After six weeks on the road Bruce ended his Southern Hemisphere tour with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand. His last visit to the country happened 11 years ago, when he performed one only show in Auckland on March 28th 2003, during The Rising tour.
There was a lot of anticipation for this return, and Bruce celebrated it with two festive concerts, plenty of his most popular songs, and performing in full some of his most famous albums: Born in the USA (on Saturday night) and Born to Run (on Sunday).
Both nights Bruce entered the stage alone and delivered a stripped down, acoustic version of Lorde’s “Royals”. Quite a surprise, which was well received by the local audience.
There weren’t much surprises for the hardcores, except for the tour debuts of “Loose Ends” and “My City of Ruins”. The last show ended with a long “Twist and Shout” and the solo acoustic version of “This Hard Land”.
It’s been 6 weeks of intense performances in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, with 17 concerts and a total of 129 different songs performed. Plus, with the bonus joy of the official live downloads Springsteen has offered for this tour, with each show (except one) usually available 2 to 4 days after its performance at a fair price in the official store. The High Hopes tour returns now to the U.S., and the next show is scheduled in Cincinnati on April 8th.
Photo: Patrick Lion (@patricklion)
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