Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began their latest tour Oct. 2, performing many tracks from their newly released album “Magic,” which consists of upbeat pop-rock tunes and social criticism.

Springsteen, 58, originally from New Jersey, went solo in 2005 and in 2006 released “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions,” a banjo and fiddle fusion of classic American folk songs that won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

An outspoken critic of President Bush’s policies, Springsteen, before introducing his new song “Living In the Future,” said the United States was known for voter suppression, illegal wiretapping and attacks on the Constitution.

“These are all things that are happening here that shouldn’t be happening here,” he said in a Reuters report.

The song “Last to Die” from his new album is a strong attack on the devastating effects of Bush’s war and occupation of Iraq.

“Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake, whose blood will spill, whose heart will break, who’ll be the last to die,” Springsteen sang at the sold-out concert in Hartford, Conn.

Springsteen and the E Street Band plan to tour the U.S. through mid-November and then embark on a monthlong tour of Europe.