I've heard the first Winterland show more times than I can remember, but with the exception of "Fire" (this show's version is included on the Live 75-85 box set), this December 16th show is completely new to me. In fact, I'd go as far to say this one will be a new experience for most Springsteen … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: December 16th, 1978 – San Francisco, CA – Winterland
If you've followed my Archive Series reviews for a while, I imagine that you don't need any more convincing about why the Darkness Tour is the essential Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band live experience. With seven shows from '78 now released, the two shows from Passaic, The Roxy, Houston and The Agora are … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: December 15th, 1978 – San Francisco, CA – Winterland
It's an exciting time in the world of Springsteen. In the space of just three weeks fans have had the opportunity to download the October 23rd, 1999 Los Angeles show, watch Western Stars in cinemas across the world, and if just watching wasn't enough, they've been able to listen to the official soundtrack album to fill … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: November 24th, 1996 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre
Delayed a week to avoid clashing with the release of "Sundown" from the upcoming Western Stars film soundtrack on October 25th (that you can read a review of on this website), expectations were both high after the first delay of the year just two months ago - only for the eventual release to be viewed … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: October 23rd, 1999 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
It's known by diehards as Springsteen's Pièce De Résistance. It's his most renowned bootleg, the show that immediately came to people's minds when the Archive Series was announced. If you wanted to understand why fans talk wistfully of '78 and the Darkness Tour, this is why. Broadcasted on ten radio stations across the United States, such as WNEW-FM … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: September 19th, 1978 – Passaic, NJ – Capitol Theatre
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…
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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
Springsteen's long anticipated new album, Western Stars, is only a week away, but thankfully the Archive Series (for this month at least) remains uninterrupted. Similarly to the last year's June release, the birthday show from MetLife Stadium seven years ago has been received as uninspired and quite underwhelming from a portion of the Springsteen fanbase … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: September 22nd, 2012 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
With all of the hype surrounding the release of Springsteen's latest single, "Hello Sunshine" and the announcement of his new album, Western Stars - set to be released on June 14th - some fans may be forgiven for forgetting about the Archive Series and, in particular, this month's release. Following the release of the extraordinary 1985 … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: July 25th, 1992 – East Rutherford, NJ – Brendan Byrne Arena