Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Reviewed: Kurt Goetzke
Venue: The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI, USA
Date: Friday, November 13, 2009

On Friday night, I had the pleasure of taking in THE BOSS at the Palace of Auburn Hills. While not being a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, it brought back fond memories of my college days and therefore I was looking very much forward to the evening.

I invited my buddy Ted and he asked if it would be possible to take his parents. I thought this would be a nice gesture since it was his Dad’s 65th birthday and he has been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for many years now and is in “failing” health.

We arrived for the 7:30pm show at around 6:45pm and promptly went down to the “Club 53”, a bar with very good access to our seats (Section 124, Row D). After about 3 Double Crown and Ginger’s, I was feeling fine.

We had gotten in a conversation with a couple guys and their wives and I came to find out that one of the guys used to work with Timmy “The Thumb” O’Connor at the Wayne County Jail Downtown.

After a few interesting stories, we noticed that it was 8:00pm and still no Bruce on stage. We decided we should get to the seats, so after downing a couple Washington Apple shots and getting a re-fill, it was off to the seats (after a bathroom break, of course).

As we were working our way to our seats, the lights went down and on came Bruce and the E-Street Band. Perfect timing!!!

He opened with a new song but then went into a “Prove it All Night” from the Darkness on the Edge of Town Album and then “Johnny 99” (Nebraska) and “Hungry Heart” (The River), always a crowd favorite.

Then came a great part of the show. The band did the BORN TO RUN album in its entirety. The rest of the show was sprinkled with old favorites (“The Rising”, “Badlands”, “Born in the USA”, “Dancing in the Dark”) and some Motown and local fair (“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”, “Detroit Medley”) since he was in Detroit (although, on more than one occasion, he thought he was still performing in OHIO like he did three nights prior).

The show concluded with the classic “Rosalita” (The Wild, The Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle) and then the song he has been concluding ever show with, “Higher and Higher” (and old Jackie Wilson tune).

There was no intermission, and the final song concluded at about 11:15pm.

For sake of review, I’d have to say that the sound quality was excellent and band was crisp and in tune. Bruce can still belt it out with the best of them and he refrained from too much political talk and stuck to the music.

My favorite songs of the evening were, in no particular order, “Hungry Heart”, “Thunder Road”, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, “Born to Run”, “Dancing in the Dark”, “Jungleland”, “The Rising”, “Badlands”, “Born in the USA”, and “Rosalita”.

Though not a stogie review, I would have to give this performance a solid 3 stogies rating. I would have given it 3½ if he didn’t think he was in Ohio.

Rating: Three Stogies

BONUS – Below is the complete set list.

Wrecking Ball
Prove It All Night
Johnny 99
Hungry Heart
Working On A Dream
Born To Run
Thunder Road
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Born To Run
She’s The One
Meeting Across The River
Working On The Highway
Waiting On A Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
Detroit Medley
Because The Night
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Hard Times
Born In The USA
American Land
Dancing In The Dark
(Your love keeps lifting me) Higher & Higher