Bruce Springsteen played Hersheypark Stadium, joined by Tom Morello (pics & setlist)
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bruce @ Hersheypark Stadium - 5/14/14
The moon was full, but you couldn't see it. The cloud cover took care of that. Hershey was the last outdoor concert of the tour (as far as we know, anyway), and the temperature was perfect. It was Bruce weather. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and took the Hersheypark Stadium stage with rocket fuel in their jet packs, beginning with "Clampdown" into "Badlands." With thousands of fists pumping into the evening air, no matter how long it had been since you'd seen a show, you were immediately back in the arms of Bruce. (If this was your first show, I can't even imagine what must have been swirling in your brain.) "Wrecking Ball" was followed by the beloved "Hungry Heart." We all "had a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack" and per protocol we were quite happy to let Bruce know.
Next came the night's first sign request: "Candy's Room." Candy, Hershey... if anyone in the crowd made that connection, it was surely an afterthought for most, thanks to the immediacy of a blistering performance. Bruce always nails this song, but there seemed to be something extra special about his guitar work tonight. [-Jeannette Amodeo for Backstreets.com, via BruceSpringsteen.net]
Bruce Springsteen is currently on the road supporting his 18th album, 2014's High Hopes. His current tour doesn't include any NYC stops, but we did just head to Pennsylvania to catch him at Hersheypark Stadium last night (5/14). Last night's show included a couple off the new album, but like most Springsteen shows, it was loaded with career-spanning faves like "Thunder Road," "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," "Hungry Heart" and plenty more. He was joined on stage by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello for "The Ghost of Tom Joad," one of the many tracks Tom contributed to on Bruce's new album. Pictures from the show and the full setlist are in this post.
The Boss will also be not far from NYC this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday (5/17) and Sunday (5/18). Both of those shows are sold out.
More pictures, and the setlist, below...
Clampdown (The Clash cover)
Candy's Room (Sign Request)
Roulette (Sign Request)
Death to My Hometown
High Hopes (The Havalinas cover)
Be True (Tour premiere)
The E Street Shuffle (Sign Request)
Lost in the Flood
For You (Solo piano)
Prove It All Night ('78 intro)
The Promised Land
Mary's Place (Sign Request)
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Ghost of Tom Joad (W/ Tom Morello on shared vocals)
Light of Day
Surprise, Surprise (Solo acoustic)
The Wall (Sign Request)
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)