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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band charge into the final dates of their U.S. spring tour in support of their new CD 'Working on a Dream' (Columbia

Records) with a string of ecstatic reviews in tow. Reviewers are saying the energy on display is at an enthusiastic, infectious and heart-pounding peak.

"It just got better and better...perfect, simply perfect. Not much more I can say about a night I'll never forget," raved Shawn Courchesne of the Hartford Courant.


"He's the best there is," exclaimed Melissa Baron of SF Weekly, "Springsteen played so hard that sweat dripped off his whole body." Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post wrote, "Springsteen is a better showman today than in 1984," while Mike Ragogna said in the Huffington Post, "If you haven't been to one of Springsteen's shows in a while, you need to catch this tour." Meanwhile Sarah Rodman of the Boston Globe writes, "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't have to play for two hours and 40 minutes. Nor, when they play, is it a requirement that Springsteen fall to his knees, shimmy and shake, attack his guitar like he's still discovering new sounds it can make, or take audience requests that he and his band don't know how to play...Springsteen and his band did all of that and more." Martin Cizmar of The Phoenix New Times had never seen Springsteen live. "I'm not from Jersey, I didn't grow up with The Boss and I'd never seen him play before," Cizmar admits, "but I will say that nearly everything you've heard or read about a Springsteen show is true. The fans are rabid, the set marathon, Springsteen a first-rate showman."


Setlists for the first 23 shows have included more than 100 different songs and a staggering range of covers chosen by fans who wave homemade posters and placards with song requests at the concerts. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band refuse to be stumped, performing songs from almost all of Springsteen's 24 albums and covering "London Calling," "You Really Got Me," "Hang on Sloopy," "Wild Thing," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" and many more (see lists of all songs at end of release.)


Remaining U.S. spring tour dates:


May 15 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium

May 18 Washington, DC Verizon Center

May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena

May 21 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

May 23 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center


Throughout the WOAD tour, Bruce Springsteen has donated both concert tickets and hospitality passes to various Food Banks across the nation. The tickets and passes are auctioned off prior to each performance and if a minimum donation of $10,000 is made to the Food Bank, Springsteen holds a meet and greet at the show with the auction winners and matches their donation (up to $50,000). Fans are also encouraged to participate in canned food drives that take place at each venue.


'Working on a Dream' debuted at #1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand and received exemplary reviews in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, People, and elsewhere.






Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 'Working on a Dream' tour cover songs:


My Generation (The Who)

Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs)
Ramrod (Al Casey)
Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd)
Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster)
Detroit Medley (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels)
Louie, Louie (Richard Berry/The Kingsmen)
You Really Got Me (The Kinks)
Expressway to Your Heart (Soul Survivors)
Seventh Son (Willie Dixon/Johnny Rivers) Hang on Sloopy (The McCoys)
London Calling (The Clash)
Mountain of Love (Harold Dorman)
You Can't Sit Down (The Dovells)

96 Tears (? and the Mysterians)

Trapped (Jimmy Cliff)

Wild Thing (Chip Taylor/The Troggs)

Rocking All Over the World (John Fogerty)
I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican)
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide (ZZ Top)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Bad Luck (Social Distortion)
Good Lovin' (Young Rascals)
Mony, Mony (Tommy James and the Shondells)
Mustang Sally (Sir Mack Rice)
I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
Good Rocking Tonight (Elvis Presley)


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 'Working on a Dream' tour setlist:



Candy's Room

Darkness on the Edge of Town

The Ties That Bind

Outlaw Pete

Jackson Cage

She's The One

My Lucky Day

Prove it All Night


No Surrender

Adam Raised a Cain

Out in the Street

Working On A Dream


Johnny 99



Tougher Than the Rest

The Ghost of Tom Joad

I'm On Fire

Working On The Highway

Cadillac Ranch

It's Hard to Be A Saint in the City

I'm Goin' Down

Red Headed Woman



The Fever

Spirit in the Night

Gypsy Biker

For You


Sherry Darling

Downbound Train

Good Eye

Darlington County

The E Street Shuffle

Growin' Up

Hungry Heart

Waitin' On A Sunny Day

The Promised Land

Human Touch

Streets of Philadelphia

The Wrestler

This Life


Racing In The Street

Kingdom of Days

Radio Nowhere

Lonesome Day

The Rising

Born to Run

Long Walk Home

Surprise, Surprise

Because the Night

Mary's Place

Hard Times


Tenth Avenue Freezeout

Thunder Road


I'm A Rocker

Land of Hope and Dreams

So Young and in Love

American Land

Bobby Jean

Kitty's Back

Dancing in the Dark

Glory Days

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