Bruce Springsteen’s 2012-2013 Wrecking Ball Tour: Tour Statistics Part 2

Today is Part 2 of 4: Album breakdown, opening and closing songs, and the full song list and more.  Part 1 can be found here.

Number of Songs Played From Each Album:
The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle: 7 of 7
Born to Run: 8 of 8
Darkness on the Edge of Town: 10 of 10
Born in the USA: 12 of 12
Wrecking Ball: 12 of 13
The River: 17 of 20
Nebraska: 8 of 10
Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ: 7 of 9
Lucky Town: 6 of 10
Magic: 6 of 12
The Rising: 7 of 15
Human Touch: 5 of 14
Working on a Dream: 4 of 13
Tunnel of Love: 2 of 12
The Ghost of Tom Joad: 2 of 12
Devils and Dust: 2 of 12

Tracks: 23 of 58*
The Promise: 10 of 22

*Tracks has 66 songs, 58 of which are “exclusive” to that collection.


Percentage of Songs Played by Album:
The most represented album was Wrecking Ball, with songs from that album performed 766 times.

The least represented album was Devils and Dust, with only 6 performances of songs from that album.

The songs played from Tunnel of Love, Human Touch, Lucky Town, Devils and Dust, Magic, Working on a Dream and The Promise combined represented only 3% of the performances on the tour.

On the 2012-13 Wrecking Ball tour, new material made up 20.71% of the songs played.

On the 2009 Working on a Dream tour, new material made up 10.35% of the songs played; on the 2007-08 Magic tour, 27.76%; on the 2002-03 Rising tour, 39.34%.

 

Full-Album Shows
Born in the USA: 7 shows
Born to Run: 6 shows
Darkness on the Edge of Town: 3 shows


5 Longest-Missing Springsteen Songs Resurrected During This Tour:

1. Bishop Danced, played May 2, 2012 in Newark.
Last played March 2, 1973 (39 years, 2 months)

2. Man at the Top, played July 28, 2013 in Kilkenny.
Last played August 5, 1985 (27 years, 11 months, 23 days)

3. Secret Garden, played July 24, 2013 in Leeds.
Last played June 22, 2000 (13 years, 1 month, 2 days)

4. Lion’s Den, played April 6, 2012 in New York.
Last played February 28, 2000 (12 years, 1 month, 6 days)

5. Take ‘Em As They Come, played July 14, 2012 in London.
Last played June 14, 2003 (9 years, 1 month)


Songs Never Played Live Before This Tour:
High Hopes
Just Like Fire Would
Living on the Edge of the World
Manifiesto
Monster Mash
My Kind of Town
Sociedade Alternativa
Spanish Eyes
TV Movie
Wages of Sin
When I Leave Berlin


Crowd-Surfing Songs
634-5789 from the “Apollo Medley”
Hungry Heart
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Out in the Street
Spirit in the Night


Show-Opening Songs
44 different songs were used to open shows.  26 were used one time only in that spot. The most common were:
1. We Take Care of Our Own     27
2. Badlands     19
3. This Little Light of Mine    7
4. Shackled and Drawn    6
4. Land of Hope and Dreams    6
4. The Promised Land    6


Main Set-Closing Songs
7 different songs were used to close the main set.  2 were used one time only in that spot.  The most common were:
1. Land of Hope and Dreams     68
2. Thunder Road    37
3. Badlands    17
4. Light of Day    7
5. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)    2


Encore-Opening Songs
39 different songs were used to open the encore.  26 were used one time only in that spot.  The most common were:
1. Rocky Ground    28
1. We Are Alive    28
3. Born in the USA    14
4. Thunder Road    10
5. Jungleland    7


Show-Closing Songs
14 different songs were used to close the show.   8 were used one time only in that spot.  The most common were:
1. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out    60
2. Twist and Shout    28
3. Thunder Road    15
4. American Land    14
5. This Hard Land    5


Songs Used as Both Show-Opener and Show-Closer:
American Land
Night
Rockin’ All Over the World
This Hard Land
This Little Light of Mine
Thunder Road
Twist and Shout
Who’ll Stop the Rain

Thunder Road is the only song that was used in all four spots (a show opener, main set closer, encore opener and show closer) on the tour.


