July 18 / Buffalo, NY / HSBC Arena
Notes: We'll be the first to point out that the setlist is not necessarily the story of the show. Except on nights like tonight. It was a sparsely attended show in a seemingly sparsely populated upstate burg: "I've been in Buffalo for two days," Bruce said, "These are the first people I've seen. Where is everybody?" But after some Man in Black upgrades consolidated the crowd mostly to the floor and lower-level sides, those who were there saw Springsteen throttle the setlist within an inch of its life. Opening with "Prove It All Night" on acoustic, a particularly loose Bruce played 14 different songs from the previous concert, leaving only the barest of setlist skeletons. Six tour premieres -- that's a quarter of the show: the "Prove It" opener, which was an audible and a new arrangement; "Sandy" on electric piano (by request); piano versions of "Leap of Faith," "When You're Alone," and "You're Missing" (requested as "Everything is Everything," which Bruce admitted had him racking his brain for a few minutes); and "Darkness on the Edge of Town." Many of the non-premieres were rarities or recent absentees which alone would have been highlights. So if you were worried that he'd revert to the "standard" set after Europe... be not afraid.
Setlist: Prove It All Night/Reason to Believe/Devils & Dust/Empty Sky/Long Time Comin'/Black Cowboys/4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)***/Leap of Faith*/State Trooper/Nebraska/Maria's Bed/The Line/Reno/When You're Alone***/You're Missing*/The Rising/Darkness on the Edge of Town/Jesus Was an Only Son*/If I Should Fall Behind/The Hitter/Matamoros Banks//Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?/My Best Was Never Good Enough/The Promised Land/Dream Baby Dream**
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