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1980


1980-01-00 - THE POWER STATION, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Springsteen drops by to chat and jam a bit with industrial/experimental outfit Suicide (Alan Vega and Martin Rev), who were recording their second album (released in April 1980) with producer Ric Ocasek (leader of The Cars). Apparently nothing from this brief get-together was recorded. In a 1984 interview with Rolling Stone magazine Springsteen later mentions Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" as "one of the most amazing songs I ever heard". Suicide's song “Dream Baby Dream” would be covered by Springsteen during his 2005 solo tour.
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1980-01-09 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

THE PROMISED LAND

With Atlantic City Expressway, fronted by Jon Bon Jovi (Jon references this night, but not the date, on VH-1 Behind the Music). There's some debate about the songs played - we understand that Springsteen only played about 90 seconds of "The Promised Land".
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1980-03-01 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

PERSONALITY CRISIS / LUCILLE

With The David Johansen Band. Johansen is best known as a member of the protopunk New York Dolls.
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1980-07-00 - THE POWER STATION, NEW YORK CITY, NY

THIS LITTLE GIRL / DEDICATION / YOUR LOVE / JOLE BLON

Springsteen and The E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds, undertaken in the immediate aftermath of the final sessions for The River. Bruce contributed guitar, vocals and co-produced (with Van Zandt) the four above-mentioned tracks, the first three of which are Springsteen compositions. The four recordings were released on Bonds’ Dedication album in April 1981.
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1980-08-16 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA

SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN / STAY

Bruce joins Jackson Browne onstage for two songs.
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1980-09-00 - CLAIR BROTHERS AUDIO, LITITZ, PA

Friday rehearsal includes: CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / CRUSH ON YOU / I WANNA MARRY YOU / RAMROD / POINT BLANK

Saturday rehearsal includes: BORN TO RUN / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / THE TIES THAT BIND / THE PROMISED LAND

Video footage: BORN TO RUN (4.39) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (5.32) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.39) / OUT IN THE STREET (4.13) / THE RIVER (#1) (0.33) / THE RIVER (#2) (6.19) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.16) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (4.44) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.33) / THE PROMISED LAND (jumps, 4.41) / THUNDER ROAD (5.36) / RACING IN THE STREET (cut, 4.37) / CADILLAC RANCH (#1) (3.48) / CADILLAC RANCH (#2) (1.32) / CADILLAC RANCH (#3) (4.10) / FIRE (#1) (2.43) / FIRE (#2) (1.21) / FIRE (#3) (0.21)

Partial soundboard and single camera semi-professional video footage. Rehearsals for the upcoming River Tour over four nights at the end of September. The sessions are extensive, running for up to seven hours, starting at 4pm and finishing up as late as past 2am. The exact date of these sessions is uncertain, but students from a college newspaper were present for two nights on a Friday and Saturday, likely to be September 26 and 27. The entire stage was set up in the rehearsal hall, lights and all, just as it will appear on the tour. The newspaper report also mentions that Bruce, Clarence Clemons and guitar tech Mike Batlan spent time practicing the "Crush On You" guitar toss - click the link above for more details. Some, or all, of these rehearsal sessions were filmed, and extracts of this video footage circulates on a good quality DVD. Audio taken from the video footage available on CD 'Warming Up For The River Tour'. The first three songs on the video run into one another, just as they do a few days later on the first night of the tour. Given the set details supplied by students from the Franklin & Marshall College newspaper The College Reporter, it's possible that the video footage is from the Saturday night rehearsal on September 27.
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Start of "The River" tour
October 3, 1980 - September 14, 1981 (138 shows)
 
THE E STREET BAND
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards)
Clarence Clemons (tenor and baritone saxophones, backing vocals, percussion)
Danny Federici (organ, accordion, keyboards)
Garry Tallent (bass, percussion)
Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals)
Max Weinberg (drums)


1980-10-03 - CRISLER ARENA, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI

BORN TO RUN (4.41) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (5.27) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.40) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (4.12) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.50) / JACKSON CAGE (3.12) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.30) / OUT IN THE STREET (4.12) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.10) / THE RIVER (5.58) / THUNDER ROAD (5.13) / BADLANDS (4.24) / CADILLAC RANCH (4.26) / FIRE (3.11) / SHERRY DARLING (edit, 3.03) / I WANNA MARRY YOU (4.07) / CRUSH ON YOU (2.53) / RAMROD (3.47) / POINT BLANK (7.19) / STOLEN CAR (3.50) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (5.08) / BACKSTREETS (start cut slightly, 6.28) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11.56) / JUNGLELAND (8.50) / DETROIT MEDLEY (8.02) / THUNDER ROAD (with Bob Seger) (5.00)

