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Anniversary shout-out to the first of the marvelous Christic shows. Give the archive release a virtual spin today!

1990-11-16 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA

Soundcheck: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (multiple takes) / REASON TO BELIEVE (multiple takes)

BRILLIANT DISGUISE / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / MANSION ON THE HILL / REASON TO BELIEVE / RED HEADED WOMAN / 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) / MY FATHER'S HOUSE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / ATLANTIC CITY / WILD BILLY'S CIRCUS STORY / NEBRASKA / WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT / THUNDER ROAD / MY HOMETOWN / REAL WORLD / HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt) / ACROSS THE BORDERLINE (with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt)

First of two acoustic concerts to benefit the Christic Institute. The Institute was a public interest law firm, founded in 1980. A stunning performance by Springsteen, including world premieres of "Red Headed Woman", "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)", "When The Lights Go Out" (all on the guitar) and "Real World" on the piano. Furthermore we get first time acoustic guitar versions of "Brilliant Disguise", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "Mansion On The Hill", "Reason To Believe", "My Father's House", "Atlantic City", "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (no tuba from Garry this time), and "Nebraska" (of course to follow "Wild Billy's Circus Story" – "Nebraska's our next stop"). "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" is performed with Bruce alone on the piano for the first time. "Thunder Road" returns to the version last seen on the first leg of the Born To Run tour (with Bruce, not Roy Bittan on the piano). "My Hometown" gets its second acoustic hearing, this time on the piano, and not on the guitar as in 1988 on the S.O.S. Racism show. Highlight is the magnificent solo piano "Real World" - an inspired performance and one of Bruce's greatest. For encores Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne joins in on "Highway 61 Revisited" (Bruce on harmonica, Jackson on acoustic guitar, and Bonnie on tambourine) and "Across The Borderline" (previously performed on the Tunnel Of Love Tour) – this time with Jackson on the piano and Bonnie on the slide guitar – beautiful as always.

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1 hour ago, JimCT said:

Highlight is the magnificent solo piano "Real World" - an inspired performance and one of Bruce's greatest.

Love this show!!! I always wondered why Bruce went with the fast version of Real World after this show, both on album and subsequent live shows. Any ideas on this ?? I agree with the above comment.

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5 minutes ago, fadeaway said:

I always wondered why Bruce went with the fast version of Real World after this show, both on album and subsequent live shows. Any ideas on this ??

Well, he's not perfect. Just my theory.

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Not a big acoustic fan, but I did end up buying them after listening My Fathers House.

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An all around amazing set of nights for young Buddhabone here. 21 years old. Holy smokes....bought tickets from scalpers across the street.

The Intro to My Fathers House is one of GOAT moments that helped along the way. Felt like he was talking to me, as I sat there. Thats what this guy is all about...bringing us through the darkness.

@JimCT Thanks for reminding me. 

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2 hours ago, fadeaway said:

Love this show!!! I always wondered why Bruce went with the fast version of Real World after this show, both on album and subsequent live shows. Any ideas on this ?? I agree with the above comment.

One of the great mysteries of the world. I think even Bruce wonders. At least, on the Devils & Dust tour, on the few occasions that he pulled out the original slow version of "Real World", he muttered something about how it got away from him on the Human Touch album.

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