After the MusiCares event Bob Dylan talked to Bill Flanagan and had some nice things to say about Bruce Springsteen’s performance of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. The full interview is available at Bob Dylan’s website.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF BRUCE’S PERFORMANCE?
Incredible! He did that song like the record, something I myself have never tried. I never even thought it was worth it. Maybe never had the manpower in one band to pull it off. I don’t know, but I never thought about it. To tell you the truth, I’d forgotten how the song ought to go. Bruce pulled all the power and spirituality and beauty out of it like no one has ever done. He was faithful, truly faithful to the version on the record, obviously the only one he has to go by. I’m not a nostalgic person, but for a second there it all came back, Peckinpah, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado, James Coburn, the dusty lawless streets of Durango, my first wife, my kids when they were small. For a second it all came back … it was that powerful. Bruce is a deep conscientious cat and the evidence of that was in the performance. He can get to your heart, my heart anyway.
HE PLAYED SOME EXPLOSIVE GUITAR THAT WASN’T ON THE ORIGINAL RECORDING.
Yeah, well that’s just Bruce being Bruce. He’s got to remind people that he can play that thing. It wasn’t incessant though. It didn’t detract from the song. He brought it in quick and pulled it back quick. He definitely knows when and how to stick something in and then move it back. He’s a great performer all around.
Two years after being ‘Person of the Year’ at MusiCares Springsteen came back as a performer this time, to honor Bob Dylan.
Last Friday, Febr. 6th 2015, Bruce, Tom Morello and the gala’s band (formed by Greg Leisz, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Buddy Miller and Kenny Aronoff) performed the classic “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” at the Convention Center in Los Angeles (see video at 2:49 for Bruce’s performance).
The third official live download is here: Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 1975. And it’s a blast! A fantastic concert with superb sound, mixed by Toby Scott directly from the original 16-track tapes that was recorded outside the theatre by Jimmy Iovine using the Record Plant Remote unit.
Bruce performed 4 nights at these theatre in Upper Darby, close to Philadelphia, in the last days of 1975, during the Born to Run tour (see extensive info at Brucebase). The show published today is the last one, recorded on New Year’s Eve 1975, blasting off with “Night” and featuring a unique slowed-down version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, tour standards “She’s the One”, “Born to Run”, “Backstreets” and “Jungleland”, plus a bunch of covers including “It’s My Life”, “Mountain of Love”, “Quarter to Three”, “Pretty Flamingo” and “Twist and Shout”.
One of the most memorable performances in Springsteen’s career happened exactly 40 years ago at the small Main Point club in Bryan Mawr, Pennsylvania, in a very small venue for only 270 people. The two and a half hour show became legend as it was broadcast live on the radio and has been bootlegged many times over the years.
During a few months between 1974 and 1975 The E Street Band had an additional member: Suki Lahav on violin. She shone on the wonderful performances of “Incident on 57th Street” and Bob Dylan’s “I Want You”. Max and Roy were recent additions to the band after David Sancious and Ernest Boom Carter left in the summer of 1974, and Steve Van Zandt wouldn’t join the band until a few months later.
That night’s set list included many songs from Springsteen’s first two albums, plus a few songs that would form part of the yet-to-be-released Born to Run album (including a very early attempt at “Thunder Road”, then called “Wings for Wheels”), along with covers of some rock and soul classics, including “A Love So Fine”, “Shout” and Chuck Berry’s “Back in the USA” to end the show.
The complete set list: Incident On 57th Street
Mountain Of Love
Born To Run
The E Street Shuffle
Thunder Road “Wings for Wheels”
I Want You
Spirit In The Night
She’s The One
It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City
New York City Serenade
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
A Love So Fine / Shout
Back in the U.S.A.
Show introduction by: WMMR dj Ed Sciaky
The band: Bruce Springsteen Clarence Clemons Garry Tallent Danny Federici Roy Bittan Max Weinberg Suki Lahav
This year’s Light of Day main event was, quite simply, an epic event. It was the 15th anniversary of this great festival, and the main show at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre was a magnificent night. Lots of great performances that were highlighted by Bruce Springsteen’s surprise appearance (his 11th in fifteen years).
Bruce performed with Willie Nile, with La Bamba’s Big Band and Southside Johnny (including “Higher and Higher”, “This Little Girl” and “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”), solo acoustic (a stripped-down version of “Janey Don’t You Lose Heart”) and a full set with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (which included Eddie Manion on sax, and lots of highlights: “Hearts of Stone”, “Savin ‘Up”, “Save My Love”, “Darkness on the edge of town”, “Because the night”, “Racing in the Street (’78)”…).