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Bruce Springsteen summer 2012 concerts – Playlist

Based on setlists from all “Wrecking Ball Tour” shows, and considering the latest trends, I’ve put up a list of songs and their estimated probability to get played in the coming concerts. I’ve also created a spotify playlist.

This is off course estimates and Bruce alters his setlist for every concert. But some songs have been played in every concert this tour thus far, and many have gotten relative many plays. My aim is to hit over 80% on the 2 coming show in Bergen, Norway (July 23/24).

  • I will limit my playlist to 35 songs, and the list might change on every update.
  • playlist expanded to include 46 songs – on july 20
  • playlist expanded to include 47 songs – on july 22
  • I will update after each show

Check JV’s posts about the concerts in Bergen:

Bergen Concert 1 – July 23

Bergen Concert 2 – July 24

Update12 – July 26

Numbers not updated… only setlist score. Bergen concerts were my goal. No updates will follow. We have to focus on the upcoming “øyafestivalen” in Oslo in 1,5 weeks 🙂 Both JV’s will attend all 4 days.

  • July 23 / Bergenhus Festning-Koengen / Bergen, NORWAY
  • 29 Songs
  • Setlist/playlist score – 21/29 – ~72%
  • July 24 / Bergenhus Festning-Koengen / Bergen, NORWAY
  • 31 Songs
  • Setlist/playlist score – 20/31 – ~65%



in parenthesis – the number of plays from july 4 Paris & onward…

~100% certain:
  • Wrecking Ball     (10/10)
  • Death to My Hometown     (10/10)
  • My City of Ruins     (10/10)
  • Waitin’ on a Sunny Day     (10/10)
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out     (9/10)
~90% certain:
  • Badlands     (9/10)
  • We Take Care of Our Own     (9/10)
  • Jack of All Trades     (8/10)
  • Born To Run     (10/10)
  • Dancing In The Dark     (10/10)
  • The Rising     (9/10)
  • We Are Alive     (8/10)
  • Spirit In The Night  (10/10)
  • The River  (8/10)
  • Land of Hope and Dreams     (10/10)
  • Born In The U.S.A.   (9/10)
  • Working on the Highway    (8/10)
~50-80% certain:
  • Glory Days     (6/10)
  • Out In The Street     (5/10)
  • Because the Night     (7/10)
  • Shackled and Drawn     (6/10)
  • Seven Nights To Rock      (6/10)
  • Twist & Shout     (7/10) 
Fair Chance:
  • Thunder Road     (3/10)
  • The Promised Land     (4/10)
  • Two Hearts     (4/10)
  • No Surrender       (4/10)
  • Easy Money    (4/10)
  • Darlington County      (4/10)
  • Raise Your Hand     (4/10)
  • The Ties That Bind    (3/10)
  • Johnny 99  (4/10)
  • She’s the One     (3/10)
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad     (2/10)
  • Hungry Heart      (3/10)
  • American Land   (3/10)
  • This Hard Land  (2/10)
  • Empty Sky  (2/10)
  • Apollo Medley     (2/10)
  • The E Street Shuffle    (2/10)
  • Prove It All Night    (3/10)
  • Darkness On The Edge of Town     (2/10)
  • Youngstown     (1/10)
  • Atlantic City      (2/10)
  • Trapped     (2/10)
  • Rocky Ground    (2/10)
  • Bobby Jean ( 2/10)
  • Something in the Night (2/10)
… and there will always be surprises and the odd “tour premier”.

Check out the facts: Wrecking Ball Tour stats

Spotify playlist:

Here is a gem… The full Milano (june 7) concert from youtube:


For setlists & comments – European leg part2:

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Bruce Springsteen – Bergen Show1 – July 23

Fantastic Bruce show… as expected.

But I have a very strong feeling that tonight’s show will be even better (and longer)….

Here are my “votes”:

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Hallgeir will update this post with his comments & some pictures tomorrow.


Well, so how do I do this?

Bruce Springsteen concerts are something else, always good, often great. The concert was a 6 out of 6, but it was very “showy” and vey 80’s oriented, nothing wrong with that, but I miss a few songs…

The show was fantastic (as expected) and very Born in the USA bent (7 songs!) Bruce flirted with the audience, it was a great show for the casual fan. Actually it was a great show for any one, Bruce and the band were in great form

My top 10 songs of the evening:

1. Thunder Road
2. Promised LAnd
3. For You (Egil clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about ;))
4. Because the night
5. Born to Run
6. Badlands
7. The River
8. Atlantic City
9. Spirit in the night
10. Born in the USA (what an Anthem this is!)

