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Tale of the tour – Bruce Hornsby’s summer tour in numbers

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers played 121 different songs over the summer tour. Here’s the guide you never knew you needed – the tale of the tour! 

Thanks to all of you (most especially Bruce!) for the regular and detailed setlists this summer. We’ve put all of them together charting 17 shows since Elkhart in June, and found with some amazing stats to documents this group’s seemingly limitless scope…

The tale of the tour

If you’d been to all 17 shows, you’d have heard 310 songs performed in total. There were 121 different songs played!

93 of those 121 unique songs (77% of them) were Bruce’s own songs,  with 28 covers.

18 different songs were played on dulcimer (71 total dulcimer performances across all shows), and 8 different songs on accordion (23 total).

Songs from every record

‘Flicted accounted for 34 of the total of 310 songs played at all shows – 11% of them. That’s the highest representation from any album except the first one.

  • The Way It Is: 8 different tracks picked from that record; 36 of all 310 songs played this summer
  • Scenes from the Southside: 5 songs played; 25 of the total
  • Night on the Town: 5 songs played; 8 of the total
  • Harbor Lights: 6 songs played; 14 of the total
  • Hot House: 6 songs played; 20 of the total
  • Spirit Trail: 13 songs played; 27 of the total
  • Big Swing Face: 5 songs played; 7 of the total
  • Halcyon Days: 5 songs played; 11 of the total
  • Skaggs CD: 2 songs played; 4 of the total
  • Levitate: 3 songs played;10 of the total
  • Camp Meeting: 2 songs played; 2 of the total
  • Solo Concerts: 1 song played (“Where’s the Bat”); 3 of the total
  • Rehab Reunion: 5 songs played; 21 of the total
  • Absolute Zero: 9 songs played; 22 of the total
  • Non-Secure Connection: 5 songs played; 9 of the total
  • ‘Flicted: 8 songs played; 34 of the total
  • Unreleased: 5 songs played;12 of the total
  • Covers: 28 songs, played; 45 of the total.

5 songs written or co-written by Bruce were played (listed above as “unreleased”, which isn’t strictly accurate, but they’re not on any of Bruce’s releases): End of the Innocence (played 8 times), Nobody There But Me (1), Big Stick (1), Life of the Party (1) and Love Me Still (1).

There were 28 covers, played 45 times in total. Most popular were Little Sadie (5 times), Sister Rosa (Neville Brothers, 4), Sun Bear Theme (Keith Jarrett, 3) and L’Escalier du Diable (György Ligeti, 3).

Every song played this summer

The Way It Is: 16 times in total
Valley Road: 12
End of the Innocence: 8
Is This It: 8
Over the Rise: 8
Mandolin Rain: 8
MIA in M.I.A.M.I:. 7
Prairie Dog Town: 7
Jacob’s Ladder: 7
Days Ahead: 6
Too Much Monkey Business: 6
Little Sadie: 5
White-Wheeled Limousine: 5
Circus on the Moon: 5
Country Doctor: 5
(Mighty) Rainbow’s Cadillac: 5
LIDAR: 5
My Resolve: 4
Tango King: 4
Across the River: 4
Blinding Light of Dreams: 4
Sister Rosa: 4
Funhouse: 4
White Noise: 4
Sunflower Cat: 4
On the Western Skyline: 3
Cruise Control: 3
Sun Bear Theme: 3
Tag: 3
Cast-Off: 3
Soon Enough: 3
Where’s the Bat: 3
Every Little Kiss: 3
Pete and Manny: 3
Echolocation: 3
Maybe Now: 3
L’Escalier du Diable: 3
Shadow Hand: 2
Long Black Veil: 2
Long Tall Cool One: 2
Bach Goldberg Variation 1: 2
If Drinking Don’t Kill Me Her Memory Will: 2
Talk of the Town: 2
Fields of Gray: 2
Halcyon Days: 2
Cyclone: 2
Swan Song: 2
Great Divide: 2
Walk in the Sun: 2
Meds: 2
The Good Life: 2
Gulf of Mexico Fishing Boat Blues: 2
The Road Not Taken: 2
This Too Shall Pass: 2
Preacher in the Ring Part One: 2
Preacher in the Ring Part Two: 2
The Show Goes On: 2
The Dreaded Spoon: 2
The Red Plains: 2
Sidelines: 2
The River Runs Low: 2
Cleopatra Drones: 2
Look Out Any Window: 2
Catenaires: 2
Sister Fortune: 2
See the Same Way: 2
Fractals: 2
Hey Kafka: 2
Mirror on the Wall: 2
The Sadness of It All: 2
Harbor Lights: 2
Never in This House: 2
Questions and Answers: 1
The Chill: 1
Tupac Changes: 1
Under the Boardwalk: 1
Charlie Woody and You: 1
Big Rock Candy Mountain: 1
Candy Mountain Run: 1
Nobody There But Me: 1
Anything Can Happen: 1
Rehab Reunion: 1
Big Stick: 1
Sticks and Stones: 1
Bright Star Cast: 1
Life of the Party: 1
Sneaking Up on Boo Radley: 1
Love Me Still: 1
We Belong Together: 1
Fortunate Son: 1
Take You There: 1
20/20 Vision: 1
Night on the Town: 1
Hooray for Tom: 1
Schoenberg Variation 2: 1
Sad Mood: 1
Stander on the Mountain: 1
It’s the Same Old Song: 1
Black Rats of London: 1
Moonshadow: 1
Down the Road Tonight: 1
Barren Ground: 1
My Favourite Things: 1
Teddy Bear’s Picnic: 1
Pastures of Plenty: 1
Spider Fingers: 1
The Long Race: 1
Gonna Be Some Changes Made: 1
The Rat King: 1
Absolute Zero: 1
Resting Place: 1
King of the Hill: 1
That’s Where It’s At: 1
Baby Please Don’t Go: 1
Working in a Coalmine: 1
Lost Soul: 1
Ives Study #22: 1
Webern Variation 1: 1
Just One More: 1
In Dreams: 1
The Hound: 1

If we’ve missed any setlists, we’re always happy to take them. Here are all the 2022 setlists we have listed.