Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wrecking Ball Tour - Part 1: Opening Night

For the Bruce afficianado's, I thought I'd offer up some great feedback I received from the man, Johnny Dee, who had the chance to see the official opening night of the Wrecking Ball tour in Atlanta. Here's the setlist from that show followed by some bullet points that Johnny was kind enough to offer up:

Atlanta Setlist 3/18/2012:
We Take Care of Our Own
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
The E Street Shuffle
Jack of All Trades
Easy Money
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Apollo Medley (The Way You Do The Things You Do/634-5789)
Shackled & Drawn
Lonesome Day
The Rising
We Are Alive
Thunder Road
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Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore)
Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
American Land
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
from Johhny D:
I have to tell you, I’m really surprised by the negativity in the chat room on Backstreets. I thought the show was great. Couple bullet points:

  • Not a big fan of We Take Care of Our Own or Wrecking Ball, but they worked as openers, especially after the silly self-intro he did. They also set up Badlands really well. I would lose one and put in a classic.
  • Jake Clemons VERY well received for Badlands solo and throughout the whole show.
  • 10 new songs out of 23 total is a lot. I know he’s selling the record, and I know that number will decrease as the tour goes on. I was with a guy who hadn’t heard the new record and was a bit disappointed—that said, he did want to buy it after he heard it all, so the man did his job.
  • I find the Apollo Medley a blast—he’s clearly enjoying it and it’s infectious.
  • Shackled and Drawn and Death to My Hometown, which are highlights for me on the record, are highlights live as well, especially with the horns.
  • -I think if they figure out a better opener, and kill We Are Alive and maybe Rocky Ground (like both songs, but they kill the flow IMO).
  • I was pretty high up, and thought the sound was phenomenal—not sure if that was the venue or the system, but it was better than I’ve ever heard at the Garden.
I think you’re in for a great time. Let me know…

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