– Hallgeir

All photos by me (Hallgeir):

Because the Night solo:


Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball tour – song statistics

Wikipedia -> Wrecking Ball Tour

JV will be attending 3 shows of Bruce’s Wrecking Ball Tour (the 3 shows in Norway). Setlist statistics are an important part of our warm-up to such important  concerts.

We will update this post regularly…

Update July 22

check playlist post for comments:

Bruce Springsteen summer 2012 concerts – Playlist


In the list right now… some songs are [Bold], which means “new” & HOT (frequent played since Europe leg started)


Songs based on the 50 first shows (Apollo & Austin included):

  • Wrecking Ball     50
  • Death to My Hometown     50
  • My City of Ruins     50
  • Waitin’ on a Sunny Day    50
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out     49
  • Dancing In The Dark     49
  • We Take Care of Our Own    48
  • Born To Run     48
  • Jack of All Trades     46
  • The Rising     46
  • We Are Alive     44
  • Badlands     43
  • Land of Hope and Dreams     36
  • Shackled and Drawn     33
  • Rocky Ground     34
  • The Promised Land     32
  • Thunder Road     29
  • Apollo Medley     27
  • Spirit In The Night    26
  • Out In The Street     23
  • The River    24
  • Born In The U.S.A.    24
  • Working on the Highway     21
  • Because the Night     20
  • Lonesome Day     19
  • She’s the One      18
  • Easy Money     17
  • The E Street Shuffle    15
  • No Surrender     16
  • Prove It All Night 15
    (2 times w/78 intro)
  • Johnny 99     15
  • Hungry Heart     14
  • Trapped     12
  • The Ties That Bind     12
  • Seven Nights To Rock     12
  • Glory Days     13
  • Bobby Jean    11
  • Twist & Shout     11
  • Youngstown     10
  • American Skin (41 Shots)     9
  • Darlington County     9
  • Candy’s Room     9
  • Murder Incorporated     8
  • Two Hearts     8
  • Atlantic City     7
  • Darkness On The Edge of Town     6
  • Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?     6
  • Backstreets     6
  • Racing in the Street     6
  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)     6
  • American Land     6
  • Seeds     5
  • Raise Your Hand     6
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad     5
    (1 solo acoustic)
  • Thundercrack     4
  • Talk to Me     4
  • Radio Nowhere    4
  • Downbound Train     4
  • Save My Love     4
  • The Promise     5
  • Adam Raised a Cain    4
  • My Love Will Not Let You Down     4
  • Point Blank     3
  • Ramrod     3
  • Night     4
  • Cadillac Ranch     3
  • Something In The Night     3
  • Jackson Cage     3
  • Empty Sky     2
  • Seaside Bar Song     2
  • Kitty’s Back     2
  • I’m on Fire    2
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)     2
  • Be True     2
  • Who’ll Stop The Rain     2
  • Incident on 57th Street     2
  • I’m Goin’ Down     2
  • Growin’ Up     2
  • Rendezvous     2
  • This Hard Land     2
  • Mansion on the Hill
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do / 634 Medley
  • I Ain’t Got No Home
  • The Harder They Come
  • Time Will Tell
  • Many Rivers To Cross
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • This Land Is Your Land
  • Streets of Philadelphia
  • So Young and In Love
  • Lion’s Den
  • Mountain Of Love
  • Janey Don’t You Lose Heart
  • Light of Day (including You Can’t Sit Down)
  • California Sun
  • How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
  • O Mary Don’t You Weep
  • Pay Me My Money Down
  • Something You Got (with Dr. John)
  • Bishop Danced
  • It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
  • The Weight
  • Summertime Blues
  • Sherry Darling
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Fire
  • 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  • Independence Day (solo piano)
  • 96 Tears
  • When I Leave Berlin
  • Burning Love
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Working on a Dream
  • If I Should Fall Behind (solo piano)
  • Loose Ends
  • Tougher Than the Rest (solo piano)
  • Take ‘Em As They Come
  • My Hometown
  • I Fought The Law
  • I’m a Rocker
  • For You (Solo acoustic)    2
  • Honky Tonk Woman     2
  • I Saw Her Standing There (with Sir Paul McCartney)

The Best Songs: Racing In The Street – Bruce Springsteen

Racing in the Street is a ballad written by Bruce Springsteen, it was originally released on his album Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978). The song has been referred to as Springsteen’s best song by a number of commentators. I think it’s at least in the top 10 of my favourite Springsteen songs.

