In case you missed it, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are making their way around Australia and New Zealand. After playing gigs in Perth and Adelaide, Springsteen played his first show in Melbourne on Thursday night. And what a politically-charged show it was.
He used the opening song to "send a letter back home", in reference to the heated phone call between President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull.
"Alright we stand before you as embarrassed Americans tonight," he said before launching into a rendition of the 1962 pop song "Don't Hang Up" by the Orlons.
At his Adelaide show, Springsteen introduced his song "American Land" as "an immigrants' song" in response to Trumps ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
"Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees," he said to the audience.
"America is a nation of immigrants, and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American."
"America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American." pic.twitter.com/DsXSaLeNNN— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) January 30, 2017
However, many of the classic Springsteen tunes, including "Thunder Road", "Rosalita", "Blinded By the Light", "Darkness On the Edge of Town" and "Born in the USA", have been left off the Australian Tour set list.
Springsteen declared he was part of the "new American resistance" as he kicked off the first show in Perth at the beginning of the Aussie tour.
"The E Street Band is glad to be here in Western Australia. But we're a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America and in Melbourne who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare, and immigrant rights.
"We stand with you. We are the new American resistance."
"We are the new American resistance."— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) January 22, 2017
- Bruce Springsteen, January 22, 2017 pic.twitter.com/HOFEUv4gev
This is the Boss's third trip to Australia in five years. He's set to play one more show in Melbourne on Saturday before heading to Sydney, Hanging Rock, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.