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Springsteen tears up Tampa, heads for Boston

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 24, 2012 01:06 AM

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Pardon the non-baseball entry on the blog. But I hope some of you out there have tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Garden on Monday night.

Just caught the show in Tampa. It was nearly three hours long and for the third show of what is expected to be an 18-month tour, it was amazingly tight.

Springsteen did a bunch of songs off his new "Wrecking Ball" record. And while that record is fairly stark, the songs take on new life on stage. He also broke out some Motown, several of his classics and an old Southside Johnny favorite that he wrote.

The set list:

1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Wrecking Ball
3. Prove It All Night
4. Death To My Hometown
5. City of Ruins
6. Does This Bus Stop on 82nd Street?
7. Talk to Me
8. Jack of All Trades
9. Atlantic City
10. Easy Money
11. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
12. The Promised Land
13. The Way You Do the Things You Do / 634-5789
14. American Skin (41 Shots)
15. Radio Nowhere
16. The Rising
17. We Are Alive
18. Thunder Road
19. Rocky Ground
20. Land of Hope and Dreams
21. Born To Run
22. Dancing in the Dark
23. Glory Days
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

The last song is being done as a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons. His son Jared was on stage tonight for it. Clarence's nephew, Jake, is taking over the sax in the band and is tremendous. There's also four other horn players, two backup singers and a percussionist. In all 17 people on stage.

The set list will change up a bit for Boston. Expect a great show as Bruce always like playing in the Hub. But Tampa will be tough to top. It was one of his best.

There were — no exaggeration — about 15 or so baseball media folks in the audience. When the Boss is playing Florida during spring training, how can you pass it up?

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