Here's a set list from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's second of two shows at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia on Monday. Great show, a superbly focused Labor Day special honing on on the twin themes of "ghosts" and "work."
To answer the questions posed by my early deadline review: No, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who was reportedly watching the show from a Citizens Bank suite, did not come on with Springsteen. And no, "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" was not performed, nor were any of the numerous covers the Boss did the night before.
This was a much more serious affair. There were no covers whatsoever, other than a snippet of the Bo Diddley's "Mona," which usually precedes "She's The One" but here led into "Shackled and Drawn," the Wrecking Ball song in which Springsteen sings "I always love the feel of sweat on my shirt / Stand back, son, and let a man work / Let a man work, is that so wrong?"
The Boss was eloquent and loquacious on Monday, joking about how being in a rock and roll band doesn't amount to a real job, and adding "that's what why we call what we do on stage playing. But we're happy to be here working for you on Labor Day." Before "We Are Alive," he told a lovely story about his mother taking he and his sister out to play in a neighborhood graveyard at twilight when they were kids, and the voices they could hear beneath them if they listened hard.
That ghostly theme was expanded in the intro to "My City Of Ruins," a song which he explained is about not only his adopted hometown of Asbury Park and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, but also the ghosts that we live with every day, whether they're people, like his late band mates Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, or "old buildings, old guitars, old neighborhoods," and "all the things we draw from in our memories in creating our own life."
He also talked about a house his grandparents lived in that was eventually knocked down when the land was bought by the Catholic church. "Another reason to hate Catholicism," he said with a hoarse laugh. "But you're stuck, man! Once you're in, you're in."
All in all, it was a fascinating, self-defining show, with lots of core songs from either the pivotal Darkness On The Edge Of Town or Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., the album that introduced him to the world, plus a lot of other crucial ones, often creatively re-arranged, like "The River," replete with a ghostly (there's that word again) wordless vocal, an emphatic, electric "Atlantic City" and the operatic crowd pleaser "Jungleland." It was a show about who he is, and how the work you do, and the people you love - and lose - make you who you are.
Here's the set list. My review from Tuesday's Inquirer is here.
Factory / Adam Raised A Cain / Streets of Fire / Prove It All Night / Something In The Night / We Take Care Of Our Own / Wrecking Ball / Death To My Hometown / My City Of Ruins / Spirit in the Night / Does This Bus Stop At 82d Street? / It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City / Frankie / Jack Of All Trades / Atlantic City / Darlington County / Mona > Shackled and Drawn / Waiting On A Sunny Day / The River / Lonesome Day / Badlands / Thunder Road / We Are Alive / Born To Run / Dancing In The Dark / Jungleland / Tenth Avenue Freeze Out / American Land