1999-09-24 - FIRST UNION SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
GROWIN' UP / NO SURRENDER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? / MANSION ON THE HILL / INDEPENDENCE DAY / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY / THE FEVER / BACKSTREETS / LIGHT OF DAY - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / BOBBY JEAN / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS / BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
Audience tape. Tour premieres of “Growin’ Up”, “Does This Bus Stop” and “The Fever” - last played with the band at the final Darkness tour show. Last known performance of "Blinded By The Light" was in April 1976. “No Surrender” is the full band version. “Badlands” has the ending played twice. “Tenth Avenue” includes two lines of “Happy Birthday” during “It’s All Right” and “Light Of Day” includes “You Can’t Sit Down” in the middle. Audience tape available as "The Big 50 (I'd Rather Be In Philly!)" (Ev2). Known as "The Birthday Show" as it took place one day after Bruce's 50th birthday, this show was a high point for many, many fans. While the other five shows in Philadelphia on this stand took place at the First Union Center, this show moved 150 yards to the old Spectrum building (now the First Union Spectrum), a venue steeped in Springsteen history (first arena show on October 25th 1976; great shows in 1978, 1981, and 1984). In another twist, this show was supposed to have taken place on September 16th, but had to be postponed due to heavy rains caused by a hurricane. So the last two shows of the stand occurred immediately after Bruce Springsteen's fiftieth birthday, and those two shows turned out to be among the best shows of the 1999-2000 tour. Because of the atmosphere and venue, however, this night gets the nod over the September 25th show. Bruce took the stage with a boom box and played a tape of a song, called "Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine" that was evidently sung by a female fan who had mailed the tape to Bruce's mother. The band then launched into the tour premiere of "Growin' Up," followed by "No Surrender." Other tour debuts on this night included "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?", "Blinded by the Light," and "The Fever". This was also the first scheduled performance of "The Fever" since the Darkness tour; while it was played at the January 31st 1998, Pat King Benefit concert, that was totally spontaneous, but it was rehearsed and on the set list for this show.
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