Audience tape available on CDR 'First River Show' and 'The River Tour Opening Night' as well as from a low generation 2012 tape transfer (mjk5510) . First night of the tour features eleven songs from The River, but only seven are world premieres since "Point Blank", "Sherry Darling", and "Ramrod" (albeit in different arrangements) were played on the 1978 Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour and "The River" was played at the No Nukes shows in 1979. Concert includes Bob Seger making a guest appearance on the second version of "Thunder Road" which suffers from distortion. Bruce forgets the words of "Born To Run", which opens a show for the first time. "The River" includes a keyboard intro, played on and off during the tour. Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". This introduction will feature regularly during the first leg of the tour. Special thanks to Matt and Lori for the articles and Per for info.
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1980-10-04 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / JACKSON CAGE / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / INDEPENDENCE DAY / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape (Unbooted), a much-improved quality version was put into circulation in 2013 from a second-generation tape (mjk5510). First version of "Factory" for the tour, as well as "The Ties That Bind" and "Independence Day" with a different arrangement. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". From a fan present - "After the concert someone went to the Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati school's dome and spray-painted BRUCE on it." Thanks to Brian for the info.
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1980-10-06 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / JACKSON CAGE / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / TWO HEARTS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / CRUSH ON YOU / I WANNA MARRY YOU / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape (Unbooted). World premiere of "Two Hearts". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce is captured on a photograph with Joe Racchi and Jimmy Racchi of the Family Trio Tavern, at a special party that was held at this little neighborhood bar/party center the night before Bruce's October 6 and 7 shows at Richfield Coliseum. Click the above link to view - note the Union hat Bruce is wearing. Thanks to Mark Kuhar for the info and picture.
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1980-10-07 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

Soundcheck: BADLANDS (instrumental) (9.06) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (instrumental) (4.18)

Audience tape (Unbooted).

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY (cut)

Audience tape. World premiere of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Last few minutes of "Detroit Medley" are missing from the tape. Both the soundcheck songs are instrumentals - Bruce may have been walking around the arena checking the acoustics. Thanks to Kev for the info.
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1980-10-09 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / QUARTER TO THREE

Audience tape (Unbooted). Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". This same introduction was occasionally used during the 1975 tour for "Spirit In The Night", but instead sung by Bruce. First appearance of the "I Hear A Train" section in the "Detroit Medley", and the only 1980 version of Gary U.S. Bonds' "Quarter To Three".
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1980-10-10 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I'M IN LOVE AGAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape (Unbooted) (missing "Raise Your Hand"). "Detroit Medley" has another part song added for the first time - "I'm In Love Again". This short interlude appears to be improvised, using the melody of "I Hear A Train". Please get in touch if you know what this song is. First "Raise Your Hand" of the tour. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines to "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-11 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / FOR YOU / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape (Unbooted) available on CDR 'Chicago 80'. "For You" is a tour premiere, as is "Good Rockin' Tonight". "I Wanna Marry You" features a new introduction, "Here She Comes", which is a variant of the story line used in the past for songs like "Pretty Flamingo". The song "Here She Comes" (also known as "Here She Comes Walkin'") was at one point considered for inclusion on Springsteen's third album, Born To Run. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Bruce sings a line of "Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts" as an intro to "Stolen Car".
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1980-10-13 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER ARENA, ST PAUL, MN

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape available on CDR 'St Paul 80' (missing "Detroit Medley"), and concert is also partially filmed (on 8mm film cartridges) from the audience with some great clips, particularly of "Independence Day" and "The Promised Land". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and Clarence sings the opening lines to "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-14 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI

Soundcheck: HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / TWO HEARTS / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Two recording sources circulate, one complete (Unbooted) and one missing the first three tracks listed above. Available on CDR 'Milwaukee 80'. Set features the debut of Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" in the second half of the show. It was a completely unrehearsed performance - later on Steve Van Zandt said "He turned around and called 'Midnight Hour', and we all just about fainted. Funky (bassist Garry Tallent) didn't even believe we were doing it until about the second chorus." Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Bruce sings a line from Wilson Pickett's "I Found A Love" as an introduction to "Fire". Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-17 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / TWO HEARTS / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I'M IN LOVE AGAIN

Audience tape of decent quality for the era available on CDR 'St Louis 80', also released as "Gateway To The Best"(Racing In The Street). "Racing In The Street" has an interesting piano introduction. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines to "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce forgets the words during "Jungleland". "Detroit Medley" once again includes "I'm In Love Again", previously played in Chicago on October 10. This appears to be an improvisation using the "I Hear A Train" melody, but if you know the source please get in touch.

In an interview with Dave Marsh, Bruce has told of an evening he spent with a fan during his stay in St Louis. In the interview Springsteen states that he was in Denver, but it appears that his memory was faulty.
"The other night I went out, I went driving, we were in Denver [St Louis]. Got a car and went out, drove all around. Went to the movies by myself, walked in, got my popcorn. This guy comes up to me, real nice guy. He says, "Listen, you want to sit with me and my sister?" I said, "All right." So we watch the movie (laughs). It was great, too, because it was that Woody Allen movie – [Stardust Memories, released to theatres on September 26, 1980], the guy's slammin' to his fans. And I'm sittin" there and this poor kid says, "Jesus, I don't know what to say to ya. Is this the way it is? Is that how you feel?" I said, "No, I don't feel like that so much." And he had the amazing courage to come up to me at the end of the movie, and ask if I'd go home and meet his mother and father. I said, "What time is it?" It was 11 o'clock, so I said, "Well OK."

So I go home with him; he lives out in some suburb. So we get over to the house and here's his mother and father, laying out on the couch, watching TV and reading the paper. He brings me in and he says, "Hey I got Bruce Springsteen here." And they don't believe him. So he pulls me over, and he says, "This is Bruce Springsteen." "Aw, g'wan," they say. So he runs in his room and brings out an album and he holds it up to my face. And his mother [the infamous "Sophie", who Bruce dedicated Twist And Shout to several times, at the top of his lungs, at the August 23, 2008 St. Louis show] says (breathlessly) "Ohhh yeah!" She starts yelling "Yeah," she starts screaming.

