Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are back in Australia for the first time since 2002 and last night treated Brisbane to a cover of hometown heroes The Saints 1986 hit ‘Just Like Fire Would’.
The Saints formed in Brisbane in 1974 and were punk before punk. Their 1976 debut song ‘I’m Stranded’ was the first punk song released outside of the USA ahead of The Clash and The Sex Pistols.
Bruce paid homage to The Saints by placing their 1986 classic into second position in his setlist.
Springsteen started the Wrecking Ball tour exactly one year ago to the day he reached Brisbane. It kicked off in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2012.
Special guest guitarist on this tour is Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello who is filling in for Steve Van Zandt who has television commitments back home and could not make this leg of the tour. Springsteen is performing ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ in the set, also recorded by Tom in Rage Against The Machine.
The setlist for the first Australian Springsteen show was:
We Take Care Of Our Own (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Just Like Fire Would (The Saints cover)
Wrecking Ball (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Badlands (from Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Death To My Hometown (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Hungry Heart (from The River, 1980)
My City of Ruins (from The Rising, 2002)
Spirit In The Night (from Greetings From Asbury Park, 1973)
The E Street Shuffle (from The Wild The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1973)
Jack Of All Trades (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Murder Incorporated (from Greatest Hits, 1985)
Johnny 99 (from Nebraska, 1982)
Because The Night (from Live 1975/85, 1986)
She’s The One (from Born To Run, 1975)
Shackled and Drawn (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Waitin’ On A Sunny Day (from Working On A Dream, 2009)
The Rising (from The Rising, 2002)
The Ghost Of Tom Joad (from The Ghost of Tom Joad, 1995)
Thunder Road (from Born To Run, 1975)
We Are Alive (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Born To Run (from Born To Run, 1975)
Glory Days (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Dancing In The Dark (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (from Born To Run, 1975)
Springsteen Australian dates from Frontier Touring are:
March 14 and 16, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Sold Out)
March 18 (sold out), 20 and 22, Sydney, Allphones Arena
March 24, 26, 27, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena (Sold Out)
March 30, 31, Macedon, Hanging Rock (Sold Out)