I love going to see live music, I don’t by the way, then a show like Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band would provide the answer.  This is powerful, life affirming stuff. The band play a three and a half set that never flags and doesn’t seem a minute too long. That takes some doing. I’ve been to see acts I really like and ended up praying for them to finish after a couple of hours.

With a back catalogue like his it must be difficult to select a playlist, especially given that some material from the current album has to be included. I was in luck tonight as he played probably my favourite Springsteen song – Bobby Jean.

The Boss and his band can’t come around again quickly enough for me!

Set List: Badlands; No Surrender; We Take Care of Our Own; Wrecking Ball; Death to My Hometown; My City of Ruins; Spirit in the Night; The E Street Shuffle; Jack of All Trades; Atlantic City; Prove It All Night; Two Hearts; You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch); Darlington County; Shackled and Drawn; Waitin’ on a Sunny Day; Save My Love; The Promise; The River; The Rising; Out in the Street; Land of Hope and Dreams.

Encore: We Are Alive; Thunder Road; Born to Run; Bobby Jean; Cadillac Ranch; Dancing in the Dark; Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out; Twist And Shout.