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  1. The 74 shows with Suki can also be considered 'pre-75.'
  2. Back to real news today, we're happy to share some good news:'s official Springsteen live archive series, which has been dropping a new historic concert on the First Friday of most every month, does not appear to be affected by the pandemic; we are getting continued indications that there will be a fresh new release tomorrow, April 3. We can all use something like this to look forward to. So tune in tomorrow, and of course we hope you'll support the series now more than ever, to keep the concerts coming. Backstreets just posted
  3. I agree a revelation occurred in Europe Strong argument to be made set structure more focused/refined in 81 That run of shows from 12/4 Buffalo through Nassau New Years with no set having less than 33 songs had an energy all is own and was something to behold some of his most passionate shows were in Philly, Hartford, Boston and the NY area December 1980 that was one amazing run of shows
  4. I forgot about that, BTW. We had the boot Don’t look Back, I remember buyin it in the winter, either late 80 or early 81, and we put it on the turn table. the first thing we heard was a question from an unidentified woman “What does rock and roll mean to you?” Bruce responds “A steady job” and then we hear the most surreal yet horrifically chilling drum introduction we had ever heard coming from Springsteen. Roulette exploded into our room and took us to place we had never experienced listening to the E Street Band. The searing guitars, the legendary River era speed of the lyrics, the life or death fear in Springsteen’s voice, the fantastic yet all too real narrative. That song literally transformed us listening to it. Our jaws on the floor; speechless. We played that song over and over. Put it on cassette so we could listen to it in our car. And we asked how the Eff did that song get left off the album.
  5. Great post, had no idea about the Bruce files - thanks Promise61
  6. I was there too. Here’s some thoughts. My friend, who got me into BS & E Street, and I went to 7/2, scalped for 20th row on Steve's side. My friend’s first show was in 77 and then he attended some of the big ones in 78 and 80, before 7/2. I saw Birthday Nukes and 12/31/80 before 7/2. 9/22 his Birthday show on fire, really feeling it, turning 30, which was huge back in the 70s. Throwing the birthday cake into the audience and that Quarter to Three we all love. And 12/31 speaks for itself. So, we had high expectations going in to 7/2. One of the things I loved about the River shows was the increased roles of Steve and Clarence. Steve co-produced the album and shared the mic with Bruce on a lot of songs. You could see him developing before your eyes and I was not that surprised when he came out with his own band within a couple years of the River tour shutting down. His role on the record and stage in 80-81 was great. Clarence’s sax was so prevalent during the shows and that duet with Bruce during Fire in 80 was insane. Meadowlands was loud. It was the first Summer parking lot Springsteen show I saw and the fans were into it. Holiday weekend with 7/4 Saturday just 2 days away. I think Bruce once compared the 7/2 audience reaction to being like the Beatles. First 3 songs crushed and you can hear him say after Out in Street, right before Darkness "oh, wow." It was special. NJ Pride, brand new arena. He really felt the energy and was impacted by it; there was incredible energy starting the set. I think he was truly moved. I felt the ending to the Indy rap wasn't one of his best. It may have impacted the rest of the set. BS came out it seemed with something to prove, more than usual, in the second set and no better way back then to start off with You can Look. First half of second set blistering. We loved Dedication, sounded like an E Street Band record (it was an E Street Band record, everyone played on it), with Bruce's solo on Jole so epic and inexorably associated with the album and song. We tore that album up when it came out in April and for the next 3 months before Bruce’s triumphant return to the States where by all reports he blew Europe and the UK away with incredible sets. The artistic godliness to open European shows up with Follow that Dream, Harmonica-solo Factory, and Run Thru the Jungle. Unimaginable. After the scorching first half of the second set, 3 slow/ballad songs followed that in my opinion, took the momentum way down. I understand that was the intent, and the beauty of the ebb and flow of Springsteen concerts. And I love all 3 of those songs, love 'em (Wreck, Follow, and Racing). During the 80 shows no problem playing 3 slow/ballad songs in a row – took your breath away– but didn't seem to fit, or flow to us, anyway, on 7/2. Bruce appeared to agree and I can find no other Summer 81 second set with 3 slow/ballad songs in a row. The encores were a different matter; one of the best I've seen. Debuts of Jersey Girl and (loving Steve’s song for years) I don't wanna go home. Steve turned to Max and took the song over after the pass from Bruce. Love that song. Perfect homecoming song. Then, a 16-minute Medley. Sixteen Minutes. We thought it was over but then out of nowhere to us in the pre-internet days, Rocking All Over the World. What a closer. Unreal. Afterwards, we went to a diner and were a little dejected. The show clocks in less than 3 hours and we were rattling off songs he didn't play. We just expected more. Rightly or wrongly. still a fun show, historical yes, but not an apex one in my opinion.
