Bruce Springsteen has tapped the opening night show of the final stand of his mammoth Born In The U.S.A. tour for his monthly vault release. The new set, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Sept. 27, 1985, is the third Born In The U.S.A.-era show chosen for release — but the first from the '85 stadium concerts. “The Boss” has previously picked both the opening and closing nights of his 1984 New Jersey run at East Rutherford's Brendan Byrne Arena.
Highlights on the new set include the then-unreleased song “Seeds,” “Stand On It” — the B-side of “Glory Days,” takes on Jimmy Cliff's “Trapped” and Woody Guthrie's “This Land Is Your Land” — along with the E Street Band's first live performances of Edwin Starr's “War” and “Janey, Don't You Lose Heart” — the B-side of Springsteen's then current single, “I'm Goin' Down.
The tracklisting to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Sept. 27, 1985 is: “Born In The U.S.A.,” “Badlands,” “Out In The Street,” “Johnny 99,” “Seeds,” “Atlantic City,” “The River,” “War,” “Working On The Highway,” “Trapped,” “I'm Goin' Down,” “Glory Days,” “The Promised Land,” “My Hometown,” “Thunder Road,” “Cover Me,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Hungry Heart,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Downbound Train,” “I'm On Fire,” “Because The Night,” “Bobby Jean,” “This Land Is Your Land,” “Born To Run,” “Ramrod,” “Twist And Shout/Do You Love Me,” “Stand On It,” “Janey Don't You Lose Heart,” and “Travelin' Band.”
Patti Scialfa joined the E Street Band only days before the tour's opening night on June 29th, 1984 at the St. Paul Civic Center. She recalled being white-knuckled at being thrown in the deep end on such short notice: “It was overwhelming, because — I wanted to do it, I was excited about doing it; the overwhelming part was that I didn't have time to learn all the (laughs) material. So, I had to learn it in, y'know, a few days — and in front of people. I had to learn during the shows.”
Max Weinberg has always maintained that playing in and a group like Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band was exactly what he fantasized about doing when he was 13-years-old: “Well, he's very inspirational to all of us. I'm sure we play better with him than we do with anybody. You wanna play great. You wanna play the best you can. And it's not hard; you get up there and hitch yourself to Bruce's energy, and it pulls you along and you create your own energy.”