Bruce Springsteen performed two back-to-back shows on Thursday and Friday night (May 22nd and 23rd) with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Soldiers and Sailors Hall. Both nights featured Springsteen digging deep into his catalogue for the shows, bookmarking each concert with solo acoustic performances. Friday night’s solo acoustic set kicked off the show with The Rising’s "Further On (Up The Road)," Magic’s "I’ll Work For Your Love," and Working On A Dream’s "Outlaw Pete." The show featured live standbys "Adam Raised A Cain" and "Pink Cadillac" alongside such rarities as "Racing In The Street '78," and "Save My Love" from The Promise, and the Clarence Clemons Springsteen-written soul workout "Savin’ Up."
The show featured healthy doses of tracks from the early-’90s Human Touch / Lucky Town period -- with Springsteen playing the title tracks to both albums, "Better Days," along with the first live rendition of "Leavin' Train" and a solo acoustic rendition of "My Beautiful Reward," before "The Boss" brought it home on his own with "Jersey Girl."
Thursday's show featured a solo opening set of "Mary Queen Of Arkansas," "Two For The Road," and "Kingdom Of Days." Rarities featured "Hearts Of Stone," the Gruschecky co-write "Code Of Silence," "Leap Of Faith," and solo acoustic show closers of "The Wall" -- in honor of Memorial Day -- and "Incident On 57th Street.”
Bruce Springsteen never takes for granted that he got the calling to become a musician as early as he did: "I wanted to play, I wanted to perform, I wanted to travel. And I wanted to feel as free as I could. I guess I consider myself lucky that when I was a kid I found something that I liked to do. Y'know, something that gave me some sense of personal satisfaction. I mean, sometimes I'll be laying down, thinking it's amazing. I can't believe it. Y'know, when I was 14, or 15, I thought about doing this. And somehow I did it! (laughs) Somehow, I got there.”