What can I expect out of the 2014 Springsteen setlist?
Its inevitable. Every Springsteen show will have to leave out a few great songs that you couldn’t fathom Bruce not playing. Yet a rock show can only go on so long, and Springsteen adds enough forgotten gems paced against iconic hits to make any setlist come to life.
There are a few odd choices that are baked into the setlist. “Born in the USA” is arguably Springsteen’s greatest hit, and yet its appearance has been rather sporadic. On the other hand, “Born to Run” is a mainstay, as is the groove-based “Dancing in the Dark.”
Springsteen’s latest record, the charmingly evocative High Hopes, is represented with gusto, but High Hopes is not a typical album. Half of it consists of reimagined versions of previous Springsteen songs. Another large chunk of the record is simply covers of classic rock jams. The album has this intriguing aura to it, and the reimagined versions take up a lot of the setlist. The show typically closes with a unique and fresh iteration of Springsteen’s own “Dream Baby Dream.” Throughout the setlist, he teases listeners with an much expanded version of “American Skin (41 Shots)” as well as the Saints cover song, “Just Like Fire Would.”
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” comes out of left field. It is the title track of Springsteen’s 1995 record, buts its inclusion in High Hopes, in a more aggressive and angrier style, makes its name known in the 2014 setlist.
Fans can expect to hear the majority of the songs listed below on a nightly basis.
Friday on My Mind
Out in the Street
Just Like Fire Would
Spirit in the Night
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Adam Raised a Cain
Something in the Night
Racing in the Street
The Promised Land
Streets of Fire
Born in the USA
Prove It All Night
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Land of Hope and Dreams
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Dream Baby Dream
Who is currently backing Bruce on the High Hopes Tour?
Despite the death of some key members, the E Street Band is still in full force (or close to) in 2014, backing Bruce Springsteen on every date. The recent deaths of Clarence Clemons on saxophone and Danny Federici on accordion and organ, passed away in 2011 and 2008 respectively, left a considerable hole in the band that has been difficult to mend.
The current line-up consists of six members, including Steven van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa, Roy Bittan, Garry Tallent, and Max Weinberg. The current line-up dates back to 1984, and Federici and Clemons have not been replaced.
Who is Springsteen’s publicist?
To reach Springsteen for any press reasons, you can contact Shore Fire Media. He works with Marilyn Laverty who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interestingly when Shore Fire was founded in 1990 by Laverty, Springsten was her first and only client. He moved with her when she left publicity at Columbia Records.
John Landau serves as Bruce Springsteen’s manager and has been in that capacity for forty years. Jon Landau Management can be reached at (203) 625-2636. Official inquiries only.
How long is a Springsteen concert?
This can be a tricky one. A few very special shows, such as Springsteen’s first show in South Africa, blew up past the four hour mark. 2013’s Wrecking Ball Tour deployed a 16 piece band to round out the massive scale of sound Springsteen infuses with helpings of soul, jazz, rock, dance, and pop. Typical shows on the Wrecking Ball Tour exceeded three hours. It is safe to say that a Springsteen show will rarely, if ever, go under two hours. One clue is the starting time. Bruce doesn’t employ an opening band and some say he never has. He gets right into the music. As a frame of reference the last time he was in Atlanta and Greensboro, the show started at 8:10 (ticket time of 7:30) and spanned till 10:45.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s concerts?
Simply put you can’t. At least not for the High Hopes Tour. We surveyed ten dates on the current tour and Springsteen isn’t holding anything back for specialty providers like Citi card or AMEX. Hell even LiveNation and the venues can’t even get some of that ticket love.
One thing to be aware of is that select seating across all cities on the tour has been designated as paperless tickets. These are nontransferable tickets which you will enter the venue using your credit card and ID. All members of your party will need to enter together in these instances. Also notice Ticketmaster is enforcing ticket limits for this tour – usually four in the PIT area or eight outside of that zone.
“Good evening, South Africa!” Bruce Springsteen said after taking the stage in front of 10,000 screaming South African fans at Cape Town’s Bellville Velodrome. “So glad to be in your beautiful city!” With that, the E Street Band launched into a rollicking cover of the Special A.K.A.’s “Free Nelson Mandela,” kicking off their 2014 High Hopes tour in a country that Springsteen has never previously played.” – Andy Greene of Rolling Stone
“Epic” is one of those superlatives whose meaning has been watered down in our culture to the point of near-uselessness: like “awesome,” “hilarious” or “superstar.” But to blazes with hyperbole: Tuesday night’s concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was epic, arguably their best local show since the mid-’80s glory days.” – Erik Pedersen of The Hollywood Reporter
“Whether the crowd had seen The Boss’ during his 2013 Wrecking Ball tour or not, the spectacle of an E Street show never fails to diminish. There’s something profound about being able to witness what is essentially the same show twice – or thereabouts – and yet, being moved by it in a greater capacity than before.” – Corey Tonkin of Tonedeaf
Born to Run Tour (1974/1977)
Started September 19, 1974 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania – Ended March 25, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts
Darkness Tour (1978)
Started May 23, 1978 in Buffalo, New York – Ended January 1, 1979 in Richfield Township, Michigan
The River Tour (1980/1981)
Started October 3, 1980 in Ann Arbor, Michigan – Ended September 14, 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Born in the USA Tour (1984/1985)
Started June 29, 1984 in Saint Paul, Minnesota – Ended October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles, California
Human Rights Now! (1988)
Started September 2, 1988 in London, England – Ended October 15, 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina In addition to Springsteen, these Amnesty International shows featured Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman
E Street Reunion Tour (1999/2000)
Started April 9, 1999 in Barcelona, Spain – Ended July 1, 2000 in New York City, New York
The Rising Tour (2002/2003)
Started August 7, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey – Ended October 4, 2004 in New York City, New York
Vote for Change Tour (2004)
Started September 27, 2004 in Seattle, Washington – Ended October 13, 2004 in East Rutherford, New Jersey Springsteen played select shows on the tour including Orlando, Washington D.C., East Rutherford, Saint Paul, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cleveland
Devils and Dust (2005)
Started April 25, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan – Ended November 22, 2005 in Trenton, New Jersey