São Paulo

Bruce Springsteen performed in São Paulo in one of the tiniest venues of the tour: the wonderful Espaço das Américas, with a capacity of only 8,000. The small hall created an intimate atmosphere for a noisy and enthusiastic crowd, which saw Bruce leap into the audience during «Spirit in the Night» until he got to the bar.

The show opened with a strong cover of Raul Seixa’s «Sociedade Alternativa» that put everyone on their feet. Seixas, born in São Paulo, was a mythical figure in Brazil, and passed away in 1989 when he was only 44.

Though the set list was very similar to the other shows in this leg of the tour, it did include rare versions of «Darkness on the Edge of Town» and «Prove it All Night» (with ’78 intro).

No big surprises for the rest of the set, save two sign requests («No Surrender» and «Bobby Jean») and the addition of «This Little Light of Mine» in the encores. During «She’s the One» Bruce passed the mic to a fan who jumped onstage for a marriage proposal. An acoustic «This Hard Land» bid farewell to a very energetic show in front of a receptive audience.

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