The US leg of the High Hopes tour kicked off with a free, open-air show in Dallas, at the March Madness Music Festival. Steve Van Zandt was absent as he’s still filming episodes of the Lilyhammer series in Norway. Nils took the right side of the stage, along with Patti Scialfa (her first show with The E Street Band since September 2012), while Tom Morello was in the left side (Lofgren’s usual spot).
The show, which was broadcast live via streaming, started with a jumpball (and guitar tech Kevin Buell dressed as a referee) and the debut of Van Halen’s “Jump”, followed by “Badlands” and “Death to my Hometown”. From then on Springsteen traced a setlist based mostly on hits and singalong songs, with 6 off Born in the USA and very few from his most recent albums (“High Hopes”, “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, “Wrecking Ball”, “Shackled and Drawn” and “Death to my Hometown”).
It was a classic festival show which ended with the acoustic version of “Thunder Road”, sung as a duo with Patti.
(TV screenshots: Raúl Nieto)