August 19th: Hartford

After a brief pause, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band resumed yesterday their Working on a Dream tour in Hartford. In a nice amphitheatre, with a small standing area in the front and with lots of heat, the show started with Nils, Charlie and Roy performing an instrumental «Sherry Darling», which was quickly followed by the full band version of this great summer song.

«Murder Incorporated» stays in the set as part of the ‘Depression’ trilogy (alongside «Seeds» and «Johnny 99»), this time followed by a great «Something in the Night». The sign requests brought «Mountain of Love» and, for the first time since 1975, Manfred Mann’s «Sha La La» (a song Bruce used to play often in the Born to Run tour).

Before playing «Be True» Bruce went on to explain the song was left off The River in favour of «Crush On You», a decision he regretted (but apparently Steve doesn’t). The main set continued nonstop after «Born to Run», with both «Rosalita» and «Thunder Road». The 4-song encore started with «Hard Times», a song that was left off most of the recent European shows. «Twist & Shout» put an end to a long and very hot show.

See complete set list.

photo: Benidorm 2009, copyright Daniel Villanueva

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