Back in the USA

Bruce Springsteen returned to his home turf to begin the last leg of The River Tour 2016. The opening night at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium featured 35 songs and lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes (making this the third longest show ever, just after Helsinki 2012 and Goteborg 2016).  The wonderful “New York City Serenade” was the chosen one to begin the show (with a string section onstage).

There were seven songs from The River in a very varied setlist, with songs from all the stages of his career (from “Growin’ Up” to “Land of Hope and Dreams”, along with “She’s the One”, “Something in the Night”, “Mansion on the Hill”, “Brilliant Disguise” or “Jack of All Trades”), saying goodbye with the most appropriate “Jersey Girl”.

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Zürich

Bruce Springsteen closed the European leg of The River tour with a three and a half hour show in Zürich that surprised all the swiss fans for its lack of songs off The River (only 6) and for the abundance of sign requests that Bruce played, including some nice rarities such as “None But The Brave” (only the seventh live version in 13 years) or the rarely performed “Roll of the Dice” along with “Trapped”, “Jole Blon” and “Atlantic City”. Other signs taken, and almost played, were “Rendezvous”, “Frankie” and “Protection” (which would have been a first, and a unique surprise).

The final hour featured lots of encores, including “Jungleland” and “Ramrod”, finishing the show with a long and rousing “Twist and Shout”, after Bruce thanked his crew and all the travelling fans who follow him around Europe.

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See European tour setlists.

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New book & new companion album with unreleased songs

chapterandverse‘Chapter and Verse,’ the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released Sept. 23 on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes ‘Born to Run.’ Five of the album’s 18 tracks have not been previously released.

Springsteen selected the songs on ‘Chapter and Verse’ to reflect the themes and sections of ‘Born to Run.’ The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s ‘Wrecking Ball.’ The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of “Henry Boy” and “Growin’ Up” were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.’

‘Chapter and Verse’ will be available as a single CD and double LP, as well as via digital download and streaming. The package will include lyrics and rare photos. ‘Chapter & Verse’ will be available for preorder on Friday, July 29.

View filmmaker Thom Zimny’s trailer for ‘Chapter and Verse’ here: http://smarturl.it/ChapterVerseTrailer

‘Chapter and Verse’ song titles:

  1. Baby I — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
  2. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
  3. He’s Guilty (The Judge Song) — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
  4. Ballad of Jesse James — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
  5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
  6. Growin’ Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on ‘Tracks’)
  7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, ‘The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle’)
  8. Born to Run (1975, ‘Born to Run’)
  9. Badlands (1977, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’)
  10. The River (1980, ‘The River’)
  11. My Father’s House (1982, ‘Nebraska’)
  12. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’)
  13. Brilliant Disguise (1987, ‘Tunnel of Love’)
  14. Living Proof (1992, ‘Lucky Town’)
  15. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’)
  16. The Rising (2002, ‘The Rising’)
  17. Long Time Comin’ (2005, ‘Devils & Dust’)
  18. Wrecking Ball (2012, ‘Wrecking Ball’)

All songs written and performed by Bruce Springsteen except as noted.

Springsteen’s gripping 500-page autobiography, ‘Born to Run,’ will be released internationally Sept. 27, published in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India, as well as other publishers around the world. Springsteen has been privately writing the autobiography over the past seven years. He began work in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. ‘Born To Run’ is available for pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/borntorunbook.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. for a string of dates beginning Aug. 23 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, and ending Sept. 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

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Goteborg

The River tour reached the shores of Sweden this past weekend, with two shows at Goteborg’s Ullevi Stadium, where Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed 55 different songs.

The first night was quite similar to the typical 2016 European tour sets: few songs off The River and lots of standard songs from recent tours, plus a few surprises like the piano version of “The Promise” in the opening slot, a great “Save My Love” or the tour premieres of “Tunnel of Love” and “Shackled and Drawn”. The show lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes and became the second longest ever (only after the epic Helsinki performance in 2012), and ties with New Year’s 1980 as the one with most songs (38).

But the second night, Monday Night, things got reversed and it was finally a “proper” River tour show: 10 songs off The River (including “The Price You Pay”, “Independence Day” and “I’m a Rocker” -first Euro appearance this year-), along with numerous rarities and tour premieres: “Racing in the Street”, “Lucky Town”, “Mary’s Place” (opening the show), “Something in the Night”, “Candy’s Room”, “Jole Blon” or the majestic “Jungleland”. An acoustic rendition of “This Hard Land” said goodbye to one of the countries where Springsteen’s fandom is stronger (Bruce will be back for a third round in late July).

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