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Perth #3

The third and final night in Perth featured a 27-song set with 12 new songs not performed at the previous two shows.

Bruce maintains the magnificent «New York City Serenade» as opener, and tonight’s show was followed by an intense rock marathon with «Night», «Saint in the City», «Cover Me», «Radio Nowhere» and «Glory Days».

Some more songs from The River came out, with «Hungry Heart», «Ramrod», «You Can Look» and the majestic «Drive All Night».

The first encore featured the epic «Backstreets», plus a welcome «Seven Nights to Rock» and «Bobby Jean» as closing song. The next show, in Adelaida, will be this next Monday, January 30th.

Phtos: Hans Erik Kern.

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Tercer y último concierto en Perth

La serie de tres conciertos en Perth, Australia, ha finalizado hoy con una actuación donde Bruce Springsteen, acompañado de la E Street Band, ha interpretado 27 canciones, doce de ellas diferentes respecto a los dos primeros días.

Bruce sigue abriendo los conciertos cada noche con la memorable «New York City Serenade», hoy seguida de intensas rágafas de rock con «Night», «Saint in the City», «Cover Me», «Radio Nowhere» y «Glory Days».

También ha recuperado algunas canciones de The River (aunque la gira australiana no lleve ese nombre oficialmente, sino gira «Verano 2017»), como «Hungry Heart», «Ramrod», «You Can Look» o la majestuosa «Drive All Night».

Como es habitual la tanda de bises se ha iniciado con otra de sus canciones épicas. Si en el concierto anterior fue «Jungleland», en esta ocasión ha sido «Backstreets». El próximo concierto, en Adelaide, será el lunes 30 de enero.

Fotos: Hans Erik Kern.

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The return of Little Steven

stevenbluesfestticketsThe news came yesterday out of the blue when Steve Van Zandt announced on Twitter his return to the stages with The Disciples of Soul. They’ll be performing at the BluesFest in London, at O2’s Indigo, on October 29th. Tickets go on sale Friday Oct.14th at 9am.

Steve will be back as Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, though with a reformed band full of new musicians (up to 15, according to a recent tweet). If he’s happy with the results the plan is to do a full tour in the Summer of 2017.

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Little Steven vuelve a los escenarios

stevenbluesfestticketsOtra noticia inesperada llegó esta semana de la mano de Steve Van Zandt, cuando éste anunció en Twitter que el 29 de octubre ofrecerá un concierto en el festival BluesFest de Londres, en la sala Indigo. Las entradas saldrán a la venta el viernes 14 de octubre a las 9am (las 10am en España).

Steve se presenta de nuevo como Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, aunque la quincena de músicos que le acompañarán son todos nuevos. Salvo Eddie Manion, ninguno de los Disciples originales forma parte de la nueva banda. Si el concierto funciona, Steve tiene planeado organizar una gira el verano de 2017.

Más información y entradas.


The Top Ten shows that Bruce Springsteen should release from his archives

_44198189_bruce22by Glenn Radecki *

In a live interview on Sirius’s “E Street Radio” channel on May 18, 2014, prior to the last show of the High Hopes Tour, Bruce spoke generally about his future plans, and mentioned potential archival releases of past shows.

In November, a dedicated page on Bruce’s website was unveiled and the Apollo Theater show from March 2012 prior to the start of the Wrecking Ball tour was announced as the first in a series of archive releases.  To date, three more shows, including some of the E Street Band’s greatest performances, have been released: the August 9, 1978 show from Cleveland; the December 31, 1975 show from Philadelphia; and the December 31, 1980 show from the Nassau Coliseum.

Yet the interview that Brad Serling of gave to Backstreets is what truly tantalizes, with the revelation that there is “a working list of 30 shows ‘spanning Bruce’s entire career’ under consideration” for release.

There were of course no shows specifically mentioned, but the interview with Serling offers a few clues, including his experience that some of the best selling archival recordings for other bands are the shows that fans have had in their collection for many years.

One final consideration, of course, is the availability of a sufficient quality copy of the show in Bruce’s archives. It is presumed here that this is not an obstacle for recent shows, which is likely one of the reasons why the Apollo Theater show was chosen as the first download: it was ready and available for release. Material from earlier periods of Bruce’s career may not be as easily available.

With these considerations in mind, here’s hoping these are among the thirty shows under consideration, and among the first shows released:

The Top 10 Shows that Bruce Springsteen Should Release From His Archives:

vets-81-2140331. August 20, 1981 – Los Angeles, California
The benefit concert for the Vietnam Veterans of America is well known as one of the most important and emotional performances in Springsteen’s entire career. It has been widely bootlegged, but none of the available recordings approach the high quality of other famous shows. An easy choice for #1.

2. November 16, 1990 – Los Angeles, California
The benefit for the Christic Institute featured Springsteen playing solo: not only on guitar, but – for the first time in many years – on piano as well. It was Bruce’s first public performance since dismissing the E Street Band and was the debut of four new songs, including “Real World.” This show, along with the following night’s performance, were reportedly considered as candidates for an official release in the 1990s.

