Five tour premieres, songs off 11 different albums, two acoustic songs to end the show, three-and-a-half hours of intense rock’n’roll… all the ingredients to make a show memorable. In a city under an intense heatwave Bruce’s first words onstage were “Why is it so fucking hot here?”, before opening with a fantastic “Summertime Blues”, followed by an impromptu “Detroit Medley” (after a sign request from behind the stage), then “Badlands” and “My Love Will Not Let You Down”.
The show had a lot of surprises and variety, including five songs off Wrecking Ball and five off High Hopes, alongside the tour premieres of “Human Touch”, “Mary’s Place” and “Back In Your Arms”.
“Heaven’s Wall” was followed by a Darkness two-fer: the title song and “Prove it All Night”, with its 1978 intro. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” returned in the encores, along with “Ramrod” and a version of “Shout” that featured Jon Landau on guitar. “If I Should Fall Behind” and “Thunder Road”, both solo acoustic, put an end to a very long set. (During the afternoon soundcheck Bruce also rehearsed “Slow Turning”, one of the many great songs from the amazing american songwritter John Hiatt).
Listen to: John Hiatt- Slow Turning.
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