Of the 225 different songs played on the tour:
77 songs were played only once.

23 songs were played only twice.

Only 15 songs were played at more than half the shows.

162 of the songs played were written/co-written by Bruce Springsteen.

63 were covers.


The Full List:
Born to Run    133
Dancing in the Dark    133
Death to My Hometown    133
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out    132
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day    132
Wrecking Ball    128
Badlands    125
We Take Care of Our Own    114
Shackled and Drawn    113
The Rising    107
My City of Ruins    95
Land of Hope and Dreams    85
Thunder Road    85
Spirit in the Night    82
Hungry Heart    70
Jack of All Trades 65
Born in the USA    64
We Are Alive    62
Darlington County    57
Out in the Street    57
The Promised Land    57
The River    53
Because the Night    52
She’s the One 52
Working on the Highway    52
Prove It All Night    42
Twist and Shout    42
Rocky Ground    40
Bobby Jean    39
No Surrender    38
Lonesome Day    36
Johnny 99    35
The E Street Shuffle    34
Glory Days    34
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)    32
“Apollo Medley”    31
Atlantic City    28
American Land    25
My Love Will Not Let You Down     25
The Ties That Bind    25
Pay Me My Money Down    24
Seven Nights to Rock    24
Murder Incorporated    23
Candy’s Room    23
Downbound Train    21
Radio Nowhere    21
The Ghost of Tom Joad    20
Trapped    20
Backstreets    19
Cover Me    18
Easy Money    18
Shout    18
Youngstown    18
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?    17
Jungleland    17
Open All Night    17
Racing in the Street    17
Raise Your Hand    17
Darkness on the Edge of Town    16
Night 16
Something in the Night    16
Adam Raised a Cain    15
Two Hearts    15
American Skin (41 Shots)    14
I’m Goin’ Down    14
I’m on Fire    14
This Little Light of Mine    14
Cadillac Ranch    12
Light of Day    11
My Hometown    11
Incident on 57th Street    10
Jackson Cage    10
Long Walk Home    10
This Hard Land    9
Lost in the Flood    9
Ramrod    9
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town    9
Who’ll Stop the Rain    9
Drive All Night    8
I’m a Rocker    8
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City    8
Seeds    8
Sherry Darling    8
Streets of Fire    8
Growin’ Up    7
Meeting Across the River    7
The Promise    7
This Depression    7
Thundercrack    7
Frankie    6
High Hopes    6
If I Should Fall Behind    6
Loose Ends    6
Seaside Bar Song    6
Talk to Me    6
Tougher Than the Rest    6
Better Days    5
Detroit Medley    5
Factory    5
For You    5
Human Touch    5
Kitty’s Back    5
Point Blank     5
Save My Love     5
Summertime Blues    5
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)    5
Be True     4
My Lucky Day     4
Reason to Believe     4
Rockin’ All Over the World     4
Roulette     4
Ain’t Good Enough For You     3
Blinded By the Light     3
Boom Boom    3
Brilliant Disguise     3
Devils & Dust    3
Fire    3
Janey Don’t You Lose Heart    3
Jersey Girl    3
Jole Blon    3
Leap of Faith    3
Long Time Coming    3
Red Headed Woman    3
Savin’ Up    3
Stand on It    3
Back in Your Arms    2
Bishop Danced    2
Cynthia    2
Don’t Look Back    2
Drift Away    2
Empty Sky    2
Follow that Dream    2
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)    2
From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)    2
Girls in Their Summer Clothes    2
Lion’s Den    2
Lucky Town    2
Man’s Job    2
Mary’s Place    2
Mountain of Love    2
Pink Cadillac    2
Quarter to Three    2
Queen of the Supermarket    2
Rendezvous    2
So Young and in Love    2
Sociedade Alternativa    2
Streets of Philadelphia    2
This Little Girl    2
Across the Borderline    1
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg    1
Bad Luck    1
Bad Moon Rising    1
Burning Love    1
California Sun    1
Dirty Water    1
Fade Away    1
Get Out of Denver    1
Give the Girl a Kiss    1
Good Rockin’ Tonight    11
Gotta Get That Feeling    1
Held Up Without a Gun    1
Higher and Higher    1
Highway Patrolman    1
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?    1
I Don’t Want to Go Home    1
I Fought the Law    1
I Saw Her Standing There    1
I Wish I Were Blind    1
I’ll Work For Your Love    1
In the Midnight Hour    1
Independence Day    1
Into the Fire    1
Jailhouse Rock    1
Just Like Fire Would    1
Kansas City    1
Knock on Wood    1
Last to Die    1
Living on the Edge of the World    1
Local Hero    1
Long Tall Sally    1
Lucille    1
Manifesto    1
Mansion on the Hill    1
Man at the Top    1
Monster Mash    1
My Beautiful Reward    1
My Kind of Town    1
Nebraska    1
New York City Serenade    1
A Night With the Jersey Devil    1
96 Tears    1
None But the Brave    1
Oh Mary Don’t You Weep    1
One Way Street    1
Pretty Flamingo    1
The Price You Pay    1
Proud Mary    1
Real World    1
Roll of the Dice    1
Secret Garden    1
Shake    1
Shake, Rattle & Roll    1
Something You Got    1
Spanish Eyes    1
State Trooper    1
Stolen Car    1
Surprise, Surprise    1
Sweet Soul Music    1
Take ‘Em As They Come    1
Terry’s Song    1
Travelin’ Band    1
TV Movie    1
Wages of Sin    1
We Gotta Get Out of This Place    1
The Weight    1
When I Leave Berlin    1
When the Saints Go Marching In    1
When You Walk in the Room    1
Where the Bands Are    1
Wild Billy’s Circus Story    1
Wild Thing    1
Working on a Dream    1
You Can’t Sit Down    1
You Never Can Tell    1
You’ve Got It    1


