Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball official tour began last Sunday at Philips Arena in Atlanta, with a 2 hr and 35 min. concert and 24 songs. Once again Bruce introduced himself and the band in pure James Brown style, talking about “The Jersey Devil! … The future of rock ‘n’ roll himself! … Currently riding the Billboard charts at the number-one position for four solid days”.
The setlist was similar to the two recent performances at the Apollo in New York and the SXSW festival in Austin, with 5 tour premieres: “Easy Money”, “Lonesome Day”, “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark “and” American Land “. The skeleton of the concert is based on the new songs, the true backbone of the new tour, along with new staples like “My City of Ruins”, “The E Street Shuffle” and “Thunder Road”. The rest of the show is filled mostly with the songs most commonly played on recent tours, predictable standards such as “Waitin ‘on a Sunny Day”, “The Promised Land”, “The Rising” and popular encores such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark” and “American Land”.
The concert ends with a moving version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” as a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons, an epic ending to a concert whose highlights are all the new songs, the horns, Jake Clemons’ role filling in for his uncle in most of the sax solos, and the so called “Apollo Medley”. The result is a brilliant, moving concert, with an intense performance after a couple of months of strong rehearsals and warm-up shows.