Soldiers & Sailors Hall in Pittsburgh was the place to be Thursday night (11/3) when Bruce Springsteen hit the stage with local legend Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers for a nearly three hour, 26 song show. Sporting a black T-shirt and Jeans, The Boss was in mid-season form for a SRO crowd that included Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger and plenty of Springsteen faithful anticipating the return engagement after last year's shows with Grushecky in the same venue.
Bruce opened the night on his own with acoustic versions of For You, Land Of Hope & Dreams and I'll Work For Your Love before Grushecky and the Houserockers took the stage for a couple of tunes on their own. Bruce returned, joining the band on Atlantic City, followed by a set that included an interesting mix of E Street Band staples and some less frequently heard tunes, including Murder Incorporated, Code Of Silence (a song he and Grushecky wrote together), Homestead, Pumping Iron, and Save My Love (a tune first performed at the Pittsburgh appearance he made with Grushecky in 2010). The set closed with Light Of Day and Bruce telling the crowd 'We're too old to run back off and back on the stage' before launching into an encore that included The Promised Land, Down The Road and Wipe Out. The night ended as it began - just Bruce and his acoustic guitar for a trip down Thunder Road.
Night two opened with Springsteen joining opening act The Composures on Dancing In The Dark. After their set, Bruce returned to the stage on his own for back-to-back solo acoustic versions of one of the more recent and one of the earliest songs from the Springsteen repertoire - Your Own Worst Enemy from the Magic album, followed by Incident n 57th St. from The Wild, The Innocent..., a song Bruce said was requested by Grushecky that he had never played on an acoustic guitar. Over the next 3+ hours Springsteen and Grushecky delivered a 30+ song set it's safe to say every one of the 2,200 people lucky enough to be in the house will forever recount as one of the most remarkable concert experiences of their life. Springsteen was in and out of the audience repeatedly and members of the audience were alongside the band on stage during the multiple encores of the marathon set that finally wrapped-up at midnight with exhilarated and exhausted musicians and concert goers hearing Bruce do Thunder Road solo-acoustic with Grushecky and many of the 2,200 joining him on the vocals.
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