Notes from the road: Naples, Italy

Ninety-two years ago, the coffin of Enrico Caruso was carried inside the Church of San Francesco di Paola, while twenty thousand Neapolitans gathered together in the opposite Piazza del Plebiscito were singing “‘O Sole Mio”, the song that ensured to the tenor a number one hit on Billboard Charts in 1916. Last night, in that…

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Notes from the road: Turku Night #2

The second night in Turku, Finland featured an insanely eclectic setlist, with material from the entire span of Bruce Springsteen’s catalog: mega hits and mega rarities, top ten singles and diehard fan favorites. The evening began with Bruce walking out onstage alone in a darkened arena, carrying an acoustic guitar and, after a brief greeting, launching…

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Notes from the road: Turku, Finland #1

The sun was shining when the E Street Band took the stage at HK Areena in Turku, and the sun was still shining when everyone emerged three hours later. Here in this oldest city in Finland, Bruce dedicated a rare performance of “This Hard Land” to the local fan group of the same name: “We…

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Notes from the road: Stockholm, Night #2

The second show at Friends Arena in Stockholm opened with a surprising run of rarities: “My Love Will Not Let You Down,” a doubleshot of Lucky Town songs in “Better Days” and “Leap of Faith,” along with a spontaneous sign request for “I’m a Rocker” from The River. A few songs later, Bruce surprised the audience yet again by…

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