It’s no longer a myth – it really happened.
Tuesday’s show in Helsinki did indeed crack the four-hour mark.
Using methodology previously discussed here and a careful review of the tape, the length of this show was 4:04:47.
Show begins when Bruce gives his first greeting in Finnish and ends when he says “the legendary E Street Band, thank you very much.”
I also found it quite interesting just how aware Bruce was of his accomplishment at the time it was happening. Midway through “Twist and Shout,” he gleefully proclaims “somebody just told me we’re two minutes away from four hours” and then later congratulates everyone as he notes “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have hit the mark!”
It’s always interesting when Bruce makes those rare acknowledgments of the minutiae that fans care so much about. I’ve always suspected he has much greater awareness of such things than he usually lets on.
(Oh, and the pre-set? That was an additional 33:16.)