Once again Springsteen had a double appearance in Pittsburgh last Saturday. First he played at 2pm at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, where he delivered a 30-min acoustic show for the Obama campaign. Joe and Johnny Grushecky joined Bruce onstage to sing “We Take Care of Our Own”. The show was very similar to the previous ones in other cities, including the new song, “Forward”, plus “Youngstown”.
In the evening, at the Consol Energy Center, Bruce and the boys offered another fabulous performance, which started with a killer quartet: “Don’t Look Back”, “Candy’s Room”, “The Ties That Bind” and an audible “Streets of Fire”, full of energy and great work on the guitar.
After the standard set of new songs off Wrecking Ball (which sounds better and better each day, topped with the emotional “My City of Ruins”) and the always exciting “Spirit in the Night”, a surprising tour debut came: “Pretty Flamingo”, the Manfred Mann’s tune Bruce used to play in the mid 70’s. And then yet another amazing foursome with “Talk to Me”, “Adam Raised a Cain”, “Because the Night” and “She’s the One”, all greatly received by the powerful and noisy Pittsburgh audience
A majestic “Racing in the Street” lead the encores, and Bruce once again invited Joe Grushecky and his son Johnny, this time to sing on “Glory Days” and the rarely played “Light of Day”.