On Thursday, January 12, Bruce Springsteen visited what has become one of his favorite stomping grounds over the last eight years, The White House, for a special acoustic set.
Springsteen performed the event at the White House before heading to Australia to start his tour in Perth this Sunday.
Playing in the East Room, his performance was a thank you to the staff of the Obama administration who had worked at the White House for the eight years of his presidency.
A full report on Backstreets talks of the evening as being neither festive nor somber and relays the fact that Springsteen spoke between many of the songs, sometimes about politics and others to relate a story about the tune.
Over fifteen songs, Springsteen touched on twelve different albums with only Born in the U.S.A. getting multiple looks.
The set list:
Working on the Highway (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
Growin’ Up (from Welcome to Asbury Park, NJ, 1973)
My Hometown (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
My Father’s House (from Nebraska, 1982)
The Wish (from Tracks, 1998)
Thunder Road (from Born to Run, 1975)
The Promised Land (from Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978)
Born in the U.S.A. (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
Devils & Dust (from Devils & Dust, 2005)
Tougher Than the Rest (with Patti Scialfa) (from Tunnel of Love, 1987)
If I Should Fall Behind (with Patti Scialfa) (from Lucky Town, 1992)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (from The Ghost of Tom Joad, 1995)
Long Walk Home (from Magic, 2007)
Dancing in the Dark (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)
Land of Hope and Dreams (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)