By Karsten S. Andersen

Bruce the houserocker rocked the house

Published 2011-11-04

Last night, in the first of two highly anticipated shows, Bruce and Joe Grushecky tore the roof off the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. From a setlist standpoint, it was a typical Bruce/Joe show featuring lots of their common war horses like "Never Be Enough Time", "Atlantic City", "Murder Incorporated", and "Code of Silence". But for those present and judging by the videos, it was a Bruce itching to play and entertain. His stage presence and physical energy still defy his age, his voice was in fine shape, and when he performed the last song of the night - a solo acoustic version of "Thunder Road" - he was confident enough to do it with the houselights on and within arm's length of the first row.

Other than proving he still hasn't lost a thing after his relatively long hiatus, the show didn't point in any particular direction regarding the future. No new songs were tried out and no announcements were made. So after tonight's repeat performance and next week's Bob Woodruff Foundation benefit, it's back to waiting for news.

Check out last night's setlist and while you're there, don't miss the videos.

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