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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Bruce Springsteen - back on the road again

Brucesp005As Bruce explored other musical routes throughout the 1990's, fans often dreamed of Springsteen rejoining forces with the E Street Band on-stage once again. It looked like that was going to happen in 1995 when they recorded new songs for Bruce's "Greatest Hits" package and even did a few appearances together, but it was not to be, as Bruce's muse leaned more toward the quiet, acoustic sound of "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
In 1998, however, as his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction loomed near, Bruce's attentions focused on putting together "Tracks," a four-disc set of outtakes, alternate takes, and B-sides from his career. One can surmise that with all the retrospection, Bruce realized he wanted to play with a band again, his band, and on December 8, 1998, Shore Fire Media issued a press release saying Bruce Springsteen would tour with the E Street Band in 1999, and the fans' dreams were finally realized.
Brucesp006The initial theory was that the tour was in support of "Tracks," but the majority of the songs played each night were from "Born to Run," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "The River," arguably the strongest of Bruce's studio output. Only 23 songs from "Tracks" ended up being played over the course of the tour, some of those only once.
However, Bruce certainly didn't forget the long-unplayed nuggets, as he seemed to pull out some serious shockers as the course progressed. The tour debut of "New York City Serenade" had jaws dropping everywhere, and it seemed like nothing was out of the realm of possibility on the tour.
Brucesp007As Bruce explored other musical routes throughout the 1990's, fans often dreamed of Springsteen rejoining forces with the E Street Band on-stage once again. It looked like that was going to happen in 1995 when they recorded new songs for Bruce's "Greatest Hits" package and even did a few appearances together, but it was not to be, as Bruce's muse leaned more toward the quiet, acoustic sound of "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
In 1998, however, as his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction loomed near, Bruce's attentions focused on putting together "Tracks," a four-disc set of outtakes, alternate takes, and B-sides from his career. One can surmise that with all the retrospection, Bruce realized he wanted to play with a band again, his band, and on December 8, 1998, Shore Fire Media issued a press release saying Bruce Springsteen would tour with the E Street Band in 1999, and the fans' dreams were finally realized.
The initial theory was that the tour was in support of "Tracks," but the majority of the songs played each night were from "Born to Run," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "The River," arguably the strongest of Bruce's studio output. Only 23 songs from "Tracks" ended up being played over the course of the tour, some of those only once.
Brucesp008However, Bruce certainly didn't forget the long-unplayed nuggets, as he seemed to pull out some serious shockers as the course progressed. The tour debut of "New York City Serenade" had jaws dropping everywhere, and it seemed like nothing was out of the realm of possibility on the tour.

SETLIST

Promised Land
Two Hearts
Prove It All Night
Darlington County
Mansion On The Hill
The River
Youngstown
Murder Inc.
Badlands
Out In The Street
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
Where The Bands Are
Working On The HighwayBruce Springsteen - 05/06/99 -- LA ROMAREDA STADIUM, ZARAGOZA, SPAIN
Tougher Than The Rest
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Backstreets
Light Of Day
Bobby Jean
Hungry Heart
Born To Run
Thunder Road
If I Should Fall Behind
Land Of Hope And Dreams

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