Rounding the final turn before the home stretch, the Reunion tour skates into Orange County for a pair of shows at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The second night set finds Bruce and the band still pulling out surprises, with the first E Street Band performance of “Roll Of The Dice” and the tour debut of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.” Those highlights are joined by show-opening River outtake “Take ‘Em As They Come,” “Darlington County,” “Rendezvous,” “Factory,” “Racing In The Street,” “Stand On It,” “Ramrod” and the rare “country” arrangement of “No Surrender.”
December 28, 1980 completes the Nassau 1980 trifecta, joining the previously released December 29 and New Year’s Eve shows collectively regarded as one of the greatest stands in Springsteen concert history. Opening night at Nassau features the debut performances of “Merry Christmas Baby” and “This Land Is Your Land”; 13 tracks from The River including “Hungry Heart” featuring Flo and Eddie; plus outstanding performances of “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Prove It All Night,” “Badlands,” “For You,” “Fire,” “Backstreets” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.”
“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts,” a Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band film featuring never-before released footage of the band’s explosive performances at the Madison Square Garden MUSE benefit shows, is available for the first time today via Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division in partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Captured during an ascendant but rarely-filmed period for Springsteen and the E Street Band, the footage in “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” marks the highest quality and most comprehensive live experience from the heart of the band’s reputation-making rise. Highlights from the 90 minute set include the live debut of “The River,” guest appearances from Tom Petty and Jackson Browne, Springsteen’s on-stage 30th birthday celebrations, an exuberant cover-packed grand finale and live favorites “Born To Run,” “Badlands” and “Thunder Road.”
Watch and listen to the concert here.
Edited by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny from the original 16mm reels, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” film features the band’s entire setlist from the MUSE shows for the first time, including footage of ten never-before-released performances from within its thirteen songs. “No Nukes” is now globally available for digital download in HD, as well as in physical formats including bundles of two CD with DVD, two CD with Blu-Ray and a two LP set. An accompanying soundtrack album, remixed by Bob Clearmountain, is similarly available to stream and download globally today.
In advance of the release, Springsteen also sat down with Thom Zimny, Jon Landau and Stevie Van Zandt for a behind-the-scenes roundtable discussion of the film. Watch that exclusive conversation here and read some early praise for the performance!
“A flawless, herculean 90-minute set.” – LA Times
“Without question, it is the best representation of a Seventies Springsteen concert ever captured on film.” – Rolling Stone
“The power and majesty of the E Street Band combined with youthful exuberance for a truly epic concert experience.” – Associated Press
“Springsteen and the E Street Band are at the peak of their powers…rock ‘n’ roll perfection.” – NJ Arts
“One of the world’s best ever rock performances…the film is a joyful blast from the past and a treasure trove of Springsteen anthems.” – The Times UK
Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama released RENEGADES: Born in the USA globally today. The book features a collection of candid, intimate, and entertaining conversations between President Obama and Bruce.
RENEGADES: Born in the USA chronicles the conversations Obama and Springsteen began in Spotify’s co-produced podcast of the same name, which is one of the most internationally listened-to podcasts on the Spotify platform. During these intimate conversations, they share exclusive stories and ruminations about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions. Published in an oversized, fully illustrated format, RENEGADES also features rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal collections and never-before-seen archival material, including Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics and Obama’s annotated speeches, offering a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—who have helped shape the American story.
Over a number of days, President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen sat down to talk. From disparate backgrounds and lived experiences, they would seem to have little in common. But as President Obama shares in the opening pages of RENEGADES:
“Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
In RENEGADES: Born in the USA, readers are invited to sit alongside these two longtime friends, in a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars and during at least one Corvette ride, as they discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home, some of the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and music. . . . They talk a lot about music.
Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity.
As Springsteen shares in his introduction to RENEGADES:
“There were serious conversations about the fate of the country, the fortune of its citizens, and the destructive, ugly, corrupt forces at play that would like to take it all down. This is a time of vigilance when who we are is being seriously tested. Hard conversations about who we are and who we want to become can perhaps serve as a small guiding map for some of our fellow citizens. . . . This is a time for serious consideration of who we want to be and what kind of country we will leave our children. Will we let slip through our hands the best of us or will we turn united to face the fire? Within this book you won’t find the answers to those questions, but you will find a couple of seekers doing their best to get us to ask better questions.”
And as President Obama writes, “the conversations Bruce and I had in 2020 feel as urgent today as they did back then. They represent our ongoing effort to figure out how it is that we got here, and how we can tell a more unifying story that starts to close the gap between America’s ideals and its reality.”
See more about the book and order now at renegadesbook.com.
Danny Federici was forced to leave the E Street Band in late 2007 to receive treatment for melanoma that would eventually claim his life. But on an emotional night the following March, Phantom Dan returned to the stage one last time to sit in with his blood brothers. Indianapolis 2008 showcases the late, great Danny Federici on “The Promised Land,” “Spirit In The Night,” “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Backstreets,” “Kitty’s Back,” “Born To Run,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “American Land.” The Indy set also features “Night,” “Radio Nowhere,” “Prove It All Night” and the tour debut of “Rendezvous.” 2nu.gs/BruceIndy2008