Bruce Springsteen breaks his own longest gig record with four-hour set

The Boss and his band clocked in a set of four hours and six minutes in Helsinki

Bruce Springsteen is well known for his extremely long live sets, but passed a whole new milestone last night (July 31) by playing a show that lasted for over four hours.

The singer, who was played the final night of his European tour in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki, played a set that lasted for four hours and six minutes in the city’s Olympiastadion.

Springsteen’s set lasted for 33 songs and included four covers, John Fogerty’s ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, Southside Johnny’s ‘I Don’t Want To Go Home’, Jackie Wilson’s ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher’ and The Isley Brothers’ classic ‘Twist And Shout’.

All of Springsteen’s sets on this European tour have been lengthy and this caused a controversy during his set at London’s Hard Rock Calling. After the singer passed the show’s allotted end time, the decision was made to pull the plug while he was onstage with Paul McCartney.

The decision drew criticism from Mayor of London Boris Johnson and prompted consternation on Twitter, with Springsteen’s guitarist Steven Van Zandt leading a chorus of disapproval. He wrote: “Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?”

Bruce Springsteen begins a US tour next month in support of his latest album ‘Wrecking Ball’, which came out earlier this year.