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