And for two hours I was in this kid's house, talking with these people, they were really nice, they cooked me up all this food, watermelon, and the guy gave me a ride home a few hours later.

I felt so good that night. Because here are these strange people I didn't know, they take you in their house, treat you fantastic and this kid was real nice, they were real nice. That is something that can happen to me that can't happen to most people And when it does happen, it's fantastic. You get somebody's whole life in three hours. You get their parents, you get their sister, you get their family life, in three hours. And I went back to that hotel and felt really good because I thought, "Wow (almost whispering), what a thing to be able to do. What an experience to be able to have, to be able to step into some stranger's life."

In April 1988 (around the time that Springsteen was was in town during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour) a local St Louis TV reporter (John Pertzborn) re-told the story, interviewing Sophie in the process. The TV report (which you can see by clicking the date/location link above) states that the visit took place in January 1981, however we are fairly sure it was actually 1980. Thanks to Dave for the research.
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1980-10-18 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / RACING IN THE STREET / TWO HEARTS / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / HUNGRY HEART / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape released on CD 'At The Opera House' (Doberman). Premieres of "Hungry Heart" (with a longer intro than the studio version, but without the now-regular audience sing-along) and "I'm A Rocker". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In THe West" as a prelude to "The River". Bruce starts "Sherry Darling" singing the first verse slow by himself, before the band kicks in to make it the song we know. "Here She Comes" is played as an intro to "I Wanna Marry You", sung by Clarence. Bruce quotes a line from Chuck Berry's "Reelin' And Rockin'" in the intro to "Hungry Heart". The stand-alone "Drive All Night" is also performed live for the first time, and remains a rarity throughout the tour. Clarence sings the opening lines to "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-20 - McNICHOLS SPORTS ARENA, DENVER, CO

? / ? / ? / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Incomplete audience tape (of poor quality and runs fast) missing the first three tracks, which are likely to be "Badlands", "Out In The Street" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". In interviews Springsteen has told of the time that he visited the house of a fan while in Denver, but this event actually took place in St Louis. Please see the listing above for details.
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1980-10-23 - OLD TIMERS' CAFÉ, SEATTLE, WA

ROUTE 66 / GLORIA / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR

In town a day early, Bruce bumps into Phil Hamilton, singer for Montana-based Lost Highway Band. Due to perform that night at Seattle's Old Timers' Cafe, Hamilton invites Bruce along. That night Springsteen ventures out of the Olympic Hotel alone in the evening, walks a couple of blocks and pays the $1 cover charge to get in and listen to the band. Sat at the end of the bar, Bruce listens to the set before borrowing a guitar and joining the band in a three-song, 15-minute set.
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1980-10-24 - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM, SEATTLE, WA

BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape (Unbooted) (missing "Cadillac Ranch", "The Ties That Bind", "Wreck On The Highway", and "Raise Your Hand"). Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-25 - MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PORTLAND, OR

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (5.39) / OUT IN THE STREET (4.12) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.25) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (3.47) / FACTORY (3.33) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5.44) / JACKSON CAGE (2.59) / TWO HEARTS (2.19) / THE PROMISED LAND (4.41) / I'M A ROCKER (2.58) / RACING IN THE STREET (7.00) / THE RIVER (5.56) / BADLANDS (4.52) / THUNDER ROAD (4.53) / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE 4.08) / ON TOP OF OLD SMOKY (2.53) / SHERRY DARLING (4.33) / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU (7.58) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.05) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (4.19) / POINT BLANK (edit, 6.47) / CRUSH ON YOU (3.11) / RAMROD (3.45) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (3.00) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT (9.10) / BACKSTREETS (7.03) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.35) / JUNGLELAND (8.38) / BORN TO RUN (4.06) / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN (9.46)

Audience tape - good atmosphere. Released on CDR 'The Mountain' (BTS9) and more recently from taper Pat Lee's recording 'The Mountain Show' (Ev2), the full concert in high quality without any cuts, other than a brief tape flip during "Point Blank". One of the best audience recordings from this part of the tour. Only performance of traditional folk song "On Top Of Old Smoky" (sung in reference to Mount St. Helens, which erupted in May 1980), and "I'm A Rocker" is rare. Unusual start of show with "Prove It All Night". "Badlands" has a new keyboard introduction for the first time. Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-10-27 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / STOLEN CAR / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape (Unbooted). Released as 'The Mob From Freehold' (Ev2) from Mark Persic's master recording. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes Roy playing a snippet of "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions.
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1980-10-28 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA

GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / FOR YOU / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / HUNGRY HEART / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape (Unbooted). Show opens with "Good Rockin' Tonight", its final performance until August 21, 2008 in Nashville, TN. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Bruce quotes a line from Chuck Berry's "Reelin' And Rockin'" in the intro to "Hungry Heart". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes Roy playing snippets of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 In C Major (BWV 846)" and "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions.
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1980-10-30 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / FIRE / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. 31-song set opens the first of four nights at Los Angeles Sports Arena. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "No Money Down" is used for the first time as an introduction to "Cadillac Ranch". Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes a snippet of "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions.
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1980-10-31 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

HAUNTED HOUSE / BADLANDS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / OUT OF LIMITS / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / SHERRY DARLING / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / THE TIES THAT BIND / STOLEN CAR / POINT BLANK / GROWIN' UP / ...

