Summer Ambassadors: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Video: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform Drive All Night in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 28, 2012.
Tonight, July 31, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland, the indefatigable Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band just finished one of their most powerful European music tours with the longest show of their career. The show in Helsinki began with an impromptu pre-show set of songs with just Bruce and an acoustic guitar.
Video: Bruce Springsteen - No Surrender - acoustic solo - Helsinki July 31, 2012
Video: Bruce Springsteen, Helsinki 31.7.2012 - Back In Your Arms
The show ended not long ago with a run time of just over four hours.
Video: I Don't Want to Go Home - Bruce Springsteen in Helsinki July 31, 2012
This summer, Springsteen and the E Street Band were true American cultural ambassadors as they roamed across Europe armed with searing music and goodwill. The presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, could learn a thing or two about international relations from Bruce and the band.
Video: Jake Clemons' Sax solo from Jungleland live on July 28, 2012 in Gothenburg, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Video: Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven performing We Shall Overcome in Oslo, Norway, in memory of the 77 Norwegians murdered on the 22nd of July 2011.
"Steve and I are honored to be included here tonight, and for all of us who love democracy and tolerance, it was an international tragedy," Bruce told the assembled crowd in Oslo. "I want to send this out as prayer for a peaceful future for Norway, and dedicate it to the families who have lost their loved ones."
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