Bruce Springsteen News Roundup
JAMMING IN JERSEY WITH COLDPLAY
Bruce Springsteen guested with Coldplay on June 5th at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
“The Boss” — along with a pedal steel guitarist named Nicole — performed 2009’s “Working On A Dream” with the band and his 1984 Top Two classic “Dancing In The Dark” alone with Chris Martin during the band’s “C-stage” acoustic portion of the show.
NEW WEMBLEY RELEASED
Bruce Springsteen has tapped the E Street Band‘s June 4th, 1981 performance at London’s Wembley Arena as his latest monthly vault release. The concert marks the seventh show released from Springsteen’s 1980/’81 tour behind The River — and the second gig plucked from the trek’s six-night run at Wembley.
In addition to such Springsteen standards as “Born To Run,” “Hungry Heart,” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” the new Wembley release features reworked cover versions of Jimmy Cliff‘s “Trapped,” Woody Guthrie‘s “This Land Is Your Land,” and Elvis Presley‘s “Follow That Dream.”
Bruce Springsteen, who throughout the tour behind The River was becoming more politically minded and socially conscious, maintains that he was able to get a better grasp on what was happening back home in America and the lives of its citizens, by comparing the two cultures at the time: “It was the early-‘80s, I think the sense of the violence that was in the air on a daily basis (laughs) sometimes was. . . I think one of the things we noticed when we went to Europe was it just seemed less. Either it was reported differently, it was contextualized differently, it was a different type of violence, and I think that for me, personally, that was something that I really noticed at that time and made me very sad, actually. I was 30, having kids was on the horizon in some fashion. The way things went out to you, whether it was through television. . . it was just much more aggressive. Abusive. Truly abusive. I experienced less of that in Europe. It seemed to make more sense.”
The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s London – June 4, 1981 is:
“Prove It All Night”
“The Ties That Bind”
“Out in The Street”
“Darkness On The Edge Of Town”
“Follow That Dream”
“The Promised Land”
“This Land Is Your Land”
“You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)”
“Because The Night”
“Racing In The Street”
“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
“Born To Run”