Springsteen debuts new songs at show


NEW YORK -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played their first show in three years Monday night at Asbury Park, N.J.'s intimate Convention Hall, which served as a warm-up for a fall tour that begins Oct. 2 in Hartford, Conn. Seven songs were premiered from the album "Magic," which also lands Oct. 2 via Columbia.

At the outset, Springsteen told the crowd the band would offer up "a few new ones, a few old ones, maybe a few mistakes, but I doubt it." Among the new album cuts performed were first single "Radio Nowhere," "Gypsy Biker," "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "Devil's Arcade" and "Last to Die."

Set list oddities included the vintage outtake "Thundercrack," which started the encore, "Something in the Night" and "American Land," a song from Springsteen's Seeger Sessions band that the E Streeters were playing live for the first time.

Springsteen and company will play Asbury Park again Tuesday night and have just announced a third rehearsal show for Friday at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning.