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Bruce Springsteen – Stockholm Stadion, Sweden, 2009-06-07

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The last concert of Bruce Springsteen’s trio of shows at Stockholm Stadion is so far the longest concert on the Working on a Dream tour, clocking in at 3 hours and 6 minutes. We got to the venue around 12, since we figured there would be a lot more people waiting in line since it was a Sunday, and there certainly were. We were something like number 740 in line. The distribution of the wristbands had worked great on both Thursday and Friday, but at the third concert it was total chaos as soon as they started handing out the wristbands. People were cutting in line, and I ended up with a broken wristband at first. Luckily I was able to trade it.

This time we decided to stand on Little Steven’s side of the stage. In keeping with tradition, the concert started with Idas Sommarvisa. At first we were worried that Clarence wasn’t there, cause he didn’t walk on together with Bruce. But as soon as Bruce came on to the stage he walked over to Clarence’s side to get the Big Man who was waiting on the side.

The first actual song was No Surrender, and it sounded great! It was so nice that we got a different opener for every show. The second song, as always, was Badlands. As far as I am concerned, I can’t get enough of that song. Darkness on the Edge of Town is my favorite Springsteen album. The third song was Night. Man, that’s a cool song, but I couldn’t help being a little disappointed cause I had been hoping to hear She’s the One or Backstreets during the last concert.

The Boss threw in 11 new songs for this show: No surrender, Night, Spirit in the Night, The River, Mony Mony, Trapped, Fade Away, Surprise, Surprise, Working on the Highway, Jungleland, and Ramrod. This brings the total number of different songs played during the three nights to 54. The audience was really good during the first two shows, but I felt that the audience seemed a bit dull on the last night. And those that weren’t just standing there were drunk off their asses. We ended up having to move around a bit to avoid the biggest idiots. Also, keep in mind that we were in the pit, close to the stage, where you’d think most people would be hard core fans.

The first highlight of the evening was Spirit in the Night. This is one of my absolute favorite Springsteen live moments so far. Bruce did part of the song lying down on the middle catwalk, letting the crowd touch him. After the obligatory and awesome Seeds and Johnny 99 highlight number two came: The River! It sounded so good, and Bruce did a great falsetto part towards the end of the song.

Then it was sign collecting time! I brought my Jungleland sign, and Irma (my wife) brought her Jersey Girl sign. We ran up to the side stage, and were maybe just three rows back. When Bruce came around he went straight for my Jungleland sign! I couldn’t believe it! I screamed out “Thank you Bruce!”. I know he couldn’t hear me, but anyway, it was the closest I’ll ever come to Bruce Springsteen. It was so cool to see him walking with my Jungleland sign back to the stage!

He started the request section with Mony Mony which was tons of fun! He also did Trapped and a real rarity, Fade Away from the album The River. Bruce was saying how he was hoping they wouldn’t fuck it up, but it really sounded great. The first couple of minutes was just a monologue by Bruce where he talked about how you have to get down on your knees and beg for a second chance from the woman you love – brilliant!

Irma’s highlight of the show was Working on the Highway. We had heard it in Gothenburg last year, and it was such a fun live song. I also have to mention Radio Nowhere. This song is really great live, far better than on the album, and there’s a break that they’ve added where Jay Weinberg really gets to shine. That boy sure knows how to play the drums!

Thunder Road was the first song of the encore, during which Little Steven came out to the side stage by us. I ran over there and got to stand real close as Miami Steve strummed away. And then it was time for my request, Jungleland! I was so happy to finally get to hear this song live. It’s really great that they have Soozie in the band now, so they can do the violin intro. The Big Man took center stage for his solo and it sounded just fantastic! It was such a treat and I just stood there savoring every last one of those nine minutes of rock history. Thank you Bruce!

I really like how Bruce ends Land of Hope and Dreams with the snippet of People Get Ready, very soulful. Luckily Bruce did American Land again. As I’ve mentioned before, both Irma and I love that song. We were dancing around arm in arm, what a laugh that was! Bruce then did one more request, Ramrod. It was four girls standing right in front of us that had requested it, and they went nuts! As fun as it was to hear Ramrod, I was kind of disappointed cause it made Bruce skip Rosalita, which was on the original setlist. Man, I had really counted on getting to hear it at least once during those three nights. But who am I to complain, I enjoyed three of the best concerts ever, and Bruce played my request!

The show closed with the stadium breaker, Twist n’ Shout. Someone had handed Bruce a sign that said “Break stadiums not asses”, referring to his fall during American Land at the first Stockholm show. This night the E Street Band threw in a snippet of La Bamba in Twist n’ Shout. At 23:23, they all lined up and said good night, with Bruce promising that they would be back. Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later…

Setlist:

Start: 20:17

0. Idas Sommarvisa
1. No surrender
2. Badlands
3. Night
4. My Lucky Day
5. Outlaw Pete
6. Spirit in the Night
7. Working on a Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. The River
11. Mony Mony (Request)
12. Trapped (Request)
13. Fade Away (Little Steven’s Request)
14. Surprise, Surprise (Request)
15. Waitin´ on a Sunny Day
16. The Promised Land
17. Working on the Highway
18. Radio Nowhere
19. Lonesome Day
20. The Rising
21. Born to Run

Encore:

22. Thunder Road
23. Jungleland (My Request!!!)
24. Land of Hope and Dreams
25. American Land
26. Ramrod (Request)
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. Twist´n Shout

End: 23:23

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Check out these great videos on YouTube:


Bruce Springsteen – Seeds (Outro Solo), My video


Bruce Springsteen – Idas Sommarvisa


Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender

Bruce Springsteen – Badlands – Night


Bruce Springsteen Collecting Signs (and my Jungleland sign!)

6 Responses to “Bruce Springsteen – Stockholm Stadion, Sweden, 2009-06-07”

  1. HeatherJ says:

    That’s very cool that he took your sign!!! Sounds like great shows!

  2. Jackie says:

    Awesome concert! I saw him at Giants Stadium in November. He play a lot of the same songs with a few exceptions. He play Wrecking Ball, which is a song he wrote for his Giant Stadium shows. Awesome song! Definitely check it out. He also played Rosalita and Jersey Girl at his NJ shows. So lucky that you got to be up so close!

  3. Daniel says:

    I wish I would’ve gone to the Giants Stadium shows! I was very close to booking a ticket and going over there. Wrecking Ball is a great song. Really jealous you got both Rosalita and Jersey Girl! :)

  4. TV says:

    Hey Mister,

    please wait a moment, and think about the jungleland sign!

    You can watch all vids on Youube or whereever you find some and I swear no vid will show you with an Jungleland sign! The sign Bruce and Steve put at the mic before the song starts was the sign of a friend of mine and i dont think that you are the guy…

    So stop fooling around!

  5. Daniel says:

    Hey back at ya Mister!

    If you took the time to read my post you would notice that nowhere do I write that Bruce held up my Jungleland sign before they played the song!

    He did however take my sign when he was collecting signs, something that is pretty clear if you watch this video. From about 20sec and onwards, you can clearly see Bruce walking around with my Jungleland sign! So get your facts straight before you accuse someone of lying!

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