Springsteen plays live with Seeger Session band members

CFLPu9mWIAE10-_Bruce performed last night at the annual Kristen Carr Fund gala at New York’s Tribeca Grill, when he joined the Tribeca Playboys, the band formed by members of the Seeger Sessions Band, with special guest Nils Lofgren.

After giving an award to Thom Zimny, who was honored at the gala, Springsteen sang “Pay Me My Money Down”, “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Jesse James” and “My Oklahoma Home” with the band.

E Street Band members Max Weinberg and Steve Van Zandt also attended the gala, though they did not play.

Rehearsal photo: The Kristen Ann Carr Fund
Concert photo: Mitch Slater (@mpslater)

Jesse James
O Mary Don’t You Weep
Pay Me My Money Down
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Born to run: 40 years

It’s been 40 years since Born to Run saw the light of day. To commemorate its anniversary, Backstreets has a very special item: a fabulous, exclusive poster with an enlarged version of the album cover, using Eric Meola’s original negative. Only 1975 copies available, with proceeds going to World Hunger Year. Get your copy now.

BTR-WH-Poster_FINAL 40th Anniversary

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New Archive Series release: Born in the U.S.A. tour

Brad Serling from Nugs.net announced today on E Street Radio the 5th concert that will be released as part of the Archive Series: a Born in the U.S.A. tour show recorded live at the Meadowlands Arena on August 5th, 1984.

This was the opening night in a much celebrated series of 10 shows at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford (NJ) in August of ’84. Though it was the Born in the U.S.A. tour and the show features six songs from that record, Bruce was actually performing live for the first time the songs from the 1982 acoustic album Nebraska, and four of those songs appear on this show.

Full set list:
Born In The U.S.A. / Out In The Street / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out / Atlantic City / Johnny 99 / Highway Patrolman / Prove It All Night / Glory Days / The Promised Land / Used Cars / My Hometown / Badlands / Thunder Road / Hungry Heart / Dancing In The Dark / Cadillac Ranch / Sherry Darling / No Surrender / Pink Cadillac / Growin’ Up / Bobby Jean / Backstreets / Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) / Jersey Girl / Jungleland / Born To Run / Detroit Medley – Travelin’ Band / Twist And Shout

To download the show visit the official Live Bruce Springsteen Store.

(with thanks to Brucebase for setlist and article scan)



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WikiLeaks reveals new Springsteen contract, with release plans

Last Thursday, April 16th, Wikileaks published 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails from Sony Music. Amongst the thousands of documents, there are a few revealing details about Columbia’s new deal proposal to the artist.

wikileakssonyThe document goes into a lot of economical details (higher royalty rates, a $31-million advance, a contract extension until June 2027, etc), including details of the benefits the 2005 contract brought to Columbia ($73-million on top of the $101-million paid to Springsteen)

SonyArchivesMost interesting for Springsteen fans are the details of the release plans for the next 12 years, which include 13 projects (besides the current Archival Series):

  • 4 new studio albums (delivered at least 12 months apart)
  • 1 anniversary box set, with 3 CDs, for the Born in the USA album
  • 1 anniversary box set, with 3 CDs, for the The River album
  • 1 anniversary box set, with 2 CDs, for the Nebraska album
  • 1 box set with 3 or 4 discs with unreleased songs (the second volume of Tracks)
  • 5 complete live-concert albums
    (the box sets and live albums will be released at least 6 months apart)

The company proposes to release the Born in the USA box set first (considering the annual decline in sales of CDs), followed by The River box set, and last but not least, the Nebraska set.

One of the clauses specifies Springsteen “will have the right to sell downloads of his live concerts directly or through third parties”. And if you’re wondering about the sound quality of the archival series, here is another detail indicated in the clause: “The artist and Columbia are to coordinate marketing and release plans for our respective live albums, with Columbia’s releases intended to be higher quality recordings”.

Considering the archive releases started last November, it may well mean the agreement went forward, though there’s no official confirmation of that.

RequestforApprovalThe new contract also specifies Springsteen has total control over the production of all recordings and their contents, and accepts the artists’ claim about “incorrect royalty calculations and improper deduction of foreign taxes” from Jan. 2007 to June 2012. 

With the new deal Springsteen would stay at Columbia at least until June 30, 2027 (if he has delivered all 13 products by then) or two years after delivering the last of the products.  In the emails between the Sony execs they admit “it’s obviously a rich deal given his stature”, but “this is not an artist we can afford to lose”.


WikiLeaks posts Sony emails; Springsteen Deal (Masslive.com)
Sony Leak. Bruce Springsteen Gets Rich New Contract (ShowBiz411)

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