Springsteen pays tribute to the late Shane MacGowan in Kilkenny (WATCH VIDEO)

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed in Kilkenny, May 12.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band paid tribute to the late Shane MacGowan, frontman of The Pogues, by opening their May 12 concert at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland, with a cover of MacGowan’s majestic “A Rainy Night in Soho.” You can watch a video of it, below.

The song was originally released on The Pogues’ 1986 EP, Poguetry in Motion. MacGowan died in November, at 65.

“with the exception of Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry — I’m not sure about the rest of us — but I know we’ll be singing Shane MacGowan songs 100 years from now,” Springsteen said in May 2020 when he played “A Rainy Night in Soho” on his SiriusXM satellite radio DJ show, “From My Home to Yours.”

Also at this show … in an unusual touch, Springsteen performed a solo acoustic song, “This Hard Land,” about two hours before the start of the show, as a treat for early arrivers. You can watch this number below, too.

Other notable numbers included “If I Was the Priest,” “Racing in the Street,” and an early-in-the-show Darkness on the Edge of Town triple-header of “Candy’s Room,” “Adam Raised a Cain” and “Prove It All Night.”

Here is the show’s setlist, according to setlist.fm.

“This Hard Land” (pre-show acoustic performance)

“A Rainy Night in Soho”
“Lonesome Day”
“Candy’s Room”
“Adam Raised a Cain”
“Prove It All Night”
“Darlington County”
“No Surrender”
“The Promised Land”
“If I Was the Priest”
“Spirit in the Night”
“Hungry Heart”
“Racing in the Street”
“Last Man Standing”
“Because the Night”
“She’s the One”
“Wrecking Ball”
“The Rising”
“Thunder Road”

“Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Born to Run”
“Bobby Jean”
“Glory Days”
“Dancing in the Dark”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out”
“Twist and Shout”
“I’ll See You in My Dreams”

Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform next at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork, Ireland, May 16.


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