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Bruce Springsteen Doesn't Let the Rain Stop New England Show

August 4, 2008 9:20 AM ET

"I guess a little rain suits you," said Bruce Springsteen to the Gillette Stadium crowd, just before launching into "Tunnel of Love" on Saturday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts. After a rousing opening six songs, it was the first time that the Boss took a moment to talk to the rain-soaked crowd. Just before his scheduled start time, a pseudo-Nor'Easter had rocked the Patriots' home field, causing Bruce and the E Street Band to take the stage almost two hours late.

But there was no dampness to be found in either the crowd's spirits or the band's chops. After three triumphant nights at Giants Stadium, the band faithfully replicated its formula of hits and deep cuts, including the handwritten requests of "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu," not played by E Street since 1977.

Bruce was up to his usual playfulness. "This is for the coach," he said (presumably giving a nod to beleaguered Patriots coach Bill Belichick) before covering Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain." And before the sunnily apocalyptic "Livin' In The Future," Bruce railed against the Bush administration: "These are the things that don't happen in the United States."

Set List
"Summertime Blues"
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
"Radio Nowhere"
"Lonesome Day"
"The Promised Land"
"Spirit in the Night"
"Tunnel Of Love"
"Little Latin Lupe Lu"
"Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?"
"Hungry Heart"
"Who'll Stop The Rain"
"Youngstown"
"Murder Incorporated"
"She's The One"
"Livin' In The Future"
"Mary's Place"
"The Rising"
"Last To Die"
"Long Walk Home"
"Badlands"

Encore:
"I'm Going Down"
"Jungleland"
"Born To Run"
"Glory Days"
"Dancing In The Dark"
"American Land"
"Rosalita"

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