3. September 24, 1999 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
For the fifth night of a six-show run during the Reunion tour, Bruce and the band moved across the street from the new arena to the old Spectrum, performing the night after Bruce’s fiftieth birthday. One of the best shows of that tour, but unfortunately no excellent recordings of the show have ever been available… yet.

4. August 23, 2008 – St. Louis, Missouri
Probably the best show by the E Street Band since they reunited in 1999. Memorable for the resurrection of numerous classic cover songs, including “Then She Kissed Me” and “Mountain of Love” as well as the band playing at peak power at the end of the Magic tour: the versions of “Gypsy Biker” and “Long Walk Home” from this show are definitive.

190978-passaic-ticket-a2c5. September 19, 1978 – Passaic, New Jersey
The “Piece de Resistance” show, and famously broadcast on WNEW-FM. It could be said that this show does not need an official release, given that it already exists in excellent quality in collectors’ circles. It remains one of the more significant shows in Bruce’s career, with the radio broadcast bringing many a fan’s first exposure to the E Street Band.  The LP, cassette and CD bootlegs of this show have been treasured by so many fans for so many years that it seems unfathomable that this show will not be included.

bitusatour6. August 20, 1984 – East Rutherford, New Jersey
Well known under the bootleg title “The Last Great Show,” this was the final night of a ten-night homecoming stand at the Meadowlands Arena on the first leg of the Born in the U.S.A. tour. The Miami Horns and Little Steven were special guests, including on a memorable version of “Drift Away.” This show was one of the sources of the Live 1975-1985 box set and should be easily available for release.

7. March 25, 1977 – Boston, Massachusetts
The final night of a legendary four-show run to end a series of shows in which Springsteen was playing live because he could not record in the studio due to his legal battles with Mike Appel. Featuring a powerful “Backstreets” and “Higher and Higher” to end the show.

Springsteen On The Street8. October 18, 1975 – Los Angeles, California
The fourth of a six-night residency at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. This show is the source of the now-famous version of “Thunder Road” that starts the Live 1975-1985 box set. Given the likelihood that the entire show exists in Bruce’s archives, this is a probable (and worthy) choice for inclusion in the series.

9. May 3, 1988 – Mountain View, California
Available for years under the famous bootleg title “Roses and Broken Hearts,” and widely considered the best show of the Tunnel of Love tour. A wild encore includes “Sweet Soul Music,” “Have Love Will Travel,” and for the first time in ten years, “Little Latin Lupe Lu.”

10. January 31, 1973 – New York, New York
Shortly after the release of Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, Mike Appel made arrangements for this show to be recorded for King Biscuit Flower Hour radio program. Given the uncertainty of availability of early recordings of the band, this seems a likely choice as the earliest recording in the archive series.

Other strong contenders:

ad113May 9, 1974, Cambridge, Massachussets
The show at the Harvard Square Theater reviewed by Jon Landau, resulting in a now legendary quote. The band was touring behind The Wild, The Innocent… and included David Sancious and Boom Carter in their lineup.

May 8, 1981 – Stockholm, Sweden
Arguably the best show of the 1981 European tour, Bruce’s first extended visit overseas.

October 31, 1984 – Los Angeles, California
Halloween night includes a special “High School Confidential” opening skit and a rare performance of “My Father’s House.”

June 24, 1993 – East Rutherford, New Jersey
The “Concert to Fight Hunger,” at the end of the 1992-1993 World Tour; with guest appearances from Little Steven, Max Weinberg, Southside Johnny, and a roof-raising moment when Clarence Clemons comes out during “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.”

May 8, 2000 – Hartford, Connecticut

One of the consensus best shows of the Reunion tour, including Bruce dropping a part of “Honky Tonk Women” into the start of “Darlington County.”

June 28, 2003 – Milan, Italy
The final night of the European leg of the Rising tour, including a wild crowd, a thunderstorm and a rare performance of “Follow that Dream.” Specifically cited by Jon Landau at the time as one of Bruce’s best-ever shows.

October 4, 2003 – New York, NY
The final night of the Rising tour includes a rarity-filled setlist and a guest appearance from Bob Dylan.

Novefederici_boston2008mber 19, 2007 – Boston, Massachusetts
Danny Federici’s last complete show with the E Street Band. (Alternate choice: April 22, 2008 in Tampa, Florida, the first show after his death).

November 8, 2009 – New York, New York
A complete performance of The River album, for the first and quite possibly only time. A stunning show, even beyond the album portion of the proceedings.

BTR pose by Ermanno Labianca

Photo: Ermanno Labianca.

November 22, 2009 – Buffalo, New York
The final night of the Working on a Dream tour; a complete performance of Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and Clarence Clemons’ final tour show with the band.

July 31, 2012 – Helsinki, Finland
At four hours, four minutes and forty-seven seconds, the longest Springsteen show ever performed.

* This article was originally published in the excellent blog Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive.
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