BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E.STREET BAND – ” Santa Claus Is Comin To Town “

Posted: May 26, 2016 in MUSIC
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With a shout of “270 days till Christmas!” Bruce Springsteen introduced “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” at his concert with the E Street Band at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. On A Rain Soaked Day Bruce Springsteen and the E.Street Band opened the UK leg of his current “River” Tour

The classic holiday song, which Bruce Springsteen and the band have been performing since 1973, most frequently makes its appearance in E Street Band setlists in the seasonal winter time, though there have been some spring and summer performances before, most recently in May 2014 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

A fan wearing a Santa suit made the request by holding up a sign reading, “Santa Claus is coming to Manchester.”

“What’s the story with the guy in the Santa Claus suit?” Springsteen asked, from the stage. “Is there some connection between Manchester and Santa Claus that I’m not aware of?”

Springsteen then invited the guy to come onstage and sing with the band. After the song, he said: “Let’s hear it for Santa … only in Manchester! Only here. It’s the only place that’s gonna happen. Nobody knew that Manchester was where Santa lives in the off-season. Now we know.”

Bruce Springsteen isn’t the sort to cut corners but leaving out some of ‘The River’ tracks  feels like the right decision for his stadium gigs, but means he can wheel out other songs from his amazing catalogue like “Darkness on the Edge of Town, the sublime “Because the Night”  and “Backstreets” , The Rising, 10th Avenue Freeze Out and exquisite rocker “Johnny 99”.  Song from the set “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” and “Hungry Heart”, the most rousing song , ‘The River’, seem positively frivolous compared to the bleakness and high drama of “Point Blank”

The second half of the set features ‘Born in the USA’ tracks – “Darlington County”, “Working on the Highway” and, best of all, the perfectly gorgeous Bobby Jean and Fan favourite) Dancing in the Dark on which Springsteen brings a female on stage. The Boss has always been unapologetically crowd-pleasing and generous – and it’s a huge part of his appeal. He’s not embarrassed to entertain . He runs through the crowd for Hungry Heart, he brings up a young 12 year old girl who is at her first concert for Waitin’ on a Sunny Day and doesn’t stop grinning throughout this giddy experience.

Setlist for 25th May 2016 Manchester Etihad Stadium

1. Atlantic City
2. Murder Incorporated
3. Badlands
4. The Ties That Bind
5. Sherry Darling
6. Two Hearts
7. No Surrender
8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
9. Hungry Heart
10. Out in the Street
11. Darkness on the Edge of Town
12. Crush on You
13. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
14. I Wanna Marry You
15. The River
16. Point Blank
17. Johnny 99
18. Darlington County
19. Working on the Highway
20. The Promised Land
21. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
22. Because the Night
23. The Rising
24. Thunder Road
25. Backstreets
26. Born to Run
27. Glory Days
28. Dancing in the Dark
29. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
30. Shout
31. Bobby Jean
32. This Hard Land (solo)

Bruce Springsteen performing at the Etihad Stadium

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