Pre-Set Statistics
Growin’ Up    6
For You    4
This Hard Land    4
I’ll Work For Your Love    2
All That Heaven Will Allow    1
Blinded By the Light    1
Burning Love    1
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?    1
The Fever    1
Girls in their Summer Clothes    1
Hearts of Stone    1
In Dreams    1
Leap of Faith    1
Maria’s Bed    1
No Surrender    1
The Promised Land    1
Real World    1
Surprise, Surprise    1


Tour Statistics FAQs

1. Where is “This Land is Your Land?”  Why is the Apollo Medley counted as one song instead of two?

I used Brucebase standards.  No partial songs (This Land is Your Land, Not Fade Away, etc.)  Just like the “Detroit Medley,” the “Apollo-Medley” is counted as one song.  Brucebase didn’t count “Green Onions,” which was played by the band when Springsteen collected signs on September 2, 2012 in Philadelphia.  I might personally disagree on that song but it was easiest to stick to one standard.

2. Where did the numbers come from for show attendance?

Billboard Magazine’s “Boxscore” attendance reports.  Note that not all festival attendances were reported.  The top 3 spots (Roskilde, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon) are estimates only.  They were almost certainly the largest crowds of the tour but exact figures are not available as they were for the other shows.

3. What about the show lengths?

The proper methodology for timing of shows was previously discussed in this article.  Show length ranking was based off timing done at the show and was subject to confirmation with show recordings.


Acknowledgement: Thank you to Victor Beyer for error-checking the numbers.

7 comments on “Bruce Springsteen’s 2012-2013 Wrecking Ball Tour: Tour Statistics Part 2

  1. dave friedman says:

    killer stuff glenn. keep it up. dave

  2. Alberto says:

    I think “Solo le pido a Dios” could be included as a part of the Tour …It’s the only post show song ??

    Greetings from Argentia

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