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Bruce Springsteen Performs The Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ in Australia

Bruce Springsteen Stayin' Alive
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Bruce Springsteen closed out the Australian segment of his ‘High Hopes’ tour in Brisbane today (Feb. 26) with a show that confounded even the most devoted of his setlist followers. Springsteen revisited his past in unprecedented fashion and shocked everyone with a cover of the Bee Gees‘ ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ Here it is for your viewing enjoyment:

Although the Bee Gees were born in England and recorded their classic disco hits after moving to Miami, the Gibb brothers got their start as professional musicians as children growing up just outside Brisbane. Their return to England in 1967 helped jumpstart the first wave of their popularity, with songs like ‘To Love Somebody,’ ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.’

Throughout the tour, Springsteen has been paying tribute to Australia’s musical history. He’s performed AC/DC‘s ‘Highway to Hell‘ at most of the dates (including this one, where he was joined by Eddie Vedder). The Sonics’ ‘Just Like Fire Would’ has been featured at every show, and the Easybeats’ 1966 hit ‘Friday on My Mind’ and INXS‘ ‘Don’t Change’ were played in Sydney on Feb. 19.

But it was what came after ‘Stayin’ Alive’ that was most surprising. Springsteen followed it up with four songs from his 1973 debut, ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.‘ Later, he played his second album, ‘The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle‘ in its entirety, something he’s only done once before, at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 7, 2009. Glenn Radecki, an expert in Springsteen’s tour history, tweeted, “There is no known setlist that ever had more than 10 songs from the first two albums combined.” The full setlist, which also included rarities like ‘Save My Love’ and ‘Fade Away,’ is below.

The ‘High Hopes’ tour will conclude its first leg this weekend with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand, where we fully expect him to cover both a song by Crowded House and OMC’s 1996 hit, ‘How Bizarre.’ He will mount a five-week tour of the United States beginning April 8 in Cincinnati.

Bruce Springsteen’s Feb. 26, 2014 Setlist

‘Stayin’ Alive’
‘It’s Hard To Be a Saint in the City’
‘Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?’
‘Growin’ Up’
‘Spirit in the Night’
‘High Hopes’
‘Just Like Fire Would’
‘You Can Look (But You’d Better Not Touch)’
‘Sherry Darling’
‘Save My Love’
‘Fade Away’
‘The E Street Shuffle’
’4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)’
‘Kitty’s Back’
‘Wild Billy’s Circus Story’
‘Incident on 57th Street’
‘Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)’
‘New York City Serenade’
‘Darlington County’
‘Waitin’ on a Sunny Day’
‘The Rising’
‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’
‘Badlands’
‘Glory Days’
‘Born to Run’
‘Bobby Jean’
‘Dancing in the Dark’
‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’
‘Highway to Hell’
‘Thunder Road’

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