“We are the new American resistance”

Bruce Springsteen returned to Australia after three years, with a show (the first of three) in Perth, Western Australia.

As in the final leg of the US River tour, the show opened with a beautiful version of “New York City Serenade” (string section included), which was followed by a speech about the current political state in his homeland:

“The E Street Band is glad to be here in Western Australia. We’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men who marched today in every city in America — and in Melbourne! — who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare and immigrant rights. We stand with you. We are the new American resistance”

The show continued with a mix of hits, political and social songs (“American Skin”, “The Promised Land”, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, “My Hometown”, “Lonesome Day”, “Land of Hope and Dreams”…) and a long segment of songs written in 1973, off his first two albums (including “Kitty’s Back”, “Incident on 57th Street” and “Rosalita”), lasting a total of three hours and twenty-six minutes.

The encores started with an acoustic “Blood Brothers”, after a massive request in the pit.

Before the first show Bruce had a meeting with the local & national Australian media.

See complete setlist.

Australia/New Zealand tour dates.


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Bruce Springsteen performs secret show for White House staff

Backstreets revealed yesterday that Bruce Springsteen offered a private acoustic show at The White House on January 12th. The show was held at the East Room for 200 to 250 White House staffers and president Barack Obama and his family.

~going to a go-go~ at the #whitehouse #obamaadministration _thank you for your dedication, passion and elegance-

A photo posted by Patti Scialfa (@officialrumbledoll) on

Springsteen performed some of his classics along with some of his most political work. The 15-song set included “Thunder Road”, “Born in the USA”, “My Father’s House”, “Dancing in the Dark”, “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, “Long Walk Home”, “The Wish”, “Growin’ Up” or “Land of Hope and Dreams”.

See complete setlist.

Photo: Patti Scialfa and Bruce at The White House gala held on Jan.8th.

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Roy Orbison’s Black and White Night expanded

The stars aligned on September 30th 1987 for a special Roy Orbison concert at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. Roy’s star-studded band included Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, K.D. Lang, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes… plus the members of Elvis Presley’s 1969-1977 touring band: James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff and Glen D. Hardin.

The extraordinary concert, a highlight in rock’n’roll history, was filmed, broadcast on TV and later published in DVD. Thirty years later it will get the deluxe treatment. On Feb.24th Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30 will be published in DVD and Bluray formats, including unseen rehearsal and interview footage, additional songs and the “secret concert” they performed after the formal show ended.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30 includes:

1) Only the Lonely
2) Leah
3) In Dreams
4) Crying
5) Uptown
6) The Comedians
7) Blue Angel+
8) It’s Over
9) Running Scared
10) Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
11) Mean Woman Blues
12) Candy Man
13) Ooby Dooby
14) Blue Bayou
15) Go Go Go (Down the Line)
16) (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
17) Claudette
18) Oh, Pretty Woman (Alternate Version)*
19) Oh, Pretty Woman
Secret Post Show
1) (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Alternate Version)*
2) The Comedians (Alternate Version)*
3) Candy Man (Alternate Version)*
4) Claudette (Alternate Version)*
5) Uptown (Alternate Version)*
*Previously unreleased
+First time on DVD
DVD/Blu-ray bonus features:
– Bonus Rehearsal & Interview Footage
– Photo Gallery
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Bruce’s desert island discs

Springsteen spoke recently to BBC’s Desert Island Discs about his new book and his favorite records, including “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, “It’s All Over Now” by Rolling Stones, “Madame George” by Van Morrison and others. Listen now to the full interview the BBC aired on December 18th. You can listen here and also download it in MP3 format.

U.S. channel PBS aired on December 20th another very interesting interview. The 40 minute conversation with Jeffrey Brown on the “PBS News Hour” is now available online:

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