“We’ve got a friend here,” said Little Steven on May 4 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif., as his band the Disciples of Play started playing “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out.” And with that, Bruce Springsteen walked onto the stage, and joined the band for that song and the next two, “Sun City” and “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” You can watch a video of the three numbers, below.
Van Zandt released a new album, Summer of Sorcery, on May 3, and this was one of two record release celebration concerts. The other takes place at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, May 8 at 8 p.m.; visit ticketmaster.com. (The band will also perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Nov. 6; tickets have not yet gone on sale.)
In a sign of how (justifiably) confident he is in the new material, Van Zandt included all of the album’s 12 songs in the setlist. It’s the kind of music he created his Underground Garage radio show to champion: Raw and energetic, firmly rooted in classic-rock, classic-R&B, classic-blues and other styles but still sounding fresh and vibrant and, in songs such as “Communion” and “Education,” conveying important contemporary messages.
Here is the show’s setlist. Songs from Summer of Sorcery are in bold.
“Camouflage of Righteousness”
“On Sir Francis Drake”/“I Visit the Blues”
“Little Girl So Fine”
“Love on the Wrong Side of Town”
“A World of Our Own”
“I Am a Patriot”
“Summer of Sorcery”
“Soul Power Twistin’ “
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out” (with Bruce Springsteen)
“Sun City” (with Bruce Springsteen)
“I Don’t Want to Go Home” (with Bruce Springsteen)
“Out of the Darkness”
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