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WATCH Bruce Springsteen First Song Opening Night in Atlanta

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Photo by Elizabeth Brewer

Photo by Elizabeth Brewer

[photogallerylink id=91752 align=right]It’s the first night of Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour and the Atlanta audience at the sold-out Philips Arena is chanting “BRUUUUUUUUCE.” At 8:07, the lights went dim and James Brown‘s “I Feel Good” came over the speakers. With 17 people on stage, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band busted into “We Take Care Of Our Own.”


“Happy to kick off in Atlanta to see if this sh*t works!” Bruce shouted to the crowd.

[pullquote quote=”Happy to kick off in Atlanta to see if this sh*t works!” credit=”Bruce Springsteen to the Atlanta audience”]In typical Springsteen fashion, he talked to the crowd and genuinely seemed thrilled to be there. He mentioned that he had a fond place in his heart for Atlanta and talked about recording the albums “Magic,” “The Rising” and “Working On A Dream” here.

During the almost 3-hour show, he played more songs from Wrecking Ball including “Shackled And Drawn,” “My City Of Ruins,” (with a band roll-call including a tribute to Clarence Clemons) and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the incredible “American Land.”

The E Street horns, including Clemons nephew Jake, added an incredible element to the performance. Songs like “10th Avenue Freezeout”, “E Street Shuffle” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do/634-5789″ rocked the house.

As is traditional, Bruce brought a young girl on stage with him to dance during “Dancing In The Dark.”


He finished the night with the classic “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.”


Atlanta Set List

  1. We Take Care Of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Badlands
  4. Death to My Hometown
  5. My City of Ruins
  6. The E Street Shuffle
  7. Jack of All Trades
  8. Seeds
  9. Easy Money (Tour Premiere)
  10. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
  11. The Promised Land
  12. The Way You Do the Things You Do (Smokey Robinson cover)
  13. 634-5789 (Wilson Pickett cover)
  14. (Crowed Surfed)
  15. Shackled and Drawn
  16. Lonesome Day (Tour Premiere)
  17. The Rising
  18. We Are Alive
  19. Thunder Road
  20. Encore: Rocky Ground (With Michelle Moore)
  21. Land of Hope and Dreams
  22.  Born to Run (Tour Premiere)
  23. Dancing in the Dark (audience member gets on stage at 9:21 in video above) (Tour Premiere)
  24. American Land (Tour Premiere)
  25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Were you there? What did you think of the show? Comment below!

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