Springsteen ‘sends a letter back home’ from Australia

Bruce Springsteen is keeping an eye on what’s happening back home during his current tour of Australia and New Zealand.

“We stand before you, embarrassed Americans, tonight,” said Bruce Springsteen at the start of his concert today at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

He was referring, apparently, to news reports that President Trump had, in a phone call withAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, abruptly ended it early after getting into an argument over an agreement President Obama made to let immigrants into our country.

He then performed a solo acoustic version of a song he has never sung before, The Orlons’ 1962 hit “Don’t Hang Up,” saying he wanted to use it to “send a letter back home.” This was pointedly followed by his own immigrants’ anthem, “American Land.” You can watch this segment at the 1:40 mark of the video below.

At the start if his current tour, with the E Street Band, of Australia and New Zealand, he declared himself and the group part of the “new American resistance.”

Here is today’sshow’s setlist, according to setlist.fm.

“Don’t Hang Up”
“American Land”
“The Ties That Bind”
“No Surrender”
“Two Hearts”
“The Promised Land”
“Glory Days”
“Hungry Heart”
“Wrecking Ball”
“New York City Serenade”
“Atlantic City”
“Johnny 99”
“Murder Incorporated”
“Death to My Hometown”
“The River”
“Mary’s Place”
“Darlington County”
“Working on the Highway”
“I’m on Fire”
“Because the Night”
“The Rising”
“Badlands”
“Land of Hope and Dreams”

Encores:
“Long Walk Home”
“Born to Run”
“Dancing in the Dark”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out”
“Shout”
“Twist and Shout”

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