Bruce Springsteen has finally released his legendary October 13th, 1986 set from the inaugural Bridge School Benefit at Mountain View, California's Concord Pavilion. The specially priced 10-song set is out now as Bridge School – October 13th, 1986 as part of Springsteen's ongoing live archive collection. $2 from each purchase of the new release will be donated to The Bridge School. The acoustic gig features only “The Boss” with E Street Band mates Danny Federici on accordion and Nils Lofgren on second acoustic guitar. Joining in on vocals and guitars for the set-closing “Hungry Heart” are Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.
The collection opens with a unique acapella version of The River favorite “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch),” followed by the first live acoustic version of “Born In The U.S.A.,” the relatively new — and then still-unreleased — “Seeds,” “Darlington County,” “Mansion On The Hill,” “Fire,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Glory Days,” Springsteen's re-write of the 1962 Elvis Presley classic “Follow That Dream,” and “Hungry Heart.”
According to the announcement for the new release, “A short section of audio is missing from the master recording. Fan recordings and an alternate soundboard source were used to complete the performance.”
A live clip for “Fire” filmed at the '86 Bridge School concert was used to promote that year's blockbuster Live 1975/85 collection, and a 2006 digital set of benefit highlights included “Born In The U.S.A.” Until now, those songs were the only official tracks released from Springsteen's Bridge School set.
By the mid-1980's, Bruce Springsteen started to think and write about a life beyond that of a musician's — of finally settling down, starting a family, and dreaming bigger than he had before: “For a long time I never had a problem being by myself of being alone. I loved to take long drives and I just figured that's how I would always be. Y'know, never gonna get married. . . never gonna have a house, man. That's. . . You have a house — once you have a house (slaps) — then you're in! (Slaps) When you're in, you're done! Y'know, you're finished! (Laughs) Once you have anything. . . it's, y'know, then it's all over. I shouldn't blame it on rock n' roll. I think the times extend your adolescence and retard your adulthood.”