Darkness on the Edge of Town version:

“…And “Racing in the Streets” is still perhaps the best Springsteen song ever.”

– Rolling Stone magazine

Like so many times, before and since, the car is a symbol of freedom in Springsteen’s universe. Driving a car gives you the ultimate feeling of freedom in this world.

The song begins with two friends fixing up an old car. The story is made believable through Bruce’s attention to detail, he seems to know what he is talking about, “I got a ’69 Chevy with a 396, Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor”.  The two friends needs the car to go racing, to earn money from street racing. As the story is told, they go from town to town and win easy money. They’re like cowboys in the old west, riding where the work is, no strings attached.

Live version from The Darkness Box, 2009:

The protagonist/the racer and his friend Sonny hasn’t stopped living, even if they have ordinary day jobs. They come home from work, get cleaned up and starts living, they go racing in the streets.

Continue reading The Best Songs: Racing In The Street – Bruce Springsteen

Video of the day: Rosalita (Come out tonight) – Live, July 8, 1978 – Phoenix, Arizona

Seeing the video as a thirteen-year-old, I felt my brain exploded…. this was honest, and true, and it made me feel. Really feel.
— Robert J. Wiersema

From Wikipedia:

Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” is a 1973 song by Bruce Springsteen, from his The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album, and is especially famed as a concert number for Springsteen and The E Street Band. The song, which clocks in at just over seven minutes, is a story of forbidden love between the singer and the titular Rosalita, whose parents disapprove of his life in a rock and roll band. It is included on the compilation albums The Essential Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Greatest Hits.

In the early 1980s, many years after the song’s initial release, MTV began showing a music video for the song. The video was a straight concert performance (from a Darkness Tour performance on July 8, 1978 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona) that included band introductions and numerous adoring females rushing the stage. While only adequate technically, the video captured the energy and playfulness of Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert, and was the first such introduction many casual fans had.

For many years, dating back virtually to when the song was written, “Rosalita” always closed the regular set in Springsteen concerts, often elongated to incorporate extended band introductions. It was the one “sure thing” in a Springsteen set list and celebrated as such. Steven Van Zandt used this time to shine on backing vocals, as his voice changed on performances of the song from the Born To Run Tours to the The River Tour.

However, on October 19, 1984 in the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, during the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, this suddenly changed; “Rosalita” was dropped from the show..

The goodies:


Spread out now, Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama’s reins
You know playin’ blind man’s bluff is a little baby’s game
You pick up Little Dynamite, I’m gonna pick up Little Gun
And together we’re gonna go out tonight and make that highway run
You don’t have to call me lieutenant, Rosie, and I don’t want to be your son
The only lover I’m ever gonna need’s your soft sweet little girl’s tongue
Ah, Rosie, you’re the one

Dynamite’s in the belfry, baby, playin’ with the bats
Little Gun’s downtown in front of Woolworth’s, tryin’ out his attitude on all the cats
Papa’s on the corner, waitin’ for the bus
Mama, she’s home in the window, waitin’ up for us
She’ll be there in that chair when they wrestle her upstairs, ’cause you know we ain’t gonna come
Ah, I ain’t here on business, baby, I’m only here for fun
And Rosie, you’re the one

Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain’t no liar
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire

Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knees Willie, don’t you know they’re gonna be there
Ah, Sloppy Sue and Big Bones Billy, they’ll be comin’ up for air
We’re gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
Stay out all night, it’s gonna feel all right
So Rosie, come out tonight, oh, baby, come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door
So use it Rosie, that’s what it’s there for

And Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain’t no liar
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire
All right

Now, I know your mama, she don’t like me ’cause I play in a rock and roll band
And I know your daddy, he don’t dig me, but he never did understand
Your papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room
I’m coming to lend a hand
I’m coming to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny
But now you’re sad, your mama’s mad
And your papa says he knows that I don’t (have any money)
Whoa, your papa says he knows (that I don’t have any money)
Whoa, so your daddy says he knows I don’t have (Papa says he knows that I don’t have any money)

Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Because the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance
And my tires were slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord had mercy
And my machine, she’s a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Well, hold on tight, stay up all night, ’cause Rosie, I’m comin’ on strong
By the time we meet the morning light, I will hold you in my arms
I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
There’s a little café where they play guitars all night and all day
You can hear ’em in the back room strummin’
So hold tight, baby, ’cause don’t you know daddy’s comin’
Oh, everybody, so!

Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your love, ain’t no lie
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire
Oh, yeah
(Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)


I HAVE to include the Passaic-78 version as well: