June 2: Tampere

The second show of the European tour has brought Bruce and the E Street Band to Finland, where tonight they have delivered a very long 28-song set, which has included the tour premiere of the fantastic soul song «The Dark End of the Street», a jewel written in 1967 by Muscle Shoals’ Dan Penn and Chips Moman, and originally sung by the great James Carr (see video).

Other songs Springsteen has played thanks to sign-requests have been «Cover Me», «Thunder Road» and «Because the Night». Tonight’s set list was far more varied than last Saturday’s at Pinkpop, and thus the finnish have got the chance to hear «Prove it All Night», «Hungry Heart», «Kingdom of Days» and «Bobby Jean», plus a 7-song encore which has ended with «Glory Days», «Santa Claus is Coming to Town» (another, very early, tour premiere) and «Dancing in the Dark». Jay Weinberg is the drummer for this part of the tour.

Thursday begins a 3-show stand in Stockholm.

Photo: copyright 2009 René Van Diemen

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