Springsteen Rocks the Apollo Theater. See the Set Lists, Pics and Videos.

Posted 09 Mar 2012 in Music + TV News


Once of the most anticipated tours of 2012 opened tonight as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage at the Apollo Theater in New York City.  This was the first tour without long time friend and sax player Clarence Clemons who passed away last year.  Sax duties for this tour are being handled by Clarence’s nephew Jake Clemons and also Eddie Manion. They are part of a five piece horn section. (see pic at left)

He did acknowledge the passing of both Clarence and long time organist Danny Federici early in the evening.  Just before “Badlands” he asked the crowd. “Is there anybody missing?  Well if you’re here, and we’re here, then they’re here.”

The tour to support his new album “Wrecking Ball” saw Bruce return to his “wandering days” of his youth as he spent some of the evening climbing into balcony boxes and roaming the venue.  I clearly remember him strutting up and down the aisles of the Auditorium Theater in Chicago when he played there in February of ’78.

Bruce and the band also covered three Soul/R+B standards to honor the great theater. Half way through the set he took on Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and Wilson Pickett’s “634-5789. The night ending with Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin.”

Many of his old favorites were included tonight including “Badlands,” “Thunder Road”and “10th Avenue Freeze-out.” See the full set-list below. He did not play “Born to Run.” Well look to see how this show compares to the rest of the tour as he normally does mix things up well.  We’re not sure yet if the Motown goodies were Apollo one-offs or not. The oldest original song played tonight was “The E Street Shuffle.” It was played a few times in ’09 but has not been a standard part of a tour since 1975. It was on his second album The Wild, the Innocent and the E. Street Shuffle.

Here’s how the  songs broke down from his albums. Three songs were played from both Wrecking Ball and The Rising, two from both Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town and one each from The Wild, the Innocent and the E. Street Shuffle and Nebraska. 

There had been speculation for sometime on how Bruce would handle the songs that featured Clarence. Would he even play those songs. We were pretty sure they’d still be part of the set once we saw who would be taking the stage with the band.  All five members of the brass section actually came to the front of the stage as the played together for the closing section of “Thunder Road.”

More pics below!!

— Larry Carta 

Here’s the Opening Night Setlist

  1. We Take Care Of Our Own
  2. Wrecking Ball
  3. Badlands
  4. Death to My Hometown
  5. My City of Ruins
  6. The E Street Shuffle
  7. Jack of All Trades
  8. Shackled and Drawn
  9. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
  10. The Promised Land
  11. Mansion on the Hill (Acoustic)
  12. The Way You Do The Things You Do (Smokey Robinson/Temptations Cover)
  13. 634-5789 (Wilson Pickett cover)
  14. The Rising
  15. We Are Alive
  16. Thunder Road
  17. Rocky Ground (With Michelle Moore)


  1. Land of Hope and Dreams
  2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  3. Hold on I’m Coming (Sam and Dave Cover)
Here’s some video and below that, pictures

Waiting on a Sunny Day

The Way You Do the Things You Do

Here’s some pics starting with 1oth Avenue Freeze Out

Climbing into the balcony boxes.

Banging a Drum

All five horn blowers team up for the ending of Thunder Road


Posted by Larry Carta


  1. Brian O'Toole (09 Mar 2012, 23:58)

    What a show! A great mix of new and old and some hidden stuff! Everybody should see a Springsteen show in their lifetime!

  2. Suziesilverado (10 Mar 2012, 5:58)

    Great show, even though the boss’s voice has definitely seen better days. The energy and love for fans that he brings to the stage can’t be duplicated, and the music and lyrics, as always, are extraordinary.

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