Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: 9/10/1985

Springsteen on the Born in the U.S.A. tour. He was definitely one of the top touring acts in 1985. I had not seen Bruce but had heard about his epic concerts, so I figured I had to go and check him out. He lived up to the hype, that’s for sure.

I went to this show with my concert buddy Jim. He drove, and we parked in some sketchy lot near the Miami Orange Bowl, then made our way to the stadium. At this time, I was already losing interest in stadium shows. Shitty acoustics, too many people, risk of bad weather, there are myriad reasons to avoid stadium shows. But there was no other place that could hold the crowd that Springsteen would draw, so the Orange Bowl it was. At least we had decent seats.

Not surprising, he opened the show with “Born in the U.S.A.” It was a great anthem song to kick things off, and I was kind of glad he got it out of the way early. Not that it is a bad song, it was just way overplayed on the radio in those days. Then he tore right into “Badlands,” which was cool.

Miami in September can be brutally hot, and Bruce is known to sweat a lot during his performances. Anyway, the band had tubing set up on the stage that blasted a steady stream of cool air onto the musicians. I was somewhat impressed with this, and assumed that they were enjoying some air conditioning while still playing outside.

As was expected, the band played a long time (I want to say it was about 4 hours). They did two solid sets, and an encore that was so long, it was essentially a third set in my opinion. I have to say, after seeing Bruce live, I had a whole new level of appreciation for him as a musician. The man can rock. Period.

After the show, Jim and I started looking for the car. Unfortunately, we had forgotten where we parked, and as we wandered the dark and seedy streets of downtown Miami in the 80’s, I was somewhat concerned. But thankfully, we had no issues, and after almost an hour, we stumbled upon the lot where Jim’s car was parked.

Here is the setlist.

Set 1:

  • Born in the U.S.A.
  • Badlands
  • Out in the Street
  • Johnny 99
  • Seeds
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • The River
  • Working on the Highway
  • Trapped
  • Darlington County
  • Glory Days
  • The Promised Land
  • My Hometown
  • Thunder Road

Set 2:

  • Cover Me
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Hungry Heart
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • No Surrender
  • I’m on Fire
  • Pink Cadillac
  • Bobby Jean


  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Born to Run
  • Ramrod
  • Twist and Shout
  • Do You Love Me?
  • Stand on It

4 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: 9/10/1985

  1. Man what a ton of tunes!
    Your right smart move to get the title track right out of the way!
    I just picked this up on vinyl a few weeks back. So great …
    Better yet I’m glad you found Jims car your u would still be wandering around looking for it.hahaha
    I’m sure back than Crockett and Tubbs would have helped ya out!

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    • Nice score on the LP! It was a great album. Crockett and Tubbs? Ugh. The only thing I liked about Miami Vice was that I would recognize places in the show. That was cool, but the show made me yearn for Baretta and Streets of San Francisco. 😜 Rock on, Deke, and thanks for commenting

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  2. Well you know that I’m going to like this post, Jeff, because I’m a Jersey Girl. I’ve only been to see him once and it was a great show! I don’t have any exciting stories, not like yours, except that the day I went, my friend and I had tickets with a bunch of people, but they were for a variety of seats. We got off to a late start and our friends had to leave them in a mailbox in PA for us to grab before we met them in Philly. Well, when we opened our tickets, we realized that we had the 10th row seats and the rest of the group was way back in the far upper part of the stadium. It was so fun to see him up close. He performed with an impressive store of energy! I’m not sure why some of my other friends didn’t grab the good seats for themselves, but I was glad they didn’t!

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