Posted in music | pictures on May 26, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Bruce Springsteen

"Technology is one problem, [Little Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band] observes. "I think in the old days, in order to even be decent, it took a lot of work," he says. "And today, relatively untalented and uncreative people can actually make rock 'n' roll music that sounds kind of decent. And I think that kind of fools people and causes people to be lazy."

But for [Steve Greenberg, founder of S-Curve Records], there's also a sense that the "square pegs" -- the naturally rebellious types -- are getting shoved in round holes. "A lot of opportunities inevitably these days go to people who fit the format, whether the format is Top 40 radio or 'American Idol' or [Radio] Disney or whatever it is," he says. "There's so much pressure to fit those slots. And it's the square pegs ultimately who are going to change the world."

The spirited Greenberg wants to channel that rebellious energy. He's high on a band he signed named Care Bears on Fire, a trio of 13-year-old Brooklyn girls [who have a free show coming up and] who sound like the Ramones with a touch of Shonen Knife.

"Their attitude is maybe one size doesn't fit all," he says. "I feel like the spirit of rock 'n' roll lives in those guys. ... They're having fun playing rock 'n' roll."" [CNN]

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Little Steven included) played their second of two rock 'n' roll shows at the Izod Center in NJ on Saturday night (5/23). After the first (5/21), Bruce announced from the stage that they'd be back in September to play the final three Giants Stadium concerts. Both NJ setlists, and more pictures from Saturday's show, below...

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both Izod Center setlists....

May 21, 2009
E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Izod Center

Badlands
Adam Raised A Cain
Outlaw Pete
Radio Nowhere
She's The One
Working On A Dream
Seeds
Johnny 99
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Raise Your Hand
Growin' Up
I'm Going Down
Prove It All Night
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Wrestler
Kingdom Of Days
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born To Run

Hard Times
Thunder Road
Jungleland
Land Of Hope And Dreams
American Land
Rosalita

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May 23, 2009
E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Izod Center

Badlands
Spirit In The Night
Outlaw Pete
Something In The Night
Out In The Street
Working On A Dream
Seeds
Johnny 99
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Good Lovin'
Cover Me
The E Street Shuffle
Thunder Road
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Incident on 57th Street
Kingdom Of Days
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born To Run

Hard Times
Kitty's Back
Land of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Glory Days
Mony Mony

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Comments (15)

That is some great setlist! Something in The Night, Spirit, E Street, Kitty, Cover Me! Nice!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 10:24 AM

Adam Raised a Cain!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 11:02 AM

13 year old park slope brats with mommy's publicist are certainly not fucking Square Pegs.

go figure... washed up record company exec falls for hype, signs gimmick band, anoints them "the real deal" ...

Posted by yoga | May 26, 2009 11:17 AM

Imagine if you were that roadie, and you dropped the Boss's Axe on stage. FAIL.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 11:18 AM

also, Cover Me!! first night setlist looks better though (I've always loved Prove it all Night)

Posted by yoga | May 26, 2009 11:19 AM

Cover Me is rarely played! Wonder how it sounded...

Posted by cd | May 26, 2009 11:22 AM

"Kingdom of Days" is downright terrible. drop it already, Bruce

where's "Queen of the Supermarket"??

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 11:34 AM

It was funky as hell. Fucking amazing amazing show.

Posted by GrandPah | May 26, 2009 11:36 AM

did he fall or something?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 12:20 PM

I thought the encore set for the 2nd night was downright pathetic. Compare the 2 Izod Arena encore set lists and which would you rather be there for? Thunder Road was played as part of the "audience participation" portion of the show. When he finished with Mony Mony I think everyone was waiting for him to come out and play something else. We all just looked around.

Bruce is still Bruce. Clarence is about at the end of his career for being able to continue on unless he recovers better from his surgeries. Yes, they are all getting older and I'm sure we'd all like to be doing what they are doing at their age, but Clarence looked uncomfortable and in pain.

Was the ending a disappointment - yes. Will I do whatever I can to get Bruce tixs for the stadium - absolutely!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 12:39 PM

Is Max going out to L.A. with Conan? Perhaps when this tour is over if not right now?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 12:52 PM

I was there the 1st night and it was nothing short of epic! I was a little bummed to see that they played Spirit in The Night, E-Street Shuffle and Cover Me the next night but I guess he had to make up for not playing Jungleland, Growing Up, I'm Going Down, and the best song ever Rosalita!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 1:22 PM

12:52 - Max is playing with Conan. His son Jay is filling in with the E Street Band when he can't make shows - which happened at the first Izod Show, for example, and which'll happen much more often in Europe.

12:39 - I'm really sorry you didn't get the encore you wanted, but to complain about not getting "Rosie" or "Jungleland" (which both get played relatively often) after they'd done "Something in the Night", "The E Street Shuffle", "Cover Me" and "Incident" in the main set seems a little backward. After they played "Something in the Night" alone I was happy with whatever tunes Bruce called - and as much as I enjoyed Thursday's show, Saturday's was far and away the better night to be there.

Posted by tom | May 26, 2009 2:22 PM

Thunder Road was played as part of the "audience participation" portion of the show. When he finished with Mony Mony I think everyone was waiting for him to come out and play something else. We all just looked around.

Posted by cheap payday loans | November 17, 2009 4:54 AM

Excellent photos, thank you!

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