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Bruce Springsteen – Bergen Show1 – July 23

Fantastic Bruce show… as expected.

But I have a very strong feeling that tonight’s show will be even better (and longer)….

Here are my “votes”:

#SongShort review0-6
1Who'll Stop the Rain? (Bruce & Roy) Soulful start. Nice surprise.5
2Downbound TrainHeavy & raw sound. Solid delivery.5
3Cover MeNot my song at all... but this version was good.4
4We Take Care of Our OwnBack to "standard" material... You immediately felt the bands confidence rising... having played this song 48 times (out of 50) on this tour... Good stuff.4
5Wrecking BallOne of my favs from the new album... and works far better live than on the album. 5
6Death to My HometownThe best song from the new album... especially live. This is a solid "Feel Good" Springsteen song.5
7My City of RuinsBand intros.. and sent his love to Patti. Also warned norwegian red-headed women... to stay away from him. Very good version. Best vocal performance so far! .. "Are You Missing Anybody?.... It's all right."6
8Spirit in the NightAlways a treat.. Love the fact that Spirit is now played on every show! Really looking forward to hearing it again tonight. Fantastic song.. solid performance!6
9Seaside Bar Songwaaaoo. Nice surprise. Haven't heard this in a while. The band however, nailed it! Anyhow... not a very strong song.. 4
10This DepressionTour Premiere. One of the weakest songs from the new album. OK version. 3
11Atlantic CityLovely. I was crossing my fingers for Atlantic on one of the Bergen shows. One of Bruce's strongest songs! Top 15 for sure. Powerful version...6
12Because the NightSolid version, and Nils's guitar solo lifted it higher! Brilliant guitar stuff!5
13The Promised Land One of my all time Bruce favs. Never lets us down.6
14Darlington County Another BITUSA track.... The best BITUSA track so far. Very solid & swingin version5
15Shackled and DrawnFor me the show kind of lost momentum with Shackle... Ok version though..4
16Waitin' on a Sunny DayNot my song... but fair enough..4
17For You (solo piano)soulful singing, but again not a song very high on my list...4
18The RiverNice surprise.. One very good live version of this brilliant song.6
19The RisingSolid, but no great rising version5
20Radio Nowhere...and the show started to gain momentum again.. "Is there anybody alive out there?" great version.5
21BadlandsYes! Back on track. Badlands never let's us down. Powerful Bruce guitar solo!6
22I'm on FireBITUSA again. This is one was magical... soulful.. 6
23Thunder Road Maybe Bruce's best song. Solid version.. lovely Sax solo. Great singing.6
24Born in the U.S.A.Powerful & solid.. as always.5
25Born To RunBest song & performance tonight! The best live version I've witnessed. 6
26Bobby Jean Fine version... the band could not go wrong now... 5
27Dancing in the DarkMax was briefly released from his duties :-) A girl from the audience was allowed to play his drums!!! Nice gesture.. Good live performance5
28Tenth Avenue Freeze-outShowtime again... One of my all time favs. Fantastic version 6
29Twist & ShoutLong, powerful & thrilling. Shake it all baby!6

Hallgeir will update this post with his comments & some pictures tomorrow.


Well, so how do I do this?

Bruce Springsteen concerts are something else, always good, often great. The concert was a 6 out of 6, but it was very “showy” and vey 80′s oriented, nothing wrong with that, but I miss a few songs…

The show was fantastic (as expected) and very Born in the USA bent (7 songs!) Bruce flirted with the audience, it was a great show for the casual fan. Actually it was a great show for any one, Bruce and the band were in great form

My top 10 songs of the evening:

1. Thunder Road
2. Promised LAnd
3. For You (Egil clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about ;))
4. Because the night
5. Born to Run
6. Badlands
7. The River
8. Atlantic City
9. Spirit in the night
10. Born in the USA (what an Anthem this is!)

- Hallgeir

All photos by me (Hallgeir):

Because the Night solo:


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