The Boss got back to work on Thursday night when Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The concert marked the band’s first performance in nine days after postponing three shows due to an unspecified illness.

Though Springsteen sounded “a little horse” at times according to a review from The Philadelphia Inquirer, it didn’t stop the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his band from powering through a 25-song, two-hour-and-45-minute concert. The setlist included hits from throughout his six-decade career “Prove It All Night”, “The Promised Land”, “The E Street Shuffle”, and Patti Smith‘s “Because The Night”. Along the way, Bruce also touched on his latest solo album Only The Strong Survive, a tribute to ’60s and ’70s soul music, with a cover of the Commodores‘ “Nightshift”.

The show was far from over after Bruce and the band wrapped the main set with “Badlands”. A seven-song encore followed, filled with some of Springsteen’s most celebrated songs beginning with “Thunder Road”, “Born To Run”, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, “Glory Days”, and “Dancing in the Dark”. After introducing the band on the latter tune, Bruce used the proceeding “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” to pay tribute to late E Streeters Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. Finally, The Boss closed up shop all by himself with a solo acoustic rendition of “I’ll See You In My Dreams” to finish the marathon performance.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s tour continues tomorrow, March 18th in State College, PA. Tickets and a full list of dates are available here. Additionally, the group has announced new dates for last week’s postponed shows. The band will perform in Uncasville, CT on September 16th; Albany, NY on September 19th; and Columbus, OH on September 21st.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “No Surrender” – 3/16/23

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Badlands” – 3/16/23

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Thunder Road” – 3/16/23

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Thunder Road”, “Born to Run”, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, “Glory Days” – 3/16/23

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Bruce Springsteen – “I’ll See You In My Dreams – 3/16/23

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Setlist: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA | 3/16/23

Set: No Surrender, Ghosts, Prove It All Night, Letter to You, The Promised Land, Candy’s Room, Kitty’s Back, Nightshift (Commodores), The E Street Shuffle, Trapped (Jimmy Cliff), Johnny 99, Last Man Standing [1] Backstreets, Because the Night (Patti Smith Group), She’s the One, Wrecking Ball, The Rising, Badlands

Encore: Thunder Road, Born to Run, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out [2], I’ll See You in My Dreams [3]

[1] Acoustic, with Barry Danielian on trumpet

[2] Pictures of Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons shown during the song

[3] Solo acoustic