Bruce, summertime songs and special requests

Thirty-two full concert shows have been performed by the E Street Band on the “High Hopes” tour in 2014, and to date,  167 different songs have made the setlist. Brucebase gives a list of those songs here.

I have general admission seats for the Albany show at the Times Union Center on Tuesday. I’m hoping to get into the pit and be surrounded by lucky fans with a sign request that makes the setlist. As a designer and editor at the Times Union newspaper, I wrote my sign requests in a short story about what venue-appropriate song Bruce should consider playing. Here is a link to the story, published last Thursday in our Preview magazine.

Here is the story in blog version, complete with videos to accompany the songs. After a long upstate New York winter, which seemed to end just last week, I think my first choice would team up nicely with “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Seaside Bar Song,” “Waiting on a Sunny Day,” “Girls in their Summer Clothes,” “Racing in the Street,” “Jersey Girl,” the list is endless:

Published Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are known for playing venue-appropriate songs while on tour. For example, Bruce has played “Get Out of Denver” in Denver, “When I Leave Berlin” in Berlin and “Lion’s Den” at Penn State.

Here is a list of songs the Boss might consider for a concert at the Times Union Center in Albany.

1. “I Wanna Be A Lifeguard.” Music critic extraordinare Greg Haymes, aka Sarge Blotto, was lead singer of the Albany band that created this hit song. He has reviewed many Springsteen concerts and interviewed the late E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici, and wrote one of the last features on the posthumously enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who died in 2008. “Lifeguard” hit the national airwaves in 1978. The video was played on the first day of broadcast for MTV and earned considerable repeat airplay.

 2. They Might Be Giants’ “Albany (The Egg).” Watch it on YouTube and you’ll see why this song would fit in the E Street set list.

3. “Erie Canal,” from his Seeger Sessions album and tour.

4. “A Love So Fine” Chiffons cover. This song was the closer when Bruce played at the Nott Memorial, Union College, in 1974. That concert is preserved on a famous bootleg, “Spanish Harlem.”

5. “Glory Days” in honor of Union College’s national champion hockey team.

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