Bruce Springsteen returned to Australia after three years, with a show (the first of three) in Perth, Western Australia.
As in the final leg of the US River tour, the show opened with a beautiful version of “New York City Serenade” (string section included), which was followed by a speech about the current political state in his homeland:
“The E Street Band is glad to be here in Western Australia. We’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men who marched today in every city in America — and in Melbourne! — who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare and immigrant rights. We stand with you. We are the new American resistance”
The show continued with a mix of hits, political and social songs (“American Skin”, “The Promised Land”, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, “My Hometown”, “Lonesome Day”, “Land of Hope and Dreams”…) and a long segment of songs written in 1973, off his first two albums (including “Kitty’s Back”, “Incident on 57th Street” and “Rosalita”), lasting a total of three hours and twenty-six minutes.
The encores started with an acoustic “Blood Brothers”, after a massive request in the pit.
Before the first show Bruce had a meeting with the local & national Australian media.