For the second night in Melbourne Bruce offered another ‘album show’, this time with the full Born to Run being performed. Before that, the show opened with a powerful “Born in the U.S.A.” paired with “Badlands” and then the tour premieres of “Lucky Town” (Bruce is slowly adding more songs off Human Touch & Lucky Town) and “Roulette”.
There was also time (it was a very long show that lasted 3 hours and 48 minutes) for three songs off his debut album: “Growin’ Up”, “Spirit in the Night” and “Lost in the Flood”. And Bruce, apparently tired, dedicated quite a long time to tell a story about his childhood durting “Growin’ Up”. The same happened during “Spirit in the Night”, which featured some more storytelling, this time about the Jersey Devil and the New Jersey woods.
After a stunning performance of the Born to Run album, “Sunny Day” was back in the set, though “Shackled and Drawn” got dropped for the first time in this tour (leaving only 5 songs that have been performed at every show: “Badlands”, “Born to Run”, “High Hopes”, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Dancing in the Dark”).
The encores featured some not-so-usual stuff to replace the Born To Run songs, with “We Are Alive”, “Ramrod” or “Twist & Shout”, before saying goodbye with the acoustic version of “This Hard Land”.
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