  7. Appreciate the the post. Please share that source for the 7/2 quote Lampi, from a laker who was on the floor. It was loud and I remember the Beatles reference but not much else from the quote. Would enjoy reading the entire context. Thanks in advance.
  8. I haven’t listened to those shows in awhile but just looked at the set lists and share your enthusiasm Paolo. Any insight into whether 6 or 9 is the better performance?
  9. 10/25 and 10/31 were the 2 best shows I saw that leg 10/25 just epic, tying with Oakland for longest 84 set list. USA into who’ll stop - what a powerful start to the set. Nebraska 5 pack, with new version of point blank, stunning. The physicality Bruce displayed roaming around the entire stage, up and down the risers; wild. I’ve never seen him stronger. Second set with LA tribute pink caddy rap, backstreets, and 7 song encore featuring killer Street fighting man and absolutely gorgeous follow that dream sung to an almost entirely silent sports arena - incredible. What a show. 10/31 intro with the Louie Louie tribute and sexy Patti in nurses dress with Bruce rising out of the coffin to H.S. Confidential, to start a 17 song first set featuring who’ll stop the rain, I fought the law and trapped. Who does that. A 17 song first set! He and the band were on fire. In my opinion the Nebraska material on the USA tour is hard to top for Nebraska songs live, and I saw both Christic sets. Nebraska songs were so fresh, so personal, even though performed in an arena. That 10/31 Father’s House rap and song performance just outstanding. Nils was brand new but you could see he and Bruce connected. I remember Nils sitting down during some of those Nebraska songs and the other band members not playing on the Nebraska songs left the stage for those songs. 5 Nebraska songs during a set was half the album and it was like Bruce was touring for two albums during those Nebraska 5-pack concerts. Then you add in Shut out the light, Follow that dream, and bye bye Johnny. Insane shows. i don’t know if Hungary Heart and Sherry Darling worked in the encores 10/31 but Halloween is still an incredible 32-song set. Let’s hope Marsh is wrong about professional recordings from that leg not existing.
  10. Been on the train since the late 70s and saw 6 USA Tunnel shows. This is one “long time fan’s” opinion in response to your question. It had been almost 2 1/2 years since seeing the 4 LA coliseum shows so was looking forward to the tour. We knew before, based on friends seeing the opening MA shows and the press reports citing BS, the “war horses” would be dropped from the set (at least pre-Europe). That was the right call and I didn’t miss them. There were amazing stretches during the shows, Tunnel into Boom Boom, Adam/Seeds with the horns, Spare>War>USA, this USA version arguably being more powerful than 84/85. There were also some truly beautiful moments like Borderline, Tougher, 1 Step, and Walk. The encores were on fire, with the horns adding so much to Rosy, 10th, Detroit, Heart, Sweet Soul and Raise. But . . . Roulette and Be True, 2 of my all time favs, as performed on the 1988 Tour, never approached the speed or explosive and liberating power of the studio versions sung almost 10 years earlier. The band didn’t seem as close or connected on stage, as exemplified by their on stage interactions of earlier tours. It is my understanding Bruce wanted to tour solo but Landau convinced him to go out with the band. That translated on stage. The interaction between Bruce and Patti was much more pronounced though, and I thought effective. If you’re able to see video clips of the horns doing their Vegas style dance moves during the set you’ll understand why some fans cringed during the shows. Lastly, the set was partly “refreshing” to borrow your word and I wasn’t experiencing any “consternation” during the shows. I enjoyed the shows. I don’t think they were as good as the earlier tours. I can sum up my reaction to the Tunnel sets as similar to my reaction when BS changed screaming out “prisoner of rock and roll” from earlier tours to “prisoner of love” near the end of the Tunnel concerts. It was no longer the apex rock and roll show . . . but was the artistic direction he had to go in and you gotta respect him for it.