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Published: 2014/04/13

Bruce Springsteen Plays Cover-Heavy Set in Virginia

Covers have been the name of the game on the High Hopes tour so far for Bruce Springsteen. Whether overseas or in the States, The Boss is consistently surprising crowds with his cover selection, with the band most recently covering Van Halen’s “Jump,” Lorde’s “Royals” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

Last night in Virginia Beach, Springsteen incorporated eight covers during the 28-song set, including the opener, Bill Deal & The Rhondels’ “May I,” which served as a live premiere for the band. Moving through the set, the hall of fame E Street Band also delivered a tour debut of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes’ (frequent E Street Band collaborators) “Talk to Me” as well as Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl.”

To kick off the encore, Bruce offered his rendition of Joe Grushecky’s “The Wall” as well as “Seven Nights to Rock” from Moon Mullican. The classic “Born to Run” was sandwiched in between the two covers. The show closed with The Isley Brothers classic “Shout” and an intimate solo version of “Thunder Road” with Bruce alone on stage.

Heres a look at the setlist from last night:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
April 12, 2014
Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA

May I (Bill Deal & The Rhondels)
Mary’s Place
High Hopes
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Wrecking Ball
Death to My Hometown
Hungry Heart
Sherry Darling
Talk to Me (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)
Seaside Bar Song
Jersey Girl (Tom Waits)
Heaven’s Wall
Because the Night (Patti Smith)
She’s the One
Darlington County
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Ghost of Tom Joad
The Rising
Land of Hope and Dreams

The Wall (Joe Grushecky)
Born to Run
Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican)
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Shout (The Isley Brothers)

Second Encore:
Thunder Road


There are 14 comments associated with this post

Deadhead April 13, 2014, 11:35:16

Talk To Me and Because the Night are not cover tunes. They were both written by Bruce!!!

bekemp April 13, 2014, 12:21:42

The “covers” made the show. Talk to Me (now to be known as the Hair-dryer Song), Seven Nights to Rock, Shout, Jersey Girl and Tom Morello’s guitar on Ghost of Tom Joad were the highlights. Good evening last night. Bruce is still proves it all night!!

Prettygirl April 13, 2014, 12:52:57

Very nearly the most overrated singer/performer in the world.

DJ Damage April 13, 2014, 15:27:12

“Pretty” Girl…good one!! Your tone and conviction betray you, and it is clear you think exactly the opposite…The DJ is also a couch psychiatrist, dontcha know! We all know Bruce is boss and that you are in fact an Ugly Little Boy! Sorry, had to out ya! The DJ knows all! Ask Buttfuckles Mc Twatt!

Raiders757 April 13, 2014, 16:49:38

Prettygirl, to each their own. I’m not a huge Springsteen fan, but I was at this concert last night, and it was easily one of the better shows I’ve ever seen. There is nothing overrated about Bruce Springsteen what-so-ever. Last night was nothing short of amazing. I had a seat, but my rear end never touched it. This man is a legend. True Rock-n-Roll royalty.

MarZaPhiGar April 13, 2014, 22:54:48

If nothing else, despite his age and the fact that he does NOT need the money, Bruce delivers NIGHT AFTER NIGHT for his fans. Can the same be said for ANY BAND in the jam scene? Hm?

Funked Up April 14, 2014, 08:56:53

Pretty convinced that Bruce’s guitar is never really plugged in when he plays.

PM April 14, 2014, 09:13:18

Nobody better than Bruce folks

LK April 14, 2014, 11:04:45

Talk To Me. Because the Night are not cover tunes. The Wall was inspired by Joe Grushecky – written by Bruce. While a cover, Bruce has been playing Jersey Girl for 30 years. So, 4 covers doesn’t make it a “heavy cover” set. Especially given the covers he’s adopted and made his own over the years (7 nights, Jersey Girl). Even Shout is pretty standard for him.

Sean April 14, 2014, 15:54:46

Intimate solo version of Thunder Road? It was full band!

MarZaPhiGar April 15, 2014, 00:45:34

Huge Tom Waits fan here. Jersey Girl, on the face of it, seems like a song Bruce SHOULD have written (he even adds his own lyrics). I appreciate Bruce’s take on it- he brings a warmth to it that only a guy from down the shore could. Waits’ version, however, hits home more for me, because it’s a wistfull sort of broken-man still holding on to a shred of a skewed version of an idealized life. It fits in beautifully with the greater narrative of Heartattack and Vine- my 2nd favorite (after Nighthawks) record by TW. I can listen to Nighthawks when I’m in any mood, but H&V requires a kind of strength- it’s just so goddamn sad. I don’ think I’ve ever gotten through On the Nickel or Ruby’s Arms without tearing up (incidentally, Frente! does a pretty admirable cover of Ruby’s..complete with muted trombone solo- TW must LOVE it!).

Mitch K April 15, 2014, 05:15:15

Those aren’t ‘covers’ because someone else did them. Springsteen wrote Because the Night and co-wrote Talk to Me. Can’t call them covers Mr. Unnamed writer.

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