Incomplete audience tape (Unbooted) missing the conclusion of the second set and the entire encore. Set features a one-off version of Johnny Fuller's "Haunted House", after Bruce is carried onstage in a coffin and chased by roadies in ghost attire, and the live premiere of "The Price You Pay", an acoustic rendition with a different verse than the studio version. Bruce opens the second set with the Marketts instrumental hit "Out Of Limits," which made #3 on Billboard's chart in early 1964. The group was apparently not allowed to cover the theme from TV's "The Outer Limits," so they edited the title and amended the tune a bit. "Jackson Cage" features an unusual guitar introduction. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". A fuller "No Money Down" than the previous night is used as the introduction to "Cadillac Ranch". "Growin' Up", which is missing from the audience recording, makes its tour premiere, featuring the spaceman story. Prior to the show, Bruce does a ten-minute TV interview with host J.J. Jackson. Thanks to Johnny S. for the extra info.
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1980-11-01 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (start cut) / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / FOR YOU / TWO HEARTS / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH (start cut) / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK (cut) / CRUSH ON YOU / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT (start cut) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN (with Jackson Browne) / DETROIT MEDLEY - WABASH CANNONBALL - I HEAR A TRAIN

Two recording sources are known, an incomplete audience tape missing the first three songs, "Crush On You" and "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" and released as 'Prove It All Night'. This tape cuts in during "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". A second recording source is complete, but not known to be in general circulation. 33-song set features "Prove It All Night" with the long piano and guitar introduction for the first time since 1978; the only known such versions outside of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour are this, the following night, and several occasions after it was resurrected in 2012. Premiere of "Fade Away" (also with a long instrumental intro) and the first "Candy's Room" of the tour. "The Price You Pay" again features different lyrics and "Detroit Medley" includes a snippet of "Wabash Cannonball". Clarence sings the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Thanks to Cliff, Ivan and Wayne for the updated setlists and Per for the details. Guest appearance by Jackson Browne on the tour premiere (and the last concert performance) of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", see photo by clicking link above.
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1980-11-03 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / ... / THE PRICE YOU PAY / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / THE TIES THAT BIND / GROWIN' UP / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / ... / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN (with Jackson Browne)

Incomplete 24-song audience tape. The 26-song setlist above is missing perhaps one or two songs from the first set and a couple from the end of the second ("The Price You Pay" and "Wreck On The Highway" are also missing from the circulating recording). The last of four nights in Los Angeles, and the set once again includes "Prove It All Night" with the piano/guitar introduction, for the final time until Barcelona in 2012. "Cadillac Ranch" again features the "No Money Down" introduction, which is now almost a full song. "Hungry Heart" features a guest appearance with Flo and Eddie, who provided backup vocals on the album cut. Thanks to Craig for that information. "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes Roy playing snippets of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 In C Major (BWV 846)" and "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions. Bruce closes the show with "Detroit Medley" with Jackson Browne.
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1980-11-05 - ASU ACTIVITY CENTER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, AZ

BORN TO RUN (4.40) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (5.52) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.37) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.19) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (7.06) / FACTORY (3.12) / JACKSON CAGE (3.27) / TWO HEARTS (2.37) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.43) / OUT IN THE STREET (4.44) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.54) / THE RIVER (6.20) / BADLANDS (5.08) / THUNDER ROAD (5.43) / NO MONEY DOWN (3.10) - CADILLAC RANCH (4.58) / HUNGRY HEART (4.31) / FIRE (5.04) / CANDY’S ROOM (3.11) / SHERRY DARLING (4.36) / HERE SHE COMES (4.35) - I WANNA MARRY YOU (4.29) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.29) / STOLEN CAR (4.38) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (4.51) / POINT BLANK (7.50) / CRUSH ON YOU (5.01) / RAMROD (4.18) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (3.51) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT (11.27) / BACKSTREETS (7.58) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (12.46) / I'M A ROCKER (3.27) / JUNGLELAND (9.34) / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN (11.00)

Soundboard recording. One of the finest, most intense shows of the River Tour, perhaps related to the fact that Ronald Reagan had been elected president the day before – which Bruce notes with displeasure during the show. Many highlights in this show, including perhaps the definitive performance of "Drive All Night". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". According to Dave Marsh, during "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" Bruce fell off a speaker stack: "Bruce made one of his patented leaps to the speakers at the side of the stage. But this time he missed. The crowd just kept on cheering, but back at the sound-board where Jackson (soundman Bruce) and I were sitting, the tension was thick. Bruce might do anything, but this was weird; the band was holding the chord, and the chords of 'Rosalita' are not meant to be held for five seconds, much less fifteen. It's a good long drop from the speakers, two feet high, to the floor, a good eight or nine feet away. All there was between Bruce and the hard concrete floor was the band's monitor mixing board, but as he tumbled down, roadie Bob Werner reached out and broke the fall. (He sprained his wrist in the process.) Neither the band nor the crowd could see any of this. The next thing any of us knew, the guitar appeared, tossed atop the speakers. Then a pair of hands and at last, Springsteen's head, with his silly-faced-little-boy grin. He shook his head, pulled himself the rest of the way up, and strapped on his guitar, went back into action as if nothing had occurred.

