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Maybe it was because it was supposed to rain but didn't, or because the crowd was radiating such an incredible amount of positive energy, but the set relied more on pop songs, radio hits, and gospel-inspired joy than any Springsteen show I've seen. Missing were most of the heavy epics that I'd hoped to hear (no "The River," no "Racing in the Street," no "Backstreets"), but I'm by no mans complaining: it would take a real jerk to bitch about a Springsteen concert.
The set did include one track off 1982's Nebraska, a full-band version of "Atlantic City" with a somewhat unlikely special guest: Evanston native Eddie Vedder. Bruce and Eddie traded verses on this dark masterpiece, and what might've turned out awkward and overblown was instead beautiful and haunting. That performance—a definite highlight of the show—is today's 12 O'Clock Track.
And for good measure, the original version: