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Companion album to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography includes 5 unreleased tracks

‘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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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band named 2016’s top global touring act; The River Tour 2016 confirmed to end Sept. 14

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016 ranks as the year’s biggest in both Billboard and Pollstar, as the tour continues to blaze across Europe, drawing raves and setting sales records. The 75-show U.S. and European tour, which grossed $170.7 million in the first six months of 2016 and is nearing 2 million ticket sales, has filled 25 stadiums and open-air shows in 15 countries.

Springsteen and the band are thrilling some of their biggest audiences ever. More than 160,000 fans flocked to see three sold-out concerts in Spain, where the 12-week European leg of the tour began in May. With sets approaching the four-hour mark and including more than 30 songs a night, a Springsteen concert in 2016 is “a marathon which felt like a sprint,” according to the U.K.’s The Evening Standard.

“If this isn’t magic, then nothing else is,” proclaimed leading British daily The Guardian after a May concert in Manchester, England, that included a late-spring rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” — just 214 days before Christmas. U2’s Bono joined Springsteen to sing “Because the Night” on the first of a two-night stand that drew 160,000 to Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park. Springsteen blew out the power during “Ramrod” in Paris’ AccorHotels Arena one night and signed autographs for 20 minutes before playing another hour when the lights came back up.

Gothenburg, Sweden, sold out two shows totaling 125,000 and was treated to the European leg’s longest set at three hours, 58 minutes. More than 100,000 fans greeted Springsteen in Milan, Italy, welcoming him by spelling out “Dreams are alive tonight” in teal and white across an entire level of Stadio San Siro.

Springsteen’s European trek continues through July 31, as he returns to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. He’ll play a third stadium date in Gothenburg, bringing his total for the Swedish city to a previously unheard-of 190,000 tickets. The run wraps at the 50,000-capacity Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland.

Springsteen will resume The River Tour 2016 Aug. 23 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, where he will play three shows. He’ll play stadiums for seven of the 10 upcoming U.S. dates. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s tour will conclude its 2016 run with a Sept. 14 show in Foxborough, MA, at Gillette Stadium.

Next up will be the worldwide release of Springsteen’s gripping 500-page memoir, ‘Born to Run,’ coming Sept. 27.

Remaining Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 Dates

July 23 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium
July 26 – Trondheim, Norway – Granåsen Arena
July 28 – Oslo, Norway – Frognerparken
July 31 – Zürich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund
August 23 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
August 25 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
August 28 – Chicago, IL – United Center
August 30 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
September 1 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
September 3 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
September 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
September 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center
September 14 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium

 

Read Billboard’s coverage of Bruce Springsteen’s The River Tour here and here.

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