Ten-Year Avenue Freeze-Out

I saw Bruce Springsteen for the first time ten years ago today. I learned more in three hours that night than I ever learned in school. My Tramp-dom wouldn’t be solidified till seeing him again in Ottawa four-and-a-half months later, but this was a pretty good introduction to Bruce and the E Street Band.


  • The Rising
  • Lonesome Day
  • Candy’s Room
  • No Surrender
  • Night
  • Empty Sky
  • You’re Missing
  • Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Worlds Apart
  • Badlands
  • She’s the One
  • Mary’s Place
  • Countin’ on a Miracle
  • If I Should Fall Behind (solo piano)
  • Thunder Road
  • Into the Fire

1st Encore:

  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Ramrod
  • Born to Run

2nd Encore:

  • My City of Ruins
  • Born in the U.S.A. (this, remarkably, is the only time I’ve heard “Born in the U.S.A.” live)
  • Land of Hope and Dreams
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

As with my first-ever Phantom, if only my parents knew what they were doing when they allowed me to hear “Born to Run” in an arena.


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