I was just going to come post something similar to this. I saw Bruce 16 times last year. Know how many times I saw born to run, dancing in the dark and tenth ave freeze out as well as several others? Yep - 16 times. How many times did I dance my ass off to those songs - 16 times. Bruce plays 3 hours and overall his sets are about 80% the same night after night. If I ever get "bored" I know I need to stop going to shows.reitzel6570 wrote:I personally like the Springsteen setlist model. The man has 324 studio tracks to choose from, and usually plays about 27 songs per show. Obviously, he can’t please everyone. Each show there’s about 10 songs that get played at almost every show of the tour (part of the tour theme, new album, or just warhorses or whatever), 10 that are songs from a list of about 30 that are on “every 4 or 5 shows” rotation (songs people want to hear that just don’t get played every night), 3 audience requests (could be anything), 2 that are songs from a list of about 40 that are on a “once in a while” rotation, 1 from a list of about 75 that are on a “Holy shit, I can’t believe he played that” rotation, and 1 cover (often location-specific).
I went to 17 shows on the Wrecking Ball tour, and saw 114* different songs. Frank is mostly also following this model, and he beats Bruce in the “introducing a new song” category. The mix works well for me. I love that mid-set acoustic spot, DieselBenz. It’s just going to get harder as he adds more songs to his catalog, even if he starts doing 3 hour shows.
*And, no, I don’t obsessively keep track of this stuff. Someone else does. You can download complete tour stats here: https://brucebase.wikispaces.com/Tour+Statistics
I have been a fan since 2010 and I have seen Frank 5 times this year and have gotten at least one rarity at Each show. For an hour and a half show that is fine. His current basic set list includes something for everyone. There is nothing wrong with expressing that you prefer to hear or not hear a song, nobody loves every song an artist does. I had to endure Waiting on a Sunny Day at all 16 Bruce shows and I HATE it - but the truth is...the crowd loves it! Most of the population does not go to multiple shows of an artist and it takes a lot more people than the hard cores to sell out a venue!
Anyways, for me the whole point of seeing Frank, or any live music, is that moment in time never exists before or after that night. Every concert is a different experience even if the set list is exactly the same. Especially with all the energy and effort that Frank and the whole band give every show. So as long as Frank doesn't start becoming rote in his performances, I will keep going to multiple shows even with identical set lists.