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This is actually somewhat similar to the Los Angeles show I saw with my dad two days later on April 26th, and funny, it was my first too! My dad had seen about a dozen before, and this time he took me, his 13-year-old daughter. (I'm 14 now.) We started off with "Badlands", and I got a huge adrenaline rush and even began to cry tears of joy. It was also really nice to welcome Jake into the band with his first sax solo of the night, even though he really never can replace Clarence. Then we got "We Take Care of Our Own", "Wrecking Ball", and "The Ties That Bind", followed by "Death to My Hometown", "My City of Ruins", "The E Street Shuffle", and then a short monologue before "Jack of All Trades" explaining the message behind it. Then the show got wired again after "Something in the Night" when we got into "Candy's Room", then "She's the One", "Easy Money", "Waitin' On A Sunny Day", "The Promised Land", and then the "Apollo Medley". We were all delighted to see Tom Morello take the stage to join Springsteen in "The Ghost of Tom Joad", which was just legendary. When that sadly had to come to an end, we got "Lonesome Day" and "The Rising", two great songs to play back-to-back. I was really glad to see them. After that came "We Are Alive" and "Land of Hope and Dreams", which were just beyond words with the addition of the horns. The band took their first bow, which was followed by "Rocky Ground", "California Sun", and then the necessary "Born to Run". As a huge fan, it was just a great feeling to just be part of the crowd's voice. I personally thought "Dancing in the Dark" live was even better than the original version, especially with the horns. Last came, of course, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", with a tribute to Clarence that brought tears to my eyes. It was great to see they recognized Danny too. So that was the night my life was completely changed. Unfortunately I was born in '98 instead of the '60s, so I didn't have the chance to follow Bruce from the beginning. I became a regular fan over the last two or three years, but on April 26th I became a diehard Tramp, and I've become even more so ever since. I read everything I could find on Bruce after than, I loaded all of my dad's Springsteen CDs to my iPod (note that even before that, I couldn't stand modern pop or most rap any more than I can now, with the exception to "Rocky Ground" and the pop Springsteen songs--I was born and raised a rock n' roll girl), and I even began reading one of his biographies Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock N' Roll... (to be continued)
I watched his live concert DVDs on my laptop over the summer, and now my mom says I scare her with how much trivia I know. I know all the lyrics to most of Bruce's songs, and I got a growing hunger to see another show. It was more like a need to go again. So when my dad offered to take me to the December 4th show (which I was planning on asking him about the day later, just before the tickets went on sale) I didn't hesitate for a second. It was four days before my birthday, and that was by far the greatest night of my life, and the single best birthday present anybody has ever gotten. My dad told me of all the shows he's seen, that was by far one of the best. (You've probably already heard of this site, but go here for the 12-4-12 setlist--it was just loaded with incredible songs. http://brucespringsteen.net/2012?cat=8#setList ) Most of all, I fell in love with Springsteen's lyrics. I can tell they really brought me closer to maturity, and ever since April I didn't care about what others thought of me anymore, or who to crush on next, or even TV shows. It just didn't matter. I really began caring about the morals of the songs I loved, like social justice, faith, true love, politics, the economy, America...you should get that I can only name a few. Springsteen has and will always be a huge part of my life, and nothing I could ever say or do could repay my dad for making that happen (my mom's more of a Journey fan, and even though I love Journey there's only one Boss). I'm hoping it doesn't take too long for another album (I'm hoping maybe 2016?), and I'm sure we'll get a song to Clarence next time. P.S. You're really lucky to have seen "Out In The Streets", my dad and I've both been wanting to see it live for a long time! (Well, for my dad, he's wanted to see it again, and me for the first time.) It's got a great tune, and I love the chant the audience gets to sing, it adds a perfect touch. Hopefully he'll play it whenever I see a third show, and I'm crossing my fingers that'll be around fall 2012.
I meant to say fall 2013