Soundboard tape released on CDs 'Heart and Soul' (E Street Records) and 'Live In Tempe' (Palace), and most recently remastered on CDR 'Love Soul & A Broken Heart' (Ev2). The audio recording of “Badlands” from this show (minus spoken intro) was officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set. This show was professionally filmed in its entirety by producer/director Howard Lamden (who also served as Executive Editor). Lamden had previously filmed Pink Floyd and was the Director of Jackson Browne’s early '80s Downtown documentary. Unfortunately the film of this show remains in Springsteen’s vault and is not circulating among collectors. It is likely that the very brief snippets of River Tour performance footage seen in the promotional ‘10 Years Burning Down The Road’ advertisement for the Live 1975-85 box set emanates from the Howard Lamden film of this concert - although that is not 100% certain at this point. Click the link above to view this advertisement. Another tantalising snippet believed to be from this show can be seen in the 2012 documentary Wrecking Ball: A Conversation With Bruce Springsteen. Brucebase also believes that some of the concert was filmed from the audience.
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1980-11-08 - REUNION ARENA, DALLAS, TX

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY

Audience tape (missing the "Detroit Medley"). Features "Yellow Rose of Texas" played as an instrumental intro to "Cadillac Ranch". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence sings the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", which also includes "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions. Thanks to Per for updates. Available on CDR "Dallas 80".
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1980-11-09 - SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS - ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Two sources circulate, both of average quality, a new source was put into circulation in June 2013 (mjk5510) containing patches from the first source to make the show almost complete missing only the opening notes of Prove It All Night. "The Price You Pay" is played acoustically, with Bruce on guitar and harmonica and Clarence on tambourine. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Show again features the instrumental "Yellow Rose Of Texas", this time briefly played as an lead-in to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". "Waltz Across Texas" is played in its entirety, all the verses plus sax solo. Bruce says someone gave him an Ernest Tubb album before the show. Thanks to Michael & Carlo for the info and to Wil for the news article.
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1980-11-11 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Set includes another outing for the acoustic "The Price You Pay".
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1980-11-14 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape with plenty of cuts and edits, mostly between songs. Set includes "In The Midnight Hour". "The Price You Pay" is full-band.
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1980-11-15 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX

BADLANDS / JACKSON CAGE / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / TWO HEARTS / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / GROWIN' UP / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape available on CDR as 'Reaching The Summit in Houston'. Review of the tape reveals that "Ramrod" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" were played. Thanks Matthew. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. The introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" is the opening lyrics to Jay And The Americans' "Come A Little Bit Closer"; that song also which also includes Roy playing snippets of Bach's "Prelude No. 1 In C Major (BWV 846)" and "Hail To The Chief" during the band introductions. Additional information is that "Stolen Car" is certainly on some tapes. A reader sent in the following which seems to clarify the issue, and to our minds lays it to rest "I was at both shows, November 14-15. I checked my memorabilia file and found a yellowed copy of a front-of-the-entertainment-section article from The Houston Post (since bought by the Chronicle) that is a long interview printed November 23, 1980. The interview took place after the second show, Saturday 15. Bruce talked about changing the set list during the show "But after we got into the set, I had to stop the guys in the band and say, 'Listen, just forget the list, don't look at it anymore, don't start anything until you hear me call it.' I was calling a lot of 'em -- Growin' Up, Crush on You, Fade Away, Stolen Car - different things from last night. That's the way it goes..." So that's a contemporary interview that appears to have been taped (lots of long quotes) where Bruce names four songs from 15 that were different from the previous night. He seems to have gotten it right. None of the four is listed on Brucebase for November 14. I think this is proof that Stolen Car was played on the 15." Thanks to John for that. Another attendee also confirms that "Stolen Car" was definitely played - thanks Douglas.
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1980-11-20 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / I WANNA MARRY YOU / GROWIN' UP / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Released on CDs 'Wreck On The Highway' and 'The Rosemont Reception' (Ev2). The latter is from taper Rick B's recording and is the full show in high quality but has very short skips on "Born To Run" and "Fire". "I'm A Rocker" fades in. Bruce's first arena show in Chicago (although the show took place in Rosemont, a village to the northwest of Chicago) - they added this show after Bruce mentioned (on stage) they got so many letters from people who couldn't get into the Uptown. "The Price You Pay" starts acoustically and builds with gentle accompaniment from the band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Cadillac Ranch" includes the "No Money Down" introduction. "I Wanna Marry You" does not include the usual "Here She Comes" introduction, instead Bruce reads out an amusing letter he received - click the link above to read a transcription. "Growin' Up" includes the spaceman story. Clarence sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce explained to Jimmy Fallon in 2012 that it was at this show that the "Hungry Heart" crowd singing started.
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1980-11-23 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape released on CDR 'The Price You Pay In Largo' (missing "Cadillac Ranch", "Hungry Heart", "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", and "I'm A Rocker"). "The Price You Pay" is again the light full-band version. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". This show was also filmed on the in-house recording system - but no video appears to circulate, this may be as the tape was allegedly wiped over the following night as it had no sound. Apparently the audio was switched off after the 1978 concert was widely bootlegged. Click the link above to read a review of the show - it's unclear which of the Largo shows is the subject of the article, Brucebase places it here on the basis of the description of Bruce entering the crowd during "Crush On You", which he does not do the following night.
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1980-11-24 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (5.33) / TWO HEARTS (2.44) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (4.40) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (3.24) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4.11) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (7.41) / FACTORY (3.01) / JACKSON CAGE (3.25) / OUT IN THE STREET (4.45) / THE PROMISED LAND (5.25) / RACING IN THE STREET (8.09) / THE RIVER (6.27) / BADLANDS (5.28) / THUNDER ROAD (5.27) / CADILLAC RANCH (5.00) / SHERRY DARLING (4.40) / HUNGRY HEART (4.20) / FIRE (4.09) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (6.22) / FADE AWAY (7.33) / GROWIN' UP (10.17) / STOLEN CAR (4.39) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY ( ) / POINT BLANK ( ) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3.26) / CRUSH ON YOU (3.13) / RAMROD (4.20) / BACKSTREETS (8.42) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (10.28) / JUNGLELAND (9.33) / BORN TO RUN (4.30) / DETROIT MEDLEY - LONESOME TRAIN (10.41)

