Newly released is Bruce Springsteen's latest archival set, East Rutherford NJ – 09-22-12. The September 22nd, 2012 E Street Band concert was the final gig of a three-night run at East Rutherford, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, and was rain-delayed by a couple of hours, resulting in the show starting late stretching into the early-morning hours of “The Boss'” 63rd birthday on September 23rd.
In addition to the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to Springsteen, the show features such rarities as the Born In The U.S.A. outtake, “Cynthia,” “Janey Don't You Lose Heart,” “It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City,” “Into The Fire,” covers of Wilson Pickett's “In The Midnight Hour,” the Isley Brothers' “Twist And Shout,” Creedence Clearwater Revival's “Who'll Stop The Rain” — and old friend Gary U.S. Bonds on his 1981 Springsteen-written hit “This Little Girl,” along with the “Bruce and Bonds” classic “Jole Blon.”
Springsteen's main deputy on stage, guitarist Steve Van Zandt, told us during the 2012 dates that the influx of horns, background singers, and a percussionist supplementing the E Street Band kept things both exciting and slightly dangerous: “It's been a long time since we screwed up, (laughs), y'know, I'm just kidding. But there haven't been. . . there haven't been that many screw-ups — even with the new guys. I'm more likely to screw up than they are. What makes it — you get a little bit of the excitement that they have, being, y'know, a new edition to the group. Y'know, I think you get a little bit of that rubbing off on you so it makes it just even more exciting.”
The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 's East Rutherford NJ – 09-22-12 is:
“Out In The Street” “The Ties That Bind” “Cynthia” “Badlands” “Who'll Stop The Rain” “Cover Me” “Downbound Train” “We Take Care Of Our Own” “Wrecking Ball” “Death To My Hometown” “My City Of Ruins” “It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City” “Jole Blon” “This Little Girl” “Pay Me My Money Down” “Janey Don't You Lose Heart” “In The Midnight Hour” “Into The Fire” “Because The Night” “She's The One” “Working On The Highway” “Shackled And Drawn” “Waitin' On A Sunny Day” “Meeting Across The River” “Jungleland” “Thunder Road” “Rocky Ground” “Born To Run” “Glory Days” “Seven Nights To Rock” “Dancing In The Dark” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” “Twist And Shout”
IN OTHER SPRINGSTEEN-RELATED NEWS
In July, the new documentary titled Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? opens in select theaters across the country before hitting digital platforms on August 17th. Clemons was working on the project with director Nick Mead before his 2011 death.
LiveForLiveMusic.com reported Who Do I Think I Am? features interviews with President Bill Clinton, nephew Jake Clemons, All Starr Band bandmate Joe Walsh, Willie Nile, E Street Band bandmates Nils Lofgren and Vini Lopez, producer Michael Narada Walden, Springsteen friend and photographer Danny Clinch, “and additional family and friends who knew him well.”
Bruce Springsteen biographer, author Peter Ames Carlin, told us that losing Clarence Clemons in 2011 was truly a personal body blow for Springsteen: “As he said so sadly and elegantly — 'It was like losing the rain.' Y'know, that there was something so elemental about Clarence's presence in his life and his band that it was unfathomable, in a way, for him to imagine, a life without Clarence; though clearly, he also knew, that he had no choice but to reestablish his life, because Clarence couldn't be there anymore.”