Jan. 16, 2016: Springsteen Covers Bowie as Tour Opens

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When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their massive anniversary tour for The River in 2016, it was less than one week after the death of David Bowie. Following the 28-song main set at the January 16, 2016, opening concert at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., the band paid tribute to the legend.

As they came back on stage for their encore, The Boss said: “I don’t know if people know it, but he supported our music way, way, way back in the very beginning in 1973. I visited him in Philly while he was making the Young Americans record. He was a big supporter of ours. We’re thinking of him.”

Watch the band perform a spirited version of “Rebel Rebel”

The previous October 17, Springsteen celebrated the 35th anniversary of The River – the album that earned him his first #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and brought us the classic rock song “Hungry Heart.” The 4-CD, 3-DVD box set is packed with concert footage, unreleased outtakes and a documentary that explores his experience writing and recording the album. See our earlier item here.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band January 16, 2016 Setlist:
1. Meet Me in the City
The River
2. The Ties That Bind
3. Sherry Darling
4. Jackson Cage
5. Two Hearts
6. Independence Day
7. Hungry Heart
8. Out in the Street
9. Crush on You
10. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
11. I Wanna Marry You
12. The River
13. Point Blank
14. Cadillac Ranch
15. I’m a Rocker
16. Fade Away
17. Stolen Car
18. Ramrod
19 The Price You Pay
20. Drive All Night
21. Wreck on the Highway
22. Badlands
23. Wrecking Ball
24. Backstreets
25. Because the Night
26. Brilliant Disguise
27. The Rising
28. Thunder Road
1. Rebel Rebel
2. Bobby Jean
3. Dancing in the Dark
4. Born to Run
5. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
6. Shout

Watch them perform “Hungry Heart” that same night

Springsteen and the E Street Band have a big tour ahead. Tickets are available here and on StubHub.

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  1. rick reed
    #1 rick reed 17 January, 2021, 15:37

    Great Showman for sure. Concerts are always fun

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  2. Rollbert
    #2 Rollbert 17 January, 2023, 08:44

    That is quite a set list. There is a greyhound bus that goes from Asbury to Philly. Its hard to imagine the Boss on board but it was 1973.

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