As expected the second show in Turku was radically different from the first. Springsteen offered an intense performance with a more thematic and well-thought set list. He came onstage alone for a magnificent solo acoustic version of «I’ll Work For Your Love», followed by another track from Magic, «Long Walk Home», then two off The River, «The Ties That Bind» and «Out in the Street».
One by one he carefully chose to play some of the most outstanding tracks from various albums: «Atlantic City» from Nebraska, «Blinded by the Light» and «Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?» from Greetings, plus a couple of unexpected rarities: «Ain’t Good Enough For You» (Darkness outtake released on The Promise) and «Wages of Sin», an obscure and delicate Born in the USA outtake available on Tracks, which made its world debut, as it had never before played live. It was sung thanks for the continuous requests from Nicholas, a dedicated fan from Belgium.
Photo: Nicholas, after the show (copyright Thomas Luyten).
Then came the electric fury brought by «Youngstown», «Murder Incorporated» and «Johnny 99», followed by the great swing version of «Open All Night» and the shakin’ rythms of «Shackled and Drawn», of of the few Wrecking Ball songs that stay in the set list. last night’s «Waitin’ On A Sunny Day» featured a young kid who went onstage and instead of singing took out some notes and started rapping!, much to Bruce’s surprise.
A superb «Racing in the Street» as first encore was one of the epic highlights of a show that lasted 2 hours and 52 minutes and finished with «American Land».