‘Rosalita’ (Come Out Tonight), the one time centrepiece of a Bruce Springsteen live performance, has made its second appearance on the E Street Band Australian tour.
Springsteen performed the song at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena in the encore of this second Melbourne show on Tuesday night.
‘Rosilita’ is arguably the song that earned Springsteen his reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the world. For near on a decade the song closed every Springsteen show but in 1984 Bruce suddenly dropped it from the show because he wanted to, (as biographer Dave Marsh said), “disrupt the ritual expectations of the fanatic fans”. Rosie didn’t make a regular appearance in the E Street Band shows again until The Rising tour of 2003.
The previous night on his night off, Bruce was at Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne checking out the Zac Brown Band. Zac will be performing this weekend at the Deni Blues and Roots Festival for Chugg Entertainment and also at Bluesfest.
Here is the setlist for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band from Melbourne, March 26, 2013:
Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
We Take Care Of Our Own (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Cadillac Ranch (from The River, 1980)
Wrecking Ball (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Downbound Train (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Death To My Hometown (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Hungry Heart (from The River, 1980)
Spirit In The Night (from Greetings From Asbury Park, 1973)
My City Of Ruins (from The Rising, 2002)
The E Street Shuffle (from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, 1974)
Red Headed Woman (from In Concert MTV Unplugged,
Because The Night (written by Bruce, covered by Patti Smith)
She’s The One (from Born To Run, 1975)
Open All Night (from Nebraska, 1982)
Working On The Highway (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Darlington County (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Shackled and Drawn (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
Waiting On A Sunny Day (from Working On A Dream, 2009)
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)
Dancing In The Dark (from Born In The USA, 1984)
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, 1973)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (from Born To Run, 1975)