Bruce Springsteen Breaks Own Record: 4-Hour Show!

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Bruce Springsteen a MetLife Stadium, August 23, 2016 via npicco3 Instagram

Bruce Springsteen a MetLife Stadium, August 23, 2016 via npicco3 Instagram

On August 24, 2016, we reported that Bruce Springsteen had played the longest American show of his career the previous night: 3 hours and 52 minutes. Two nights later, at the same venue, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Springsteen and the E Street Band played an even longer one. He wasn’t done yet: On August 30, Bruce broke his own record, playing for 4 hours and 1 minute without a break. Not only was it his longest show ever on American soil (according to Springsteen watchers who keep track of these things); it was the second longest of his career overall. For the occasion, Bruce broke out several tunes he hadn’t played before on his current tour. In fact, he opened the show with 11 (!) straight tunes dating from 1973 or earlier. You can see the entire set list here. (See a great video below.)

He’s a month shy of 67, but if anyone thinks Bruce Springsteen might start getting soft any day now, consider this: On August 23, on his home turf at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, he played what was reportedly the longest show he’s ever performed in the United States: nearly four hours—without a break.

Update: Here are two favorites from the August 30 concert.  Nice seats!

And, according to reports from those who attended, Springsteen and the E Street Band were not even close to phoning it in. Although still technically part of their The River Tour, which has been going, on and off, since January, the band did not play the entire album of that title, although they did tuck in seven songs from it. Those tunes encompassed 20 percent of a 35-song marathon that was full of surprises from the opening number.

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That opener let fans know that this was going to be one special night. For “New York Serenade,” which closed out Springsteen’s second album, 1973’s The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, a string section joined the band onstage (they later returned for “Jack of All Trades”).

Watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with strings, performing “New York City Serenade” at MetLife Stadium

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Other highlights included a dead-of-summer “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” in response to a fan’s sign request, on August 23.

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The show ended with a fireworks display to the tune of “Jersey Girl.”

Related: Springsteen’s foreword to his upcoming autobiography

Below, the entire setlist:

New York City Serenade
Wrecking Ball
Something in the Night
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Spirit in the Night
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Independence Day
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Growin’ Up
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Death to My Hometown
Mansion on the Hill
Jack of All Trades
My Hometown
The River
American Skin (41 Shots)
The Promised Land
Working on the Highway
Darlington County
Because the Night
She’s the One
Brilliant Disguise
The Rising
Land of Hope and Dreams (with “People Get Ready” outro)

Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Bobby Jean
Jersey Girl

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