Audience tape and above average pro-shot video with a few rarely played tracks. According to some sources the video tape survives as sound was recorded by hanging a microphone from the roof beams. The Springsteen camp insisted the sound was disabled on the in-house system to prevent bootlegging after the Largo show in 1978. Fortunately enterprising Capital Centre employees hooked up the microphone. The excellent resulting footage contains many highlights - "Jackson Cage", "Badlands", "Sherry Darling" and "Detroit Medley" are stand-outs. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Growin' Up" features the spaceman story. Bruce sings the opening of "Come A Little Bit Closer" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". "Lonesome Train" is included in the "Detroit Medley" for the first time. The video now circulates on a high quality DVD, although the audio is of only average quality. The MC that introduces Springsteen is the legendary Washington-area DJ Don "Cerphe" Colwell.
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1980-11-27 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / GROWIN' UP / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape released on CDR 'Look Over The River' (Z003) and CD 'Thanksgiving Night' from Godfather Records - thanks to Conny for that information. Thanksgiving Day, and the band (not Bruce) are dressed in three-piece suits and ties for the occasion. "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" is dedicated to Vini Lopez and "The Price You Pay", in the full-band arrangement, to those seated behind the stage. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Growin' Up" is introduced as the song that got Bruce his record deal with CBS and Bruce dedicates the song to John Hammond; he then tells a Thanksgiving version of the spaceman story in the midsection. Clarence sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". Thanks to Per for the detail.
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1980-11-28 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / FOR YOU / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD - LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD / I'M A ROCKER / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - MYSTERY TRAIN - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Three recordings are known to exist. The first is released on 'Mystery Train Through Madison' (Earlmv) which uses an alternate source for 'Detroit Medley', an upgraded lower generation source recently entered circulation with the complete 'Detroit Medley'. A second source is in circulation (this is the tape that 'Mystery Train Through Madison' takes 'Detroit Medley' from). A third source is currently only in limited circulation. Some tidbit oddities in this show. During "Ramrod" the band segue (without a key change) into a verse from Bruce’s (already studio recorded, but at the time unreleased/undocumented) "Living On The Edge Of The World" (re-written in 1981 as "Open All Night"). Click the link above to listen. It would not be until September 2012 at Metlife Stadium that "Living On The Edge Of The World" was finally be performed live in its entirety. "Cadillac Ranch" starts off with a few lines from Chuck Berry's "No Money Down", similar to the version of December 31. "Detroit Medley" includes a one-off "Mystery Train". "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" makes its tour debut. One of the Madison Square Garden shows is partially filmed from the audience. Thanks to Per and others for the extra details.
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1980-11-30 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / I WANNA MARRY YOU / GROWIN' UP / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape available on CDR 'High Above The Riverside'. Bruce dedicates "The Promised Land" to Joe Grushecky. According to newspaper reports 15,705 are in attendance.
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1980-12-01 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / FACTORY / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / NO MONEY DOWN - CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FADE AWAY / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / CRUSH ON YOU / RAMROD / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. "The Price You Pay" begins with Bruce alone on harmonica and guitar, before the band come in providing gentle accompaniment. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". The show draws an attendance of 16,623.
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1980-12-02 - ROCHESTER COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY

Soundcheck: PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / THE PRICE YOU PAY / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / I'M A ROCKER / JUNGLELAND / DETROIT MEDLEY - PAIN IN MY HEART - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Best quality version is from a low-generation tape source (mjk5510). Concert features both "For You" and "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)". Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". For the first time, Bruce (rather than Clarence) sings the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". The "Detroit Medley" includes a few lines from "Pain In My Heart". A contributor writes "It was shortly after The Who concert in Cincinnati where the people were killed. To try to prevent any problems, people were allowed in VERY early. In fact the band was just finishing the soundcheck. They were doing "Prove It All Night". After running through it twice Bruce kinda looked around surprised that people were being let in. He said "Hey haven't you guys ever heard of being fashionably late? Well, what do you want to hear?" Somebody yelled out very loudly "Lost In The Flood!" Bruce said "No, we can't do that one." Somebody else yelled out "The Ties That Bind!" Bruce says "No, we'll do that one later. I got one for ya." And they played "Good Rockin' Tonight". There were maybe a couple hundred people in the place when he started, but I was told he almost caused a stampede of people thinking the show was starting and trying to get in. Anyway it was pretty cool to hear a bonus song! I know it was one of my highlights of all the Bruce shows I've seen". Thanks to Steve for that, and another reader writes "It was a fun show. When the show was over around midnight we came out to find out that it had snowed a few inches during the show and in true upstate New York style was not going to stop for a few hours. It took my friends and me about eight hours to get back to school." Thanks to John for the info.
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1980-12-04 - BUFFALO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BUFFALO, NY

