Sunday, 31 March 2013

Hanging Rock - Show 1

Hanging Rock - 1

Ticket: A Reserve, seated (Block A7, Row N)

Stepping out of the mostly seated arenas and back onto the outdoor stage in front of thousands on the Macedon Ranges, there was no doubt that The E Street Band had come to rock Hanging Rock.

Mainly because they have rocked Australia eight times already, but also because Springsteen has pretty much tells the crowd that every night - regardless of whether he says those exact words.

The atmosphere at Hanging Rock was ultimately different from the outset, by time the band burst open with Badlands, everyone was already in great voice and spirit.

Possibly because of the easy to get to bar for anyone in the seated or front standing area, but maybe also for some reason a lot of Australians seem to love Jimmy Barnes and his old-time shouty rants.

For me, despite getting the atmosphere up, the duet between him and Springsteen was painful for Tunnel Of Love - and heading into night 2 I'm seriously hoping that Springsteen looks to the great-sounding rising Australian band The Rubens for any onstage partnership.

Other than that, it was business as usual for the band as they blasted out most of the songs already heard on the Australian tour.

And when I say business as usual, I mean a fantastic show with a few nice surprises.

An acoustic If I Should Fall Behind was an excellent request to start the encore, right after Springsteen's fans took his spiritual, preacher-like stage presence one step further by asking him to rub her belly in the hope it would better the chances of her having a baby.

Meanwhile the return of Prove It All Night, Atlantic City and Glory Days were brilliant choices that the very mention of seemed to get some fans on the otherside of the world very excited.

Absent again was the E Street roll call infused My City Of Ruins, but back on the outdoor stage the crowd did get to see the great band sign off in all it's cartoon graphic glory.

And one particular highlight was the request of Because The Night - normally an amazing song often brought out on stage but on a night where guitarist Nils Lofgren had already impressed with a solo in Prove It All Night, it was Springsteen who took lead guitar duties and powered out the awesome guitar solo.

Adding in another unexpected highlight into the growing list from this tour.

Setlist

1. Badlands
2. Prove It All Night
3. High Hopes
4. We Take Care Of Our Own
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Death To My Hometown
7. Hungry Heart
8. Spirit In The Night
9. Tougher Than The Rest (w/Jimmy Barnes)
10. The River
11. Atlantic City
12. Johnny 99
13. Pay Me My Money Down
14. Darlington County
15. Shackled and Drawn
16. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
17. The Promised Land
18. The Rising
19. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
20. Thunder Road

21. If I Should Fall Behind (Request)
22. Because The Night (Request)
23. Born To Run
24. Glory Days
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out