The first of two shows in Anaheim was one of the longest and most intense shows of the whole tour. From the very first song, the tour debut of «Light of Day», the energy level never went down, and Bruce and the E Street Band delivered a great night of pure rock, with burning guitar solos during «Gypsy Biker», which was inmediately followed by a smokin’ «Murder Incorporated». After «Magic», another 20-minute rock attack with «Trapped», «Reason to Believe», «Because the Night» and «She’s the One».
A historic moment arrived in the middle of the show, when Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine’s extraordinary guitar player, was brought onstage and sang with Bruce a full band, electric version of «The Ghost of Tom Joad», with a blistering guitar solo from Morello at the end of the song.
The intensity of the show went on and on, and at the end of «Badlands», Springsteen yells out to the rest of the band and they start playing a joyful «Out in the Street», being the first time the main set ends with a different song.
More guests soon joined: Bobby Bandiera, coming all the way from New Jersey, came up to play guitar during «Ramrod», and Marc Anthony Thompson & Marty Rifkin (both from the Seeger Sessions Band) joined for «American Land».
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See video of Rage Against the Machine performing «The Ghost of Tom Joad».
Photo: Nassau Coliseum, 10.03.2008 copyright Edgar Aguilera.