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / TWO HEARTS / THE PRICE YOU PAY / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / I FOUGHT THE LAW / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / STOLEN CAR / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - LONESOME TRAIN - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape. Three recording sources circulate, available from a 1st generation tape source (HiDefJeff), a second source was put into circulation in December 2013 (kshavo), also in December 2013, a previously uncirculated third source was put into circulation from the master tapes (mackeck) via JEMS. This third source is a huge upgrade over the previous two sources. Set includes "I Fought The Law" and the first "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" of the tour. "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Clarence, and a bit of Bruce, sing the opening lines to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". "Lonesome Train" is included in "Detroit Medley" and "Sherry Darling" and "Hungry Heart" are filmed (by Muchmusic) for use on TV. Click the link above to see the video. Show was re-scheduled from December 1. Thanks to Pedro for the info on filming.
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1980-12-06 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / THE PRICE YOU PAY / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / I FOUGHT THE LAW / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / THE TIES THAT BIND / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT) - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape released on CDR 'Philadelphia 80'. "The Price You Pay" is the full-band version. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". Bruce and Clarence sing together the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". "Detroit Medley" includes a brief snippet of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". Thanks to Grethe for the setlist update.
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1980-12-08 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / GROWIN' UP / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - I'M READY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape, released on CD 'Philadelphia Special' (Masterpiece). "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Bruce sings a goofy take on the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" ("whoops, I mean, the moon was blue!") as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". "Detroit Medley" includes "I'm Ready" and "I Hear A Train".
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1980-12-09 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RENDEZVOUS / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT

Audience tape released on CDRs "A Hard Day's Night" and "A Hard Night To Play". Outstanding show features the first 1980 version of "Rendezvous" and an emotional "Twist And Shout" the day after John Lennon had been shot dead. Bruce opens the show with a spoken tribute: "I'd just like to say one thing....I appreciate it....and it's a hard night to come out and play tonight when so much has been lost....the first record...the first record that I ever learned was a record called ‘Twist and Shout’ (cheers).....and if it wasn't....if it wasn't for John Lennon, we'd all be in some place very different tonight (cheers).... it's....it's an unreasonable... world and you have to live with a lot of things that are just unlivable .... and....it's a hard thing to come out and play but there's just nothing else you can do". "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Clarence sings the opening lines to "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-12-11 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RENDEZVOUS / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Concert is filmed from the audience and the second set circulates on DVD. Set includes another outing for "Rendezvous". Released on CDR 'Cadillac Darling' and in improved quality as 'Passing Through Providence'.
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1980-12-12 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER, HARTFORD, CT

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / JACKSON CAGE / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / FADE AWAY / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / STOLEN CAR / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Available on CDR 'Back Into My Arms'. "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Bruce and Clarence share the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" with a slight lyric change... "the night was snowy..."
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1980-12-15 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MA

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / THE PRICE YOU PAY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - PAIN IN MY HEART - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Released on CD "Catch That Train" (BFD) as well as the first set released on the 2 LP set "The Boss In Boston" (Sparrow Productions). "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River and again as an introduction to "Badlands". The "Detroit Medley" includes a few lines from "Pain In My Heart".
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1980-12-16 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MA

BORN TO RUN / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / I FOUGHT THE LAW / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / FOR YOU / HERE SHE COMES - I WANNA MARRY YOU / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / RAMROD / CRUSH ON YOU / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape of poor quality. Last "Crush On You" to be played for 28 years - next appearance is in Richmond, August 18, 2008. There's also the first "Spirit In The Night" of the tour. "The Price You Pay" is full-band. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Growin' Up" includes the Santa Claus story. Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker".
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1980-12-18 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

BORN TO RUN / OUT IN THE STREET / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / TWO HEARTS / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THE PROMISED LAND / THE PRICE YOU PAY / THE RIVER / I FOUGHT THE LAW / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / GROWIN' UP / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / I'M A ROCKER / DETROIT MEDLEY - PAIN IN MY HEART - I HEAR A TRAIN

Audience tape. Two sources circulate, available in fine quality from a 2013 transfer of a first generation source from JEMS. Also released in poorer quality (from an alternative recording source) on CDR 'Kiss Me, It's Almost Christmas'. Premiere of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain". 35-song, three hour 37 minute set also includes a full-band "The Price You Pay" and the last of four "I Fought The Law" of 1980. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River". "Growin' Up" includes the Santa Claus story. Bruce sings a bit of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" as an introduction to "I'm A Rocker". The "Detroit Medley" includes a few lines of "Pain In My Heart". Thanks to John C for the amended setlist - "Who'll Stop The Rain" was indeed the fourth song in the set and moved to later in the set the following night.
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1980-12-19 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / HUNGRY HEART / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / GROWIN' UP / FADE AWAY / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / DRIVE ALL NIGHT / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / RAISE YOUR HAND

Audience tape of decent quality for the era released on CDR 'An Evening At MSG' (Piggham) and upgraded in October 2013 as 'Once Upon A Time In The East' (JEMS) from CB's first generation cassettes. Sound quality is uniformly excellent - a must have. One of the longest shows in history with 34 songs over three hours 45 minutes. It's hard to be certain with varying tape speeds, but it may be even longer than the famous Nassau Coliseum New Years Eve show. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "Because The Night" features a nice guitar solo introduction. "Growin' Up" includes a story about Santa Claus, with Roy playing a couple bars of "Jingle Bells". Bruce dedicates "Drive All Night" to his girlfriend. Bruce and Clarence share the opening lines of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
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1980-12-28 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / BADLANDS / TWO HEARTS / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / FACTORY / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE RIVER / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / HUNGRY HEART (with Flo and Eddie) / SHERRY DARLING / FIRE / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / FOR YOU / STOLEN CAR / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / POINT BLANK / THE TIES THAT BIND / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / BACKSTREETS / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN

