Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the second North American leg of their Wrecking Ball World Tour with three shows in the Boston Area this week culminating at Gillette Stadium last night. The Boss has kept the tour’s trend of marathon performances with rarities galore going into Beantown. The leg’s opening show at Fenway saw the band cover John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom and The Standells’ Dirty Water, both tour debuts, while the second Fenway performance brought tour debuts of Knock On Wood by Eddie Floyd and Gary U.S. Bond’s Quarter To Three.
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Last night in Foxboro, Springsteen bid adieu to New England with a 28-song, 3:15 scorcher that included two more tour debuts. Bruce recorded Open All Night for his Nebraska album in 1982 and rarely played it afterwards until 2006′s Seeger Sessions Tour when he re-imagined the tune into a folk-rocker. In response to a sign from a crowd member, Springsteen and the E Street Band offered their first-ever electric version of Open All Night which resembled the Seeger Sessions arrangement. And believe it or not that wasn’t the most rare song of the night. During the encore The Boss and his band covered Dobie Gray’s timeless one-hit-wonder Drift Away – a song Springsteen and the E Street Band had only performed twice previously with both prior versions coming in 1984. Take a look…
The Foxboro crowd was also treated to the first U.S. version of Jungleland since the Big Man passed.
Next, the tour crosses into Canada for a show at Rogers Centre on Friday.