Set List: Bruce Springsteen Opens With "Don't Hang Up" in Response to Trump Australian Call

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Thursday was a rough day for Australia. The childish demagogue [Donald Trump] ridiculed the Prime Minister and Bruce Springsteen was embarrassed to be an American.

“We stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight. This was a song from 1965 by The Onions. We are gonna use it to send a letter back home,” Springsteen said as he came on stage before launching into his first song, a cover of the Orlon's 1965 hit Don’t Hang Up.

On a day where Bannon’s bitch is reported to have hung up on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a ‘cruel vs crueler’ discussion of refugees, the message in the opening lyrics of the song to the child leader of the USA were “Don’t hang up (no, no)/ Oh don’t you do it now, don’t hang up (no, no)/ Don’t hang up like you always do/ I know you think our love is true/ I’ll explain the facts to you, don’t hang up.”

For the next song, American Land, Springsteen said “We come from a land of immigrants! This is an immigrant song,”

It was all Bruce needed to say for the night. The rest of the show, all three hours of it, was back to back classics with next to no banter. He hardly uttered another word the other night, not did he need too.

Steve Van Zandt tackled the issue on Twitter. “Australia is, was, and always will be one of the USA’s best friends and closest allies. Apologies for today’s temporary embarrassment”.


After that, all of the energy was channelled into the songs. The show was an E Street Band ride.

The next show on the Bruce Springsteen Australian tour is Saturday again in Melbourne.

Bruce Springsteen set list February 2, 2017, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia

Main Set
  • Don’t Hang Up (The Orlons cover)
  • American Land (from Wrecking Ball, 2013)
  • The Ties That Bind (from The River, 1980)
  • No Surrender (from Born In The U.S.A., 1984)
  • Two Hearts (from The River, 1980)
  • The Promised Land (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
  • Glory Days (from Born In The U.S.A., 1984)
  • Hungry Heart (from The River, 1980)
  • Wrecking Ball (from Wrecking Ball, 2013)
  • New York City Serenade (from The Wild The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • Atlantic City (from Nebraska, 1982)
  • Johnny 99 (from Nebraska, 1982)
  • Murder Incorporated (from Greatest Hits, 1985)
  • Death To My Hometown (from Wrecking Ball, 2013)
  • The River (from The River, 1980)
  • Mary’s Place (from The Rising, 2002)
  • Darlington County (from Born In The U.S.A., 1984)
  • Working On The Highway (from Born In The U.S.A., 1984)
  • I’m On Fire (from Born In The U.S.A., 1984)
  • Because the Night (from Live 1975-85)
  • The Rising (from The Rising, 2002)
  • Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
  • Land Of Hope and Dreams (from Wrecking Ball, 2013)
Encore
  • Long Walk Home (from Magic, 2007)
  • 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)
  • Twist and Shout (The Top Notes cover)

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