Bruce Springsteen Delivers "Fire" To Two LA Audiences With Wife

Bruce Springsteen will never be known as someone who doesn't give his all when on stage. Now in his 70s, he's still delivering epic sets with few breaks, that can go on for hours.

But there is a theory that when he plays New Jersey, New York, and LA, he gives it a little bit extra.

After two nights at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, it's hard not to sign off on that thesis.

They're not booing, they're saying Bruuuuuuce – By Kia Forum

Thursday, April 4, Bruce and his merry band rocked the arena that was once home to Magic Johnson's Lakers and Wayne Gretzky's Kings for three hours and 20 minutes. He opened with a John Lee Hooker classic, rolled out some tour debuts, and even had a romantic duet with his wife, Patti Scialfa.

After taking Friday and Saturday off, Springsteen and the E. Street Band still had some tricks up their sleeves, starting with the opener, "Open All Night."

"Open All Night" kicked off the second Forum show. Good night, good luck, one-two power shift.

Originally recorded as a rollicking acoustic ditty from the otherwise gloomy 1982 Nebraska, during the Seeger Sessions Tour of 2006 the Boss rearranged it with a folk big band swing that seems unwieldy in concert but it works. Fans of the 2007 live album and DVD Live From Dublin are familiar with this version, but few recently have heard it live as Bruce hasn't done it since 2014.

It's a great way to kick off the show because many members of his large touring band are able to solo, including the Mighty Max Weinberg on drums. When was the last time you heard a drum solo in the first song in the set?

Patti returned to the stage on Sunday for the two songs she sang with her man on Friday. The couple sang "Tougher Than The Rest" together from the somber follow up of Born in the USA, 1987's Tunnel of Love.

They also did the steamy lust song "Fire" he first wrote for Elvis Presley to sing, but when the King passed away and it didn't make the cut on '78's Darkness on the Edge of Town it was given to the Pointer Sisters who turned it into a Top 10 hit.

Patti was a member of the E Street Band seven years before marrying the literal boss so when she missed several performances over the last few tours people raised suspicions. In fact when you look at the setlists, it is noted every time she is not there.

Which is what made "Fire" so wonderful. They were playful together, loving, and cute. It's just the second time he's played it since 2017.

A very different mood was created when Tom Morello was invited on stage.

The former Rage Against the Machine guitar hero and once-E Streeter, himself, joined Bruce and the band for the powerful "American Skin (41 Shots )" about the wrongful death of an unarmed man at the hands of the NYPD.

Morello also performed the title track of The Ghost of Tom Joad, a song Rage covered 114 times.

These were also two songs Springsteen hadn't played in a while: "41 Shots" was last performed in 2017 and "Tom Joad" hadn't haunted a crowd since 2016.

The celebs who packed the Forum, from Batman to The Fonz were delighted.

The romantic "Sherry Darling" made an appearance for the first time on this tour. "Born in the USA" was left off, as it has been recently. But the crowd pleasing "Detroit Medley" ended the second encore with a bang.

There's one thing Springsteen did Sunday night that should be noted that he often does that other artists should mimic.

During "Hungry Heart," his first Top 10 hit (he's only had a dozen - and zero number ones), he made sure to walk to the back of the stage and give some face time to the fans who bought the behind-the-stage seats.

For many this is the closest they'll ever get to their favorite artists, and for others this is the best ticket they can afford. So when the star spends even a minute engaging with the fans back there, it's precious.

Bruce and the band jet back to the east coast for a handful of make up dates they had to postpone when health issues struck the star.

Then next month they head to Europe for a few months before returning to North America in the summer. Get your tickets on Bruce's website.

Bruce Springsteen 2024 Tour Dates:
04/12 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
04/15 – Albany, NY @ MVP Arena
04/18 – Syracuse, NY @ JMA Wireless Dome
04/21 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
05/05 – Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium
05/09 – Belfast, UK @ Boucher Road
05/12 – Kilkenny, IE @ Nowlan Park
05/16 – Cork, IE @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh
05/19 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
05/22 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
05/25 – Marseille, FR @ Orange Vélodrome
05/28 – Prague, CZ @ Airport Letnany
06/01 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
06/03 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
06/12 – Madrid, ES @ Cívitas Metropolitano
06/14 – Madrid, ES @ Cívitas Metropolitano
06/20 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadi Olímpic
06/27 – Nijmegen, NE @ Goffertpark
07/02 – Werchter, BE @ Werchter Park
07/05 – Hannover, DE @ Heinz von Heiden Arena
07/09 – Odense, DK @ Dyrskuepladsen
07/12 – Helsinki, FI @ Olympic Stadium
07/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/18 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/21 – Bergen, NO @ Dokken
07/25 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
07/27 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
08/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
08/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
09/07 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
09/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Oriole Park at Camden Yards
10/31 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
11/06 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
11/09 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
11/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre
11/16 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
11/19 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
11/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

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Last updated: 25 May 2024, 00:57 Etc/UTC