After the amazing show the night before, everybody was wondering how Springsteen and the band would top that. But as it turned out, they had many surprises up their sleeves.
I felt a bit knocked about after the first gig, the weather had been hot and the show intense, so I was kind of tired on Saturday morning. I did my best to drink a lot of water and felt better when the tension in my muscles went away.
Ingela and I did some filming, talking to people about their requests and interviewing a young girl about being a newborn Bruce fan. A lot of folks at the swedish fan forum have noticed the generation gap and how the younger fans in their teens and twenties are starting to get out on the road. It’s fun to see that the music attracts the younger ones!
When it came to queing, there were a bit of confusion since the list from Friday was on for Saturday too, while others had formed another line. For most part of the day it was hard to know which list to stick to, so many people got numbers in both lines just to be sure. Apparently this also started a very animated debate on the web forum springsteen.se with fans discussing back and forth on the subject.
Finally, the leaders of the two lines and the security staff agreed to line people up. The ones that stuck to the first line and the 249 who was first on the second list were lined up in rows of seven. Then seven people from eachline were given wristbands. We sat down and when the gates opened everybody walked in just like the night before. The last procedure with the wristbands and the entrance went nice and smooth. It’s just a pity there had to be so much fuss before that.
During the sound check Drive all Night were played again, together with Roulette. When the show finally started two things were different from the night before. First, the people on the stands were much more active, clapping and cheering. The second thing was that EVERYTHING was different. 16 songs that weren’t played the night before! The first show had 27 songs, the second 28.
They opened with Night, No Surrender and Lonesome Day and then burst into Hungry Hearts where the crowd did ther singing part very well.The whole night was just an immense party. We got Summertime Blues, Waiting on a Sunny Day, Working on the Highway and Girls in their Summer Clothes. It seemed like the band wanted to bring out every song anybody possibly could want. We got Backsttreets, Janey Don’t You Lose Heart, and Roulette. But the one and true pearl was Drive all Night. After three sound checks and numerous signs they did finally play it! It was very moving and a great moment.
After Badlands it was all party again, the crowd couldn’s stop singing, hopping, shouting and enjoying themselves. After a set with Thunder Road, Born To Run, Bobby Jean, American Land the band said their thanks. But Springsteen came back with a sign and said “We couldn’t possibly play this. It is the stadium breaker…” But of course they played Twist and Shout and everybody went bananas. 😀
There was a whole lot of love in the air and during the show Springsteen thanked the crowd for their support over the years. This show sure was a beautiful reward for all that.