October 19th: Philly #3

The last leg of the Working on a Dream tour is now anything but a tour of the album where its name comes from. Yesterday, even «Outlaw Pete» was dropped, leaving to just one the count of songs performed from Springsteen’s most recent studio release.

Half of yesterday’s songs were songs Bruce used to perform in 1975, when he had just released the Born to Run album, which was the featured album at the 3rd Spectrum show. The show started with Jackie De Shannon’s fabulous «When You Walk in The Room«, for the first time since its last live appearance on April 8th 1976, just 33 years ago! (it was soundchecked in St.Louis in August of 2008, but wasn’t included in the show). A great way to begin, inmediately followed by thunderous versions of «My Love Will Not Let You Down», «Two hearts» and «Hungry Heart», setting the tone for the night.

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After playing the whole Born to Run album and the unavoidable «Waitin’ on a Sunny Day», it was sing-request-time, with «Raise Your Hand», more soulful than ever with great licks from Steven and Curt Ramm on trumpet. The signs brought a great «Saint in the City» and two great surprises: «I Wanna Marry You» (first version since the last show of The River tour in September of 1981), followed by an ‘Elvis medley’ comprised of «All Shook Up» and «Blue Suede Shoes».

The funny thing is that the Elvis request came from an Elvis impersonator, all dressed in white and with cape, who even jumped onstage to sing with Bruce and lead the band. «We have a request from the King!», shouted Bruce before the surreal moment. «Elvis has left the building!… we are truly in Philadelphia!», he exclaimed after the Elvis lookalike left the stage.

The energy level kept going strong with the addition of «Radio Nowhere» and «Lonesome Day». «Land of Hope and Dreams» was back in the encores, as was the music from Rocky before «Rosalita», and a final surprise that used to end some shows on the Born to Run tour: «You Can’t Sit Down».

See complete set list.

«All Shook Up»:

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