Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

I Heard the Voices of Friends Vanished and Gone

I Heard the Voices of Friends Vanished and Gone

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band First Union Center September 25, 1999 By Erik Flannigan It’s all about moments. For those of us fortunate enough to have seen many Bruce Springsteen concerts and multiple tours, particular shows stand out for any number of reasons, from the people with whom we attended to favorite songs … Continue reading "I Heard the Voices of Friends Vanished and Gone"

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Thank You Guys For Making This Really Seem Like Home

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, July 9, 1981 By Erik Flannigan I was 15 years old in the summer of 1981. My friend Marc had just turned 16 and obtained his driver’s license. The previous October, my father took Marc and me to the Seattle Center Coliseum … Continue reading "Thank You Guys For Making This Really Seem Like Home"

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Tonight I Wanna Feel The Beat Of The Crowd

Tonight I Wanna Feel The Beat Of The Crowd

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Ullevi Gothenburg, Sweden – July 28, 2012 By Erik Flannigan If there was ever a time to appreciate archival live recordings, that time is now.  Many years ago, I heard the brilliantly talented and famously cantankerous guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson posit a provocative position on the … Continue reading "Tonight I Wanna Feel The Beat Of The Crowd"

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Gotta Sing A New Song, That’s My Job

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, March 28, 1988 By Erik Flannigan The 1988 Tunnel of Love Express Tour was marked by material changes to the Springsteen concert baseline in place from 1978-1985. The band changed on-stage positions, setlist warhorses like “Badlands” and “Thunder Road” took a breather, and … Continue reading "Gotta Sing A New Song, That’s My Job"

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A Place Where You Could Find Yourself

Bruce Springsteen Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, November 24, 1996 By Erik Flannigan Three decades on, one can underestimate the significance of the Ghost of Tom Joad tour. Fans had been talking about the prospect of a solo acoustic tour since Nebraska, a dream reinforced by the Bridge School appearance in 1986 and the sublime … Continue reading "A Place Where You Could Find Yourself"

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The Snake That Came Around and Began To Eat Its Tail

Bruce Springsteen feat. Danny Federici and Nils Lofgren Bridge School Benefit Concert Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, October 13, 1986 By Erik Flannigan Less than a month before the release of his physically and sonically mega box set Live/1975-85, Bruce went completely the opposite direction, stripping down to play his first all-acoustic set since 1972 … Continue reading "The Snake That Came Around and Began To Eat Its Tail"

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