New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen has begun his Australian tour in Perth with a three-hour set of hits.

There was plenty of sexy hip shaking and dancing, some crowd surfing and even some beer skulling – not bad for a 64-year-old rock star.

Bruce Springsteen certainly knows how to put on a good show and he had the sold-out crowd at Perth Arena in the palm of his hand as he opened his Australian tour in the city on Wednesday night – his first ever show on the west coast.

He may have been half an hour late, but The Boss can do that without any of his fans feeling disgruntled – especially because he played an energetic three-hour set.

There was a loud roar as the New Jersey rocker hit the stage and as he joked that he had eaten his vegemite sandwich, the concert began in full swing.

“It’s great to be in the most remotest place on earth,” he quipped.

But towards the end of the show – after many standing ovations – he said it was not so far to travel to Perth after all.

Springsteen played a raft of new songs and beloved classics including High Hopes, Death To My Home Town and Badlands, which really got the crowd pumped.

After three sold-out Perth shows, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will travel to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Brisbane and Auckland.