Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sydney Allphones Arena - 2

Ticket: Floor, seated

People who have gone to both Springsteen Sydney shows may have trouble deciding which one was best.
Following the famous second night rule like Brisbane part 2, the setlist had a major overhaul with the first four tracks making their debut on the tour.

But what stood out more was the requests Springsteen took from the crowd and the band belted out.
Four in a row with The Promised Land, Cover Me, No Surrender and I'm On Fire - perfect with an Australian audience not afraid to show its love for the Born In The USA album.
Gone tonight for the first time was Spirit In The Night, but Jake Clemons didn't have an easy night as instead of joining Springsteen front of the stage as he played with the crowd over Janey in the dirt, he instead brought in the epic Jungleland as part of the encore.
Inside the arena early, we could hear the classic get a decent soundcheck through closed doors and when it came to stepping up to arguably Clarence 'Big Man' Clemons' most recognised solo, his nephew did not disappoint.
Such a moving performance that Jake's solo brought back that lump in the throat that chokes many fans during the My City of Ruins roll call every night and the picture montage during closing song Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
It's the first time I've seen Jungleland since Big Man passed away - the last few performances he did were highlights of the concerts - and I honestly believe Jake did his uncle proud. And the crowd told him so.
Springsteen didn't leave the stage and travel to greet fans outside of the GA floor area as much as he has in previous dates on the tour - but belted out 27 tracks over 3 hours including the fun live cover encore addition of Detroit Medley.
Also becoming a fast live favourite is the rocking version of Open All Night - not previously a track I've given much attention to, but is sounding great on this tour once again.
Four nights in, the regular Wrecking Ball, My City of Ruins, and Tom Morello-fused Ghost Of Tom Joad is still impressing the crowd, and the set list changes have worked incredibly well so far.
I never thought I would see Devils & Dust get an airing on this tour - but after also catching that in the soundcheck it was the night's surprise opener.
(Seriously, how many people actually called that?)

Last To Die was also a great track tonight - the first time I've seen it live and brilliant with the full band behind him.
Friday, I'm back in the GA pit* - and once again, I have no idea what to expect from the band as they reach the fifth of ten shows.
If the trend continues however, I do know I will be blown away. Again.

(* First time in seats tonight - more on that to come!)


1. Devils & Dust
2. Last To Die
3. The Ties That Bind
4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Death To My Hometown
7. Out In The Street
8. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street
9. The Promised Land (request)
10. Cover Me (request)
11. No Surrender (request)
12. I'm on Fire (request)
13. My City Of Ruins
14. High Hopes
15. Because The Night
16. Open All Night
17. Shackled And Drawn
18. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
19. Lonesome Day
20. Ghost Of Tom Joad
21. Badlands

22. Jungleland
23. Born To Run
24. Bobby Jean
25. Dancing In The Dark
26. Detroit Medley
27. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out