Film Review: White Lie (2019)

Starring: Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson, Martin Donovan, Thomas Olajide and Connor Jessup Directed by: Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas Synopsis: Katie Arneson (Rohl) has cancer, or at least that's what she claims. For Katie, placebos, a shaved head and starvation is all it takes to become a poster child, a campus celebrity, and to earn … Continue reading Film Review: White Lie (2019)

New from the Springsteen archive: November 7th, 2009 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Well, I claimed back in June that this one wasn’t set for release anytime soon, but once again the Archive Series has delivered! While theories have ran rampant about Asbury Park Christmas shows, December 28th, 1980 or something else entirely, Nugs and Bruce Inc. have given us a Christmas miracle. When the following night was unearthed in June 2018, shouts for the release of this one were met with an unfortunate reality check. The master-tapes for this night were damaged and consequently, there was no chance of an Archive Series release. I don’t know who was keeping the faith, but there’s evidently magic in the night with this one. The Crystal Cat audience recording is really stellar sound-wise, but very little beats an official Jon Altschiller mix.
While it’s been stated that parts of “Lonesome Day” and “The Rising” were in fact missing from the multi-track reels – and as a result a two-track source was used to include them in the show – there’s more than enough in this one to make up for any potential downgrades in audio. If anything, the fact that “Incident” into “Rosie” and “Bobby Jean” and “American Land” transition the way they should is enough, but to have that opening trio of “Thundercrack”, “Seeds” and “Prove It”, that full WIESS album performance (including the Archive Series debut of the full band “Wild Billy’s Circus Story”) and those excellent performances of “Does This Bus Stop”, “Raise Your Hand” and “Human Touch” ends a great year for the Archive Series an outstanding note.

Rating: 9.25/10

Kieran’s recommended listening from November 7th, 2009 – New York, NY:
Thundercrack“, “Seeds“, “Prove It All Night“, “The E Street Shuffle“, “4th July, Asbury Park (Sandy)“, “Kitty’s Back“, “Wild Billy’s Circus Story“, “Incident on 57th Street“, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)“, “New York City Serenade“, “Raise Your Hand“, “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”, “Glory Days”, “Human Touch“, “Wrecking Ball” and “American Land”.

You can download this phenomenal night in the Garden here.

This will be my final Springsteen blog post of the year, so I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s visited this site in 2020. Whether you enjoyed what I’ve had to say or not, I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate you giving it a chance. I’ll be back on January 1st with Springsteen’s Archive Series: The possibilities for 2021 (and the Series’ Top 10 songs of 2020).

Kieran's Thoughts, Previews & Reviews

Before my next Previously from the Springsteen archive post where I’ll be talking about the final Working on a Dream Tour stop in Buffalo and its notable full album performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, I wanted to talk about another notable night from the tour. The first of two nights in Madison Square Garden is one that we know isn’t set for release anytime soon from the Springsteen archive, if ever, as Nugs’ Brad Serling confirmed there were issues with the drives this show was recorded on, making it pretty much impossible to recover it. It’s even been confirmed that we would have had this concert released over the next night and its first ever performance of The River album from start to finish if it were available. Fortunately most soundboard bootlegs circulating of this show are in good listenable quality and that definitely applies to the…

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Bruce Springsteen Live Downloads Review: February 19th, 2014 – Sydney, AUS – Allphones Arena

After multiple night stands and over six hours to make an impact in the five cities they've visited, on February 19th, 2014, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were given their toughest tour task yet: Do it in just one night. Yes, Sydney is the first of two instances on this Australian leg where … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen Live Downloads Review: February 19th, 2014 – Sydney, AUS – Allphones Arena

E Street Review: Springsteen and The E Street Band on SNL, December 12th, 2020

Over three years since the last time they played live together, we finally got another chance to see Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band doing the business on this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live. Notably, Garry Tallent and Soozie Tyrell were not in New York this week due to safety precautions, and in … Continue reading E Street Review: Springsteen and The E Street Band on SNL, December 12th, 2020

E Street Review: February 16th, 2014 – Melbourne, AUS – AAMI Park

The first night in Melbourne was an exciting affair full of surprises and great playing, and for their participation in the show the audience deserved every second of it. Bruce knew that too, and decided he had to better his and The E Street Band's three hour, nineteen minute, thirty-two song success from twenty-four hours … Continue reading E Street Review: February 16th, 2014 – Melbourne, AUS – AAMI Park

New from the Springsteen archive: November 24th, 1975 – London, UK – Hammersmith Odeon

December is always an exciting month in the Springsteen Archive Series, and thankfully, this year isn't any different. The First Friday schedule continues its revival, and the sixty-first unique concert released in the project is taking us on a long anticipated trip back to 1975. It was December 2018 when we last visited this year … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: November 24th, 1975 – London, UK – Hammersmith Odeon

Bruce Springsteen Live Downloads Review: February 15th, 2014 – Melbourne, AUS – AAMI Park

For the first time on the 2014 High Hopes Tour, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have come to a city they've played in before. Having been to Melbourne in 1985, 1997, 2003 and as recently as March 2013, it's fair to suggest that everyone in AAMI Park (both onstage and in the audience) … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen Live Downloads Review: February 15th, 2014 – Melbourne, AUS – AAMI Park