Soundboard and audience tapes. Premieres of "Merry Christmas Baby" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land". "Hungry Heart" features Flo and Eddie guesting on backing vocals. Roy plays "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and Bruce sings the opening lines of "Stagger Lee" as an introduction to "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Released on CDs 'The Other Night' (Doberman) and 'Merry Xmas Baby' (Godfather), as well as CDRs 'Opening Night' and remastered on CDR 'Hussey Remaster'. An incomplete audience source of only fair quality was released on the three-LP set 'Nassau'. Audio recordings of "Because The Night" and "Hungry Heart" from this show were officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set. The liner notes indicate that the recording of "This Land Is Your Land" is from this show, it's actually from the following night.
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1980-12-29 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY

NIGHT (3:19) / OUT IN THE STREET (5:12) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (5:59) / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN (3:45) / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (4:17) / FACTORY (3:45) / INDEPENDENCE DAY (5:32) / TWO HEARTS (2:52) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (6:23) / THE PROMISED LAND (9:21) / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (3:37) / THE RIVER (7:24) / BADLANDS (5:30) / THUNDER ROAD (6:08) / CADILLAC RANCH (5:20) / SHERRY DARLING (4:45) / HUNGRY HEART (5:15) / MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY (4:28) / FIRE (4:14) / CANDY'S ROOM (3:15) / BECAUSE THE NIGHT (7:36) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) (6:53) / FOR YOU (8:06) / STOLEN CAR (4:51) / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (4:47) / POINT BLANK (8:27) / THE TIES THAT BIND (3:36) / RAMROD (4:19) / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (4:44) / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (9:55) / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (11:30) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (4:08) / JUNGLELAND (10:08) / BORN TO RUN (4:45) / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN (12:05)

Soundboard tape. First version of "Night" for this tour and the only River Tour version of "Incident On 57th Street" - an outstanding performance, one of Springsteen's finest ever. The song was last played in Atlanta during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, and won't be played again until September 25, 1999 in Philadelphia, PA. Fantastic show, just a notch below the show two days later. Roy Bittan plays pieces of "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". Released on CD 'Coliseum Night' (Crystal Cat). Audio recordings of "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", "This Land Is Your Land" (not the previous night) and "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" from this show were officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set. In addition, the night’s outstanding performance of “Incident On 57th Street” (with clumsily reworked ending featuring a fake applause overdub) was officially released as a B-side/bonus track on 7”/12” vinyl worldwide in 1986/87, and on CD in the Japan-only Live Collection EP.
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1980-12-31 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY

NIGHT / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / INDEPENDENCE DAY / WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN / THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND / THE PROMISED LAND / OUT IN THE STREET / RACING IN THE STREET / THE RIVER / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / CADILLAC RANCH / SHERRY DARLING / HUNGRY HEART / MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / RENDEZVOUS / FADE AWAY / THE PRICE YOU PAY / WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY / TWO HEARTS / RAMROD / YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) / HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR / AULD LANG SYNE / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY - I HEAR A TRAIN / TWIST AND SHOUT / RAISE YOUR HAND

Soundboard and audience. Last known version of "Rendezvous" until 1999 and the live premiere of "Held Up Without A Gun". A tremendous show and one of the longest known with an astonishing 38 songs. The soundboard recording is released on CDs 'Nassau Night' (Crystal Cat), 'Midnight Lightning' (Seagull) and CDR 'In The Midnight Hour' (Great Dane) as well as the 5 LP set's 'The Night They Drove Old '80 Down' and 'Happy New Year'. Meanwhile, the audience tape is noteworthy for including the complete "Raise Your Hand", which is cut short on the soundboard. An audio recording of "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" from this show was officially released on the Live 1975-85 box set. In addition, the night’s performance of "Merry Christmas Baby" was officially released on 7”/12” vinyl in 1986 (as well as on the Very Special Christmas Various Artists benefit sampler LP/CD); "Rendezvous" was officially released on Tracks in 1998, and "Held Up Without A Gun" was officially released on the Essential Bruce Springsteen bonus CD in 2003. About 14 minutes worth of amateur film footage shot from the audience - including "In The Midnight Hour" New Year’s countdown and the first seconds of 1981, with Bruce spraying champagne all over the front row - is circulating among collectors. Thanks to Lost In The Flood for the info. Roy Bittan plays pieces of "Once Upon A Time In The West" as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands". "The Price You Pay" is full-band.

A 26 track professionally mixed master recording is also available but many songs have fade-outs. There is also a whistling / whining noise audible during quieter moments. However, it does include the complete "The Price You Pay" - the closing harmonica solo is edited on Crystal Cat's 'Nassau Night'. This recording was mixed by an assistant engineer at the Record Plant and here's the information directly from him: "I was working as an assistant engineer at the Record Plant, and we recorded a number of shows on the tour for a live album. When they came back to Los Angeles, Toby Scott was starting to mix. I asked him if he would allow me to do a mix and evaluate my skills. He let me use the 24 track masters to do one song. He liked what I did and said if I want to play some more I could. I had forgotten about the tapes until a few days ago while going through some old boxes." This pro-mixed recording is available on CDR 'Nassau Coliseum - From Master Tapes' (Ev2).
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