Bruce Springsteen began his 18-week "Springsteen on Broadway" run at NYC's Walter Kerr Theatre on Tuesday night (10/3). According to the NY Daily News, he dedicated the show to Tom Petty, and Bruce had shared a tribute earlier in the day via social media:
Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.
- Bruce Springsteen
Your upcoming Broadway show sounds retrospective in nature. Is it based on your autobiography?
Yeah, there’s a loose connection to the arc of the book, in that it sort of starts at the beginning and goes from there. I read a little bit from it, I tell some stories and play some music — that’s basically the show. Back in the early ’70s, when we played smaller places, there was a lot of time for storytelling; people were up close and it was fun, so it’s a bit of a return to some of that. We needed a place that was very small, so that’s how we ended up on Broadway, where all the beautiful small theaters are. I had been thinking about doing something that combined the book and music for a while, and I performed it once. In the last few weeks of the Obama Administration, I played at the White House in the East Room for about 300 people, and I brought this idea down there and it felt really good. I haven’t really played a venue of that size in probably 40 years.
Are you playing the same basic set every night?
It’s pretty scripted in the sense that it will be very close to the same every night. I’m sure things will shift a little as I go, but it’s pretty set and that’s what makes it a little bit different. It’s not just a random collection of songs on a nightly basis.
You can check out the setlist and a few more instagrams, below. Did you go?
"Springsteen on Broadway" runs though February 3 and is very sold out.
SELITST: Bruce Springsteen @ Walter Kerr Theatre 10/3/2017 (via)
My Father's House
The Promised Land
Born in the U.S.A.
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Tougher Than the Rest
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Long Walk Home
Dancing In The Dark
Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run