This is mission control. We are ready to resume the countdown.
When my biography is written years from now, 2009 will be remembered as the Year of Springsteen. I'm heading to two Bruce shows this weekend, my third and fourth of the year. First up, St. Louis on Sunday followed by Kansas City on Monday. My fifth and final show of 2009 happens in November in Nashville. With that in mind, The Boss is about to hijack Verse Chorus Verse.
The normal shtick of talk about one song per day is going to take a hiatus today. Today's entry is going to be the Top 20 songs "I've Never Heard Before" that I hope to hear at these two shows in Missouri. This is something I did a couple times at my semi-retired home site. We'll replicate that here. I had a full rundown of the setlists from the four Bruce shows I've seen to date (two from the Magic tour in 2008, two from the Working On A Dream/"Waiting On A Sunny Day" tour of 2009). I'll include those at the end.
The setlists for the WOAD/WOASD tour have been a little static by Springsteen legend. There are two reasons for that and I only know one of them. The first reason is that Bruce just isn't changing them as much as he's done in the past. I'm sure he knows why. I don't. Others have guessed at motives. I won't.
The second reason is easier: starting with Chicago in September, Bruce has started playing entire albums in sequence during the show. He's done this with three of his albums: Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge of Town, and Born In The U.S.A. and he's already announced — for the most part — which albums he's playing at which shows. I'll be hearing Born to Run twice, Born in the U.S.A. once.
What that means is some of the suspense is gone for these shows. It also means I know going in I'm going to cross a few of my songs off. So today I present my list. Keep in mind: these are the Top 20 songs I've never heard live before. There are plenty of great ones I've heard before I wouldn't mind hearing again (and a few I wish he'd never play again). Over the next few days we'll talk about a few of these songs and next week we'll wrap up with what I got, what I didn't, and how I feel about it all.