[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
- We Take Care Of Our Own
- Wrecking Ball
- Death to My Hometown
- My City of Ruins
- The E Street Shuffle
- Jack of All Trades
- Easy Money (Tour Premiere)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The Way You Do the Things You Do (Smokey Robinson cover)
634-5789 (Wilson Pickett cover)
Shackled and Drawn
Lonesome Day (Tour Premiere)
We Are Alive
Encore: Rocky Ground (With Michelle Moore)
- Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run (Tour Premiere)
- Dancing in the Dark (audience member gets on stage at 9:21 in video above) (Tour Premiere)
- American Land (Tour Premiere)
- Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
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