Last night (4/2/17) I had the thrill of seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform live in Melbourne.
The venue, the relatively new AAMI Park, is one I have not been to before, but is a football stadium (soccer and rugby) that is also used as a live music venue every so often. It has a distinctive rectangular design and the roof, that partially covers the arena, looks like a bunch of soccer balls loaded one on top each other, shrouds the structure.
The concert began in broad daylight (doors opened at 4.00pm) with two support acts entertaining the early arrivals, before Bruce Springsteen kicked off his show at around 7.45pm.
As we had reserved seats, we took our time getting there, dining first at the Corner Hotel in Swan Street, Richmond.
From there is was only a short walk to the stadium in Olympic Boulevard, and we caught some of support act, Jet’s show, from our seats on the floor, a fair way back from the stage.
Cameras were forbidden so I didn’t mind being at a remove, watching the show on the big screens, to the left and right and above centre stage.
Bruce Springsteen is renowned as one of the best live acts in the world, and I can appreciate why. He was indefatigable, practically playing non stop over three hours, ably supported by the wonderful E Street Band who comprised:
Bruce Springsteen (guitar, vocals)
Stevie Van Zandt (guitar, vocals)
Souzie Tyrell (violin, vocals)
Max Weinberg (drums)
Gary Tallent (bass)
Roy Bittan (piano)
Nils Lofgren (guitar)
Charles Giordano (organ keyboards, accordion)
Jake Clemens (saxophone)
Springsteen is adored by his fans and he reciprocates the devotion warmly, interacting personally with them, shaking hands and allowing certain lucky fans to climb on stage for a five minutes of fame song and/or dance. Banners seem to be the go if you’re down the front in mosh pit; the camera catching the signs requesting songs, or wishes to sing or dance with Bruce and the band.
It was high powered set encompassing 27 songs, with rockers and slower ballads in the mix.
As daylight faded to night, above the open air arena you could see fruit bats flying over and white birds wheeling above. And towards the end of the show fireworks were detonated off to the side outside the arena with sparks and streaks of light appearing above the top edge of the stadium.
As this was the first time I’d seen Bruce Springsteen live, I was impressed and enjoyed hearing old classics such as Born To Run, Dancing In The Dark , Hungry Heart, Glory Days in person.
I’d certainly consider going to see Bruce and his E Street Band again.
Set List (from Setlist.fm)
1. American Land
2. Lonesome Day
3. My Love Will Not Let You Down
4. Out in the Street
5. Sherry Darling (sign request)
6. Hungry Heart
7. Glory Days
8. This Hard Land (sign request) (tour debut)
9. New York City Serenade (with strings)
10. Prove It All Night (with '78 intro)
11. Trapped (Jimmy Cliff cover)
13. Cover Me
14. Death to My Hometown
15. My City of Ruins
16. Cadillac Ranch (tour debut)
17. I'm Goin' Down
18. Waitin' on a Sunny Day (tour debut)
19. Because the Night (Patti Smith Group cover)
21. Thunder Road
22. Born to Run
23. Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican cover)
24. Dancing in the Dark
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
26. Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)
27. Twist and Shout (The Top Notes cover)