Bruce Springsteen delivered a totally unpredictable show in his third night in Melbourne, changing 17 songs over the previous night, performing songs from a big variety of albums, from Magic to Lucky Town, Darkness, The Wild The Innocent, The River, Greetings, We Shall Overcome, The Rising, Tracks, Born to Run, The Ghost of Tom Joad, Born in the USA, Blood Brothers and Wrecking Ball.
The show began with the epic «Long Walk Home», off Magic, followed by the rock whirlwind of «Radio Nowhere» and «My Love Will Not Let You Down» and the tour premiere of «Better Days» (and first version with the E Street Band since 2003), adding up to 202 different songs performed on this tour so far. After the regular crowdsurfing (during «Out in the Street» this time), surprises kept coming (many via sign requests) with «Factory», an incredible «Lost in the Flood», «High Hopes» and «Does This Bust Stop at 82nd Street?».
Bruce went down to pick up more signs and asked the crowd to choose between «Candy’s Room» and «Incident on 57th Street». The winner was «Candy’s Room», which initiated another guitar attack along with «Youngstown» and «Murder Incorporated», with Bruce, Nils and Tom exchanging solos. «Pay Me My Money Down» made everyone in the audience stand up again. Another sign request brought «I’m Goin ‘Down». The main set ended with standards from the tour, including «The Ghost of Tom Joad» and «Badlands».
With the audience in ecstasy and on their feet, next came an enormous «Jungleland» which fired up the encore section, ending the show with «American Land» after nearly three hours of great intensity.
The Australian tour will end this weekend with two outdoor concerts at Hanging Rock Reserve, just outside of Melbourne.
All photos courtesy @patricklion