musicdav24 - 11/9/2009 at 05:52 AM

What a show! Congrats to everyone who was lucky enough to be there!

. Wrecking Ball
2. 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. Price You Pay
20. Drive All Night
21. Wreck on the Highway
22. Waiting on a sunny day
23. Atlantic City
24. Badlands
25. Born to Run
26. Seven Nights to Rock
28. No Surrender
29. American Land
30. Dancing in the Dark
32. Higher and Higher

matt05 - 11/9/2009 at 04:33 PM

lucky bastards

lolasdeb - 11/9/2009 at 04:50 PM

WOW!!! This is quite a setlist!!!

dansod - 11/9/2009 at 04:59 PM

It was awesome.

The River was perfect and fun. Bruce said it was a one night only thing. Luck to be there!

Great energy with the rockers and great passion with the rest. The AC>Badlands>BTR was unreal. House light up starting with Badlands. The place was rocking.

Bruce is the master. Nobody can touch his energy and passion for driving the band/crowd.

He never dissapoints, but MSG brings out the best in the E Street Band. I was their for the last night of the 2000 run. These 2 are in my Top 20. If that was their last MSG show....THANK YOU!

jdaunt - 11/9/2009 at 05:20 PM

Wow! Sounds like an incredible show. Can't wait to see what he does in Detroit Friday. I know they're playing BTR (so after seeing them 3 times I'll finally see Thuner Road) but expecting some other special additions for their possibly last stop in The D.

KenSkiItAll - 11/9/2009 at 06:18 PM

Well for my first Bruce experience ,last night was a blast. Having "The River" as the set piece of the night was great , finding out they had not done this album in it's entirety yet during this tour made it even more special. Kind of like being a more casual ABB fan and going to the Beacon when the ABB did the entire LAFE album or this past years 3-26 show , you didn't realize it was a special show until you spoke to a few Bruce afficanado's who knew this was a special show. I was prepped and had given "The River" a few spins over the last week. The River may not be song for song as spectacular as "Born to Run" or "Darkness on the Edge of Town" but with 20 cuts you get better bang for the buck. I was a little worried that the current huge version of the E Street band wasn't going to sound as good as the smaller band that recorded The River. When they started "The Ties That Bind" I thought it sounded to slick and not as raw as the version on The River , but with the nights second song "Sherry Darling" the sound of the band seemed to come around and they were off to the races. The Rockers were Fun Loud & Driving and the quiter songs were put over wonderfully thanks to what I thought was the best sound system I've ever heard in an arena or larger shed or stadium gig. When Bruce was speaking to the crowd before embarking on The River you could actually understand everything he said , unlike so many other shows when being talked to from the stage seems to come out unintelligable. Major Props to Mighty Max Weinberger !!! If you think Butch gets in a workout with the ABB playing 3 hour sets with a 20 minute break , Mighty Max puts in 3 hours straight with amazing intensity. He must feel great when a slower song like "Point Blank" or "Drive All Night" comes up so he can catch his breath. Along with Bass player Gary Tallent , they are a great bedrock for Bruce's high charged Rock & Roll.

DarylM - 11/9/2009 at 09:38 PM

I was lucky enough to have attended both shows at
MSG. Saturday night was very good but the Sunday gig
was off-the-charts fantastic! A lot of those `RIVER' songs
I hadn't heard live since the 1980-81 tour....really a treat
for this ardent Springsteen fan. I thought that `Drive All
Night' and `New York City Serenade' (from Saturday)
would be royal screw-ups but they were absolutely
Saturday I was right beside the mixing board - just a few
feet from one of Duane Allman's biggest fans, one Jon

KenSkiItAll - 11/10/2009 at 06:32 PM

Came across this review today , thought it was pretty spot on NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played their 1980 album, “The River,” in its entirety Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. And if you weren’t there, you missed your only opportunity to see them do it.

Before playing the first song, “The Ties That Bind,” Springsteen said the full-album sequence would be done “just this one time. It’s too long to do it again.”

“The River” is a double album, with 20 songs, so it took up more than half of the three-hour show. And it helped make this one of the most magical Springsteen concerts in recent memory — a wild ride, full of both boisterous rock songs (“Sherry Darling,” “I’m a Rocker,” “Crush On You”) and soulful ballads (“Stolen Car,” “Drive All Night,” “Independence Day”).

Springsteen dropped to his knees toward the end of the pleading “Fade Away,” and slow-danced with his wife, E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, as saxophonist Clarence Clemons soloed in “I Wanna Marry You.” He crowd-surfed during “Hungry Heart,” and reveled in the raw noise of his guitar strings being dragged across his microphone stand during “Ramrod.”

Many songs from the album have made only rare appearances at Springsteen concerts in recent years. The biggest rarity, “The Price You Pay,” was played for only its second time since 1981.

Virtually everything sounded remarkably fresh. Strangely, by revisiting his past, Springsteen seemed to reinvent himself.

“The River” was the fifth Springsteen album to get song-by-song concert treatment this year, following “Born To Run,” “Born In the U.S.A.,” “The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” (also played just once, at the first of the two Garden shows, Saturday) and “Darkness On the Edge Of Town.” All have been satisfying, though due to its length, its stylistic variety and the number of rarely played songs on it, “The River” was the most breathtaking of all.

Before performing the album, Springsteen talked about it a little, calling it a “gateway to a lot of my future writing.”

“It was a record where I first started to tackle men and women and families and marriage,” he said, adding that the title track led to the writing on his 1982 “Nebraska” album, and that “Stolen Car” did the same for 1987’s “Tunnel Of Love.”

He linked the album to the present by saying it was recorded during a recession. The title track, he said, was written in response to his brother-in-law losing his construction-industry job.

The album was submitted to Springsteen’s record company as a single record, at first. “I took it back, because I didn’t feel it was big enough,” he said.

He wanted to continue with the themes and the kinds of characters he explored in his 1978 “Darkness On the Edge Of Town” album, he said, “and at the same time add the music that made our live shows so much fun and enjoyable for our audience” (meaning the fast-and-playful stuff, like “I’m a Rocker,” “Crush On You” and “Cadillac Ranch”).

After finishing the 20 songs, Springsteen and the five current E Street Band members who played on the album — Clemons, guitarist Steven Van Zandt, drummer Max Weinberg, keyboardist Roy Bittan and bassist Garry Tallent — took a bow together, and Springsteen acknowledged the contributions of the late keyboardist Danny Federici.

Springsteen played just one song, “Wrecking Ball,” before starting the “River” portion of the show, and filled the remainder of the night with signature songs (“Born To Run,” “Badlands,” “Dancing In the Dark”) and giddily upbeat numbers (“Seven Nights To Rock,” “American Land,” a by-request cover of the R&B standard, “Sweet Soul Music”).

He and the band took a stab at another request, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” — whose mellow sentimentality made it seem like a cousin to “I Wanna Marry You” — before ending with the celebratory rave-up, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”

This is officially Springsteen’s “Working On a Dream Tour,” but with “The River” taking up so much space, he didn’t play a single song from the “Working On a Dream” album, which he released in January.

There are six more shows in the tour, but none in New Jersey or New York City. The band is expected to take a long break after the tour is over.

“We’ll be seein’ ya further on up the road,” said Springsteen, at the end of the evening

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