Springsteen Breaks U.S. Concert Length Record For Fourth Time This Month; Has "Pop" Album With an Orchestra in the Can

by VVN Music

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band have done it again. For the fourth time in two weeks, they've broken their record for longest concert in the U.S.

Each of their three appearances at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, going from four hours to four hours and one minute to four hours and three minutes. On Wednesday night, they moved that mark to four hours and four minutes at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, just two minutes short of their world record set in Helsinki in 2012.

Even bigger news on The Boss front is that Bruce has a new album in the can and ready to go for sometime next year. This time around, it's not an E-Street Band set or one of his many forays into acoustic/folk sounds, but a rock album with orchestra.

Bruce himself has said it is inspired by "pop records with a lot of strings and instrumentation" and uses the 60's collaborations between Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb as examples of the sound (think Wichita Lineman or By the Time I Get to Phoenix).

While this might remind people of the two most recent Bob Dylan albums where he covers the great American songbook, this sounds as if it will be distinctly different. First off, there has been no inkling that there are any covers. It seems that Springsteen has written all of the songs. Second, this album is being styled after a distinctly different era.  Dylan's albums sound like small combo jazz from the 40's or 50's. Springsteen has referenced what might best be called "countrypolitan", the sound that came out of country music in the 60's that blended traditional country songwriting with orchestras to provide a more sophisticated sound.

The album has evidently been completed for more than a year but, due to his tour behind the deluxe edition of The River and his upcoming compilation and autobiography, there hasn't been time to do anything with the recordings.

Back to Wednesday night in Philadelphia, here's the set list which started with ten straight songs from Bruce's first two albums and two rarities before breaking into a career encompassing show:

Main Set
  • New York City Serenade (from The Wild, The Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? (from Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
  • It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (from Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
  • Growin' Up (from Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
  • Spirit in the Night (from Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
  • Lost in the Flood (from Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
  • Kitty's Back (from The Wild, The Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • The E Street Shuffle (from The Wild, The Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • Incident on 57th Street (from The Wild, The Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (from The Wild, The Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • The Fever (single, 1974 / from 18 Tracks, 1999)
  • Thundercrack (recorded 1973 / from Tracks, 1998)
  • Night (from Born to Run, 1975)
  • No Surrender (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
  • The Ties That Bind (from The River, 1980)
  • My Love Will Not Let You Down (recorded 1982 / from Tracks, 1998)
  • Death to My Hometown (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
  • Jack of All Trades (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)
  • American Skin (41 Shots) (from Live in New York City, 2001, High Hopes, 2014)
  • The Promised Land (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
  • Hungry Heart (from The River, 1980)
  • Darlington County (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
  • Working on the Highway (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
  • Downbound Train (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
  • Because the Night (from Live/1975-85, 1986)
  • The Rising (from The Rising, 2002)
  • Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
  • Streets of Philadelphia (from the Philadelphia soundtrack, 1994)
  • Jungleland (from Born to Run, 1975)
  • Born to Run (from Born to Run, 1975)
  • Dancing in the Dark (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (from Born to Run, 1975)
  • Shout (Isley Brothers cover)
  • Bobby Jean (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)

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