Bruce goes back a long way in Philadelphia, and yesterday he made sure to remind the crowd of his long roots here, going back to when he played the Main Point 40 years ago. This was evident not only during between-song chatter during the show, but also in references to Philly inserted in to song performances: During "Sherry Darling" early on, he was stuck in traffic in Philadelphia, and later on he referenced -- with plenty of f-bombs for all the kids down front -- the experience of coming down the New Jersey Turnpike to get to Philly.
In a sense, the show really started with an are you fucking kidding me??? sound check that included the very rarely played "None But the Brave," the once-ever played "County Fair," and finally, after Bruce noticed that the first thousand or so patrons were inside the stadium, the never-played "TV Movie." I'll be the first to note that there are compelling reasons why none of these songs made it to Springsteen albums -- the first two didn't even make it to the "Tracks" collection -- but still, there was more than a little shock value in the sequence. "TV Movie" sounded, uhhh... just about ready for prime time, with a rollicking piano solo from Roy Bittan.
Bruce ended the show by hauling out the Dovells' local classic "You Can't Sit Down," followed by a dance-party version of "Twist and Shout" that had fans in the upper deck visibly swaying. It rained heavily before the show, but during the show the rains held off. A few minutes after the show ended, heavy rain resumed. Bruce's magic, it seemed, had worked just well enough while the show was in progress.