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Bruce Springsteen @ the Izod Center (night 2) – pics & setlist

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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

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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