High Hopes! – Four nights of rocking….

As readers of this blog know, I have just returned from Melbourne where I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the 3rd and 4th time on the 2014 High Hopes Tour. There’s a lot to say about it, but here’s some stats on what I saw:

Four shows

  1. Perth 5 February
  2. Perth 7 February
  3. Melbourne 15 February
  4. Melbourne 16 February

Two album shows

  1. Born in the USA (Melb 15/2)
  2. Born to Run (Melb 16.2)

Songs played (total songs 117, individual songs 68, songs only played once across four nights 43, songs I’ll remember, 117)

Badlands 4
Born to Run 4
Dancing in the Dark 4
Heaven’s Wall 4
High Hopes 4
Just Like Fire Would 4
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 4
The Ghost of Tom Joad 4
The Rising 4
Thunder Road 4
Death to My Hometown 3
Hungry Heart 3
Shackled and Drawn 3
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day 3
Bobby Jean 2
Born in the U.S.A. 2
Darlington County 2
Land of Hope and Dreams 2
Ramrod 2
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 2
She’s the One 2
Shout 2
Twist and Shout 2
Working on the Highway 2
Wrecking Ball 2
American Skin (41 Shots) 1
Atlantic City 1
Backstreets 1
Because the Night 1
Cover Me 1
Darkness on the Edge of Town 1
Downbound Train 1
Factory 1
For You 1
Frankie Fell in Love 1
Girls in Their Summer Clothes 1
Glory Days 1
Growin’ Up 1
Highway to Hell 1
I’ll Work for Your Love 1
I’m Goin’ Down 1
I’m on Fire 1
Johnny 99 1
Jole Blon 1
Jungleland 1
Kitty’s Back 1
Light of Day 1
Lost in the Flood 1
Lucky Town 1
Meeting Across the River 1
Murder Incorporated 1
My Hometown 1
Night 1
No Surrender 1
Out in the Street 1
Pay Me My Money Down 1
Roulette 1
Save My Love 1
Seeds 1
Seven Nights to Rock 1
Sherry Darling 1
Spirit in the Night 1
The E Street Shuffle 1
The River 1
This Hard Land 1
Two Hearts 1
We Are Alive 1
Youngstown 1

While some songs were more special than others (“Jungleland”(!), “For You”, “The River”), all had their charms. Songs that weren’t on my favourites list became better loved, and all were terrific.  And those ten songs that appeared every night? They weren’t the same every night.

The thing with a Springsteen show, for me, is that no matter what you get it’s going to be special. I’m just happy I saw him now and got the shows I did.

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