An observation you can frequently see fans making about Springsteen's Archive Series is the repetition of songs present in multiple releases. It's unsurprising with sixty-six unique concerts now unearthed, as much as it was when we had half as many, but something I've realised this far into this project is that nuances and context can … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: April 28th, 1988 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
After a strikingly good first night in the Brendan Byrne Arena, the Prodigal Son and his band of men (and now) women are back for their first attempt at smashing the bar they'd just set twenty-four hours earlier. It's taken some time for this September Archive to be released, and it's also been a little … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: August 6th, 1984 – East Rutherford, NJ – Brendan Byrne Arena
Unearthed from the Springsteen vault back in July 2015, the second show of a five night run inside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was the first ever full concert from the Tunnel of Love Express Tour to be officially released, and while the concerts from Detroit, New York and Stockholm that have been released … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: April 23rd, 1988 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
The opening night of the homecoming Brendan Byrne Arena stand of the Born in the U.S.A. World Tour took everybody by surprise when it was released in May 2015. Being very similar setlist to the more well known and better final night of the stand from August 20th, this has been pushed all the way to … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: August 5th, 1984 – East Rutherford, NJ – Brendan Byrne Arena
Following a monumental European Tour, The Magnificent Seven returned home for a six show stand in the newly opened Brendan Byrne Arena, which had been christened on July 2nd - By who? You guessed it. The Summer '81 leg featured special performances in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Los Angeles amongst others, and due to both … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: July 9th, 1981 – East Rutherford, NJ – Brendan Byrne Arena
Live from the Joe Louis Arena, Springsteen and his E Street Band don't half deliver a heavyweight performance in this early stop on the Tunnel of Love Express Tour. It's been a release six years in the making, not quite for the show's reputation, but instead for the Live Downloads debut of "Walk Like a Man". And … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: March 28th, 1988 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
After reviewing the final show of the Reunion Tour, I now feel inclined to talk a bit more about my other 10/10 Archive Series release, another of my favourites and most played: The famed Stockholm radio broadcast, complete with the additional two hours presented in the same quality as that of the opening set fans … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 3rd, 1988 – Stockholm, SE – Stockholms Stadion
Now officially released, The 1986 Bridge School Benefit can be heard in the quality it deserves, give or take a couple of tracks with soundboard audio due to master tape issues.
I’ve written about this show in the past, and you can read what’s good and not so good about it in the post from January attached below.
But before you check that out, I want to quickly mention that instead of recommending just a few songs from this like I usually do for each of these releases, with the short runtime this is all worth listening to. What’s more, with the BITUSA heavy set this is a fantastic introduction to new fans, perhaps the best from the entire series.
You can download The Bridge School Benefit here.
UPDATE: This was released officially – albeit without “Teach Your Children” attached – on August 9th, 2019, making it the 45th show to be unearthed from Springsteen’s Archive Series.
Springsteen, accompanied by Nils Lofgren, Danny Federici and other notable guests, puts on a tremendous performance for a good cause in Mountain View, California. While not available through the Archive Series, this performance can be watched for the time-being via YouTube or listened to courtesy of audience recordings.
The Bridge School Benefit was founded in ’86 by Pegi Young with the purpose being to develop and aid technology for children with disabilities, and coming off the Born in the U.S.A. World Tour considered one of the world’s most popular rock stars at the time, Bruce Springsteen’s presence at the event was important in bringing attention to the charity and to what the proceeds were needed for.
Looking back, this can also be seen…
View original post 1,338 more words
From the moment it was originally released in the Archive Series in March 2015, a majority of Springsteen fans voiced their displeasure over the audio quality of the New Year's Eve 1980 show. Many claimed the mix was no improvement on the audience recording they'd been listening to for thirty-five years and made it known … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: December 31st, 1980 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
If there was ever a way to get every Springsteen fan to stop playing Western Stars and start playing something else, this month's Archive Series releases might have done the trick. If you're a bit out of the loop, I say "releases" because we haven't just been blessed with the second show of the Nassau … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: December 29th, 1980 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum