It's an emotional release this time out for the Bruce Springsteen archive series, with this month's pick being the E Street Band's first show following the death and funeral of co-founding member Danny Federici. The new set, titled St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL – April 22nd, 2008 opens with the audio of the celebratory film chronicling “Phantom's” life with Springsteen, before a heart-wrenching rendition of “Backstreets,” along with the tour premiere of “Growin' Up,” a one-off performance of the gospel standard, “I’ll Fly Away,” and a take of Federici's signature tune with the band, “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” featuring Roy Bittan filling in for his fallen E Street partner.
During the E Street Band's 2014 Rock Hall induction, Bruce Springsteen spoke candidly about the ties that bound him and his bandmates: “It was a band. We struggled together and sometimes we struggled with one another. We bathed in the glory and often the heartbreaking confusion of our rewards together. We enjoyed health and we've suffered illness, and aging, and death together. We took care of one another when trouble knocked, and we hurt one another in big and small ways. But in the end, we kept faith with each other. And one thing is for certain. I told a story with the E Street Band that was — and is — bigger than I ever could've told on my own.”
The tracklist to St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL – Aprill 22, 2008 is: “Blood Brothers (film soundtrack)” “Backstreets,” “Radio Nowhere,” “Lonesome Day,” “No Surrender,” “Gypsy Biker,” “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Growin' Up,” “Atlantic City,” “Because The Night,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “She's The One,” “Livin' In The Future,” “The Promised Land,” “Waitin' On A Sunny Day,” “Brilliant Disguise,” “Racing In The Street,” “The Rising,” “Last To Die,” “Long Walk Home,” “Badlands,” “Out In The Street,” “I'll Fly Away,” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” “Born To Run,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and “American Land.”