Most performers playing the major music festivals have to shoehorn their normal shows into hourlong time slots, but not Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
Playing Saturday at one of the longest-running American music festivals — the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — Springsteen delivered a 2 1/2-hour set on the second-to-last-day of the two-weekend event. He was joined by fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty for a duet on Fogerty’s Creedence Clearwater Revival hits “Green River" and "Proud Mary" in front of a crowd of 50,000 or more people.
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An earlier edition of this post said Springsteen played for three hours. His set ran about 2 1/2 hours. It also stated the Dr. John tribute was on Friday. That event took place Saturday.
That set opened with the title track of his new album, “High Hopes,” and also included several numbers from his 2006 album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," which was premiered at Jazz Fest that year as one of the first major public events held in the city following the devastation it suffered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. That year’s lineup also included Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello.
On Saturday, Springsteen played “Mary Don’t You Weep,” “Pay Me My Money Down,” "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live" and “Jesse James” from that collection -- on what would have been Pete Seeger's 95th birthday.
Springsteen also visited songs from throughout his career, including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Hungry Heart,” "Thunder Road" and “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” The latter included an appearance by Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman singer-guitarist Tom Morello, who’s been a regular guest with Springsteen in recent years. Rickie Lee Jones helped out with vocals on "Jesse James."
He and the E Streeters also served up the New Orleans jazz standard “When the Saints Go Marcing In.” It was Springsteen’s third appearance at Jazz Fest, and following his performance, he headed downtown to the Saenger Theatre to join in Saturday’s all-star salute to New Orleans R&B singer-songwriter-pianist-producer Dr. John.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times